Growing Vegetables in Your Organic Garden: Fertilization 101
Mulching is almost synonymous with fertilisation when it comes to effective vegetable gardening in organic gardening. However, there are other considerations, such as the use of fertilisers, which can be obtained naturally or commercially. Simply put, it entails surrounding your plants with matter, either organic or inorganic.
It not only fertilises but also protects your soil. Whether your garden is subjected to heavy rains or weed infestation, mulches provide the necessary protection and strengthening to supplement the natural growth processes of your organic garden vegetables. Aside from that, it regulates the temperature of the soil and can add aesthetic appeal to the garden by improving the ground texture and overall appearance.
Less watering is required if you have effectively established mulches in your garden because it also helps the plants retain water. The plants will also benefit from increased growth and moisture retention. Although it is known to aid in weed control, it does not directly fight or repel weeds. It simply acts as a filler for bare areas that are prone to weed infestation. Persistent weeds can also die off as they push their way through the mulched soil.
In the case of organic mulches, bacteria have a tendency to eat up the much-needed nitrogen, so you may need to inject additional nitrogen dosages in some cases. Mulching materials include lawn clippings, compost piles, leaves, straw, sawdust, and wood chips. These are some examples of organic mulching materials. If you choose inorganic, plants placed on a hill often produce the best results.
When fertilising your soil with mulch, you may need to be more careful with your organic garden. When using inorganic fabrics, you may need to water more frequently, and you must also keep an eye out for a greater tendency to wilt because the ground cover is more crowded.
Testing your soil is a good way to ensure that your fertilisation is effective. You can’t afford to buy fertiliser in bulk only to discover that it’s not the right fertiliser for your soil. The best way to ensure that you get the best fertiliser is to conduct an actual test on a sample of soil from your garden.
When you apply fertiliser, it is often recommended that you keep it up. A budget for high-quality fertiliser is also a must-have for any gardener, particularly a beginner. There are also some fertilisers that are only intended to be used at the start of the planting process and do not need to be used throughout your gardening activities. In any case, make certain that you are getting your money’s worth and that the fertiliser you are applying to your garden has been tried and tested on your soil type.
Even if you add fertilisers or inorganic mulch to your soil, organic matter is still the best source of fertilisation for your plants, and it closely follows the natural growth process of plants. If at all possible, avoid introducing too many chemical interventions into your soil so that the plants become accustomed to growing and reaching their full potential through natural means.