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Growing An Organic Garden

Have you decided that now is the time to do something about your health and grow your own food organically?  Organic gardening will provide you with nutritious food that tastes great and, more importantly, it is much more healthy than chemically grown food.

Great, you deserve a pat on the back for being concerned about what goes into your body.  Your health is the most important thing you have and the food you eat plays the biggest part in your health.  There is way more to gardening organically than I can pack into one little article, but maybe I can give you a start.

Plan

The first thing to do is to sit down and think about what you are going to do.  Where you are going to put the garden, what you plan to raise and what you will need to reach that goal.

Soil

If possible, start a compost pile the year before you are going to start gardening.  If you do not have time to do that you will need to purchase the compost.  The first year you may need to till the ground with a rototiller to loosen the soil.  After you have built up the soil with your compost you can plant right into the soil.

Seed

I encourage you to use organic seed.  It is more expensive, but it is also chemical free and that is why we are doing this.  Many seed catalogs now have organic seed available.

Plants

Plants, also, need to be raised organic.  The best way to get organic plants is to raise the plants yourself.  It is not hard to start plants from seed, you just need to get started a little earlier on your project.

Compost

Spread about an inch of compost on the soil and mix it in.  As you sow seeds and set out plants place a little compost in the row and around the plant.

Mulch

Mulch everything.  I even mulch my paths between the rows.  You will thank me for this suggestion.  It will save you much time and labor by keeping your garden, almost, weed free.

Row Cover

Row cover is the best invention ever.  Stretch row cover over your plants to keep the bugs off, and it will frustrate the rabbits.

Harvest

Congratulations, you have done a good job.  Enjoy the efforts of your labor.  Preserve as much of your harvest in the freezer or by canning as possible.  It will taste even better in the middle of the winter.  

Great gardening,
Steve

Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century.  Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul.  It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.  

Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family.  Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.

 

Home Organic Garden Tips

Sometimes people think organic gardening is not worth the effort.  Let me help you to a better understanding of what you do in an organic garden.  If you follow the right methods organic gardening can be a fun family project.

Here are three tips to gardening that will help you make your gardening more pleasurable and much easier.  Those tips are to use compost for fertilizer, properly prepare the soil and use lots of mulch.

Compost for fertilizer

If you are an organic gardener you will want to use compost.  I know you think that maintaining a compost pile is a lot of work, right?  It does not have to be.  You do not need to have any fancy bins or break your back turning the compost.

I keep my compost in a pile; I try to keep it neat.  And, I do not turn my compost pile.  Just let it sit until everything breaks down and put it on the garden.  Now, you will need more compost to use this system, but to me, that is better than turning the pile.  That gets to be work.

Make your pile out of kitchen scraps, yard waste and anything else you can find.  I mix in about an inch of compost before planting and scratch a little around the plants as they grow.  It really does not take that much compost to grow great veggies.

Soil preparation

If you are starting a new garden bed you will probable need to till the soil to get it loose enough to plant.  But, once you get established you do not need to till very often if you are doing everything else right.

Once your garden is established, and you are keeping it well mulched, you can just pull the much back and set your plants or sow your seed.  There is no need to run the tiller every time you plant something.  This saves a lot of time and labor, plus it helps your soil structure.

Mulching

Mulch can be a life saver.  It makes your gardening so much easier and is so much better for your garden.  With mulch you do not need to spend a sweaty tiring weekend weeding the garden.  Why?  There are few weeds.  Just walk through the garden, every once in awhile, and pull the little weeds as they stick up their heads and that’s it.

Your mulch can be a commercial biodegradable material or it can be leaves leftover from the fall.  I use straw, as I can find it locally, but you can use most anything organic to smother out the weeds.

Following the above three tips for home organic gardening will help you garden easier with a lot less work and a lot more fun.  Get the family involved in the gardening project.  Many kids do not know where their food comes from.

Great gardening,
Steve

Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century.  Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul.  It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.  

Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family.  Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.