When it comes to gardening, there are many different ways to approach the activity. Some people prefer a more traditional, structured way of gardening, while others take a more naturalistic approach. There are pros and cons to both methods, but ultimately the choice is up to the gardener.
What is a natural garden and what are the benefits of having one
A natural garden is one that is not treated with synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Instead, it uses materials such as compost and mulch to improve soil conditions and keep plants healthy naturally. The result is healthier plants without the use of chemicals which can be harmful to you, your family, and pets if ingested or absorbed into their skin. Another benefit of growing organically in the home environment, especially on a balcony or terrace, is less weeding and maintenance than regular gardens. It also makes it easier for apartment and condo dwellers who may not have access to a larger outdoor space
How to design a natural garden
When determining how to design your natural garden, think of the purpose you’d like it to serve. Do you want it to act as a screening barrier or privacy fence? Or maybe you need something with height for structure in an area where plants won’t grow. Before starting your design, take some measurements and use graph paper to plan out your planting beds. Draw trees, shrubs, plants, and paths that connect them all together into the shape of your garden
How to plant and care for plants in a natural garden
Before adding soils or mulches to your natural garden make sure they are free from the chemical residue by testing them at a gardening lab or university extension office. Natural fertility is also helpful in keeping plants’ root zones aerated and loosened. Although they can be made at home from ingredients such as alfalfa meal, dried blood, or fish meal, it is easier to buy them from a garden center.
When planting in a natural garden make sure to give plants plenty of space for growth and remember that most don’t need a lot of supplemental watering once they are established
What types of plants work best in a natural garden no matter your climate?
Many native plant species work well in natural gardens some need full sun and others just dappled shade. A great way to start is by adding some sort of ground cover such as ivy that will protect soil patches and feed the soil as it grows. For taller plants, look for fragrant flowers that attract beneficial insects or try red buckeye or other spring-blooming trees to bring pollinators in early
How to deal with pests and diseases in a natural garden
If you do happen to get an infestation of something like aphids in your natural garden, the best way to get rid of them is by handpicking them off your plants or spraying insecticidal soap onto affected areas. If this doesn’t work it might be time to introduce some beneficial bugs like ladybugs into your outdoor space on a regular basis. For more serious infections like rust fungus on roses, fungicides are available at gardening centers. However, these should only be used as a last resort since they will kill all the beneficial insects in your garden and cause more harm than good.
A garden can be a beautiful addition to any property, and there are many different ways to create a natural garden. In this article, we’ve shared some tips on how to get started with your own natural garden, as well as providing some resources for further reading. We hope you find these tips helpful and that you enjoy creating your very own natural garden!