On any given warm day when I have any free time you’ll find me in the garden. A place where there are no phones, no cell phones, no Blackberries unless they’re the kind you eat, no I-phones or I-pads. It’s just me, the birds, the bees my pruning shears, gardening gloves and sunglasses, possibly a hat on top of the noggin. For me this is a time of bliss, a time to reconnect with mother earth and try my hand or green thumb at my gardening skills. I must say that year after year it gets better and better. It’s true what they say about, “practice makes perfect”. Also, reading and getting tips from other local veteran and experienced gardeners always helps.
Getting your children involved with natural gardening is also a great way to create wonderful memories and for children to appreciate life and how things grow. Getting their hands into the soil, into the ground touching, feeling, smelling, tasting and then eating what they’ve grown is a great way to open up neuron receptors and engage active learning. They don’t even have to be actively gardening but if they’re within the vicinity watching Mom or Dad planting, sowing, happily gardening and talking about the different plants and why we’re doing this versus that the life lessons they take away with them are immense. And one day soon you’ll be surprised that they too will pick up a sow to help you out and ask you questions about what you’re doing or how they can help. It’s a great life education one surely to pay off. So here are some tips I’ve learnt along the way to get you and the whole family in tow gardening the natural way.
How to Garden Naturally
You can make your garden and lawn healthy and green without pesticides.
It’s easy to use organic or natural methods to grow beautiful lush lawns and gardens.
Here are some ways you can build a healthy lawn by:
- Aerating your lawn. Removing plugs of dirt from the lawn lets air, water and nutrients reach the roots
- Applying grass seed mixed with compost, to make the lawn lush
- Cutting your grass only when it reaches 6-8 cm. (2-3 inches) in height. Shorter grass sunburns easily and lets weed seeds take root
- Leaving grass clippings on the lawn to fertilize the soil
- Watering deeply and infrequently to promote root growth, which is best done early morning. As late night watering can promote mold and disease.
Grow a bountiful garden by:
- Choosing plants appropriate for your local climate, soil type and moisture levels to help ensure they’ll grow in your local conditions. Ask your local nursery for advice.
- Applying compost, bark, leaves or wood chips to keep the earth moist and control weeds. You can get wonderful compost by implementing your own Red Wiggler worms in a bin to break down all of your organic waste. Ask us how at Info@PetitsChefsAcademy.com
- Keeping garden tools clean and sharp. A clean cut is healthier for a plant than a rip or tear where pests and disease can start
- Quickly removing plant pests such as weeds or unwanted insects when you first see them. Once you get into a routine of about 15 minutes a day it’ll keep your lawn and beds clear, clean and beautiful.
- Clearing dead or diseased material away to reduce places for pests to grow.
If you implement these small natural steps you ensure your own little corner of the environment is healthier which will in turn help protect your family, your neighbors and your community.
Building a stronger, greener garden naturally, is a great way to protect the environment for our children and grandchildren.
- Your lawn needs only about 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water a week.
- “Companion planting” is a toxic-free approach that uses the chemistry of certain plants to repel common pests tempted by sweet-smelling flowers and edible plants. For example, marry chives with carrots, tomatoes and roses and you’ll help keep away Japanese beetles.
- New formulations of grass seed have been developed that can tolerate hot, dry conditions, even shade. Check out your garden centre for more information.
Hope this was useful and if you’d like to speak to us further or have more information on organic composting with Red Wiggler worms then please call us at 289-553-4445 or Info@PetitsChefsAcademy.com
Denise K. Livotti