How To Start Organic Home Gardening

How To Start Organic Home Gardening

The quest for safer, more nutritious produce has turned many on to the idea of organic home gardening. Organic gardening is not a complex task to undertake and it doesn’t take a lot of money to begin. With a few basics and a plot of ground, you can begin your own organic home right in your own backyard. We’ve got the steps to get you started in organic home gardening, so you will be ready to plant your own crops as soon as the next growing season rolls around.

The first step in beginning your own organic home gardening experience is to understand exactly what we mean by organic gardening. An organic garden is one that does not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or synthetic ingredients of any kind. Instead, elements from nature are used to feed and protect the crops so they can grow as naturally as possible. Organic gardens are good for the environment as well as healthy and nutritious for the people who eat their harvests.

The first step in successful organic home gardening is a healthy soil in which crops of all kinds can thrive. The way to get nutrient-rich soil without relying on chemical fertilizers is through natural compost that comes right from your own garbage pail. These ingredients can be kept in a makeshift compost bin right in your own backyard, until it is ready to be added to your garden soil. Avoid adding ingredients to your compost pile like plants that have previously been treated with chemical pesticides, meat or dairy products or animal waste.

Once it is time to ready your garden soil for planting, begin by adding your organic compost and then spade it into the rest of the soil. You can also perform a soil test on a sampling of your soil to ensure it is appropriately balanced with all the nutrients your garden will need to thrive. You can opt to have your soil tested professionally by taking it into your local extension office or nursery, or you can test it at home using a kit you purchase from your garden center. Preparing the soil is probably the most important step in the entire process, since healthy soil reduces the risk of pests or diseases harming your crops.

Organic home gardening is an excellent way to expand your gardening repertoire. When you begin with your own organic compost and healthy soil, you are much more likely to enjoy healthy, thriving crops. A bountiful harvest will ensure everyone in your family appreciates your organic gardening efforts to the fullest.

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Planning on Growing Your Own Vegetables – Where to Start?

Planning on Growing Your Own Vegetables – Where to Start?

These days with large sites hard to come by and allotments much in demand, old gardeners or gardening junkies are no longer the sole exponents of GIY. No, many new entrants are young professionals, nature enthusiasts, people who are genuinely interested in getting closer to nature or reducing their dependency on mass market produce. Whilst others are experimenting by growing their own vegetables, almost like self sufficent micro farmers or even environmentalists, taking positive steps to reduce carbon footprint or better still growing for their own organic consumption and self satisfaction. Not surprising therefore to read in Press reports that the sale of vegetable seed has overtaken the sale of flower seed.

So if you are a potential GIYer and do intend starting a programme or project of growing your own vegetables, you might be interested in the following advice . So whether your motivation is to reduce air miles or taste organic food, there are some important points to consider when planning to start a vegetable garden.

Does size matter? No – not really, whether you have a pot, an old kitchen sink, a window sill or a sprawling site, growing your own vegetables is not only easy and exciting, it is also very rewarding.

Location – unless of course you enjoy longer walks through your garden, for practical reasons, the vegetable plot or kitchen garden should ideally be positioned nearer the house.
More importantly best to choose a position which permits the vegetable plot to enjoy a sunny aspect for much of the day. Although some vegetable produce will tolerate some shade (for example lettuce, runner beans etc), most won’t, so pick the site very carefully, pick a sunny and a sheltered position, avoid exposed windy sites. Other site aspects worth considering include picking a site where the prevailing ground conditions are level and free draining. Finally do bear in mind that good soil conditions will also be required, whether you prepare the ground by digging or mix in new soil or soil conditioners, most vegetables will require a growing depth of at least 300mm.

