Organic gardening is a great way to grow your own food without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Growing vegetables and other food crops yourself can help you to avoid ingesting harmful chemicals that are used in conventional farming practices. It’s also possible to produce more food on less land by growing organically. Here are some tips for getting started with organic gardening!
1. You may not need as much space as you think!
Some common vegetables are actually quite small if they are planted close enough together. Radishes, for example, can be harvested in as little as twenty-five days after planting. Herbs are even easier to grow since many are started from seeds or cuttings rather than from small plants. Some vegetables can be grown vertically, which saves space and produces a larger harvest overall.
2. The best time to start is now!
You can begin your organic gardening adventure at any time of the year, even from seed indoors if you don’t have enough outdoor space during warm months. Check out community calendars for events that are focused on gardening by local community groups. Stores may also have beginning gardening classes that will help to get you started, or you can grab a good book from your local library to do some research before getting started.
3. Do not fear dirt!
Organic gardeners do not use chemical fertilizers which means it’s up to the gardener to provide nutrients to the soil. Many organic gardeners focus on adding compost and other materials that will improve airflow in raised beds. Adding mulch to the beds is also beneficial for retaining moisture in the soil.
4. The best defense is a good offense!
Good weed management practices are important when you grow vegetables organically. Some organic gardeners weed by hand, though a good old-fashioned hoe can also help you to remove weeds from your soil without the use of dangerous herbicides. Be sure to keep some distance between the crops and any wild plants that may be competing for nutrients in your soil.
5. It’s all about variety!
Growing a variety of vegetables in your organic garden will provide the most benefit to you and your family. It also allows you to experiment with different gardening methods and techniques.
Growing vegetables and other food crops yourself can help you to avoid ingesting harmful chemicals that are used in conventional farming practices. It’s also possible to produce more food on less land by growing organically. The following tips will get you started with organic gardening! Check out these different techniques for getting the most of your garden space, managing weeds without herbicides, and experimenting with a variety of vegetables so that your family is well-fed all year long. What technique do you want to try first? Let us know if we can be helpful in any way–our team would love to partner with you!