Today we are constantly bombed by the media how food in markets has a large decrease in quality, vegetables included. We don’t know where is it coming from and how was it grown. And with the rate of cancer growing up, we have a strong reason to believe that’s true. It seems like the only way to provide your family with absolutely fresh and organic food is to grow it yourself.
But having your own garden is expensive, right? Actually, it doesn’t have to be. You can choose not to follow marketing of gardening trends and make your own strategy as you can make your own containers for planting. Don’t go for the most hyped seeds, but for those you really need. It sounds a bit difficult, but we’ve prepared some tips that will help you get everything you need without emptying your bank account.
Know what you want
Maybe you’ve had an experience in gardening before and steps of making an organic garden are quite similar, but there are some important differences. The main difference is in the preparation process. You need to make the best possible conditions in order to achieve the perfect health for your plants and get rid of the pest and diseases.
If you just want to build a curb appeal for your home or your goal is a beautiful flower garden, maybe you don’t need to go through all the steps we’re about to mention. However, if your goal is a truly organic garden of wider proportions, take it step by step. Be realistic and always start with small things you can manage. It will be easy to expand later if you did your preparations right.
Choose the spot
It suffices to say you can’t put your new organic garden anywhere in your yard. You must choose the spot where your vegetables will get at least six hours of sun a day. You should also keep in mind that veggies prefer the soil that is well drained, so keep away from places that tend to turn into the swamp during the summer and spring.
The job is not done after you pick the right spot. You need to make sure it is perfect, and that requires some observation. Day or two, nothing more, just to make sure it gets enough sun. The final step is to make sure the soil has the right quality, by doing some simple tests you can do yourself. Analyzing the soil will help you figure out how to improve it if improvements are needed.
Put your veggies to bed
Now you have your perfect spot, but before you start digging you need to decide what shape and size you want your garden to be. Remember what we said about starting small and manageable. Since it is about fresh and healthy food and not so much about decoration, it would be best to go for a formal geometrical bed.
For making the outline for the digging, you can use stakes and string, or just make marks with paint. Our yards are not made just with the purpose of having a garden, so there will certainly be something you’ll need to clean away – some already existing planting, gravel, or plain grass. After that, you just need to amend the soil by adding the right compost and don’t spare it. The compost can be purchased almost everywhere in any amount and it can be delivered to your home address.
Keep it productive
After you make your organic garden come to life, you need to make it stay that way. But that doesn’t mean you’re supposed to turn it into a chore. With the right tools, a little pruning and primping will be a hobby and it will make your veggies productive for the whole season. Experts at Hose Link believe that “Invention and innovation is an ongoing process”. And when it comes to gardening, the truer words have never been spoken.
If you turn it into a pleasant and relaxing activity, you can get multiple harvests without breaking the sweat. Especially when it comes to the baby greens that grow super fast, so it’s enough just to cut above their base with scissors.
Marketing & the bad seeds
We already mentioned at the beginning that you don’t need all those hyped seeds that gardening marketing so highly suggests. They are much more expensive than the regular ones and you don’t really need them if you don’t have some disease killing the plants prematurely (and if you tested the soil correctly, you’re not supposed to have it).
Now almost every garden center sells almost every vegetable you can think of in a pot, but don’t take this easy road and start your veggies from the seeds. The reason is that the pots are actually not the easy road since they don’t tend to transplant well and can turn into a waste of money. Of course, there are some exceptions like eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.
These plants are heat-lovers and they need a lot of planning and timing, usually indoors. In their case, it would be cheaper just to buy them from the local garden shop, especially if you don’t have earlier experience in gardening. Consumer marketing can get you into all sorts of traps, so first make sure you will grow only those vegetables your family already buys and eats, and plant no more than you will eat.
In the end
Organic garden is an excellent way to start down the healthy path. Actively participating in growing your own food will give you an additional boost to change your habits and turn a new leaf. Above all, you will not only take care of your health, but also keep the planet healthy.