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How to Start an Organic Garden in Your Home

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What exactly is an organic garden? An organic garden does not make use of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. This type of garden is considering plants as part of the entire process of nature that begins with the soil, which includes water supply, people, wildlife and insects as well. When creating an organic garden, you attempt to combine with the natural system.

Making and maintaining an organic garden is indeed a worthwhile activity. Although creating an organic garden is similar to a regular garden, it entails more effort such as analyzing and planning your site.

Here are eight steps in making an organic garden at home:

  1. Plan your garden before planting herbs, fruits and vegetables. This helps in ensuring that you will collect the best possible harvest. Establish what kind of herbs, fruits and vegetables you want to grow in your yard and look for local sources selling organic seeds or you can buy them online. Determine the space you need and the money you can allocate for it.

  2. Select the perfect site for your organic garden. Examine areas where you think works well for your plans. A vegetable or herb garden is perfect in a place that receives six hours of sunlight everyday. Ensure that it has proper drainage.

  3. After you have selected your site, you can now begin digging. Ascertain the shape and size of your organic garden by putting down a garden hose and adjusting it until you reach the shape and size you desire. Clear and clean the area thoroughly and add compost to the soil.

  4. Begin with a small and easy to manage garden that you can control. If you plant too many on one kind of plant, you might be selling tomato sauce to the neighborhood in summer. It is preferable that you start small and increase every season.

  5. Choose your plants and find organic-grown plants in most home and garden centers. Pick out organic seed and inspect plants for signs of disease or insect problems before you plant them.

  6. Provide ample water for your plants before planting them. A completely moist root ball will help make the plants adjust well to the new surroundings. Begin by digging a hole as deep as the plantís root ball, put it inside, and fill with the soil that you have dugged and tamp it in and water it thoroughly. As soon as you have planted all the plants, give the whole garden a three-inch layer of organic mulch like shredded barks, chopped leaves, hay or glass clippings to keep weeds away and at the same time retaining the soil moisture.

  7. Label your plants to remember exactly what type you are planting. Install labels near each plant or make a garden map for future reference. This will remind you where plants should emerge during spring.

  8. It would be good to share extra seeds if you have bought a large package to your neighbors and friends. You can do the same with the gardening equipment to reduce the expenses of buying equipment on your own.

Make sure your planting area will not be soiled with chemicals and lawn fertilizer. Find compost and organic soil or you can make your own compost pile by recycling food wastes. Although an organic garden means more work, it will surely benefit you in the coming years.
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