All of us love good food and nothing beats food grown from our very own organic garden plots. Firstly, we are sure that it is safe and chemical-free. Secondly, fruit and vegetables freshly picked from our own backyard tastes heavenly. Thirdly, we enjoy it more mainly because they are the fruits of our labor.
Before we even dream of placing our home grown food on our table, we have some planting tasks to do. Many think that organic gardening is too hard or too time consuming or this or that. But organic gardening is not rocket science; you don’t have to be a great intellectual to understand the principles of natural farming in organic garden plots.
Organic gardening is a system of interrelated methods and principles. You cannot apply one principle and ignore the others, such as avoiding synthetic fertilizers but spraying chemical pesticides for pest control. For you to say that your produce truly came from organic garden plots, it has to be chemical free from seed to serving. And that means, taking into consideration the following:
The best garden soil should be a little loose but moist enough to form a lump in your hand when you apply a slight pressure to it. Try making raised organic garden plots 2-3 feet wide by 6-18 inches high, tilling the soil using a shovel or a hoe. If your soil is less than perfect, you can improve its condition by working some compost into it. There are soil conditioners available in local stores if you are looking for quick and easy solutions, but be aware that they make not be organic and you can be introducing chemicals to your soil.
It may be tedious at the beginning but raise garden beds can make your tasks easier in the long run. There is less weeding to do, focused fertilization and watering, and the soil does not get compacted because you won’t be stepping on it.
Seeds and Seedlings
To make gardening more enjoyable, choose plants that you and your family love to eat, such as growing a salad bowl! Of course this goes without saying that your seeds should be certified organic. These can be harder to find, but persevere and ask around if you are having trouble sourcing organic seeds. You can also use organic seedlings for your organic garden plots so you don’t have to worry whether your seeds will germinate or not (this is especially recommended for beginners). You can even ask for tips from the people where you bought your organic seedlings, as they can often be experts in the field.
Choosing the right location for your organic garden plots is important for your gardening success. Select an area that is exposed to direct sunlight at least 6 hours a day so that your vegetables will grow strong and healthy. If you do not have this much sunlight, choose green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, Swiss chard or salad greens as they thrive well in less sunlight. You can also try a mobile garden. Plant vegetables in pots and move them around to get maximum sun exposure.
It is also a good idea to choose an area that is easily accessible. The best spots may be next to your house, near a pathway or somewhere that see every day. This will encourage you to visit it regularly for a few minutes and thus maintain it regularly. A garden located somewhere out of sight can be easily forgotten.
Companion planting is an excellent principle to apply in organic gardening. Certain plants thrive well together and enhancing each other’s growth. When they are planted next to each other, they promote pollination and organic pest control thereby increasing crop productivity. Plants like sunflowers attract lady bugs that eat aphids, and certain herbs repel pests. Aside from that, companion planting allows efficient use of space.
When you do your own gardening, you are in full control of what goes into your soil and your plants. Remember, we are what we eat. Not all vegetables are equal, especially when you compare store-bought produce to your own harvest. Home gardening is the best way of ensuring that you are eating the safest and healthiest fruit and vegetables. Cultivating your own organic garden plots is a great way of taking control of and knowing exactly what goes into your food, allowing you and your family to live a healthier lifestyle.
Organic gardens can come in many shapes and forms, so no matter where you live or the amount of room you have, you can find a solution to fit your personal circumstances.
So take a look at our posts below for advice and information on the different types of organic garden-beds & plots.
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