What to grow? Some might have favourites, some might stick with old reliable:
Potatoes are good, and probably one of the easiest to grow, they are also great at breaking down heavy soils. But do remember to give them plenty of water.
Leeks – easy to grow from seed and young leek tastes wonderful
Broad beans – very tasty when young but are very easy to grow
Sweetcorn – harvest when tassels are brown and boil in salted water
Radishes – many different varieties to choose from, but an ideal and fast growing crop from which to teach the children GIY
Runner Beans – quick growing, plentiful and pick and with lots of pick’n’grow fun

Deciding on the Layout – is important especially where space might be limited. For example you can grow some varieties at ground level whilst others such as French and Runner Beans can be trained to grow very effectively up trellising or bamboo canes. In larger sites, plan a series of long narrow beds which are easily accessible from both sides, but do remember to leave plenty of space between the growing beds, for example you should be able to move along pathways between beds with a wheelbarrow or more importantly if you like to get down on your hand and knees and get dirty, you’ll need at least 900mm – 1200mm spacing between the beds. Growing beds can be ground level on larger sites or raised on smaller sites or where soil conditions are poor. Raised beds can be developed using soil from other sites and mixing with compost, manures, soil conditioners etc. Also because they are raised you can ensure that drainage is good. As stated earlier, most vegetables prefer to grow in sunny areas, therefore it make sense to orientate beds on a north south axis, this ensures that all vegetable get sun each day. Be generous on spacing between beds, and consider a surface material so that all weather access is possible.

Ground Preparation – the better the soil, the better the performance, it is not impossible to provide good growing conditions. Vegetables require nutrients, water and oxygen. Soil plays a vital role in providing nutrients to plants. So it is important to prepare ground by digging to improve plants take up of nutrients. Alternatively if ground conditions are poor, you can use raised beds to provide better growing conditions for plants. In contrast to the ‘dig system’ the concept of using Raised Beds is sometimes referred to as the ‘No dig system’. Raised beds can be constructed from a variety of boards/timbers, recycled pallet boards, railway sleepers, pressure treated new sleepers, builder’s scaffolding boards all being popular choices.

Using crop rotation wisely – rotating the planting and growing of vegetables yields many benefits in terms of efficiency, bounty and disease/pest control. For example, Broccoli grows well in soils containing good levels of nitrogen, on the other hand, beans put nitrogen into the soil. Potatoes with the large canopy of foliage are very effective at suppressing weeds, whereas onions grow particularly very well in weed free soils. So from a crop rotational perspective, one would plant beans before of broccoli and potatoes before of onions.

Starting a rotation cycle – you should plan for at least three years, meaning the same vegetable will grow in the same spot every third year. However if you wish to also grow potatoes, better to use a four year rotation. The RHS has a very simple way to remember where each vegetable comes within the cycle: British Rail Late, where:

B = brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, turnips etc) was
R = roots (beetroot, parsnips, carrots)
L = legumes (peas, Broad bean, French bean, Runner bean, onions, garlic, chives)

How it works in practice is in area 1, you plant brassicas first year, roots in second year and legumes in third year. In area 2, you plant roots first year, legumes second year and brassicas third year. In area 3, you plant legumes first followed by brassicas and roots.

Maintenance – providing you have done good ground preparation, maintenance of the area shouldn’t be much more than adding a good fertiliser (Fish Bone & Blood) before planting or manure in Autumn. Watering is important especially during the early vulnerable stage, again bets done early in morning or late in evening and always check to make sure water is getting down to plant roots. Weed regularly to avoid unwanted competition for nutrients and water.

If at first you don’t succeed – try again. Sometimes it is only as a result of trial and error that you will discover what grows best for you in your area and conditions. Don’t be afraid to ask other local gardeners for tips or advice with particular problems, most of all, have fun in growing your own vegetables and join the burgeoning legion of GIY enthusiasts..

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Start Allotment Gardening Today!

Start Allotment Gardening Today!

In some areas allotments are like gold dust and there are long waiting lists. You may well be able to get around this by choosing another site or simply offering to take on an overgrown plot. If not, the good news is that an authority believes there is a real demand, it has statutory duty to provide a sufficient quantity of plots to lease them to people living in the local area.

The government website helpfully points that out ‘If local people feel there is a need for allotments which is not being met, they can get together a group of any six residents who are registered of the electoral role and put their case to the local authority’. You may find that you get six people together just by spending a Sunday afternoon at your nearest allotment. Alternatively you can put posters up at existing sites, in your library, local pub or anyway that may be of interest.

