Three Basic Steps to Start Your Organic Garden

Gardening with organic methods is a basic way to garden. It is done by creating a natural environment that will maintain itself. Applying simple techniques of composting, crop rotation, companion planting and succession planting. These methods will benefit the soil you are growing your crops in and will develop healthy plants to provide a thriving crop.

To start an organic garden, you don’t have to be an experienced gardener to have a successful garden. Whether you are growing flowers, fruits, herbs or vegetables, some basic information, a few basic tools and the willingness to grow your own garden will get you started.

Knowing your hardness zone is the first thing you should know about the area you are in. This is a map system that the United States Department of Agriculture has developed to divide the different climate zones in North America. There are ten zones, 1 being the coldest and 10 being the warmest. Having the knowledge of your zone will enable you to choose the plants that will grow best in your area.

Your garden’s soil pH level and its fertility is the second information you will need to know. Testing garden soil is very important, especially if you are starting a new garden or changing over from the traditional methods to organic methods. The soils acidity or alkalinity is what influences plant growth and are determined by a number scale from 1 to 10, 1 being very acidic and 10 being very alkaline. Most of your fruits and vegetables prefer a ph level of 6.5 to 7.0. Soil fertility is another very important part of your gardens soil, it affects the health and productivity of the plants you are growing. To test your gardens soil, you can take a soil sample to a cooperative extension service or purchase a soil test kit from most garden centers to test it yourself.

The last and very important part in starting a garden is don’t over do it, go easy and start small. Starting out small and growing crops that you really enjoy. Taking on a garden to large to handle will only turn the enjoyable experience of gardening into a second job and you can get discouraged.

A environment friendly and healthy way of gardening. Organic Gardening is away of gardening in harmony with nature. Growing a healthy and productive crop in a way that is healthier for both you and the environment.