Organic Gardening for the Beginner
gardening is an acquired skill that comes from having an open mind to
changing ideas and ones' own lifestyle. You can learn to grow some or all
your own organic food with these easy steps to enrich your soil and to
healthy plants. Build on your organic
gardening skills with experience. Start
small and expand as you gain confidence.
Steps to Starting Your Own Organic Garden
Here are some basic proven ideas we have
used …more details to follow:
a composting area or container for your kitchen waste.
designated growing beds 4’ wide by
whatever length is most manageable.
with the top 3-6 inches of the soil by shallow cultivation followed by the addition
of natural enrichments such as compost, aged manures, potting mixes etc.
your vegetable seeds in sprouting trays and transplant when 2nd leaf
- Enrich your soil by adding liquid fish
fertilizer to your watering can.
- Make your own natural insect repellent.
inspection is required.
Adding Nutrients to your Soil is Key
details on the above ideas:
- If you are blessed with a large garden area, you
may be able to build a small composting shed, open on three sides and roofed
divided into two sections for active and resting compost. Or, just a place on the ground that you can
cover with a screen or tarp. Urban gardeners, such as we are presently, can use
plastic bins, tubs or drums, covered with a screen…whatever the container,
you need to find something as the basic material to which you add your kitchen
waste etc..This can be old sawdust, dirt, leaves and grass clippings, or
purchased potting soils without chemical additives. Two matching containers are
best, one active and one filled and resting until after many turnings, it
resembles rich, black dirt.
- A 4’wide bed enables you to reach halfway
across from both sides without stepping on and compacting the soil in the bed.
Presently, our beds are against a wall and so they are 2’ wide.
you build soil fertility and add compost, your plants (and weeds) will open up
the deeper soil and it will become more enriched.
- Unless you are row planting large areas, it is
best to conserve seed and not feed the ants by transplanting healthy starts
rather than direct seeding. You may have to place your seed trays in or above
water to prevent ants reaching your seed. Transplanting more mature starts will
prevent destruction by cut worms who feast on young seedling roots…we also
sprinkle diatomaceous earth around young transplants to discourage worms.
- Liquid fish, manure tea and compost are the best
fertilizers for building soil and there are also some liquid foliar feeds that
help build strong plants like seaweed extracts etc.
Plants Build Immunity, too.
Just like humans, when their immunity is poor and resistance to "bugs" and disease is low, people and plants are more susceptible to illness Insects
tune in to weak and sick plants and scavenge them. Continue to build strong
plants by building strong soil fertility. Some rescue sprays to repel not kill may be used such as a mixture
of garlic, onion, cayenne, dish soap and water to which we add a small amount
of Neem oil concentrate, or grow Neem
trees and make a tea from the leaves as your repellant.
your garden often, pick off insects by hand, cultivate/aerate the soil around
growing plants and water as needed during daylight hours to prevent mold
Our book, Setting Yourself Apart from the SEEDS of CANCER explores healthy living and growing and preparing healthful food.