Just because the warmer days are leaving that doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening altogether. You can start the prep work for your organic garden during the fall. All you need are a few Mindful tips.
Gardening is known to be good for your health. It can relieve stress, the sunlight can give you a healthy dose of vitamin D, and it is a great way to get some exercise. Growing an organic garden is even better, especially if you grow fruits and vegetables. When preparing an organic garden, fall is a great time to get started. Listed below are four Mindful details to remember.
Organic Garden Tips for Fall
- Test your soil. To better understand the environment you’ll be raising organic plants in experts say it’s best to test on the condition of your soil with kits you can find at a local garden center. With this information, you can find natural treatments that can get in your soil in top shape. The Daily Green suggests testing in the fall and applying nutrients in the winter.
- Compost. It’s a necessity for every garden. For building an organic one you may consider making your own compost in order to have better control over the materials in that particular environment. All you need is a bin with holes for ventilation. Use key ingredients like tea bags, dryer lint, clean paper, leaves, twigs, and fruit and vegetable scraps. Get started now so you can have compost in the spring. And remember to avoid using dairy products, bones, or pet waste in your compost.
- Selecting plants. When visiting your local nursery be sure to ask which organic seeds and plants will grow best in your area and how much extra care they may require. You can keep the plants inside during the cooler months. If the plants have had chemicals and pesticides, you can still use them though they may transfer chemicals into your organic garden at first. With patience, you can wean these plants off of their chemical dependence.
- Organic mulch. Instead of using synthetic mulch such as rubber or plastic try using organic mulch for your garden. You can add newspaper strips, grass clipping, or fallen leaves to your organic garden.