Starting in Organic Gardening: Beginner Gardening Tips
The internet has really been one of the best things to have happened, in that it puts a wealth of information at our fingertips. However, having too much information available is sometimes a bad thing. In fact, this is exactly the case as far as organic gardening is concerned, in that the average person has read so much about it that they simply end up becoming confused about getting started with organic gardening. If you enjoy reading this article, you should check out my latest article entitled, “DIY Gardening: Are You Cut Out for It?”.
In this short article we’re going to try and skip all the unnecessary nonsense, and instead, we’ll discuss the four most basic steps you’ll need to take in order to get your organic garden up and running.
Having a Plan in Place
The first step to having an organic garden is you need to make sure you have a plan in place.
- Having a good plan will not only mean you’ll achieve better results, but it will also help you to avoid doing a lot of unnecessary work.
- Most importantly of all; it will inevitably allow you to save money.
- So, what all should be taken into consideration during the planning stage?
- First and foremost, you’ll need to decide where about on your property you want the garden to be.
- You do however need to remember that the location of your garden doesn’t only depend on your personal preferences, but instead, it needs to be in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
- It also needs to be in an area that has good soil and plenty of fresh air.
- While air circulation is crucial, you don’t want your garden in an area of your property which is often exposed to strong winds.
- Lastly but not least, you’ll need to decide what type of produce you wish to grow.
Soil Preparation Tips:
The second most important step is for you to make sure your soil has been properly prepared, bearing in mind that soil quality is the key to success when it comes to organic gardening.
- Ideally, the most desirable pH for soil in an organic garden is 6.8, so you may want to consider purchasing a test kit.
- You’ll also need to make sure that the soil is highly fertile, but of course this can be achieved by adding nutrient-rich compost.
- Once you’re satisfied with the pH, and you’re confident that the soil is fertile; you can go ahead and begin planting.
- Dealing with weeds is something all gardeners have to put up with, and organic gardening is no exception.
- The best way for you to deal with this problem is to remove weeds whenever you see them.
Of course the easiest way to get started with the planting is simply to go to the nearest garden center and purchase a variety of plants which have already been started. However, no matter what the garden center tells you, if you go this route you can never be sure as to whether or not there have been any chemical fertilizers used during the time in which the plants have been growing. The only way for you to be sure your crops will be 100% organic is if you start all of them from seed yourself.
The fourth and final step is the ongoing maintenance of your organic garden.
- Not only does this mean you need to keep the garden free of weeds, but you’ll also need to take steps in orders to prevent pest infestations.
- Remember, this is an organic garden so you don’t want to be using any chemical based pesticides.
- One of the best ways to achieve this is to grow certain plants which are known to attract beneficial insects and bugs.
- Such insects will go a long way in controlling the populations of those bugs you don’t want.