10 Tips For Your Own Organic Garden

It’s becoming harder and harder to avoid GMO food. Nearly 90% of corn and soy in the United States has been genetically modified to resist insects and disease. Much of the food we eat today has some form of these two plants alone, but because the FDA does not require labeling for GMO’s, you may not know. The solution? Grow as much of your food as possible and stay away from all processed food.

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Here are 10 Tips for a Successful Organic Garden:

1. Start small. Check the possibilities, ground gardening, raised beds, elevated raised beds, pots.  A raised bed is a good idea for your veggie garden because you can manage the soil better. Cost wise they start at $25 or you can design and make it yourself. Lumber is a good material to use. Do not use water shield wood. Add newspapers at the bottom or cardboard to prevent weeds and it’s a great way to recycle your paper goods.
2. Gather your resources. To start your own garden you need: organic soil, organic compost and organic manure. Good soil is dark and it is like powder in your hands. Some people used pea moss. You can too if you want to.
3. Add earthworms. Earthworms play an important role in breaking down dead organic matter in a process known as decomposition. Earthworms are also responsible for mixing soil layers and incorporating organic matter into the soil. If you do not have them you can purchase them in your local fishing store.
4. Pick a good spot. Place your garden in an area where it will get full sun. Aim for six hours or more of sunshine.
5. Water your garden at dusk, (too much = mold) too little = dry plants, dry soil. During the summer months add plenty of water.
6. Compost Fertilizer is best. Consider making your own compost or purchasing it from an organic farmer. For raised beds you can also add organic manure. It must be Organic Certified or from an organic farm
7. Plant mustard in your garden. Also mix in some small flowers. This will prevent animals and insects from getting to your garden and the flowers will attract pollinators to help your garden.
8. Be creative! Have fun with your planting choices and you may just surprise yourself. Before getting your seeds (organic), plants and planting them, take the time to learn a little bit about the plant and take in consideration the distance between plants. Their roots need space to develop so do not plant them too close together. Create a layout based on your research to maximize space and growing potential.
9. Farmers have great advise. Consider taking a trip to a local farm and spending some time with a farmer. You will learn so much from them, their techniques, their knowledge about sustainability and nature itself, it is the best your can do for yourself and your garden. They have the knowledge of many generations before them and you will not find this in YouTube, Google, or Wikipedia!
10. Take your time when setting up your garden. We aren’t competing for the Olympics! Rushing will not help so plan ahead, go slow, and enjoy.

Lastly, enjoy tasting the benefits of your labor. Once you discover how amazing home grown, pesticide and chemical free food is, you may wonder why you haven’t done it sooner.

 

1. Start small. Check the possibilities, ground gardening, raised beds, elevated raised beds, pots. (I used to live in an apartment and I used to plant my veggies in pots. It works!)  A raised bed is a good idea for your veggie garden because you can manage the soil better. Raised beds starts at $25 or you can make it or design it yourself. Lumber is a good material to use. Do not use water shield wood. Add newspapers at the bottom or cardboard to prevent weeds.

2. Gather your resources. To start your own garden you need: organic soil, organic compost and organic manure. Good soil is dark and it is like powder in your hands. Some people used pea moss. You can too if you want to.

3. Add earthworms. Earthworms play an important role in breaking down dead organic matter in a process known as decomposition. Earthworms are also responsible for mixing soil layers and incorporating organic matter into the soil. If you do not have them you can purchase them in your local fishing store.

4. Place your garden in an area where it will get full sun. Aim for six hours or more of sunshine.

5. Water your garden at dusk, (too much = mold) too little = dry plants, dry soil. During the summer months add plenty of water.

6. Consider making your own compost or purchasing it from an organic farmer. For raised beds you can also add organic manure. It must be Organic Certified or from an organic farm. (Non-organic manure is not good at all. Your plants can get contaminated and multiple diseases can result if you eat plants that have been in contact with manure that is not organic. This kind of manure may contain other components such as trash, glass, sewer, etc. Please be careful when selecting manure.)

7. Plant mustard in your garden. Also mix in some small flowers. This will prevent animals and insects from getting to your garden and the flowers will attract pollinators to help your garden.

8. Be creative in your planting choices and you will be surprised yourself. Before getting your seeds, plants and planting them, take the time to learn a little bit about the plant and take in consideration the distance between plants. Their roots need space to develop so do not plant them too close together.

9. Consider taking a trip to a local farm and spending some time with a farmer. You will learn so much from them, their techniques, their knowledge about sustainability and nature itself, it is the best your can do for yourself and your garden. They have the  knowledge of many generations before them and you will not find this in YouTube, Google, or Wikipedia!

10. Take your time when setting your garden. We aren’t competing for the Olympics! Rushing will not help so plan ahead, go slow, and enjoy.

