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Organic Gardening Soil – Feed Your Soil, Feed Your Garden

Updated on July 25, 2012
Organic gardening soil benefits from good compost
Organic gardening soil benefits from good compost

Once the cold winds of winter give way to the warm breezes of spring, many people turn their thoughts to gardening. As more and more people become conscious of the foods they eat, many turn to organic vegetable gardening for beginners as an alternative to traditional methods. This is because organic gardening does not use toxic chemicals to feed, control weeds and prevent pests. However, you must start with good organic gardening soil to receive the full benefits of organic gardening. Organic gardening soil feeds your plants and also keeps them healthy. One of the first steps in pest prevention is keeping your plants healthy.

Organic Gardening Soil Requires Less Tilling

When begin organic vegetable gardening and use organic gardening soil, you find that each year the garden require less tilling. This is because the soil becomes a living organism with thousands of living organisms living with. Worms, microbes and other soil insects are constantly burrowing and feeding on the organic materials. This constant movement prevents the soil from becoming compacted. This helps when it is time to pull up old plants as they usually pull right out of the soil with little difficult. Organic gardening soil also absorbs water better and does not become soggy as air constantly moves through the soil.

Preparing The Plot The First Time

One way to begin preparing organic gardening soil is to decide where you want the garden the following year. In the fall, place thick sheets of cardboard over the area you want to have an organic vegetable garden. Place a 3inch to 6-inch layer of mulch on top of the cardboard. Water it down thoroughly and allow it to sit until the following spring. The cardboard will kill the grass underneath by not allowing sunlight. Microorganisms within the soil begin to feed on the dead grass, cardboard and mulch throughout the fall and winter months. When spring arrives a light tilling is all that is usually necessary to prepare beds and hills for your organic gardening seeds and seedlings.

Feed Your Organic Gardening Soil With Compost

Composting is becoming very popular among gardeners and eco-concious people. Almost anything organic can be composted and turns into a dark rich soil that is added to gardens. Compost provides food for your plants to help them stay healthy, develop strong roots and produce high yields of delicious fruits and vegetables.

Easy Compost Recipe For Your Organic Gardening Soil

If you do not already have a compost, here is a quick way to start compost and add it to your organic gardening soil.

Find a spot to place the compost. The area should be around 4-feet in diameter. Dig up the ground where you will put the compost pile chicken wire. Dig to a depth of 6-inches with a shovel and turn the soil to break up the sod. Water the area until it is nice and soggy.

Construct a wire perimeter for the compost pile out of 4-foot tall chicken wire. You want to have at least a 2-foot diameter circle. This will give you plenty of room for turning the compost. Place 10-inches of sod, grass clippings and recently pulled plants into the bottom of the compost bin. Place a layer of old newspapers on top of the clippings and wet it down thoroughly.

Add 2-inches of organic manure on top of the newspaper layer. Add another 4-inch layer of grass clippings or other plant waste as well as a layer of newspaper. Wet it all down thoroughly.

Now to get a jump-start on the breaking down process pour a can of beer over the pile. Now just add organic kitchen wastes such as coffee grounds and vegetable peelings along with a layer of dead leaves, manure, grass clippings and newspaper. Wet it all down thoroughly.

Turn the pile every couple of weeks with a pitch fork. This allows oxygen to get into the pile and really start those microorganisms on the breaking down process. You will soon begin to have dark, nutrient-rich compost soil to add to your organic gardening soil and feed your plants.

Organic gardening soil is the essential base to your organic vegetable garden. Organic gardening soil is rich in nutrients without the adding toxic chemicals which cause health problems and taint the natural water supply.


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      Ken Crawford 6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi Rusticliving,

      Thanks for the vote. :) Always appreciated. yea, I can't wait for spring either. However, since we moved into an apartment, our organic gardening will be in containers. Still no other way to go than organic. Now to start thinking about them seeds. LOL

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Love this Hub.

      My goal for this year is to start an organic garden. Great advice and I Can't wait to get started.

      Thank you Ken. Voted up and useful!



      Happy New Year!

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      Ken Crawford 6 years ago from Yreka, California

      @MSantana - Hi thanks for the comment. Growing up, I used to think my grandparents were crazy for doing the cardboard thing. My Grandaddy was really into organic farming back in the '70s. No extra poisons in your produce, plus you don't contaminate the environment with a heck of a lot of less work. :)

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      MSantana 6 years ago from Madison Wisconsin

      I strongly recommend people to use cardboard to kill the grass naturally instead of using herbicides. It is good for the soil and for the waterways too. Good information!