Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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Organic gardening refers to the growing of fruits and vegetables without the use of harsh pesticides, fungicides and non-organic fertilizers. Practice soil conservation with help from a gardener in this free video on organic vegetable gardening.

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Hello, I'm Steve Skinner with Kathryn's Garden. Today, we're going to talk about organic vegetable gardening for beginners. So, the first I'll often hear is, "What is organic gardening?" Well, organic gardening is a growing of fruits and vegetables and ornamentals without the use of harsh man-made pesticides, fungicides and non-organic fertilizers; instead it uses natural organic ingredients in place of these things like sources of nitrogen for instance. It also practices soil conversation and the propagation of heirloom of fruits and vegetables and flowers. So, the next question I'll often hear is, "How do I get started?" Well, you can start by building your soil in the fall or the winter for the next spring. Begin a compost pile and discard all of your leftover vegetable trimming layer. Next, you will need to build your soil, add existing top soil; sand, leaf litter, grass clippings, lime, compost. Make sure the soil has a good texture. To be truly organic, you must only use organic fertilizers and pesticides. So, what kind of fertilizers can you use? Well, chicken manure is a great source of fertilizer, but a word of caution, any manure must be allowed to eat in compost. You can use compost or you can buy ready made organic fertilizers from your local garden center. There are several options when fighting against garden pests; insecticidal soaps are among the most popular and can be obtained from your local garden center. Another option is pyrethrum. Pyrethrum comes from the chrysanthemum flower. But, pyrethrum breaks down in the presence of sunlight. So, a late afternoon application maybe necessary. Make sure you preserve those heirloom varieties of seeds. Most, if not all, perform very well if the soil and water balanced. But remember, if you're switching over from hybrid varieties, the heirloom varieties may not perform quite as well and may be susceptible to a few diseases. But all in all, if all the factors are in place, you can gain a bountiful harvest with piece of mind that you and your family can enjoy the vegetables without the worry of harsh pesticides or chemicals. I'm Steve Skinner with Kathryn's Garden, and these are a few tips that will help you get started with your organic gardening.


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