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Planning For Organic Vegetable Gardening

Organic vegetable gardening is a rewarding and healthy hobby. With the proper planning and supplies, your jaunt into the world of organic vegetable gardening can be all that you are dreaming it to be. But remember, you will not have a successful garden on accident. You will want to take these steps to make your organic vegetables everything you are dreaming them to be!

Planning Your Space

The first step to organic vegetable gardening is choosing your location. Make sure that you choose carefully, so you have enough space, but not too much. In other words, try to avoid growing more than your family can use. Remember, growing an organic garden does take a lot of work. Your location should have a well drained soil that is close to your water source. Also, if you keep the location near your door, you will remember to use the products of your organic vegetable gardening work. Now, once you have your space, consider drawing your garden on a piece of graph paper so you can arrange your veggies where you want them, before you start planting.

Preparing Your Soil

An important aspect of organic vegetable gardening, is preparing your soil. This is because the fertilizers you will use in organic vegetable gardening are slow to do their job, unlike non-organic fertilizers. So, you will want to place the fertilizers into the soil no less than three weeks before you are ready to plant. Mix the soil carefully to make sure that all of the clumps of fertilizer is broken up, and has begun to rot in the soil.

Irrigating Your Garden

When working on organic vegetable gardening, you will want to think about how you are going to water the plants in your garden. You will want to have a plan in place to thoroughly wet your soil every week. If it rains sufficiently, then you can skip this moistening, but only with plenty of rain. Remember, this has to be a drenching rain in order to get all the way down to the root of the plants. If you use organic soil conditioners, your soil will have an easier time absorbing the moisture from your watering attempts.

Should You Use Mulch?

Mulch is an organic material that you place around your plants. This helps to keep the water in, keeps weed growth down, and also provides nutrients to the plants as the mulch decomposes. Leaves, grass, and wood shavings are all good options for mulch. This is a very important part of organic vegetable gardening.


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Gardening Tip #10

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