Your Garden Makes Eating Healthy Easy

Grow an organic garden
Grow an organic garden
Vegetable garden plan, plan, and plan

Reading the food labels in a grocery store can make you think twice about eating what is in the package. Chemicals and preservatives can be harmful to your body, and you should avoid them as much as possible. When you have your own organic garden, eating a healthy diet becomes much easier. Use the simple ideas in this article to grow your own healthy foods.

Prepare Your Soil

active compost steaming and decomposting
Shows an active compost steaming and decomposting
Homemade compost is one of the best soil additives.

Your garden will grow as well as you have prepared the soil for it. Make sure the soil is friable and free of rocks and gravel, and work in some organic compost before you plant your vegetables. Do not locate your garden in an area that gets sun all day, but also avoid areas that are shaded for more than one or two hours during the day.

Space and Coolness

Some plants, such as lettuce and sweet peas, prefer areas that are cooler, so if one area of your garden is shaded more than the rest, use that space for your “cool crop” plants. Some vegetables take a lot of room, so make sure you allow space for your squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes to spread out. Tomato cages can contain your tomatoes somewhat, but they still take a considerable amount of room.

Container Gardening

If your garden space is limited, you may want to use some containers and raised beds to maximize your growing area. Containers will allow you to grow some plants on your patio or porch, while raised beds help with weed control. An added benefit to raised beds and containers is that the plants are easier to tend to when you do not need to bend over to reach the ground.

Proper Watering

Mulch will prevent evaporation of water

garden mulch path
garden mulch path makes it easy to visit your garden
Your garden will need regular watering, especially during extended periods of heat and drought. You can prevent the soil from losing moisture by mulching between the rows of vegetables. A very efficient method of watering your garden is with a soaker hose. The moisture goes directly to the roots of the plants with this method, and the gradual release of water is better than sprinkling the plants once a day. Plants do love to be misted, so you may want to mist them either early in the morning or late in the evening. You should never spray cold water onto plants when the sun is shining hot on them.

Your Time and Results

A garden not only provides healthy produce for you and your family but tending it is also a great way to relieve the stress that affects most people. There is great satisfaction in the successful harvest of fruits and vegetables you have grown in your garden. An hour or two spent caring for your garden at the end of a busy day helps to slow the pace and provide the relaxation you need.

Satisfaction

a happy organic farmer
smiles from a happy organic gardener
Happy farmer hauling her healthy food

Growing your own produce in a garden you planned, planted and cared for can be a great source of satisfaction. The added benefit of knowing the food it provides is safe and healthy makes growing a garden a worthwhile effort. Use the information in this article to make growing your garden an enjoyable endeavor.

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