The last decade has seen a massive shift in the public’s acceptance of organic food. People have realized the negative effects of pesticides and genetically engineered crops on our health and environment. However, with this increased knowledge comes confusion about what makes a food “organic”.
If you have an extra garden space and don’t want to pay for a gardening service or buy produce at your local market, then it might be time to start your organic vegetable garden.
To learn about the best organic vegetable growing tips, read below.
These garden tips will help ensure your garden is growing healthy plants in a way that promotes plant growth and good health.
- Learn about your soil
Taking the time to learn what’s going on in your soil is an important step. You want to know what’s there before adding any fertility or fertilizer. You can do this by asking your local cooperative extension service for a soil test kit or by buying your kit online.
This will help you determine what’s missing from the soil and what you need to add. Generally, the following nutrients are good in soil: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sulphur, and magnesium.
- Use Potassium
Potassium is often missing from soils, so it’s a good idea to add potassium-rich fertilizer to your vegetable garden. Look for an organic fertilizer with a high potassium content to succeed in organic gardening at home.
You can also make your compost or worm castings to rejuvenate the soil. You can do this by collecting manure and adding it to existing soil. If you don’t have access to horse, cow, or pig manure, you can use fish emulsion or seaweed extract as an alternative, which is easier to find in the store.
There are many types of organic vegetable gardening fertilizers to choose from. There’s compost, which is great for rejuvenating existing soil; worm castings; bone meal, which is great for root vegetables like radishes and carrots; blood meal, which is good for leafy vegetables like lettuce and cabbage; wood ashes, which are good for plants that prefer alkaline soil; and kelp meal, which is also good for growing leafy greens.
You can play around with different types of fertilizer to give your garden the best growth conditions.
Some facts about compost for your garden:
- Composting is a natural process in almost any environment with organic matter present.
- It’s very important to understand that the compost you produce at home, and use in your garden, will not be the same as you buy at your local garden centre – there are major differences! The ‘compost’ sold at many stores is not an actual compost but rather a soil amendment.
This article discussed how to start organic gardening. The first step is finding a good spot for the garden. You need something that gets plenty of sunshine and gets direct access to rainwater or snow melt in the winter. Next, you’ll need soil rich in nutrients that will support healthy plant growth. To get all the top-quality products and tools related to gardening, visit Sams Garden Store.