Your decision to grow your own organic vegetables is not just a step towards healthy living but also helps you to save some money (no investment in expensive, harmful chemicals and pesticides) and ensures you have organic vegetables throughout the year, not the mention the pleasure and happiness of growing your own vegetables.
To begin the process of starting a garden, you will need to know a few tips and tricks, which will help your vegetable garden to produce the best and freshest of all vegetables.
Pointers for Organic Gardening
Choose The Location – Your vegetable garden needs to have a favorable location. It should ideally be near a sunny place but needs to be protected from winds and frost. If you have a huge garden area, you can plant vegetables which take comparatively larger space to grow like watermelons, squash, melons, pumpkins and dried beans.
Build The Soil: Building up the soil is one of the most aspects of any vegetable garden. Healthy, deep organic rich soil assures excellent productive growth. Raised beds are highly recommended as they increase the room for plant growth.
Prepare Organic Compost: Organic gardening calls for organic compost! Prepare your own organic compost using raw kitchen peelings or rotten autumn leaves or animal manure is completely natural and just perfect for soil. These help in conditioning the soil and work as the best compost for any vegetable garden.
Soak Seeds: It is good to allow the organic seeds to drink moisture, just as they would in natural rains. If they are soaked in advance, they will get plump and swell which means the embryo starts growing. There are many seeds like cabbage and arugula which can germinate easily without pre-soaking, so you may not have to soak these seeds.
Grow Upwards: – Do not get disappointed if you don’t have a huge space for your vegetable garden. You can always grow more vegetables by growing them upwards or vertically. Plants which grow upwards are less prone to diseases as these have better and improved air circulation. Growing tomatoes, melons, pole beans, peas and squash is possible in this way.
Spacing Vegetable Seeds: Arranging seeds with proper spacing in your vegetable garden assures maximum yield from the plants. Try not to plant in rows or square patterns. Planting seeds in triangles ensures that you can have at least 10% more plants in every bed. Plants may not reach their full size if they are crowded or have no space to grow their full size. Moreover, it increases their chances of getting attacked by insects.
Protection: If you are planting tender vegetable seeds it is important to protect these from cold. Water filled tepees can be used around these vegetables which adds height and saves the plants. Plastic sheets which have connected tubes can be filled with water help in forming self supporting wall just around the seedling. These allow sunlight penetration while protecting the plant.
Keep Worms Away: Worms need to be kept away from seedlings or they will simply destroy them as soon as you plant them. You can use cardboard centers of the easily available toilet paper rolls. These worms tend to creep just along the surface of the soil, while feasting on the stem bases of the seedlings. These can also cut sprouts off.
Try Mixing Up: Everyone loves variety and if you are planning organic gardening, wouldn’t you like to have a combination of different organic vegetables everyday? Try inter-planting compatible crops in your vegetable garden. Squashes, beans and corn grow well together. You can try growing radishes, onions and carrots or celery and beets together.
Water Wisely: Vegetable plants need adequate but never excess water. If leaves are wet in the evening hours they tend to attract diseases. It is best to use a soaker hose which not only saves water but helps the water reach the roots of plants directly.
Moisture Retention Tactics: You can use newspapers covered with straw between the plants which helps in retaining moisture and helps in eliminating weeds too.
Keep Clean: You need to ensure that your garden is clean always. Diseases tend to spread from fallen foliage. To prevent spread of diseases and insects which can feed on seedlings and young plants, just walk through your garden once a week. Pick and clean foliage, remove infected leaves whenever you notice them and throw dead leaves in the trash.
If you follow all of these specific instructions when you start your organic gardening, there is pretty much no way you’re going to fail so good luck!