The National Society of Allotment Gardeners can offer helpful advice on getting the local council to take notice, and imagine the sense of satisfaction you’ll get from knowing you were instrumental is creating a brand new site!

Alternatively, if you want to get planting right away you could approach a neighbour or an existing allotmenteer who looks like they are struggling with their plot, and tactfully offer to lend a hand. They may well be delighted with the help and you can share the fruits of your labours, as well as tasks like watering and weeding. And unless you have a large family, a half-plot may be better suited to your needs at first. It’s well worth remembering that allotment sites vary in the facilities they offer, the rules and regulations they enforce, the rent charged and their attitude towards children, women, organics and so on. If you have a choice of sites, check them all before making a decision. Talk to plot holders to get a ‘feel’ of the place.

Location- Close to home, ideally within walking distance, is the most practical, and the most likely to retain your enthusiasm.

Check the sites rules and regulations- If you want to plant fruit trees, keep hens, paint your shed, use plastic mulch or grow flowers you may not be able to on some sites!

Do you hate bonfires? Some sites don’t allow them; others restrict burning to certain days of the week

The cost- The average annual rent for an allotment plot is £25- though rents can be as little as 50p or as much as £100. This usually includes the cost of water, but may not. They may also be reductions for pensioners and people on benefits

Organic plots- If you want to grow organically ask if there is a specific ‘organic area’. Don’t be put off if the answer is no. You can still run a successful organic plot, and, as you may succeed, others may follow. Organic vegetable gardening is very important for a lot of people.

Good society- Some allotment sites have a very active community with a trading shed, a meeting place or mentors offering to help newcomers for example.

Vandalism- By their very nature, allotments are at risk from vandalism. Ask about this!

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How to start a vegetable garden from scratch

How to start a vegetable garden from scratch

Plot out your garden area. Decide on what you want to plant and how much room you will need to grow those plants. Also, the amount of sunlight is very important in picking out the proper placement of your garden. You will want an area that gets direct sunlight most for the day. Something else to take into account is the drainage of the land. You will not want your garden in a depressed area of land because water will tend to flood those areas and won’t drain properly. I prefer using a slightly sloped piece of land or a flat piece of land that retains and drains water properly. Once you have chosen the location and size of you garden you will want to mark the boundaries of the garden with stakes or flags. Next is the part of the job that will likely take the most time, preparing the soil. Preparing the soil means two things to me:

 

A.Cutting and removing the sod. You have several options when deciding how you want to get rid of the grass and get down to the soil. If you have a very large garden you may want to hire somebody or rent the equipment (bobcat) to tear up the grass. If you own a rototiller (you can rent one), you can use this to remove the sod. There a two main types of tillers, front tine or rear tine. Rear tine tillers have the blades in the back of the machine and typically are a bit easier to use due to the fact that you (as the operator) get more weight/leverage over top the blades. Front tine tillers have the blades in the front and can be a bit harder to use on hard sod or compacted soil since there is not as much weight/leverage over top the blades to make them bite in as well as a rear tine tiller. If you have a very small garden area then you may also choose to use a shovel to tear up the sod. Personally, my brother and I used a tiller to tear up a rather large patch of land for our garden. We would run the tiller over the grass to break it up then rake the grass clumps into one large pile in the corner of our garden, which eventually decomposed to plain dirt. We had to run the tiller over the garden area several times and rake clumps of grass each time before we had a workable dirt area. This can be a back breaking task so make sure to take your time and rest occasionally.

 

B. Getting the soil ready to plant in. Plants will produce their best when they have a healthy, somewhat loose, soil to grow in. This means that you want a nutrient rich soil that retains just the right amount of moisture. You can take soil samples into many garden centers to get a test done. A soil test will tell you what you need to add or balance out in your soil. The three key nutrients in soil that you will need to worry about are: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Any and all of these nutrients can easily be added using organic or non-organic methods. Ask your garden center what you should use for your soil. I was fortunate with my garden because the land we put our garden on used to be old farm land and was great soil. We simply tilled the soil several times to loosen it up before we created rows.

