Starting an Organic Garden

Organic gardening has become increasingly popular in the recent years. Some people grow organic garden to save money, some for pleasure and the others for both. However, most people are primarily interested in harvesting truly healthy and nutrient rich vegetables. There are several ways to grow organic vegetables and the only rule is actually to use 100% organic products only.

Everyone can grow an organic garden but there are several factors to pay attention to in order to make your organic garden a success. First, you need to determine the best location for your garden. In addition to convenience such as access to water, you should make sure that the chosen location for your garden receives plenty of direct sunlight because most vegetables prefer sunny areas. Most of them will grow in shaded or partly shaded areas as well but they will not thrive if not provided optimal conditions for growth which also include quality soil that is well drained.

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This leads to another highly important factor you should take into account before starting an organic garden – the soil. As already mentioned earlier, most vegetables prefer well drained soil and grow best in neutral or slightly alkaline rather than acidic soil. For that reason you are highly recommended to have your soil analysed in order to be able to improve it if necessary. How? Very easily. Dig plenty of organic matter such as compost and mulch into the soil.

The next step is to inform yourself about plants that grow well in region and climate because you will achieve the greatest success with vegetables that are naturally resistant to weather conditions in your area. When you determine which vegetables grow well in your environment, you should order seeds or purchase seedlings. However, make sure that they are certified organic. And no, not all seeds are organic. Some are treated with chemicals against pests and diseases which do not belong to an organic garden.

But how can you protect your vegetables from pests and diseases? Well, a successful organic gardener primarily focuses on prevention which includes providing the plants optimal conditions for growth. This means that following the above mentioned tips for starting an organic garden helps you protect your vegetables from pests and diseases because plants that have optimal conditions for growth will fight off infestations a lot easier which actually makes sense. A person who eats well and has a healthy lifestyle is less likely to get ill and recover from illness a lot easier and faster than someone who does not get all the necessary nutrients. In fact, deficiency of any kind of nutrient can make you ill and plants are no different.

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Providing the plants optimal conditions for growth which also include regular watering, weeding and giving the vegetables plenty of space sometimes is not enough to protect them from pest and diseases which can cause a substantial damage to your organic garden. For that reason it is very important to inspect your vegetables for any signs of infestations frequently because all pests and diseases are fought off a lot easier if acting promptly. Again, the use of any chemicals is strictly forbidden. To repel, mitigate or destroy pests, use 100% organic pesticides only. These are made of all natural ingredients and do not cause any harm to the environment. You can find organic pesticides at your local plant store or nursery, while some can be easily made on your own at home.

You may not achieve success with your organic garden in the first or even the second year but it crucial to keep trying because you will figure it out sooner or later. And when you do, you will harvest delicious, nutrient rich and truly healthy vegetables.