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Spring Gardening Tips

 

Getting your garden off to a solid start is one of the most important things you can do to ensure success.  Follow the tips outlined below and watch your vegan organic spring garden flourishes and blossoms.

 

Planning

 

  1. Choose planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, wind and distance from water source.
  2. Study garden for gaps that can be filled by spring-flowering bulbs, and order in August for best selection.
  3. Choose flowering trees and shrubs for color and time of bloom to add to the garden in the autumn.

 

Survey the Yard

 

  1. Make note of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures.
  2. Cut down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile.

 

Mulch

 

Mulch provides a blanket that helps keep moisture in the soil and prevent roots from getting too hot or cold and reduce weed problems.  Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms.

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Compost For Your Garden

 

Composting is a natural biochemical process of decomposition.  It is possible for every vegan organic grower to produce the darkest, nutrient-rich, earth-smelling compost.  Well-made compost is the building block from which your vegan garden will grow.  The soil and humus that are created from your scraps are also essential to revitalizing your garden and providing your household and garden plants with the nutrients they need to thrive.

 

Building your own basic compost pile is simple to do.  All you need is ‘green’ (nitrogen-rich) and ‘brown’ (carbon-rich) material from your yard waste and household food scraps, and a good place to put it.  The golden rule of composting is ingredients of 2 parts ‘green’ and 1 part ‘brown’ in the presence of air and moisture.  Too much green (nitrogen) and your compost will become green, slimy and probably smelly.  Too much brown (carbon) and you’re going to get just that, a pile of brown twigs and plant stalks that take too long to break down.

 

1. Compost Ingredients

 

Green (nitrogen-rich, lush and fresh):

Leftover fruits and veggies from the garden, vegetable and fruit peelings,  crop residues/foliage, grass cuttings, flowers and cuttings, weeds (without seeds and chopped if needed to prevent re-growth), green plant cuttings, coffee grounds, young hedge trimmings, seaweed and kelp. Read more

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Intro To Vegan Organic Gardening

 

Vegan organic gardening or veganic gardening is a system of gardening that does not use toxic sprays, chemicals and animal products or by-products.  Vegan gardening methods allow us to minimize the harm to any animal that occurs in food production.  Pesticides are not applied, which would indiscriminately kill bumblebees, butterflies and other insects, then washed into streams and groundwater to cause further harm to fishes and other aquatic animals.

 

Vegan gardening refuses all fertilizers such as blood and bone meal, fish products, manures, or other animal-origin matter, as they are sourced from industries that exploit and enslave sentient beings.  As these products may carry diseases that breed in intensive animal husbandry operations, veganic gardening is also a safer, healthier way to grow our food.

 

In veganic gardening, soil fertility is maintained using vegetable compost, green manures, crop rotation, mulching, and other sustainable, ecological methods.  Some vegan gardeners may supplement this with human urine from vegans (which provides nitrogen) and ‘humanure’ from vegans, produced from compost toilets.  Read more