10 Do’s and Don’ts of Organic Gardening

We have all read about the recent trend of consuming organic food for a healthier lifestyle. Have you wondered about just what makes some types of food organic while others fail the test?

Organic Vegetables

So what is the exact difference? Any food item that is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers can be termed organic. Organic foods are not genetically modified or processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, and are free from chemical food additives unlike the regular foods.

You too can grow organic food right in your garden. As organic food is free from chemicals, it is more pure and healthier. The fans of organic food claim that it is tastier and richer in flavor than regular farm-produced food as well.

It’s also environment friendly as it does not involve the addition of chemical fertilizers to the soil. Using organic compost is far more beneficial to the earth and naturally avoids any drop in quality without harming the ecosystem as well.

Organic Garden at Home

Here are few steps you can take to start organic farming on your garden:

  1. Identify the right location for setting up an organic garden. Make sure that it receives 6-8 hours of direct sunlight in a day, has a reliable water supply, and also a good draining system in the event of rains.
  2. Locate your garden at a considerable distance from trees and shrubs whose roots can interfere with the development of your plants.
  3. Avoid planting your garden in an area that has serious weed issues. Protect your organic garden from animals who could steal any of your produce – you can try fencing the area.
  4. Once you have located the perfect patch of land for growing your organic food, prepare the soil well. Organic farming lays particular emphasis on nourishing the soil with essential nutrients with the help of organic matter, and then letting this nourished soil feed your plant.
  5. Unlike typical farming where fertilizers aim to provide nutrition only to the plants, soil preparation in organic farming has longer lasting effects and can benefit more than just one set of plantation.
  6. Clear the land of all existing plant matter and turn the soil well. Soil should be turned up to a depth of 10-12 inches, keeping in consideration the entire length of roots that your plants with grow.
  7. Add organic compost to the turned soil to help release nutrients that will be valuable to the crops and also improve the soil’s capacity to hold water and nutrients. You can make compost out of all organic kitchen and garden waste; do not use animal products.
  8. To the organic waste, you can choose to add high-nitrogen organic fertilizers to activate the mixture as well as some soil.
  9. Choose your crop wisely, taking into consideration your geographical location and what the area is best suited to grow. Sometimes trial and error is the best way to identify the most appropriate type of food you can grow.
  10. With organic farming, your soil retains ample health to make it possible for you to produce more than one variety of crops each year in the same piece of land. You can also maintain soil fertility by taking care not to plant related vegetables in succession.

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