By deciding to grow your vegetable garden organically, you're ensuring
your vegetables are in their purest form, as nature intended. Modern
gardening products, with chemicals, actually change the taste of
vegetables. Fertilizer with man-made chemicals can also ultimately
lead to severe health problems.
The first step to growing an organic vegetable garden; is to find an
excellent location and adequately allocate the proper space to your
organic vegetable garden. The amount of space you decide to use for
your organic vegetable garden must be sufficient, but not in excess;
you do not want wasted space or wasted vegetables, because you grew
too many. Another important factor to consider, when planning your
organic vegetable garden, is to ensure the soil has enough drainage.
You should also try to keep it in as close proximity to a water source
that you possibly can.
A useful tip, when planning your organic vegetable garden, is to
literally map out your garden; before you plant any seeds. After you
measure the space you plan on allocating to your organic vegetable
garden, you can draw your garden on a piece of graph paper. If you are
so inclined, you can draw your garden to scale; on the graph paper.
Either way, it will make your planting much easier, if you have a
well-designed and drawn out plan to work from, while planting.
Growing Your Organic Vegetable Garden
You must start with clean soil. You should test the soil before you
plant a single seed. After all, if your soil is contaminated; all the
benefits of having an organic garden are nullified. The seeds you
plant must also be derived from plants grown organically. If your
seeds do not come from organically grown plants; the plants you grow
will already be contaminated. The seeds would be carrying traces of
the chemicals used to grow the non-organic plants.
A critical step, when it comes to growing an organic vegetable garden
is soil preparation. Organic soil preparation is much slower than if
you would use fertilizers with man-made chemicals. The fertilizer you
use must be completely chemical free. Your best bet, to ensure your
fertilizer is chemical free, is to purchase it at an organic garden
center. You can even use items you would normally throw away; to help
enrich your soil. This will be covered more in-depth in a later
You should make sure organic fertilizer is
mixed into your soil at least three weeks prior to planting any
organic seeds. As mentioned, the organic fertilization process takes a
little more time, but is well worth the effort. You must be sure all
chunks of the organic fertilizer are properly broken down and blended
100% into the soil. One of the easiest ways to control garden pests is
to use the method commonly referred to as “companion planting.” There
are certain plants that act as a natural insect repellent.
By planting these plants with your
other plants, you'll keep the insects away. Examples of such plants
include the following: garlic, onions, and marigolds. You can either
plant them next to your other plants, or plant them in a perimeter
around your organic garden, to act as a natural barrier. You could
also do both of these; to ensure maximum effectiveness for organic