Gardening has been a favorite pastime for many people for years but is now growing more popular. In fact, over three-quarters of American households currently garden. Some might only grow plants they like to look at or enjoy caring for, but many of them are growing their own food as well.
In addition to simply having a garden, though, many want to take it a bit further. Many want to ensure that their garden is planted and grown organically. There are many benefits to growing and planting an organic garden. Thankfully, growing an organic garden can be simple if you know what you’re doing.
With that in mind, this blog post is going to look at how to plant your very first organic garden and some tips to help you get by. Get out your garden cultivators and get ready to plant!
Prepare the Soil Successfully
A successful organic garden starts with the soil. It should be organic, be of high quality and have an appropriate amount of drainage. However, if you want to go the extra mile, you can even have your soil tested. This is often as easy as sending out a sample or even picking up a home testing kit. These tests often look at things like the nutrients in the soil and the level of pH. Healthy soil with the right pH and nutrients can help grow healthier and stronger plants.
However, be sure to avoid using chemical soil treatments as they can not only hurt beneficial contents of the soil but potentially enter the plant or food you are growing as well. Mixing in things like compost, manure, leaves and even clippings from when you mow the lawn can help soil be as productive and high quality as possible.
Ensure the Right Plants are Chosen
While you can technically plant and try to grow anything, it is generally a better idea to plant things with a better chance of growing in your area. Some things are better suited for milder-temperature areas, while others will thrive in the heat. The right plant in the right environment will certainly grow healthier and more successful.
The internet is a wealth of knowledge on which plants will often grow best in your particular area. So don’t hesitate to do your research before planting anything. Of course, if you are purchasing your plants as seedlings, be sure they weren’t raised using any kind of chemicals. However, if possible, try to grow your plants from seeds as many popular plants will grow the best when they are grown from seeds.
Know how to Protect Plants Without Chemicals or Pesticides
One of the most important things about gardening is being able to support your plants as they grow. Watering it, and also protecting it from the likes of bugs, pests, weeds, and other nuisances. Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy. As a result, many people will turn to pesticides or other chemicals.
However, this simply cannot be done if you want to have an organic garden. As a result, you need a different method to protect your plants and allow them to grow successfully. This could be allowing natural predators to live in your garden or growing some plants that don’t attract many pests. Also, it could be worthwhile to research any natural bacteria that can fight off pests, as well.
In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to help you learn a little more about how to plant your first organic garden. Of course, these aren’t the only things to keep in mind while organically gardening, but are some of the most important to get you started.
This guest blog post was written by Ashley Lipman