These are the steps to general maintenance of organic plants:
1.) Maintain a good quality soil
The soil is the setting of your plants. Having a good quality soil is essential for the growth and the quality of your plants as well. You should know and test your soil. There are different soil types namely, clay, sandy, and loam soils. Each of which has different watering needs. Loosening the soil prior to watering your plants will be beneficial. It would quickly absorb the water and nutrients.
These are few tips on how to maintain a good quality soil:
a.) Nutrient retention
b.) Nutrient availability
c.) Moisture retention
d.) Pest and disease control
f.) Degradation and pollutants
2.) Maintaining proper irrigation
Water is a vital component of our bodies. It is an essential resource for all living things. This goes true for other animals and plants as well. Plants need water in their everyday life making water an essential component in the general maintenance of organic plants. You do not want your plant to lack water and drown from water as well. Over-watering causes the leaching of essential soil nutrients and can leave a negative impact on the plants’ health. Proper management of water irrigation and consumption is an important aspect of sustaining your plants. Right amount at the right time will be of consideration. There are various irrigation techniques and strategies. Water is usually applied through in-ground irrigation systems. These systems generally have automated control features. However, it would still be advised to closely monitor it to ensure having genuine processes.
3.) Pest and disease control
Just like the human body, plants get sick too. To maintain healthy organic plants, you should get rid of the risks that will threaten your plants’ life. This does not threaten the plant alone but as well as its soil. Members of these threats include pests and diseases. There are pests and diseases from plants and from the soil. In organic gardening, only non-toxic methods for treating and preventing pests and diseases are applied. Maintaining to have a healthy plant will contribute to fewer pests and diseases. If there are pests or diseases observed, it would be best to remove it before it spreads.
Plants need nutrients and vitamins to grow. To boost your organic plants’ growth and consumed nutrients, natural fertilizers will be used. In organic gardening, fertilizers will be in the form of composts. Examples of which are the natural composts like green manures, animal manures, kitchen and yard wastes, etc. Animals like earthworms also contribute to the fertilization of the soil. There two types of organic fertilizer; dry organic fertilizer and liquid organic fertilizer.
5.) Planting techniques
After you have your first batch of organic plants, you might want to plant again. There are several planting techniques to be used to maintain quality plants and soil even after planting again and again. It can serve as a general maintenance for your organic plants. Planting techniques contribute to generating and maintaining a healthy soil later a healthy plant as well.