—The sun has just barely begun to send little arms of warmth wrapping around the yard. You eagerly take in their hug as your skin prickles with the cool breeze. Steam rises peacefully from the mug of tea that has kept your soul warm this morning.
From your private vantage point you can see the delicious rainbow that all of your hard work has created in the garden. Strawberries that have been untouched by any little creatures. There is a low forming jungle of tomato plants that have grown stronger than any year before.—
Have you already started your garden this year?
How is it growing?
What if I told you that essential oils can help your garden? Well, it’s true. Today I will be sharing a few tips for gardening naturally, with and without doTERRA.
Natural plant food.
You can use everything from used coffee ground (I do suggest Organic if possible, both for you and your plants) to banana peels, egg shells and wood ash. All are great options, too. If you are working with wood ash make sure there wasn’t any chemicals used to start the fire. It’s so easy too! Just work one, or all of them, into the dirt around where you are planting. If you haven’t started planting yet, you can also place them in the hole you are going to plant in.
Epsom salts are a great double pronged attack. Just sprinkle them on top of the soil around your plants. They add magnesium to the soil and also fend off slugs! Of if you want to go an easier route, you can use an organic fertalizer.
Limit mold and fungus.
You can help protect your precious food supply by watering early in the morning. This will allow plenty of time for your garden to soak up all it needs and for the leaves to dry off before the cool night comes, that is when powdery mildew will go crazy.
It will also help if you add an inch or two of mulch or straw (depending on the plant, they might even love all those pine needles you have falling in the yard. Two birds, one stone). This will not only keep the moisture in, to limit watering, but it will also keep the dirt off of the leaves to minimize mold and mildew.
Keeping the pesky pests away.
You can keep those little boogers out without any nasty chemicals on your yummy food!
One option is to try a natural predator. You can buy Live Lady Bugs or build a bat house and invite those friendly guys over for a dinner feast. That is my goal for this summer. If you have never been able to watch bats dive and soar in the evening then you are really missing out on some fun!
Another option is to grow another plant that repels pests. Peppermint is well known for keeping away spiders, ticks and mice. You can plant it around (careful, it will take over with weed-like fervor) or you can use the oil and make a spray. Plus, at just $27.33 for the 250 drop (15ML) bottle, it comes out to about 54⊄ per bottle made (I am saying to use about 5 drops per spray bottle). TerraShield is a blend made by doTERRA specifically to keep bugs away. They even have it in a spray bottle to keep the pests away from you and your pets! Say goodbye to those nasty mosquito sprays!
“My garden was being attacked by a beetle-like bug. It was eating away at everything, especially my favorite lily plant. I put a couple drops of TerraShield® in a spray bottle with water, sprayed the plants, and the beetle moved on! doTERRA was part of my inspiration for my garden.” -Kristen Willis
Essential Oils for Garden Pests:
– See more at: The doTERRA Blog
Keeping the weeds at bay.
Vinegar is super great! It makes an effective natural herbicide and weed killer. You can also dissolve Epsom salts in to give it an extra kick. All you need to do is put it in a spray bottle and go to town. Or if it’s a large patch you might just like to take the gallon jug, like me, and start pouring. 🙂
To fend weeds off before they start, use newspaper. If you lay soaked newspaper (at least 6 lays thick, overlapping) in your garden area and cover with mulch it will go a long way to stop weeds, before they start. Pay careful attention not to cover up any seeds you may have planted!
My Favorite: Companion Planting.
Did you know that some plants grow better when they are planted next to certain others? (I tend to grow better when I am planted around people with happy souls. Anyone else feel me?) People have been using these symbiotic relationships for centuries, but I have a new modern twist for you! Essential Oils. Maybe the companion plant doesn’t grow well in your Zone, or you simply don’t like it and won’t eat it, so why waste it?
“I have been an organic farmer for 35 years. I have been using essential oils in my gardens since I have been with doTERRA. I teach the organic portion of “The Master Gardener” class for my local area. My class this year will include the wonderful uses of doTERRA essential oils in the garden—not only for pest management, but also for plant vigor and growth. I don’t use any chemicals in my garden at all and love sharing new and safe ways to enjoy gardening! I have substituted doTERRA essential oils for companion plants—the results are amazing! For example, basil is a great companion plant for tomatoes. I use Basil essential oil in my watering can to give the plants a dose that can be absorbed through the root system, or I use it as a foliar spray. This helps to give the tomato plant great vigor for growth and plant resistance.” -Kay Pittman – See more at: The doTERRA Blog
Here are a few good companion match-ups:
Cilantro for Spinach
Basil for Peppers and Tomatoes
Oregano for Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Peppers
Rosemary for Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower
Thyme for Broccoli, Cauliflower and Strawberries
I hope that these tips can help you have your best gardening year! If you have any tips that you would like to share, please leave a comment. I could use some seasoned tips on gardening. Thank you!
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