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How to Start an Organic Garden

Organic has become a buzzword and a tag you so frequently see on the shelves in the shops and on the menus in restaurants. Everything that is claimed to be organic is also pretty logically a bit more expensive. Is it real and all natural though is a question for another discussion. There is no need for you to be a gardener to understand that truly organic vegetables you can grow only at home and it is not rocket science.

Preparation is What Makes Gardening Easy

Start Small

If you are not a gardening professional, this whole "organic garden" thing must be new to you. That is why you better start small. Don't plan on creating something huge and planting a dozen of fruits and vegetables, but know your limits well. It is not only your knowledge and expertise that are limited, but also your time and energy. And as you would hardly spend every free second of yours in the garden, don't overestimate your capabilities.

Plan Your Space

Choosing and dividing your space is the first and very essential step. Most fruits and vegetables are fickle and they will only grow well under good weather conditions. Most plants also love sufficient amount of sunshine, so you better take this into account, as well. 8 hours per day is the ideal case, so if your backyard doesn't get that much of sunlight it may not be good for the purpose.

Prepare Your Soil

When it comes down to soil, you need to make sure that the soil in your garden is suitable for the plants you would like to grow. You need to know the type of soil at your place, but if you don't there are plenty of ways to figure that out. And once you know whether its sandy, loamy or silty, you will know what is it good for. If you, however, want to get a step further, you can send some soil to a lab where they will get it tested and you will know what percentage of the much needed hummus is to be found in the soil. Then you would mix it with some fresh soil or add some compost so that it's ready for the new plants.

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Get Your Compost Ready

If you are planning on growing organic plants, then making compost should be on the top of the list of priority tasks. It is the way to give your fruits and veggies what they need without feeding them on chemicals and fake fertilizers. The good news about compost is that you can boost it with your organic waste in and out of the garden.

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Buy Your Plants

Now that your space is measured and your soil and compost ready, you could proceed with buying the plants. But again remember that you should not get too excited and should keep their number rather low.

Plant and Maintain a Beautiful Organic Garden

Planting the crops is pretty straight-forward. Taking care of the plants though isn't. Watering, weeding, and nurturing them is if not on the daily, then surely on the weekly agenda. You will also need to check for pests and take some preventive measurements. And if you get too overwhelmed with all that, there is nothing wrong with looking for professional help.

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