Gardening is a wonderful activity that can bring joy to one’s life and even improve health by keeping the gardener living an active lifestyle. Today many gardeners want to further improve that activity by growing purely organic food and flowers. Growing a garden without pesticides and chemical fertilizers is better for the environment, it is better for wildlife and generally better for a person’s overall health.
How To Start An Organic Garden
A popular way of growing an organic garden for beginners is to use small raised garden beds. Starting small helps greatly as it requires fewer resources and skills. Even something as small as 4 ft by 4 ft is enough for an individual with fresh organic vegetables. Often beginners over plant and if they don’t have anyone to give the excess away to then those vegetables rot and go to waste.
Instead of chemical fertilizer, the gardener will use compost to enrich the soil. This compost can be purchased or made using animal feces, cut grass, hay, and leaves. Animal feces such as cow manure should be used sparingly as too much can burn the plants. If the gardener uses weeds they should only do so before they go to seed, otherwise, weeds in the garden will be the result.
One of the reasons it is best when starting out for a beginner to use raised garden beds is that anyone can easily add great soil to it. A great organic garden starts with great soil. Quality soil together with organic compost will make a mineral rich base for vegetables and flowers to grow.
- Plants will grow more naturally in this soil. Often chemical fertilizers cause unnatural bursts of growth that later weakens plants.
- Soil built up in a raised bed is less compacted and easier to deal with. Weeds are more easily removed and it is easier for water to be absorbed.
- Roots are able to grow more deeply and spread out making the plant stronger.
- Air and water will have contact with the roots but will not linger as it often does with hardened clay ground.
Keep Weeds To A Minimum
Using small raised beds will make it infinitely easier to control weeds. The soil is added to these and it is loose making it easier to remove weeds as soon as they show themselves. Usually, with these raised beds, no weeds were introduced so they usually stay largely weed free and when weeds do come it is a simple matter of removing them.
It is important when considering how to start an organic garden that the beginner realize it is often as easy, if not more so, than going with chemical fertilizer and pesticides. It also means when they eat their home grown vegetables, they do so with the satisfaction of knowing it is chemical free.
Many people who have never eaten vegetables freshly picked from the garden are totally shocked over how much more delicious those vegetables are compared to store bought versions. The satisfaction of knowing they grew them furthers that satisfaction. Anyone can easily have their own organic vegetables by following these simple steps.