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Grow An Organic Garden

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.

Fresh vegetables when you grow an organic garden are cost effective. Grow your own in a family garden.Once you’ve decided to grow an organic vegetable garden you ensure your produce is in the purest form, without causing any cancer-producing free radicals in the humans who digest them.

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.

About Laura Childs

Country Living enthusiast Laura Childs was a downtown city girl for many years before heading to the hills to live a sustainable lifestyle, raise her daughter, get back to the land, and learn the time tested traditions of a simpler era. Throughout her farm life adventures of raising animals, working from home, home schooling her daughter, and being more green, Laura Childs has been sharing on the GoodByeCityLife website through articles and personal musings since 1998.

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  1. I began growing organically grown vegetables without firstly realising it. People would ask what do you put on it ? I’d say ….”ummmm rain.” Then they would say “Oh your organic then?” and I’d say “Ummm yeah? I mean ..yeah of course.” Then I went and looked it up. But as I said, it wasn’t a conscious decision. I just figured if a million trees and plants grow of their own accord then why can’t vegetables?

    Basically I rake up all the deciduous leaves and clippings and of course all the left overs from the last vege growing season, some old straw or hay, bit more ordinary everyday soil and VOILA!! And that’s about it, I make a deciduous salad and let it rot down. I even add stuff that the ‘experts’ say not to add. :)