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Enjoy healthy, tasty, organic vegetables fresh from your garden. Try these tips for success.
  • Feed Your Plants Naturally

    In most soils, fertilizing your vegetables isn't necessary, but it will help them grow faster and give you better crops. If you feed your plants, choose natural products. Well-rotted animal manure from plant-eating critters (rabbits, horses, sheep, pigs, cows, or chickens) is a great source. Or look for prepackaged organic materials. 

    Note: If you have rich soil already, it may be best not to fertilize. Too much of a good thing can make your plants put on lots of lush, soft growth that's loved by pests. Slower-growing plants often resist insects and disease better. 

    Date Published: May 1, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
  • Practice Rotation

    If you plant the same vegetables in the same spot every year, disease can build up and be ready before your plants have much of a chance. Keep the element of surprise against your disease foes and try to plant your crops in different parts of the garden each year. 

    Because many closely related plants are affected by the same diseases, avoid planting them where their relatives were the year or two before. Two of the biggest families are the tomato family (tomateos, peppers, potatoes, eggplant) and the squash family (squash, pumpkin, cucumber, watermelon). 

    Date Published: May 1, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
  • Mulch Well

    A layer of mulch not only helps reduce weeds, but it also creates a barrier that can prevent fungal disease spores from splashing up onto plant leaves. In most cases, a layer of mulch 1 to 2 inches thick is best. 

    For an extra bonus, use a mulch made from an organic material that will slowly decompose through the growing season (such as cocoa hulls or weed-free straw). As it breaks down, it adds organic matter to the soil for you, meaning you may have one less garden task to do. 

    Date Published: May 1, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018
  • Attract Beneficial Insects

    These plants are the best for bringing about good bugs:

    • Bachelor's button
    • Cleome
    • Cosmos
    • Black-eyed Susan
    • Daisy
    • Marigold
    • Nasturtium
    • Purple coneflower
    • Salvia
    • Sunflower
    • Yarrow
    • Zinnia
    Date Published: May 1, 2018
    Date Updated: May 1, 2018

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