As we’ve discussed previously on GoodByeCityLife, there are a multitude of reasons to grow an organic garden. Vegetables are extra beneficial in vitamins and nutrients and your grocery store costs will decrease dramatically.
It doesn’t stop there though! Your fresh garden vegetables will taste better too! Since modern gardening products, loaded with chemicals, truly do change the taste of produce.
In order to grow a true organic vegetable garden, the seeds you sow must be derived from plants grown organically. If the seeds you use do not come from such plants, the produce will already be somewhat tainted or contaminated. Even the smallest seeds can carry trace elements of the chemicals used to grow the original plants.
Planning To Grow An Organic Garden – Location
You will first want to determine the best location for your vegetable garden – since you will not be able to make up for less than perfect conditions through the use of man-made chemicals.
Next, ensure you have enough space to grow the vegetables your family requires. Too small and your produce will not grow to their potential. Too big and you’ll either be tending more than you need to, or looking for people to take your extras (or risk having that work and energy go to waste).
Check the soil quality of your desired location as well. You want to ensure that the soil has enough drainage as well as being within reach of a reliable water source. Organic vegetable gardens require plenty of water. Be prepared to water your garden at least once a week – deeply. Mother Nature will help you in the form of rain, but don’t count sun showers or small drizzles as a good soak for your garden.
Plan Your Organic Vegetable Garden on Paper
When planning your garden, map it out on paper first. Best to use graph paper and consider the scale ratio of available space vs. required space per vegetable.
Although this seems tedious and less creative than most of us usually garden, it will make tending and planting much easier in the long run.
Growing Your Organic Vegetable Garden
Dependent on your chosen location, your region, and property use in the past, you might also want to have your soil tested before you plant seeds. If there is a chance your soil is contaminated, don’t guess and hope that enough time has passed or that your organic vegetables will be okay.
Organic Garden Tip: Enhance The Soil
Organic soil fertilizer is completely chemical free. To ensure it, purchase yours at an organic garden center.
Organic fertilizer is mixed into your soil at least three weeks prior to planting any organic seeds. All clumps of the organic fertilizer must be crumbled and well blended into your existing garden bed when added.
While at the garden supply store, investigate organic mulch products or search our site for tips on how to make your own. Mulch helps the garden retain moisture and suppresses weed growth. Mulch, as it decomposes, will provide nutrient rich food to your plants.
As you’ve seen it isn’t much extra work or cost to grow an organic garden.