Gardening is one of America’s top hobbies and with increased interest in nutrition, healthy eating, and saving money, growing a garden is gaining in popularity. Here are 8 tips for starting an organic garden.
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how their food is produced and the potential health and environmental hazards of pesticides, GMOs and unnatural farming practices. As a result, home gardening is gaining popularity as a way to reduce organic grocery bills and going green. Growing organically isn’t complicated, and these tips will surely help get your organic garden off to a great start.
8 Tips for Starting an Organic Garden
A productive organic garden starts with healthy soil.
Start your organic garden off the ground by adding good healthy compost from kitchen scraps and adding in an organic compost starter.
Consider using raised beds.
Raised beds help protect crops from wind and frost, thus could extend the growing season.
Start small and plant easy-to-grow-crops.
Many nutrient-packed vegetables grow quickly and easily and are less subject to weather-related problems than difficult-to-grow crops. Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, Asian greens, and similar crops take up little space, don’t mind cold weather, and grow quickly.
Contact your local Cooperative Extension office.
They have expertise on growing in your specific area and have experts and publications suited to your climate.
Buy Organic Pesticides.
Bacillus thuringiensis (BT), spinosad and diatomaceous earth are a few.
Give your veggies lots of daily sun.
The sunshine helps plants get off to a good start. Very important: Walk around your yard and check for sunny spots and shady areas. Most likely, the area that gets the most sun will grow the best vegetables.
Know when to plant and when to harvest.
Look around your neighborhood—find the neighbors with the best gardens. They probably know more than anybody in town about what to plant, when to plant, watering, harvesting, controlling bugs, etc. The other trait they usually have is that they love to share what they have learned with neighbors.
If wanting to grow perennial crops such as raspberries and blackberries, use a fence or put up a trellis for support. Each year these plants grow larger and larger and they will need something to climb on. A little shade is also good. Below is our blackberry bush. We had no idea when we planted it in our backyard 3 yrs ago that it would get this big…and it’s not even June yet. We will have enough berries to make lots of desserts!! Check out our trellis!!
For serious gardeners only!
Check out these three national organizations that serve both professional growers and home gardeners. They sell seeds and supplies and give free advice.
Buying a book on organic gardening (affiliate link) is always a good idea, and certainly an option.
Various information was taken from doTerra and Nature Path’s ebook.