Planning An Organic Garden
Planning an organic garden can be a pleasurable experience. However, you need to take care in the planning of your organic garden to get the most out of it and avoid mistakes. This post will look at some of the things you should consider when planning an organic garden. Be sure you plan things carefully and don’t just go out and get some seeds or plants and start digging up your yard. In order to have a successful organic garden you need to take your time and plan everything out carefully.
Consider your space.
Before you can start growing your organic vegetables you will need space to plant them. If you have a yard you can grow a surprisingly bountiful crop in a small space. You can plant directly in the soil or you can construct raised beds for your plants. If you don’t have a yard or you live in an apartment, it’s still possible to grow vegetables in pots and containers. Pots and containers are available in may different sizes and shapes.
If you have more space such as a large yard then you have more options. You can start your organic garden in any location that you feel will be suitable for growing plants. Make sure you choose a slot that will receive sunlight for most of the day. Finding out the best spot based on lighting will require a few days of careful observation. Don’t forget you can always start with a small garden and add additional space as you go.
The main consideration is to make good use of the available space with sound planning.
Consider your soil.
Good soil is probably the single most important part of your new organic garden. Rich fertile soil is important for your garden’s health and to help your plants grow strong. If you want to grow organically there are ways to improve your soil. Sometimes you aren’t blessed with the best soil in your yard. You can improve your soil over time by using natural compost you create from scrap organic matter. I have some information on composting in a previous post. If you are growing your plants in pots or containers consider purchasing organic soil from a garden supply shop. There are places that sell soil with no chemical fertilizers.
Consider organic mulch.
Old newspapers and organic mulch are vital when you are starting an organic vegetable garden. Organic mulch can be made up of a variety of items that are probably on or around your property. Fallen leaves, flower blossoms, twigs, fallen needles from trees, and even bark can all be used as mulch. Don’t just think of mulch as adding only visual appeal. Organic mulch has many other benefits besides simply making your garden look pretty. Organic mulch will help cut down on the growth of weeds. It will also improve the quality of the soil in your garden. Organic mulch will decay and becoming a layer of rich topsoil. This will add nutrients to your garden soil over time. Organic mulch also helps keep water from evaporating from the soil. Before laying down your mulch it’s a good idea to place old newspaper on the ground to place your mulch on. The newspaper will help protect your garden from insects that will be attracted to your mulch. Avoid using hay for organic vegetable garden mulch. Hay is often filled with weed seed. Avoid laying the mulch down too thickly. Mulch should be no more than two to three inches thick so that water can penetrate into the soil.
Consider the tools you’ll need.
You will need a few tools to work in your garden. These are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at any garden supply store. You will need a good shovel for digging in and around the garden. You’ll need a good garden hoe to weed around your plants. You’ll need a rake to even the soil, dig shallow furrows for planting and other chores. Finally, a good pair of garden gloves can be a lifesaver when using these tools. Your hands will be prone to blisters when using these tools and a good pair of garden gloves can prevent painful blisters.