Organic Bedding Plants

Building bedding in your garden is meant for planting specific plants. These beddings will help to protect the plants from weeds and to keep some plants away from others so that these plants would not be disturbing each other’s growth. Most gardeners often practice organic gardening, which does not harm the environment at all. Also by with organic gardens, these will produce vegetables without using herbicides and pesticides. Here is the information on how to use organic bedding plants.

Steps to organic bedding plants:

  • Before incorporating organic mulches into the flowerbed, gardeners must compost the mulch first. Pine bark humus will help to enhance the garden drainage. Gardeners can add anything to compost organic materials that the plants will need.
  • Some composters would also add worms into their compost because the worms will help to break the composted material. Gardeners should always turn over the compost materials frequently to make the compost stays aerated. Or, the decomposition will have a lack of oxygen, which will produce bad odors condition according to the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • It is important to use herbicides with organic mulches as they can bind with chemical herbicides and reduce their effectiveness. However, the organic herbicides will only work with the organic mulches. Plants with bedding do not need herbicides since the bedding will keep the weeds away from the treasured plants. Also, gardeners can pull out the weeds easily when it gets to the bedding.
  • Gardeners should not use treated wood if they want to make flowerbeds and other bedding out of wood. The reason is that the wood contains chemicals that can leach into the soil, which can harm the environment. When constructing a garden bedding, gardeners should use untreated wood.
  • The plants will continue to grow and develop roots, which bedding cannot hold. In this condition, the gardener will have to transfer the plant out from the bedding and to a larger gardening container or to the backyard. The plant will develop greater resistance to weeds as the plants get bigger and there will be no need to use pesticides and herbicides.
  • Gardeners should be careful when transplanting indoor plants to outdoors since these plants might not have stronger tissues to survive through the wind and temperatures.
  • Gardeners can remove the plants from the bedding and use steam treatments when the beddings suffered from fungal or bacterial infections. The steam treatments will kill all of the pathogens, but will not do any lasting negative effect to the environment since the steam is simply from water.

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Additional Reading:

The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth-Friendly Way (Rodale Organic Gardening Books)
What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies