Starting an Organic Garden

I have always wanted to start my own organic garden. It began as just a dream I had to boast about having my own garden that I cultivated, but it turned into more than that. Of course, what I did not anticipate were the many obstacles that would occur along the way as I tried to produce fresh food throughout several seasons. Even if you have only grown a few things in dirt, you already know that any type of gardening takes work.

To get started, I have decided to the basic tips I’ve learned along the way to help anyone else successfully produce organic food. In order to get started, of course, you’re going to need the very basics that any garden needs: a trowel, wedding tool, pruners, hoe, spade, and a fork. Once those are acquired, you can get down to the physical labor of planting seeds.

Planting Seeds

Approximately three weeks before you start planting anything, you should prepare your bed. Let me stress now that gardening is most definitely a process that takes diligence, dedication, and patience. During the next few weeks, lay soil and then be sure to pull out any weeds that appear, then let the soil sit a few weeks more. Afterwards, you will have to start digging a furrow if you prefer symmetry.

When it comes to watering the soil, I suggest that you moisten the soil as opposed to using too much water. After watering, then spread the seeds through trenches to sow. Place the seeds far enough apart to allow them to grow properly. Bury the seeds, cover with a bit of soil, water, and then the waiting game begins.

Transplanting

Decide on a day that is overcast so that the plants you place out are able to optimally adjust to their new surroundings without the fear of the sun withering them. First, you will be digging a hole, then watering the plant because roots have not begun to grow and cannot draw water via the soil. Then, you will be removing the plant directly from the pots by placing your hand atop the pot with fingers around the stem of the plant. Then, start turning the pot upside down, then squeezing gently with the other hand.

Ideally, you don’t want to tug at the plant, but if there is no other option, you should begin by pulling by the leaves as opposed to the stem. This is because leaves coming detached are not a main concern. However, if you cause damage to the stem, then the plant is not going to survive the damage. If you give tender loving care to your plants in the beginning, then you are more likely to reap a huge crop the first time around. What I love about gardening is the sense of accomplishment I have after I notice something growing. I think to myself that I made that happen with a bit of dedication and it renews my stance on trying to grow more the next season.