A Few Tips for Beginner Organic Gardeners
The basics behind organic gardening are important to understand before attempting to plant a lot of seeds. Let’s face it, even those with a very green thumb must have patience, diligence, and a bit of finesse to make sure that their garden is thriving and healthy. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding to have an organic garden. From compost to soil and from watering to weeding, understanding the ins and outs of organic gardening takes time. Nevertheless, once you get going the opportunities are endless. Few things can give the same pleasure and rewarding feeling that you get from looking out to a luscious, organic, flourishing garden. While you can never stop learning, building a solid foundation of organic planting is the best way to start.
Imagine a scenario where you wake up in the morning, decide you’d like to cook an omelet, and all you have to do is walk outside for some fresh, organic basil and tomatoes and peppers. Seems pretty amazing, right? Let’s take a look at some steps to get your organic garden going the right way:
- Decide the plot you prefer: container, ground, or even a raised bed
- Research what to plant based on the time of year
- Purchase seedlings so that you may plant them in your garden directly (as opposed to planting seeds indoors first)
- Spend some time getting to know companion plants to determine the location of the seedlings you plan to plant
- Start small, understand that you should only grow what is enough to eat
- Water your plants regularly, usually about an inch per week
- Spread your mulch generously
- Be sure to continuously weed your planting, pull those suckers out by hand
- Pay attention to the seasons, preparing your garden for winter months is important
No matter how new you are to gardening, giving it a shot is the most important step. Organic growing is very much a “learn as you go” type of skill and the more you plant, the better you will become. As with any new hobby or talent, ask questions when you don’t know the best route to take. Your local gardening store is sure to be full of helpful, friendly growers who are eager to welcome another green thumb into their group.