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Organics - What to Grow

Organic Flowers - Brighter Colors, Stronger Scents

Organic flower gardening is one of the easiest and most enjoyable activities that you can indulge yourself with. Any long-time gardener will tell you that no matter how much they have grown, seeing their flowering plants blossom into these bunches of colors and sweet-smelling floral scents is truly a magical experience. That alone is enough to convince anyone to grow an organic flower garden.
In order to have a colorful garden all throughout the year, you must carefully choose your plants based on their life span and blooming season. Annual flowering plants are the easiest to grow and blossom, but they only live for one year. Perennial flowering plants have a much longer life cycle, but you will usually have to wait for two years before they start to bloom flowers. These plants are great if you want to enjoy flowers in your garden at the start of every summer and carry on for several months.  
It is so easy to find plants that will do well in sunny weather. Finding plants that will thrive in cold and darker climates is a bit more challenging. Pick plants whose blooming seasons fall on different times in a year so you are sure to have an array of beautiful flowers every season. Also, group small blooms in cluster and mix-match them with larger flowers to create an interesting combination of colors and texture in your garden.
Flowering plants do not require a special kind of soil as long as it's already prepped up with organic matters and nutrients that they need. Annuals planted in a nutrient-rich soil may no longer need to be fertilized unless they are planted in containers. Potted soil is easily depleted of nutrients and must be replenished every once in a while.
Perennials, however, will need organic fertilizers (compost and mulching are recommended) once or twice each growing season because they will feed on the same soil for many years. Just be careful when applying organic fertilizers, as too much can damage their roots. Go easy on foliar applications as well, because too much can burn the flowers.   

Organic Fruits - The Taste Says it All

Fruit are commonly divided into two categories, tree fruit and small fruit. Some examples of small fruits are strawberries and blueberries, while tree fruit are typically apples, peaches, and pears. There are a few good reasons to grow your own fruit in your home garden or as part of your edible landscape. You can harvest the fruit at their peak and you can grow the ones you enjoy the most. There is no better tasting fruit than one grown fresh and harvested to your liking. Another benefit is having the ability of growing a variety of different fruits that can produce a crop from spring to fall, starting with strawberries in the spring and ending with apples in the fall. 
When growing fruits, most plants need their flowers pollinated. There are two types of pollination, self-pollination and cross-pollination. Self-pollination is when the flowers on a plant are dusted with their own pollen, and cross-pollination is when a plants flower needs to be pollinated by another cultivar.  Apples, like McIntosh for example, need to be planted nearby to supply the pollen needed to produce fruit. 
Tree fruits, like apples and peaches for example, can be a challenge to grow in the home garden because they are susceptible to pests that need to be controlled. With a little care you can control these problems with organic methods that won't need the use of a toxic chemical that can harm you and the environment.
Fruits grown in the home garden are a crop that can be grown by natural organic methods, and can be grown without the use of toxic chemicals being sprayed on them like commercial growers use. This allows you to grow a healthier fruit for both you and the environment.

Organic Herbs and Veggies

Growing fresh herbs and vegetables is much simpler than it may seem. The good news is that fertilizers and all of those nasty pesticides are unnecessary. The popularity of herbs is due to the fact that they take little space and can be grown in just about any size pot and are often used as an indoor plant while maturing. If you are just starting out growing your own herbs, the basic essential herbs for cooking are: basil, chive, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, marjoram and thyme. These herbs can be grouped in "classic" herb gardens and can be incorporated into flower beds or vegetable gardens. 
There is nothing better than having fresh herbs available to you whenever you need them. Herbs can be harvested during the growing season for your daily use. At the end of the growing season, they can be harvested for drying and stored for use in the months when fresh herbs aren't readily available. Save seeds from the dried herbs to propagate the following year.
Organic vegetables are not quite as easy to grow as herbs, but the end results are very favorable. Most organic vegetable growers do it for three reasons: taste, enjoyment and saving money. More and more beginner gardeners are realizing that a small investment of money can bring an annual savings of ten times the investment amount.

Organic Heirlooms

Heirloom seeds are open pollinated and produce the same plant year after year. All you have to do is save the seeds and replant the following year. These seeds usually have a historical past to them and have been carried down from generation to generation.