Organic gardening is the process of growing plants, flowers, vines, trees, bushes, shrubs, fruits, vegetables, and anything else you can think of in a completely natural way. In other words: No pesticides, chemicals, or harmful substances are used in the entire gardening process. Organic gardening is most used for fruit, vegetable, and herb gardening because people don’t want to have pesticides and chemicals on the foods they eat.
Organic Garden Soil Needs Preparation
Organic gardening starts with the preparation of your soil. Since you won’t be using chemical fertilizers in an organic garden, you’ll need to make sure your soil is as healthy as it can be, so that it can provide all the nutrition your garden plants will need as they grow. Preparing organic garden soil takes a little time and effort, but it’s really worth it in the end.
Then add some organic materials to the bed such as used coffee or tea grounds, sawdust, shredded newspaper, fireplace ashes, or fruit and vegetable matter from your kitchen. You can add one or more of these items at once, but you don’t have to add all of them if you don’t have them. The smaller you make the material before adding it to the garden bed though, the faster it will turn to compost for you. So if you’re using kitchen scraps, for instance, try chopping or grating them into smaller bits before tossing them into the garden bed.
Use Natural Additives
All you need to do is add a few things to your garden bed soil, and let those additives sit for several weeks before you plant. Everything you add to the garden soil should be natural though because the nutrients are created as these organic items decompose.
After adding compost to your garden bed, turn the soil some more so those new items are mixed in and covered decently. Then about two to three times each week, go outside and water the bed, then stir it around a bit again. After about three to four weeks, your bed should be ready to start putting plants or seeds in. Now think about a little frugal gardening.
If you prepare your organic garden area in the fall though, before the first hard frost or freeze hits, the soil will be much richer and more ready for planting in the spring.
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