There are different reasons for starting an organic garden, you may be Eco conscious, you may be growing vegetables and want to avoid feeding your family foods with chemicals on them, it may be for the challenge. Whatever the reason though at first you may think looking after an organic garden is just about avoiding pesticides and chemicals and using products that are all natural, there is more to it than that. Looking after your organic garden takes planning so this article has some helpful backyard garden tips for having a successful organic garden.
Before you start planting you need to look at your soil to see what state it is on and what type it is. Take a sample where the organic garden can go and have it tested. Understand whether you have a sandy soil or clay soil and so on as this affects what you can grow and how to look after it.
Today more and more people are turning to organic. Organic fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and so on. Unfortunately organic is more expensive at the moment, which is partly why more gardeners are turning organic themselves. This increase in demand means there are many products available now and being developed for organic gardeners and farmers who do not want to use fertilizers, insect repellents and so on that have chemicals in them. You should find your local nursery or garden store stock various natural organic fertilizers and repellents.
When you know the type of soil you have to work with this will help you with what organic products will suit you best. If you are not sure talk to the store or nursery owner and they can advice you. Climate is also a factor on what you should use. If your soil is too poor you can use planter boxes if you want to.
When you have worked out your soil type, where you are going to have the organic garden and the products you can use on it that are natural, you are ready to start planting. Choose the plants you want to grow and make sure you follow the instructions on how to plant the seeds. Or you could buy young plants from a gardening centre and plant them. Check they will get enough sun, they are planted deeply enough and that you have not overcrowded the area, plants need space. You may need to add some top soil if your soil was of poor quality.
Looking after your organic garden – maintenance
To get your organic garden looking and growing its best you will need to maintain it. Make sure you follow the instructions on how to care for the plants avoiding over and under watering. You will need to weed regularly whenever they appear as this will cut down the need for weed killer. Use organic fertilizer and make sure the area you have chosen is not at risk of chemicals running onto it from elsewhere.