There is an important aspect of organic gardening that you can very well relate to. Imagine this. You are hungry, haven’t been fed, nor taken a bath, you haven’t even pampered yourself. You’ve spent all your time working and taking care of others, but you haven’t tended yourself for your own good.
How would you feel? For the time being, you may be able to accept the fact. You may still tire yourself out without asking for anything in return. But as the days go by, you will feel the negative effects of the situation. You will no longer have the kind of energy that you used to. Your body will deteriorate until it can no longer function for the things that it used to do.
How is this related to the organic method of gardening? You can actually compare this to the state of the soil. Soil is a very important aspect in this type and all the other kinds of gardening. This is the base of everything. This is the foundation of your garden if it is not well tended and taken care of just as in the example above it will function for a while but it will soon give out and no longer function properly.
Depending where you live will determine to some extent what you will do to feed your soil. A sandy soil will require a different amendment than a clay soil but all soil needs water, air and light to be healthy. With organic methods you will be using stricly organic materials to feed and improve your soils. Basically this will be compost that will be added as an amendment to improve the soil tilth and its ability to support micro organisms and promote the water holding and drainage capacity of the soil.
A good compost will help to build the soil by feeding it with the nutrients it needs and to promote good microorganism growth. Fish oil and composted manure should also be added and over time the soil will be rejuvenated and become productive again. When you prepare your garden beds in the spring incorporate several inches of compost into the soil by laying it on top and working it into the first 6 inches of the soil. During the growing season use mulch as a compost to keep the soil moist and to help cut down on weeds that will rob the soil of needed moisture and nutrients. In the fall add more compost and till it in at the end of the season.
Another important factor is to never let the soil dry out. Moisture is critical for good plant growth as well as keeping the soil healthy. During dry periods provide supplemental irrigation in order to maintain a good moisture level. As you work with your soil you will see a significant improvement of yields and the health of your plants. Your soil will not be improved overnight. As you switch over to organic methods you will see defiantly see an improvement each season and be enjoying the benefits of chemical free gardening while providing for the natural reconditioning of the soil. As time goes on you will see a reduction of pest and disease as well.