Before we learn how to start one's own organic garden, lets first get to a little about Organic Gardening.
Organic Gardening could be looked upon as a form of a gardening system that endeavours for sustainability, biological diversity and fertile, nutrient-rich soil. It aims at achieving all that without the usage of synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and growth hormones.
Here is a list of super easy steps that you can follow to get going with your organic gardening:
1. Planting Bed
Keep the following in mind when choosing a space to plant your garden:
- Your desired gardening area should also be exposed to a minimum of 7 hours of sunlight every day.
- If available, always plant in natural ground as it is rich in nutrients required for a good yield.
- However, if you live in an area where the availability of natural soil patches is scarce, you may try a raised bed or a container garden.
- A few tools you could get started with could be a Shovel, a fork and a rake.
3. Preparing Your Raised Bed
- As mentioned above, raised beds can be a viable solution for you if you want to grow plants or crops in areas with limited or no availability of natural soil.
- These are also a good option for beginners and offer a bit of creativity.
- To get started with, border the bed with brick, stone or even natural wood to separate it from potential contaminants and make sure that the border is at least 16 inches high to ensure that your garden has protected roots.
- Once this is done, you can fill the bed with compost to start preparing the area for planting.
- After selecting and preparing viable condition for growing (choosing a perfect tract of soil, bed or container) one essential element still remains - choosing plants and crops that grow best in your region and climatic conditions. Find out which crops grow best in your region to experience a high yield.
- Also, consider companion plants to grow alongside your primary plants/crops. These can act beneficial for your crop in two ways -
a. They can provide essential nutrients to promote better growth or,
b. may specialize in repelling pests that would otherwise be attracted to your crops.
5. Care and Maintenance
- If you are watering your garden by hand instead of relying on a soaker hose or drip system, water your garden in the morning. This can increase the amount of water that your plants or crops retain while also reducing the likelihood of detrimental mildew forming on your crops.
- For a high and healthy yield, keep a check on soil pH level and maintain it in the range of 6.5-7.0. (this may differ slightly depending upon the climatic conditions in your region)
- Observe and detect pest populations. If companion planting does not help with repelling all of the pests, consider deterrents like Neem Oil. Generally, you should check for pests in your garden at least twice a week.
- Add compost and Manure to your garden.
- If you notice weeds growing, address them as soon as they appear. While a hoe and/or other tools can be used to pluck them from your garden, hand-picking can be the less invasive and a more natural way to preserve your garden of weeds. (Taking the time to manually pull them out also protects the viability of your garden, as the potential damage to surrounding plants/crops decreases.)
- Check your garden every day for weed sprouts. To help prevent the formation of weeds altogether, consider mulching with organic material that is readily available, such as fallen leaves from your trees or grass from your backyard.
Just follow these simple instructions and you’re all set to grow your own organic and healthy yield! Head on to AllThatGrows today and experience the joy of organic gardening with our non-hybrid and GMO-free seeds.