Make Plans on Maintaining a Sustainable & No-Cost Organic Garden
1. Make mulch from any recyclable materials like straw, nut shells, wood chips, leaves, vegetable peels, seaweed, grass clippings, newspaper, and old carpet. Mulch can help the soil keep in moisture and stop weeds from settling in.
2. For pesticides, use the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, you can do some research about it in the net. It will give you some tips on how you can tolerate some insects and animals like spiders and birds that are always on the lookout for an easy catch.
3. Plant mint, lavender and oregano which act as insect repellants because of the oil they secrete.
4. You can also plant flowers that can attract the birds and bees who would feast on some harmful insects. Bees also help in the pollination of food crops. Consider sunflowers, zinnias, marigold and black-eyed Susans since they seem to posses the most attractive features for the garden-friendly creatures.
5. For fertilizers, use chicken manure you can get from some poultry, but be careful not to over fertilize. An estimated 1000 square feet of garden should receive only about 200 pounds of chicken. You can also use animal manure but they have less nutrient contents, so you can increase the ratio at 300 pounds for every 1,000 square feet.
6. Catch and store rain water as your ready supply of vegetable garden water. Be sure to cover all your water containers, preferably with a screen mesh to avoid becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
7. It would also be best if you could find someone to test the quality of your water and measure the ph level. This way, you can apply the necessary remedies to maintain the right ph balance.