In today’s fast-paced world, finding a way to connect with your family and with nature restores balance to your life. Organic gardening is a fruitful and fun way to build lasting family memories and enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own healthy fruits and vegetables.
Starting Your Garden
Regardless of how large or small a plot of land you’ve allotted for your organic garden, there are many details involved to achieve a lush and beautiful garden. There is a great deal of work and time involved in maintaining a successful outdoor organic garden, so make sure to account for this before embarking on the project.
Here is a list of tips to help you get your organic garden started:
Gardening Equipment – You can’t work the dirt if you don’t have the right tools! It’s helpful to have a wide-range of hand tools including rakes, hoes, trowels, spades, shears, digger tools, and a convenient tote to carry all of these items. Gardening gloves protect your hands while knee pads and gardening stools offer comfort when working for an extended period. A wide-brimmed hat may come in handy for protecting your head from sunburn.
Plan Your Garden – If possible, you want to plan your organic garden in a sunny spot. When selecting fruits and vegetables for your garden, always be sure that the plants you choose are ideal for the amount and type of sun the area receives. For example, strawberries flourish when grown in areas with partial shade, whereas tomato plants do better with full exposure to sunlight. Be sure to condition your soil so that it has all the nutrients needed for healthy plant cultivation. If growing from seed, consider choosing Heirloom seeds that have generations of history behind them.
Keeping Pests Away – By default, your garden is going to have natural threats from pests and other wildlife. When gardening organically, one of the tenants is avoiding the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides to eliminate bugs, regardless of whether they are helpful or hurtful to your crops. Organic pesticides that you make yourself using safe household ingredients or premixed organic pesticides are an option for removing harmful bugs that threaten the integrity of your garden. Other ways to keep unauthorized foragers such as rabbits, deer, and birds from harvesting from your garden include fencing and detractors such as scarecrows, reflective windchimes, and plastic owls to scare away these animals away.
Work Alone or Enjoy Time With Your Family – Gardening is a superb way to spend time with family or find time to work alone. It is a therapeutic and healthy way to connect with the earth and your loved ones. Further, it gives you the gratification knowing that the work you put into cultivating your garden brings back multiple returns, in the way of fresh-grown fruits and vegetables, lasting memories, and time away from the busy workaday world.
Get Ready For The Growing Season!
The growing season is approaching quickly, so if organic gardening is something that you’re interested in, now is the time to start laying out your plans and taking action! While you’re here, you may want to check out our gardening tote bags.