Starting an Organic Garden
The first item is to decide how you will define "organic." The
definition of organic has been bandied about in the labeling wars, but
when referring to a garden, it's really about pesticides and fertilizers
more than anything else.
An organic garden has no chemical from
any source that would not be biodegradable or would be harmful to birds
or wildlife. However, some "organic" gardens have synthetic substances,
others do not. Decide for yourself and consider everything that goes
into the garden.
Planning is crucial to a successful organic
garden. You need to consider the layout of your plots. North-facing
gardens in the southern hemisphere and south-facing gardens in the
northern hemisphere are best. If your area is windy, you will need to find
solutions for this too. Fencing and wind barrier plantings are popular
ways to block excessive wind.
Having water close by is just as
important. Installing an irrigation system with a timer an ideal way to
go. It will make the difference between enjoying your garden and being a
slave to it. If you are planting trees and shrubs, check what their
mature size will be. Many shrubs and trees are difficult to move. Trees
will grow and make shade, so don't forget they do this. Sun-loving
plants and flowers can't thrive in the shade.
want to place your garden somewhere that gets at least six hours of
sunshine and is close to a source of water.
You want to be sure the soil drains well. Consider
building a raised bed. It will ensure good drainage as well as keeping
the soil suitably warm.
Next, weed the garden area thoroughly.
Mow, pull and dig up their roots. Till the soil and rake it smooth. Make
sure there are no more sprouts. If so, pull them out as well.
You want great nutrient-rich soil for your garden. You
can make your own compost with organic materials. Use fallen leaves,
pulled weeds before they go to seed, eggshells, coffee grounds or grass
clippings. Or else shop for it at a local nursery. Till this into the
soil to feed your plants, and use leftovers as mulch. You want at least
six inches of loose soil.
Only use plants that will thrive in
your region. Make sure to choose ones that are right for your hardiness
zone. Look for plants that have a proven record of success and disease
resistance. And always start from seeds. Nursery plants will most likely
have some amount of chemical fertilizer or pesticide on them.
Tend your garden well. A small organic garden that thrives is more
important than a large one that fails. Use heaps of organic mulch to
help suppress weeds. Try wood chips or grass clippings. The mulch will
also keep the soil moist so you don't need to water as often. Use
friendly insects, like ladybugs, to help keep your garden healthy and
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