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In an age where hyper-production is taking over every industry, which influences the quality of the product, it is always valuable when you can have something that is homemade. Growing your own organic vegetables or fruit is definitely healthier as you pay much more attention to it than a huge farm could ever do and you use much less (preferably not any) chemicals, so eventually you have a product that you can eat with gusto. Not to mention the feeling of pride when you hold something you have helped grow from a little seed.
However, starting an organic, eco-friendly garden is not an easy task. There has to be a certain amount of dedication, including your time, energy, and money. Nevertheless, it will pay off. If you do it right, you will have something of great quality, which will do you good, whether you do it for personal use or for sale.
Let’s talk a bit about some of the main steps to starting your own organic garden now.
First of all, try to find a location that has at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. This is especially important if you grow a lot of fruiting plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, or melons. These will always need a lot of sun to grow well. But, if your lot is shadier, some other plants will still grow very well, like lettuce, kale, and lots of herbs. They need around three hours of sunlight or more, to successfully grow.
When you choose your garden’s location, be sure to stay away from large trees, which have big roots. That can damage your garden by stealing water and nutrients from your plants.
Of course, it would be good if your water source is close since your garden needs to be watered very frequently.
When starting your organic, eco-friendly garden, it would be best if you also use healthy, organic soil. This soil has some of the most important things that provide organic matter, which are manure, peat moss, and compost. This contains decayed microorganisms of previous plants; therefore, the mentioned microorganisms will supply your plants with a lot of needed nutrients.
You can even make your own compost pile by putting the organic matter in a container where it will decompose. Of course, you can also buy it in bulk for a large garden or buy it in bags at any garden center or home improvement store.
When you establish your garden and start growing your chosen plants, you need to think about “outsiders” that could damage, destroy, or just eat them all.
First of all, there are a lot of smaller and bigger animals that absolutely love eating plants, especially some fine, organic ones. Therefore, you need to protect your garden with strong chain wire fencing that will keep your pets or wild animals out and your precious organic fruit or vegetables safe and sound. It’s one thing if you give your rabbit a few carrots, but letting him pillage the whole lot is a whole other ball game.
When you’ve made sure bigger animals are out of it, the garden still needs to be protected from germs and weeds. You can definitely reduce the weeds by spreading a layer of mulch onto your soil. This makes a firm barrier that stops weeds from getting sunlight and germs from developing. This will also prevent fungal spores from appearing on the leaves.
When you look to buy seedlings, be sure to choose plants that have a healthy color, with no yellow leaves. Also, always avoid droopy leaves. If you are buying transplants, then gently tap the whole plant out of its pot, to see if the roots are white and well-developed. Moreover, if you can’t avoid plants with already developed buds, pinch them off before you plant, to make sure the energy of the plant is focused on developing new roots.
If you follow these pieces of advice, you’re all set. Be sure to let us taste the wonderful product you grow and enjoy the healthy meals of your own!
Author: Diana Smith
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