Sunday, August 5, 2012

Organic Method For Growing Herbs

 Herbs - Organic, Please


Tips To Care For Organic Herbs

There are many benefits to cultivating an organic home herb garden. Going organic means you avoid using chemicals that can harm you, your plant, and the environment. Using organic products also help keep your plants healthier and improve the quality of your soil over time. Avoiding chemicals is specially important if you intend to use your herbs for cooking. 

Nothing fresher than herbs in our recipes.  But I want my herbs to be free of pesticides.Going organic need not be complicated or expensive. There are many alternatives that are available to an organic gardener like you. There are store-bought products that you can use, or you can choose to create your own organic products if you wish.
Here are some tips to help you create and care for an organic home herb garden:
  1. Using organic fertilizers. Whenever you engage in planting, you will need fertilizers to help make sure your herbs find all the nutrients they need in the soil you put them in. Choose to use organic fertilizers over chemical fertilizers. Not only will you help your herbs get the nutrients they need, but you also make sure that your soil becomes richer and more fertile over time. Chemical fertilizers have a tendency to enrich the soil now, but strip it of nutrients over the long run. So choosing organic is your best bet.
  1. Creating your own compost pit. If you have the time, creating your own compost pit is something you may want to look into. It’s cheaper than buying organic fertilizers from the store and at the same time you get to recycle some of your kitchen and garden scraps. You don’t need a lot of space to be able to make compost. There are a lot of compost bins that you can buy from stores and they don’t take up a lot of space.
  1. For more information on how to set up your own compost pit, you can check out Jeannie Woods’ “Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs and Herb Gardening”. It offers a great guide for anyone who’s new to organic herb gardening. You can learn more about the book here: Healthy, Happy Herbs.
  1. Using natural methods as a deterrent against pests and illnesses. Herbs that are healthy, receive sufficient sunlight and nutrients from the soil naturally repel herb illnesses. They’re able to resist and fight diseases compared to plants that are undernourished. Clearly, taking good care of your herbs is the most important thing you can do to keep them safe and thriving.
  1. Another way to strengthen your herbs’ immunity naturally is to plant them next to other herbs or other plants that can help keep pests and diseases away. For example, planting a neem tree next to your garden is a good idea to keep bugs away. Another example is planting horseradish, which is a type of herb, around the perimeter of your garden.
  1. Creating natural pesticides. Preparing homemade, natural pesticides is a great way to keep pests away. These solutions are harmful to pests but are gentle and safe for your herbs. Again, since these are organic, it is safe to use even on herbs that will end up in your food.
  1. One example of an organic pesticide is made from steeping horseradish roots. Spraying your plants with this solution can keep pests away from your garden.
If you are serious about cultivating an organic herb garden, be sure to check out “Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs and Herb Gardening” by Jeannie Woods. It’s a book packed with all the information you need to be able to successful start and keep a thriving organic herb garden. You can read more about it here: Healthy, Happy Herbs.

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