The last frost date for my area just passed, leaving the all clear for putting plants in the ground. I celebrated and prepped my garden spaces. Are you an avid gardener or just beginning? Perhaps you could use a few pointers on how to get your garden ready for plants and then growing a bit of food. Here are a few tips to get you started towards growing your own organic garden.
Chemical-Free Plot 1 of 5Choose a plot of land that hasn't been exposed to pesticides, synthetic fertilizer or nonorganic compost for three years. Also, make sure sunlight hits the area.
Make A Bed 2 of 5After you have carefully chosen your plot of land, and three weeks before you are ready to plant, loosen the soil with a fork about one foot deep. Add ½ inch layer of compost to your weed and clump-free land. If any weeds come through, pull â€˜em!
Water The Land and Sow the Seeds 3 of 5Ideally your plot of land should be moistened, not soaked from watering. Follow directions on seed packet to spread the seeds appropriately in the trench or planting holes. Each plant has different requirements. Sprinkle soil on top of the seeds based on directions on the seed packet. Some seeds need light, while others do not, so levels of burying will vary.
Prevent and Control Weeds 4 of 5Pulls any weeds by hand. If that's not manageable for you, mix a homemade weedkiller. Grab a large bucket and fill with a few inches of salt. Fill the rest of the bucket with water and mix well. Pour the mixture on and around your weeds, avoiding pouring the mixture directly on your plants as it changes the pH of the soil.
Eliminate Pests 5 of 5Not all insects are bad for your organic garden. For instance, ladybugs in your garden will help fight aphids off your roses. Alternatively, try spraying your plants with soapy water. Mix a quarter cup of eco-friendly and organic dish soap with a gallon of water and spray on plants about once a month. For aphids, you can try one part vinegar to three parts water sprayed around your plants.
Thanks to Robert McLaughlin, CEO of Organic Bouquet, for providing the information for these tips. Organic Bouquet is a mission-based company focusing on environmental, social and economic sustainability focused on responsible practices in every step of production from the environment of the growers through the distribution chain to the final consumer.
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