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5 Steps to Start an Organic Garden THIS WEEKEND
It affects you every time you hit the produce department and see the alarming prices of fresh fruits and veggies, nevermind organic fruits and vegetables. Turn on the tv, or check social media, and you’re bombarded with terrifying articles about chemicals and pesticides, health risks and recalls.
And in the back of your mind, you probably have said at least once that you should just grow your own, but you cast that aside because “it’s too hard,”, “you don’t have the time for a garden” or you simply “have no room.”
We’re here to tell you you’re all wrong.
You can get growing right now without a lot of space, investment or time. You can do this, and we’ll help. First take a second to check out this great infographic we found to help you get your thoughts organized and consider not just what, but where and with what you plan to plant.
Decide where you want to plant. Whether it’s an elaborate raised bed arrangement or simply some large pots out on your balcony, you can make this work. If you have the space, raised beds are a great option. Check out this infographic to get you started and this one to get you going. For containers, click here. Remember to pick a location that gets direct sunlight for 6-8 hours a day for the best outcome - plants need sun.
Prime your soil. If you’ve purchased organic soil, this process simply requires some aeration and loosening. If you are using soil from your yard or inorganic, follow these steps. Check out this great article by the Herbangardener to walk you through soil prep.
Select your seeds. It does nothing to have a sunny spot with well-prepped soil if you don’t choose your seeds carefully. Consider sources that are obviously organic, but also non-GMO and heirloom varieties, for safety and flavor. Plant with a mind for what are the best companion plants and what will require more support (like walls, stakes, etc.)
Keep it watered. Once your seeds are in the soil and nurtured with nutrients, there is nothing to do but wait and water. Be mindful not to over-water; that is just as bad as too little.
*BONUS* Get some predators. You didn’t misread that. Make sure to add water sources to attract natural predators for the creepy crawlies that want to munch on your crops. You can buy ladybugs (though they tend to fly away), but frogs, toads and lizards are also wonderful natural predators, and they’re pretty cute, too!
With a little investment of time at the onset, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars at the grocery store, and hours of worry related to just what you’re eating. Now get gardening!