Organic food does not necessarily need to be purchased from specialty stores in your community. A simple plot of land near your home and an abundance of patience can be used to create your own organic garden. You can grow organic vegetables in your own backyard with a long-term commitment to natural methods of cultivation.
Things You'll Need
- Wooden posts
Cut out a large space on your property to facilitate an organic garden. An ideal amount of space to grow organic vegetables is 10 feet by 10 feet, which will provide space for multiple plants.
Strip your marked space of the top layer of sod to begin growing your own organic vegetables. You should remove a few inches of the plot's surface to get rid of grass and weed roots on the first try.
Begin a compost heap near your proposed garden to help organic vegetables grown and multiply. A combination of fruit rinds, grass clippings and other natural waste from your home will act as a natural fertilizer for your nascent garden.
Soak the top layer of soil in your garden before you plant organic vegetable seeds. The surface should be flattened with a shovel to avoid puddles that cause poor distribution of water.
Divide your garden into at least four different sections to help manage the growth of organic vegetables. A few wooden stakes should be placed between each section to facilitate proper plant management.
Select a wide range of organic vegetables to grow in your garden. Diverse vegetation in your garden allows you to isolate problems specific to a certain type of plant as your garden blooms.
Rotate each of the plants in your garden in a clockwise manner to prevent nutrient depletion in your soil. You should allow your soil to rest after each harvest and begin the next growing season with seeds in their new location.
Observe the growth of your organic vegetables on a daily basis to head off problems with weeds and sickly plants. You should err on the side of completely removing plants with an excessive amount of damage to prevent harming the rest of your garden.
Tips & Warnings
- Share your abundance to encourage your neighbors to grow their own organic vegetables. You can hold a harvest party in your backyard to show the fruits of your labor to guests. These parties give you an opportunity to explain the organic gardening process to newcomers.
- Study beneficial insects indigenous to your region before you plant organic vegetables. A combination of state extension officers and university botanists can help you determine which insects will help your garden grow.
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