                                          

Next you will want to create your rows and plant your seeds or seedlings. To do this, follow the directions for row and seed spacing on the back of your seed packages (you can also find all your planting information here: http://getready2garden.com/page7.html ). Many plants require 24” to 36” between rows. Make sure to leave adequate room between your rows to allow you to walk and/or till between them. I like to mark where my rows will be, by driving stakes into the ground on each end of the row and tying twine between the stakes (I use a tape measure to mark the distance between my stakes).

 

These are just the basics of getting a garden started up to the point of planting. To get more in depth information, please visit: http://getready2garden.com/ .

Steve Gunther is passionate about vegetable gardening. Though only introduced to gardening himself a couple of years ago, he has immersed himself in the gardening community. Steve is currently starting a website dedicated to vegetable gardening http://getready2garden.com/ .

How to Start and Grow Your Own Herb Garden

How to Start and Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Do you love to experiment with new flavors in your recipes? Or maybe you just enjoy the fragrance of lavender, scented geraniums or mint… If you’re not the type of person that wants to spend their time managing an elaborate fruit or vegetable garden but you want to have a small plot of “growing things”, you should consider planting and tending an herb garden. While an herb garden might not seem as significant, you’ll still enjoy the constant availability of fresh, delicious herbs

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Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden

Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden

 

Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden – Starting a vegetable garden can have a vast number of benefits. Let start with some of the obvious:

No pesticides
– There have been over 30,000 chemicals introduced into our world since 1900 and most of them haven’t been tested for safety to humans if ingested. The problem is that we simply don’t know what our fruits and vegetables have been exposed too in the supermarkets.

Fresh Produce – When growing your own vegetables you only have to go into the garden to pick fresh produce on the day you require it. Supermarket chains have to purchase well in advance to allow for transport times and you don’t know how long it has been sitting around for or who has been handling the produce.

Vine Ripened – Do you remember what a real tomato tastes like? In your garden you will pick the fruit only when it has ripened allowing the phyto-nutrients to fill the fruit in the later stage of ripening. If you pick them too early, the goodness has not entered the fruit. Supermarkets want the produce to be in a “perfect appearance” so that the consumer is confused into thinking that it is the best. They will have the produce picked green, then they use GAS to artificially ripen the fruit. When this happens, the fruit is hard and devoid of most of the nutritional benefits…and there is little or no taste.

Some less obvious reasons to have vegetable garden are:

Get the kids involved – Getting the kids involved with the planting and watering of the garden is a great way to get them interested in fresh fruit and vegetables. They are more likely to consume the produce that they grow themselves.
Kids will have something to do other than playing video games or sitting in front of the Television. It helps with their education and more importantly, if they are consuming fresh vine ripened fruits and vegetables they will have long term benefits of boosted immune systems. And if despite all your efforts to get them to eat more fruit & veg, the chance to teach them about primary production and selling your produce to family and friends is a great exercise for financial education.

How much money could you save? The purchase of fruits and veg can be expensive, so if you only have to pick it fresh from the garden it means that you won’t overspend on produce that may spoil before you have time to eat it. Contrary to popular belief, Fruit does not ripen after being picked, It simply goes through different stages of rotting.

So next time you venture to the supermarket and get that nice firm bright red tomato and wonder why it resembles an apple with its crisp juicy texture, remember that science has given us the best tools to remove the fibre and nutrients from the the fruit, allowed us to gas the vegetables in order to make us think that we the tomato is full of Lycopene (The good stuff that a tomato is supposed to have when vine ripened) and genetically modified the plant to take up as much water as possible in order to get the maximum weight in the produce to reap more money.

Please note that in most cases, the farmers are not to blame for this, it is the relentless profit seeking of the supermarkets that dictate how the produce is to be delivered to them in order maximise their returns for longer shelf life produce with the false facade of perfect blemish free produce.

Just think, if it’s not good enough for the insects to eat, why do we??
Oh and if you think organic is better, it may not be in all cases. The idea of organic is great, but the commercial reality is that even this produce is generally picked before ripening and is not full of the goodness it should be. Granted, it should be chemical free (Which is fantastic!), but it still needs to be vine ripened in order to get the maximum benefit.