– See more at: http://www.stonyfield.com/blog/gardening-tips/#sthash.bkfMoD5s.dpuf

1. Start small. Check the possibilities, ground gardening, raised beds, elevated raised beds, pots. (I used to live in an apartment and I used to plant my veggies in pots. It works!)  A raised bed is a good idea for your veggie garden because you can manage the soil better. Raised beds starts at $25 or you can make it or design it yourself. Lumber is a good material to use. Do not use water shield wood. Add newspapers at the bottom or cardboard to prevent weeds.

2. Gather your resources. To start your own garden you need: organic soil, organic compost and organic manure. Good soil is dark and it is like powder in your hands. Some people used pea moss. You can too if you want to.

3. Add earthworms. Earthworms play an important role in breaking down dead organic matter in a process known as decomposition. Earthworms are also responsible for mixing soil layers and incorporating organic matter into the soil. If you do not have them you can purchase them in your local fishing store.

4. Place your garden in an area where it will get full sun. Aim for six hours or more of sunshine.

5. Water your garden at dusk, (too much = mold) too little = dry plants, dry soil. During the summer months add plenty of water.

6. Consider making your own compost or purchasing it from an organic farmer. For raised beds you can also add organic manure. It must be Organic Certified or from an organic farm. (Non-organic manure is not good at all. Your plants can get contaminated and multiple diseases can result if you eat plants that have been in contact with manure that is not organic. This kind of manure may contain other components such as trash, glass, sewer, etc. Please be careful when selecting manure.)

7. Plant mustard in your garden. Also mix in some small flowers. This will prevent animals and insects from getting to your garden and the flowers will attract pollinators to help your garden.

8. Be creative in your planting choices and you will be surprised yourself. Before getting your seeds, plants and planting them, take the time to learn a little bit about the plant and take in consideration the distance between plants. Their roots need space to develop so do not plant them too close together.

9. Consider taking a trip to a local farm and spending some time with a farmer. You will learn so much from them, their techniques, their knowledge about sustainability and nature itself, it is the best your can do for yourself and your garden. They have the  knowledge of many generations before them and you will not find this in YouTube, Google, or Wikipedia!

10. Take your time when setting your garden. We aren’t competing for the Olympics! Rushing will not help so plan ahead, go slow, and enjoy.

– See more at: http://www.stonyfield.com/blog/gardening-tips/#sthash.bkfMoD5s.dpuf

 

1. Start small. Check the possibilities, ground gardening, raised beds, elevated raised beds, pots. (I used to live in an apartment and I used to plant my veggies in pots. It works!)  A raised bed is a good idea for your veggie garden because you can manage the soil better. Raised beds starts at $25 or you can make it or design it yourself. Lumber is a good material to use. Do not use water shield wood. Add newspapers at the bottom or cardboard to prevent weeds.

2. Gather your resources. To start your own garden you need: organic soil, organic compost and organic manure. Good soil is dark and it is like powder in your hands. Some people used pea moss. You can too if you want to.

3. Add earthworms. Earthworms play an important role in breaking down dead organic matter in a process known as decomposition. Earthworms are also responsible for mixing soil layers and incorporating organic matter into the soil. If you do not have them you can purchase them in your local fishing store.

4. Place your garden in an area where it will get full sun. Aim for six hours or more of sunshine.

5. Water your garden at dusk, (too much = mold) too little = dry plants, dry soil. During the summer months add plenty of water.

6. Consider making your own compost or purchasing it from an organic farmer. For raised beds you can also add organic manure. It must be Organic Certified or from an organic farm. (Non-organic manure is not good at all. Your plants can get contaminated and multiple diseases can result if you eat plants that have been in contact with manure that is not organic. This kind of manure may contain other components such as trash, glass, sewer, etc. Please be careful when selecting manure.)

7. Plant mustard in your garden. Also mix in some small flowers. This will prevent animals and insects from getting to your garden and the flowers will attract pollinators to help your garden.

8. Be creative in your planting choices and you will be surprised yourself. Before getting your seeds, plants and planting them, take the time to learn a little bit about the plant and take in consideration the distance between plants. Their roots need space to develop so do not plant them too close together.

9. Consider taking a trip to a local farm and spending some time with a farmer. You will learn so much from them, their techniques, their knowledge about sustainability and nature itself, it is the best your can do for yourself and your garden. They have the  knowledge of many generations before them and you will not find this in YouTube, Google, or Wikipedia!

10. Take your time when setting your garden. We aren’t competing for the Olympics! Rushing will not help so plan ahead, go slow, and enjoy.

– See more at: http://www.stonyfield.com/blog/gardening-tips/#sthash.bkfMoD5s.dpuf

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