Basic Organic Gardening Skills For Beginners – Part Two

In our previous article we have started talking about basic organic gardening skills every beginner should try to master. Here we bring you part two of this list, continuing with a few more essential skills.

Proper irrigation techniques

If you can’t water the plants on a regular basis, don’t bother planting it. An inch of precipitation (or irrigation) per week is the standard for summer vegetable gardens. Newly seeded areas may need a little water every day, while established plants will perform better with more water each time but less frequently. Some crops will require more water as the fruit develops, so pay attention to that too.

A plan for a crop rotation

Crop rotation goes hand-in-hand with both soil fertility and pest management. A good crop rotation will have crops with differing nutrient needs and pest threats succeeding one another on particular garden rows/beds. Crop rotation should be practiced each time a new crop is planted whether in successive years or within the same growing season.

Pest management

A well-chosen, planted and maintained plant will have minimal stress factors allowing infestation to occur. However, there are times when insect populations or fungal spores are most robust in the garden. Knowing the difference between signs and symptoms of insect damage and disease damage is critical in determining an effective course of action.

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