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Reasons to start a home vegetable garden

Reasons to start a home vegetable garden

With the vegetable garden season beginning to wind down in the midwest.  It is never to early to begin to think about starting your vegetable garden for next year.  If you have never grown a vegetable garden before, you should really consider starting one.  There are several benefits and reasons as to why you would want to start your own vegetable garden.

9 Reasons to start your own vegetable garden.

1.  This can be a great activity to do with kids.  Kids will love to plant the seeds and then watch as they grow.  It can be the children’s responsibility to water the garden each day, and then you will see the smiles on there faces when they see the first vegetables that are ready to pick

2.  The trips to the grocery store should be less expensive.  With food prices rising at a fast pace, you will have your own vegetables instead of having to buy the pricey ones found in your local grocery store.

3.  With the possibilities of pesticides having serious health effects on us when they are used on vegetables, it is great to have your own garden because you know exactly what is going in there.  If you are going to use fertilizers or pesticides you can choose what you want to use.  You will hopefully go for an organic, natural type.

4.  Gardening is fun.  It is a great hobby to have and can be very relaxing and enjoyable!

5.  Gardening gets you outside to enjoy nature.  With the time spent caring for your garden from watering, to weeding, to caring for your plants it will put you outside to enjoy the warm [hopefully], nice summer weather.

6.  Vegetables always taste better when they are fresh!  In theory you could be pulling something out of the vegetable garden, washing it and then eating it all within 5 minutes.

7.  You can add tools to your collection that will help you with everyday gardening tools.  You can select hand tools, cultivators, tillers or many more!

8.  Commercially grown crops are frequently chosen for their high yields, uniform appearance and long shelf lives rather than for superiority and flavor. When you grow your own, you can focus on the excellence rather than the economics.

9.  There are thousands of diverse varieties of fruit and vegetables, but supermarkets tend to give attention to only the most lucrative and easy to sell. This means that our choice is often limited to a few select varieties of apple, for example, rather than the hundreds of traditional kinds that exist. Growing your own lets you pick the varieties you like the most, and research to find new ones you’ll hardly ever see on sale.

These are just a few ideas as to why someone would want to start there own vegetable garden.  Everyone does it for there own reasons, but most of all we have fun doing it!

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How to Start an Organic Garden

How to Start an Organic Garden

When you are looking to grow food for your family and loved ones, you already know that you want it to be healthy and nutritious, and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure that your garden is organic!  Organic gardening not only allows you to grow food that is free of chemicals or additives, but it also promote ecological responsibility and has low impact consequences for the environment.  If you are looking grow an organic garden, you’ll find that there are plenty of tips to get you started.

One of the best ways to get started with an organic garden is to get a hold of some heirloom seeds.  You’ll find that heirloom seeds are taken from plants that were once common in human history; as such, they have not been genetically modified and as a rule, they tend to be fairly tough.  They are not hybrids, and there are around 4,000 varieties of seeds, so you’ll be able to take your choice.

When working with organic gardening, you’ll find that it is always a good idea to consider the lay out of your garden.  You’ll find, for instance, that you can work with intensive intercropping, where you’ll find that one crop is grown between rows of another; this will allow you to take full advantage of your gardening space, and reduce your water and composting requirements.  You’ll find that gardening boxes is another way to maximize your space.

Organic gardening also implies that you will be free from the use of chemical pesticides and additives; this does not mean, however, that you are letting your garden run rampant with weeds and bugs!  You’ll find that by planting some flowers and herbs around your garden, you’ll be strengthening its immunity to insects.  Consider marigolds, mints and chives for a start.    You’ll also find that you can deter pests by rotating your crops annually.

Any good organic garden needs a fair amount of planning, and the more you plan, the more prepared you are going to be.

