Growing Great Vegetables Organically
Sun, soil and seed, are three of the essentials for a healthy garden. How much sunlight your garden receives depends upon your location and the existence or not of any obstacles that will restrict the sun that is available to your garden.
If you are planning to grow herbs or vegetables you will want a sunny location. Vegetables, especially the heat lovers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, for example, love the sun and they like it warm, hot even. They also get quite thirsty.
The first step is to buy seeds that will grow into the plants you want so I recommend you purchase heritage seeds.
If you starting you first garden or simply adding another bed to an existing garden, there are a few things that you can do that will not only reduce the work that you do but will help create the conditions that will enable the plants you select to flourish.
First we will look at what organic means; I define organic gardening as gardening without synthetic additives so everything that I use must be natural.
Do not let size deter you, you can grow great vegetable organically even if all the space you have is a container or two on a deck or patio. The principal tool you need to grow your own food organically is the will to do so; this can help you find the way.
The first step, as in all forms of gardening, is to assess you existing space. How much room do you have? How much sun and shade does that space get?
Another very important question is how much time you have to spend in your garden. This is crucial because you do not want to create a garden that you cannot look after; gardening does take time.
Container gardening is a great way to start your first garden. However, as your skills grow so can your ability to grow herbs, fruit, flowers, vegetables and shrubs in an almost endless variety of pots and containers. As long as the container is deep enough so that the plant’s roots can develop and has drainage so excess water can drain through, the plant will thrive.
Adding mulch to your garden beds is an effective way to conserve water, reduce weeding and enhance your garden’s fertility.
In addition to mulching the garden bed, you will want to add organic material to it because this will feed the soil and the soil feeds the roots which in turn will feed you.
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