Organic Gardening: Reviewing What Methods Work

Organic Gardening keeps mindful attention to our environment, and growing plants in a more natural way that is in harmony with nature. The following are a few organic gardening methods that have worked for me, based on my personal experience as an amateur gardener and hobbyist.

Organic Gardening Methods That Have Worked for Me

In other words, so far these methods seem to work very well. And the results are apparent.

There are a lot of skeptics over the whole organic gardening and Organic Foods realm. But I can say that from working directly with the soil and doing my own Organic Gardening at home, it’s the most natural and environmentally friendly method of gardening that pays particular care to the health of the soil.

In our world of big profits from big corporate agriculture, you have to question the methods used. And any organic methods that improve the quality of the soil in the most natural, sustainable way, is the superior method that will benefit us all in the long run.

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Worm Composting

Raising worms to create worm castings was the most enlightening organic gardening method for me in 2013. In the Fall, I invested in a Worm Composting Bin. And, if you want a quick method of creating compost for your garden, I highly recommend you investigate this method for creating your own compost. As doing it the traditional way with compost piles can take 6 months to a year to produce dark rich compost. Plus, the conditions have to be optimum.

The Black Gold of the Gardening World

I found the Worm Composting Bin method to be quite easy so far. Each month the red worms have produced a tray of dark rich worm compost. And though a few red worms can still be found in a tray of finished worm castings, they can be introduced into the soil so that they will directly improve the garden soil as well.

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Compost Tea Is An Awesome Organic Gardening Method

Compost Tea is pretty simple, and this organic gardening method introduced me to the world of microbes that are beneficial to the soil. Think of it as “probiotics” for your soil. With an aquarium pump, tubing and air stones to continually pump air into a 3-5 gallon bucket of water, dipping a porous bag of compost or worm castings in that bucket will create compost tea in 24-36 hours. The addition of molasses or sugar will speed up the process and provide food for the microbes to grow. I add an additional bag of organic fertilizer that contains beneficial microbes.

I personally use a sprayer which distributes the compost tea evenly on the leaves and soil. I even spray the branches, as I have found this to work very well with hybrid tea roses after they have been pruned back hard in the winter here in Southern California.

I spray daily, preferably in the early mornings before the sun begins to beat down on the earth. Some will say that spraying once a week is sufficient, but I’ve found that if you want faster results and luxuriant growth of foliage, then spray once a day in the early mornings.

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Letting Water Stand Overnight

Simply letting a big container of water sit overnight will allow whatever chemicals in the tap water to dissipate. I never thought about this, and perhaps I should look into buying a filter that will process the incoming tap water.

But for now, let water sit for 24 hours should be enough to allow whatever fluoride and other chemicals dissipate.

I currently let water sit overnight in a big bucket, then transfer it over to the compost tea buckets. This ensures that the water has been aged before pouring it into the compost tea buckets.

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Injecting Fish Emulsion and Kelp with a Drip Irrigation System

In 2013 I installed a drip irrigation for the garden. This was a big project, but it was actually easier to install than I thought, and you can always add to your current drip irrigation system.

I added a fertilizer injector, which is simply a container that connects to your drip irrigation system near the spigot. And I’ve found that I can add liquid fertilizer to feed all the plants, quickly and easily. But I’ve been staying away from the Miracle Gro fertilizer in favor of the organic liquid fertilizers that include fish emulsion and kelp. These will prove especially beneficial for the rose garden.

Favorite Organic Gardening Method?

I am truly sold by the compost tea method as a great way to practice organic gardening at home. It requires a little bit of effort to set up a system, but it can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. As long as you have invested in a good aquarium pump and any kind of industrial strength pump, you can’t go wrong.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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