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Organic Gardening for the Novice Learner

Updated on March 30, 2015
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Organic gardening basically supports a healthy and sustainable way of life, as it does not use chemicals for growing and protecting its produce. So regardless on whether you’re into planting a vegetable garden or herb patch, gardening organically essentially works by bringing back renewable resources back to the earth. This works by supplementing the soil with more nutrients, like the addition of organic compost for example.

The benefits to organic gardening

If you do decide to get into organic vegetable gardening, or fruit or herb gardening, then know that gardening by natural means will help you save on both time and money.

Gardening in this manner not only encourages you to save the environment from using synthetic products, you’re also giving Mother Nature a chance to provide nutrient-packed goods for you. You will certainly be able to grow food that you and your family can eat without harm.

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The Organic Garden Book
The Organic Garden Book

This work shows how to cultivate everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns organically.


Why Organic Compost Helps with Organic Gardening

The soil on your garden may not always have all the essential nutrients for your plants to grow a vegetable garden (or any other garden type), particularly if it’s experiencing or have experienced compaction or erosion. That’s why the addition of organic compost is significant (you can also use days old manure from plant-eating animals, seaweed and kelp, or fish emulsion). It basically contains live microbes and other organic matter, which are the components that are helping exhausted soil to bounce back to life.

Healthy soils are the only ones capable of nourishing healthy plants. Where else will these plants get their food, water, and oxygen from, right?

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Why it’s important to know what your soil type is

If you’re dealing with a garden that has clay soil, then there are two things that you should remember. One is, clay is packed with a lot of nutrients compared to sandy soil, as it is able to hold more moisture into its system. But the downside to having clay soil is that it also has a tendency to store more water than the usual.

When this happens, there might be a chance that your plants will get suffocated from not having enough air. Now sandy soil on the other hand provides better drainage. But you can still use this for gardening, as it can still be improved with an ample application of organic compost.

Finding the right spot

Finding the right seed/s and learning about its specific planting requirements is one thing. But choosing a location on where to plant your seeds is another.

Finding the right location before getting ahead of a full organic gardening venture is always important. Make sure that you check the grounds first. The earth that you will be planting on should be free of chemicals

Tell us about your experience when you started your own organic garden!

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