How to Start an Organic Garden from Scratch

Posted by admin on May 15, 2020 under Backyard
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Organic vegetable gardening is becoming increasingly popular each year, as people are becoming more self-sufficient on their own produce. If you are looking to start an organic garden from scratch, it is fairly straightforward. Here is what you need to know to get started.

Step-by-step guide to building an organic garden

1. Choosing the right area to set up your organic garden

Just like when you are growing any type plant or fruit and vegetables, where you put them can make the world of difference. There are a variety of different factors you should consider:

– Sunlight

Ideally, you would like a site that offers as much direct sunlight as possible – around 6 hours is great, but preferably 8 during growing season. However, if you don’t have a suitable space to grow your organic vegetables, don’t worry, there are several different crops you an grow without full sunlight.

– Terrain

When starting an organic garden from scratch, you should consider the landscape of your garden. In areas where your garden is uneven, or on a slope, be sure to take advantage of the area to ensure full sun exposure. Furthermore, if there is a area of your garden where water collects, you should consider filling this in with soil so it doesn’t stay soggy and result in rotting plants.

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– Wind

Wherever you start your organic garden, you should ensure that your vegetable garden is hidden from wind. This could be behind a hedge or wall to reduce the effect of high winds ruining your crops. If you don’t already have a windbreaker in position, you may want to consider erecting your own – a cost-effective way of doing this is by putting strong trellises around your gardening area.

– Water

You don’t want to drag your gardening tools from one edge of the garden to the other, so bear this in mind when building your own organic garden. Make it easy for yourself by situating your vegetable garden in a convenient location, to ensure easy access of water, tools and compost.

2. Find out what type of soil you have

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As you would when growing plants, you should consider the quality and effectiveness of soil in your potential organic vegetable patch. If it is rocky and full of dead roots, you might want to consider building a raised bed garden. However, if you would prefer to have your organic garden in the ground, be sure to double dig the existing soil, to ensure it is suitable for growing veggies.

Whatever you do, it’s vital to prepare your soil, before planting, to see what you need to do to make it perfect for growing organic vegetables.

Remember to test your soil

Did you know that you can learn a lot from your soil? By getting your soil tested by a professional at a local garden centre or nursery (or doing it yourself), you will be able to find out which nutrients your soil is deficient in, as well as finding out which type of soil you have, how well it drains and its Ph. This will give you handy pointers about how you can improve your soil, to ensure you get the most out of your organic vegetables.

You can do this at some garden centres and nurseries, or a local soil sample centre.

3. Sourcing plants and seeds

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When starting to build your organic garden, you will need to start with organically grown plants and seeds. Conventionally grown plants and seeds are often full of pesticides and chemical fertilisers, which are exactly what organic gardens are trying to avoid. Organically produced seeds are harvested from organically grown plants, which aren’t treated using chemical pesticides and never genetically modified.

Thankfully, it is becoming more and more popular for nurseries and garden centres to stock organic seeds and vegetable plants, which will be clearly labelled “organic”. However, there are several different companies that provide organic vegetable garden seeds if you are struggling to source them.

4. Plant your seeds

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Once you have determined where you position your organic garden and purchased your seeds, the next step is to get them planted. Depending on the type of vegetables you want to grow, you must ensure that they get the right amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients in order for them to grow effectively.

Be sure to keep an eye on your organic vegetable garden and check them often, as it is common for pest and disease problems to arise. If you pay attention, you will be well on your way to growing a healthy, organic vegetable garden.


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