Welcome to The Tao of Garden

Gardening is simply the practice of cultivating plants. People grow ornamental plants to harvest their flowers, foliage, or to get dyes out of them. They are also grown for their overall appearance.

There are also plants that are cultivated for human consumption. They are consumed as fruits, vegetables and herbs for medicinal purposes.

When we talk about gardening the subject ranges from fruit orchards to long boulevard plantings. Gardening practitioners may specialize themselves in growing only one type of plant or they may also practice mixed plantings that involve many various plants.

Gardening requires active participation of the practitioner and it usually requires intensive works and discipline.
Here you'll find many tips and tricks that are related to gardening.

There are various methods, types and approaches to maintain a healthy and beautiful garden. You can find all of them here.

You may want to learn what's the proper way to landscape the yard, choosing the right soil, maintain the plants, growing indoor gardens, and many many more.

We also look forward to hear your insights, suggestions, and even requests around gardening and landscaping. So please don't forget to leave your precious comments...

Happy gardening... :)

Understanding About Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is not much different from regular gardening. The different is just that there is no use of synthetic or artificial fertilizers or pesticides.

This would probably make it difficult for one to protect the garden from insects, diseases and weeds. In organic gardening, plants and soil needs more care.

The first thing which comes in organic gardening is the soil. Organic matter should be added up in the soil for more productivity. The plants which are grown under organic gardening needs compost necessarily.

Compost made at home may include leaves, dead flowers, vegetable scraps, fruit rinds, grass clippings, manure, and several other things.

The soil which can be named as perfect must have a dark color, sweet smell and have plenty of earthworms. There are some soils which require comparatively more natural additives than regular soil may provide, like bonemeal, rock phosphates, or greensand. You can get to know about the nutrients which your soil needs by a simple pH balance test.

The thing which is a reason for the anxiety of even serious gardeners is the insects and they cause the gardeners to go for pesticides. Take some preventative measures to save your plants from insects and pests.

One thing which you need to keep in your mind that you need to maintain the water level of your plants balanced. They must not be too dry or too wet because insects always attack on unhealthy and weak plants.

If the plants are healthy, they will even overcome minor diseases by their selves. If you want your garden to be protective from pests then keeping a large variety of plants is obviously a good idea.

One idea which is the perfect one it that, try to grow your garden in such a way that it would be attractive and alluring to insect predators like ladybugs, birds, frogs and lizards.

This can be done by making a water place or by growing those plants which would be attractive for insects whose meal is nectar.

Sticky traps, barriers, and plant collars can also be used for this. You can find things in your home as well like insecticidal soaps, garlic and pepper.

Diseases can be avoided by the growth of disease resistant plants and they must be planted in prime conditions. A big reason for the disease to spread is the unhealthy air circulation, so to ensure protection from diseases, you need to have a proper site for your garden and a healthy way to water the plants.

In organic gardening, weeds are a trouble. You save your plants from weeds by the use of organic mulch but by spreading a layer of newspaper, cardboard or construction paper, under the mulch, plants can be more protective.

You can slow down the growth of weeds by putting corn meal gluten in early or starting season before plantation. An old tradition of hoeing and hand pulling is ever trustable. You need to be consistent in weed protection. You just need to mulch, pull and hoe and win the battle against weeds after a few seasons.

Organic gardening, if done properly and carefully, lets you have your plants truly clear from pesticides and much healthy. Organic gardening demands some extra time than regular gardening but after passing a reasonable time in organic gardening when you will get to know all of its benefits, you will worth it extra time.

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

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