Amongst many other useful things, rise of the overall environmental awareness helped us to see that the way of gardening which worked for our ancestors for centuries, is, actually, the only legit way. So, if growing spice in pots inspired you to up the antics a bit, and dedicate one corner of your yard to organic gardening, you are on your way to do something great. You must agree that the idea of picking a tomato from your own backyard is more than inspiring. Still, establishing your organic garden demands some basic preparation, so we will try to give you everything you need to know in one place.
Before doing anything concrete, you should have some general idea what, where, and when do you want it. In other words, it is time to start thinking like a gardener. For example, raised bed gardening is very popular amongst people who don’t want to dig their backyard soil and need better control over the soil where plants will grow in. Container gardening, vertical gardening, and square foot gardening are, on the other side, very popular in urban areas, where the space for traditional gardening is lacking.
Preparing the Soil
Whatever your choice may be, you will have to make sure that that the soil where plants will grow in is properly conditioned, because good and healthy soil builds up healthy and productive plants. It is advised to test soil’s current condition so you could have better insight of what you have to do next. The best season for testing should be fall. If your soil doesn’t need some kind of special treatment, make sure that it has plenty of humus, and mix in compost, grass clippings, manure, and leaf.
Choose the Right Plants
Not every plant may work for every spot in the garden. Choose plants that are adjusted to each intended spot in terms of moisture, drainage, light, and soil quality. If you want to buy seedlings, you should look for the plants which are raised without any trace of pesticides, and chemical fertilizers. You should also try to find stocky seedlings with very few blooms, and roots which are not too overcrowded. There are, on the other side, some plants like sunflowers, which are better grown from seeds, so be sure to check this too before spending any money.
It is Time for Planting
Yes, you will finally get your hands dirty. If you want to do your plants a favor, make sure that they are tightly grouped in their beds. That will significantly lower the weeding and water waste. It will also help you to easier target nutrients and compost. Furthermore, easier path maintenance will lead to healthier soil, while ample space between rows will promote better air distribution, thus repelling fungal attacks. You should take notice of one more thing while designing the garden layout. Your seedlings won’t stay of that size for too long. Place them in the manner which will reduce overshadowing as much as possible.
Keep the Plants Satisfied
All you have to do now is to wait and make sure that plants are not thirsty. Establish a routine which will allow you to water the plants daily, or event the twice per day, during some more hot periods devoid of rain. Watering your plants in the early morning is the best way to go. In addition to this, you will also have to apply plant food or organic fertilizers, all according to package direction. After the plants are start to grow, consider protecting them against pests using pump sprayers and similar agricultural equipment.
All of this may seem somewhat intimidating, but only at the first glance. When you start preparing the garden you will see that it is much easier than it looks, and once the harvest kicks in, you will be very satisfied knowing that you have done something useful, and worthwhile.