How to Start on the Right Path
You’ve probably heard the expression “If you fail to plan, then plan to fail” This really applies when you want to grow organic vegetables. As a matter of fact planning is the most important thing you have to do. The last thing you want to do is devote all this hard work only to end up back at the local supermarket for those pesticide fed fruits and vegetables. So let’s look at a plan for how to grow organci vegetables.
Your Organic Vegetable Garden Checklist
The most crucial item when you plan to grow organic vegetables is where is your water supply. A source of water has to be close for your organic garden. Can you install an irrigation system with a timer to this water source? Be careful not to overwater or underwater your garden. Either situation will damage your plants. You need to perform consistent and proper watering throughout the growing season.
Determine how your plot is facing. It is best to have it facing south if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere then the opposite is true. This assures that you get plenty of the morning and afternoon sun. You should have about 7-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Clear any trees that may be blocking the sunlight for your garden.
Determine what type of mulch you are going to use. Being an organic garden, you’ll want to use organic mulch. Using compost is great for mulch because of its plant feeding qualities.
What type of vegetable(s) do you want to grow and how much effort are you willing to make? Pick fruits and vegetables that grow in the area you live. Even if you want a certain fruit or vegetable, it may not do well where you live. You can contact local agencies to assist you with your choices. Do not put the crops too close when planting. Follow the recommended supplier guidelines for planting and actually be more conservative and spread the plants out further.
When starting out don’t overplant. Start small and only plant what you will use.
Use quality plants and not “cheap” transplants that will die shortly after planting.
Pests and Critters
Controlling the pests is an important part of planning to grow organic vegetables. You could even plant certain disease and insect resistant plants in your garden. This would reduce risking having your organic vegetable garden ruined by pests. Some gardeners have even used human hair and spread it around the plant or planted harmful insect plants to combat the pests.
Making Your Own Compost
Making your own compost can be an option when you plan to grow organic vegetables. Compost can be accumulated by adding organic items in a pile but be careful not to end up with nothing more than a smelly mess. You can accumulate both hard and soft things such as grass clippings and biodegradable food waste along with old plants, flowers and weeds. Do not use such things as dog or cat fecal matter. While you can use such things as hedge clippings these things are slow to breakdown and are not the best choice.