How to start your own organic garden

There is a great written and spoken about a healthy diet and one of the things that the health conscious has turned to is organic food that needs no artificial ‘’encouragement ‘’ to grow. Within an organic garden nature is largely left to take its course; the aim is not quantity but purity and hence herbicides and pesticides are avoided at all costs. Establishing an organic garden and maintaining it is not especially difficult if you have some space in the garden that gets help from nature and that includes the sun.

You should not be too ambitious initially. You can always increase the area you are using for organic produce once you have mastered the skills involved. After all, if you are growing vegetables you don’t need a huge area to produce all the vegetables you can eat. Incidentally, there is no problem actually experimenting by using containers or window boxes of a suitable size.

Good Soil

Good soil can be developed by the addition of compost and this is something you need to start. It may be leaves, weeds before they seed or grass cuttings; anything natural. Soil is key to the garden. It provides the nourishment that otherwise would have to come from fertilizers. You need to avoid compaction which not only makes it harder for you to dig but also harder for roots to establish themselves within the ground. Water and air are nature’s ‘’fertilizers’’ in a way and good soil helps them with their jobs. Clay at one end of the spectrum and sand at the other are not ideal and the addition of compost will improve soil that has too much content of either.

Weeds

Weeds are fine decomposing within a compost pile but they must be regularly removed if they begin to invade the garden. You may be able to hoe some of them to remove them and hand weeding around plants also prevents any damage.

Weeds find it hard to establish themselves if you plant fairly thickly. If you are leaving an area for any reason then try a mulch made up of bark and wood chips as a means of controlling weeds. In time the mulch will help enrich the soil as well.

As you learn about an organic garden you can become more proactive throughout the whole of your area. While a lawn can look very nice it takes a great deal of your time to keep it in good condition especially if you have decided you don’t want weed killers and fertilizers anywhere near. You can have a natural looking green area with other plants within a less closely cropped lawn. After all you will welcome birds, worms and insects as part of your project; they will help you with your organic garden as part of a function they perform for nature as a whole. It is never too early to think about creating an organic garden and with time you may well be the envy of your neighbors.

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