So what is organic gardening?
It’s growing produce without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides. Organic gardens are chemical-free, which makes them good for the environment. And organically grown vegetables are good for you.
If you want to grow your own vitamin rich organic veggies, here’s a step-by-step guide that will help you get started.
Step 1: Choose the Right Location
Choose a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day during the growing seasons. You should also try to choose a spot that’s flat and even and doesn’t slope. But keep in mind that you can correct some of these issues using soil.
Finally, for the sake of convenience, choose a site that’s close to your water supply, and wherever you store your gardening tools.
Step 2: Prepare Your Garden Bed
How large do you want your garden to be?
Well, how much produce do you want to grow? You should also consider how much garden you’ll have time to care for. Remember, the bigger the garden, the longer it will take to maintain it.
Lay out some rope or wooden boards in the size and shape you want your garden to be, and then make adjustments.
Once you’ve settled on a size and shape, remove any obstructions (like rocks, gravel and existing plants) from that spot, and then start digging to create your garden bed.
Step 3: Prepare Your Soil
The better your soil, the more successful your organic garden will be. And you can improve the condition of your soil by adding soil amendments.
When choosing a soil amendment, you can’t go wrong with compost. In fact, many consider it the best soil amendment for new organic gardens.
You can make compost yourself. Alternatively, you can buy compost that’s already been made and is ready to use.
Step 4: Choose Your Plants
The next step is to buy plants or seeds for your garden. And if you want to see fast results, using plants is your best option.
Unfortunately, many plants are loaded with pesticides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers, and other chemicals. For your organic garden, you should only use organically-grown plants, which will be clearly labeled as such.
You can find organically-grown plants at many garden centers, nurseries, and even the gardening sections of some department stores. But, if all else fails, you can buy organic plants and seeds online.
Step 5: Start Planting
Here are the steps you should follow when planting an organic plant.
- Dig a hole for the plant. The hole should be about twice as wide as the root ball, but only deep enough for the root ball to fit.
- Thoroughly wet the root ball. This will help the plant “take” once it’s been planted in the ground.
- Place the plant in the hole, root ball first, and then backfill the hole with soil.
- Water the plant and surrounding soil.
Repeat with the rest of your plants, and you’re done.
Now that your garden is planted, all that’s left to do is maintain it, and wait for the harvest. And, sooner than you think, you’ll be enjoying your very own delicious, vitamin-rich organic veggies.