Nearly all of us at one point in time or another, usually as an elementary school project, have planted an apple seed in a Styrofoam cup, placed it in the sunlight, and watched it grow. Unfortunately, caring for a garden is not so simple, particularly, if you’d like to produce organic vegetables in it. Here are some organic gardening tips to help you maintain your garden and to produce a bounty of healthy vegetables.
Prepare Your Garden Bed
If you live on 20 acres in Nebraska, you’ll likely have many options to choose from for your garden’s location. Most people are more limited in their options. Wherever you end up choosing to plant your garden, you’ll need to prepare your garden’s bed first.
Three weeks before you plant, usually after the soil has dried sufficiently so it doesn’t clump in your hand, you should loosen the soil down to about 12 inches with your tiller. Add material from your compost heap at this point, and make sure that there are no weeds, clumps of dirt, or large stones in your garden. Dig shallow furrows or holes in the soil in which to plant your seeds.
Start Off Small And Go Slow
The biggest mistake that most new gardeners make is to go into it with unrealistic ideas of growing a massive garden with hundreds of varieties of plants. Every plant that you introduce to your garden will have individual needs, and will require different planting procedures and care during the growing season. You’ll find yourself overwhelmed, and you’ll make a lot of mistakes if you try to take on too much too soon.
Select some plant varieties that your family eats as a regular part of your diet, and that grow well in your area. For many people, this might mean growing some corn, tomatoes, and green beans. Limit the size of your garden to a smaller area to make it easier to keep up with the watering and weeding. You’ll be more successful, which will make you more confident and more likely to continue gardening in subsequent years.
Resist The Temptation To Cheat
Remember, there are no shortcuts to organic gardening. As you begin your preparations to start your first garden, it’s inevitable that someone will suggest that you use this synthetic chemical fertilizer or that pesticide. You’ll see advertisements that you never paid attention to before, that will promise more, bigger vegetables, as long as you use their products.
Remember the reason that you decided that you wanted to plant an organic garden in the first place. The use of any chemicals is the opposite of organic. If it doesn’t occur naturally in nature, then it has no place in your garden. Your purpose for growing an organic garden is to produce healthy, nutritious vegetables just as Mother Nature intended.
These organic gardening tips will help you get off to the best start with your new garden, ensuring the highest likelihood of success. Organic gardening is not without its challenges, but the first time that you serve up a salad made with greens from your garden, or a pasta sauce made with home-grown tomatoes, you’ll be hooked.