Starting an organic garden is quite similar to that of a regular garden except for a few differences. Preparing an organic garden not only requires funds but also strategic planning as well. An organic garden is recommended particularly for those who have extra and unattended space in their backyard. Organic garden is different from regular gardening because it does not rely on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. One will rely on healthy soil and other manual factors like handpicking insects.
One obvious advantage of having an organic garden is that you get to eat foods that are healthy and you can even sell them to neighbors or to your nearest wet market. The satisfaction of tending a garden is also a very rewarding feeling.
Setting your goals and expectations
The first thing you should do is set your goals and expectations about this new organic garden of yours. So what type of plants do you want to grow? You may want a flower bed or vegetables perhaps? Start with something small and manageable first. It is more of a trial period.
Choosing your garden’s site
The type of plants that you would want to grow will also affect your decision on which part of your backyard is the perfect area for the organic garden. Make sure that your garden will get enough sunshine for at least six hours a day, especially if you are planning to have a vegetable or herb garden. You can also trial planting. Try to plant one seedling and observe it for a couple of days.
Create your garden bed
After deciding on the perfect area for your garden, it is time for you to dig and create your garden bed based on your desired size. Clear the area of weeds as well, you can dig, pull and mow.
Add compost to your soil
To develop rich and organic soil, the best thing one can do is to add compost into it. You can either buy compost bags from your nearest garden shops or you can make your own by gathering all fallen leaves in the backyard. If you want to go the extra mile, you can send your soil samples to your nearest soil centers and have it tested for its ph levels. They can also recommend which nutrients are lacking in your soil and how to treat it.
Selecting your plants
When selecting your plants, make sure to check for signs of insects or disease problems. Check the roots by getting the plant out of the pot. Does it look healthy, or does it appear weak?
The planting process
Once you have your plants ready, make sure to provide them with water especially while they are waiting for you to plant them. A moist root ball will do the job for you. To plant them, just dig a hole that is just as deep and twice the width of the root ball. Place the plant in the hole and fill it back with the soil you dig and then water it thoroughly.
Be vigilant with your organic garden, check for weeds once in a while and also look for bugs and insects as early as possible.