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Growing organic food shouldn’t be so mysterious that you need to go and get a five star education to do it.
I started my first organic food garden at age six. We had just moved from the city to the country and my parents were deft hands at growing a garden.
Just five days after settling into our new surroundings, my parents gave me a small plot of land and a handful of water melon seeds.
Their advice basically went like this…”plant away junior!”
Well, maybe it was a little more in depth but the point I want to make is, don’t get sucked into believing it takes becoming a rocket scientist to grow an organic garden.
Good soil, seeds, water, fertilizer and some tender loving care and you’ve got yourself an organic garden. Keep it simple. Don’t complicate this process.
Growing Organic Food In 5 Steps
So, if you’re interested in growing your own organic garden then this quick tutorial is for you!
And once again, growing a garden is a lot easier than you might expect.
Ultimately, your final goal with the creation of this garden is to improve your life, the life of the planet and to cut down on your grocery costs.
Creating a sustainable, earth-friendly ecosystem will change your life. What’s the reason you want to grow a vegetable garden?
It’s to cut down the money you spend on your groceries. It’s to have fresh vegetables “on tap” whenever you need them. How about improving your health and getting good, regular exercise?
And with the following five tips, you will be on your way to enjoying some great benefits.
1. Find An Area With A Good Source Of Light
While this might seem like the most obvious tip, it is something that is easily forgotten.
Your organic garden needs at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day.
If you are short on space, you can easily put your plants into a pot and place them on your front step or your deck.
2. Make Good Use Of Nutritious Soil
Without the right nutrition, your organic garden may struggle to blossom. Fresh, nutritious soil is easier to work with. Can you imagine taking a shovel to a brick?
Neither can I! For the right balance, use the following guide:
- In-Ground Growing
- Potted Plants
- Raised Beds
- Premium-Quality All Purpose Soil
- All Purpose Container Mix
- Raised Bed Mix
Using the following recommendations should let you harvest twice the amount of produce as opposed to using the soil currently sitting in your yard.
The soil is crucial to growing organic food that will provide the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy demeanor.
3. Growing Organic Food Starts With Choosing The Right Plants
Starting your garden with strong, vibrant plants will quickly set you up for success.
If you prefer to start by planting seeds, look for packages that have the USDA Organic label on them.
Either way, you need to select plants that can grow and “play” well together.
You should include a variety of hybrid and heirloom plants with some disease-resistant qualities (this information should be on the label.)
If you have grown plants before, you should change up the type of plants you are growing to help thwart pests and diseases.
This practice is a popular way to keep pesky bugs and critters at bay.
4. Growing Organic Food That Thrives Means Watering Well
Most organic gardens require at least an inch of water a day, so you should incorporate a watering schedule into your routine.
On hot days, you should water your organic garden multiple times a day.
Quick and easy access to spigots and rain barrels will help cut down on the amount of time you spend watering your garden.
It will also help you cut back on the amount of lifting you will have to do.
Consider setting up a drip irrigation system that is connected to a tube timer. This may sound complicated but it’s really not. Your garden rep should be able to assist you in getting this set up.
No matter how you plan on watering your garden, moisture is an imperative part of the process.
5. Feed Your Plants
Plants are constantly pulling nutrients from the dirt, so you need to make sure that they have fresh food to feed from.
This will help your plants immensely as they grow and mature and regularly produce healthy and delicious produce.
I advise reading the label carefully to know how often to provide nutrients for your plants.
A good guide is to start feeding them nutrients at least four weeks after planting.
You can also enhance the soil with micro nutrients; giving your plants the steady stream of nutrition they need to survive. The first few weeks are important to your plant’s survival but don’t get too hung up on this.
To be honest, if you just threw a handful of seeds into the ground they would find a way to grow. What we’re doing is making it much easier for them to grow and thrive. Just don’t overthink this.
Benefits Of Growing Your Own Produce
If you follow the tips that I have to offer in this article, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- easy access to fresh produce
- improved taste
- save money
- improved nutrition
- avoid pesticide residue
- reduce harmful chemical exposure
- does not harm the water table
- improved carbon footprint
- improved biodiversity
There are many more benefits but ultimately, saving on your grocery bill and eating healthy food are your goals.
Finally, while this may sound complicated when you see it in tutorial form, it really isn’t.
As I mentioned above, plants find a way to survive. You’re basically “riding shotgun”
and making the process of growing and thriving a hundred times easier.
Tend to your garden often and you’ll be well rewarded with regular fresh and healthy produce.