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How To Start A Vegetable Garden – Food 4 Wealth

How To Start A Vegetable Garden – Food 4 Wealth

Gardening is one hobby that is both relaxing and exciting at the same time. In today’s times when everything is processed, growing veggies right at your own backyard can entail a lot of benefits, not to mention the feeling of fulfillment when it is time to harvest and eat your freshly picked produce. However if you are just a beginner when it comes to gardening, you’ll probably wonder how to start a vegetable garden. What type of seeds to grow? Well, it doesn’t have to be complicated, all it takes is careful planning and basic information about the veggies you want to grow. Here are some pointers you can consider about starting up a vegetable garden.

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The first thing you need to do is to figure out what vegetables you want to grow. Ideally, give priority to those vegetables that you like eating; it will be futile to plant crops that you don’t like, unless otherwise you are aiming to sell it afterwards. Make a list of the vegetables you want to grow according to family or category. This way you will have an easier time figuring out the planting rotations. Sweet corn, beans and peas, tomatoes and young spinach are among those that are most valued for their incredible flavor when eaten fresh from the garden that you might want to give priority to grow.

You must also take into consideration your garden site. A place where your plants can get the most sunlight for at least six hours is the best one to choose. Planning your garden carefully will enable you to keep away from having problems in the future. It is very important to make it a point that it is the needs of your plants that should be given priority and not the appearance.

Another factor to consider on how to start a vegetable garden is the soil type. You can improve the soil quality by adding organic matter, lime and nutrients. Select a site for your garden that is well drained and rich in organic matter.

Water is another important requirement for plants and it is especially important at transplanting time or when a plant is on the process of making fruit, so make sure that you place your garden near a water source.

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How To Start A Herb Garden Using Organic Garden Fertilizer

How To Start A Herb Garden Using Organic Garden Fertilizer

So, you’re always cooking dishes involving plenty of herbs. Roast chicken stuffed with a bacon, celery and parsley stuffing, baked salmon with lemon, potatoes and dill, and pasta with a fresh basil and tomato sauce are some of your favorites.

You pick up your organic herbs at the local farmers’ markets every weekend, but all those bunches are starting to add up. The obvious solution? To start your own organic herb garden, of course. Organic produce is healthy for you and good for the environment because it’s free of harsh chemicals and pesticides – and as a result, it tastes a whole lot better.

Organic herbs are easy to grow, and need little more than good soil, water and organic garden fertilizers, which are often cheaper than chemical fertilizers. Here are a few simple steps to help you establish your organic herb garden.

- Selecting a site – Keep in mind that herbs require a least six hours of sunlight each day. If you want to grow just a few of your favorite herbs, have a few pots of herbs on a sunny windowsill or on the ground. If you want to grow a larger herb garden, think about what size you’ll need and whether you want to combine your herbs with a vegetable patch – but don’t be over-ambitious.

- Choosing soil – Choose soil that is a combination of silt, sand and clay, and make sure you include plenty of organic compost material to help enrich your soil. Make sure your pots or your garden bed drain well.

- Planting – It’s a good idea to plant starter plants rather than seeds so you can see – and eat – the results sooner. It can be tricky to find a nursery that hasn’t treated its starter plants with chemicals, however, so shop around for a good organic nursery.

- Fertilizing – Now and then, add a good dose of organic garden fertilizer or an organic liquid fertilizer to your soil to make it even healthier.

- Watering – Give your plants a little water each day. For outdoor herb gardens, use a watering can, and for indoor herbs, use a mist sprayer to avoid drowning them. A soil moisture tester can be a handy tool to have around if you’re not sure if you’re under- or over-watering your plants.

- Controlling weeds – Combat weeds as soon as they appear. You can easily pull small weeds out of a pot with your fingers, and to remove weeds from a garden, use a sharp hoe.

- Using your herbs – You can use your herbs fresh or dry. To dry herbs in the oven, put them in a moderate oven – around 150 degrees Fahrenheit – for around three hours. To air dry your herbs, tie them up with some string and hang them in a warm, dry, dark place, like a pantry, for about two weeks. Your herbs are dry when the leaves crumble.

It can be very rewarding to establish and maintain an organic herb garden, and by giving them a bit of love and attention, and plenty of organic garden fertilizer – your herbs will be flourishing in no time.

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