Quick Guide to Organic Gardening

We’ve recently seen a huge trend of people using terms like “organic” and “sustainable” in reference to their food, their gardens, and every day practices. We’ve found that a lot of people don’t fully understand what these terms mean, especially from a gardening standpoint. We love and embrace this trend of people growing more conscious of the effects of chemicals and wanted to take a moment and discuss what organic gardening means and how you can do it at home!

The simplest definition of organic gardening is gardening without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. While we understand the philosophy of true “organic gardening” goes far beyond this basic statement, for the purposes of this article we’ll operate under the most basic definition. With organic gardening comes high attention to detail and time, both on the front end and when maintaining, but the benefits far outweigh the work.

Here are some basic tips for beginning a new organic garden:

  1. Set a realistic goal. Define your purpose for your garden: food, curb appeal, vegetables, herbs, etc; figure out where your compost is coming from, where your garden should be placed, etc.
  2. Select a site. With the goals you’ve set, place your garden appropriately, ensuring proper drainage, sunlight, etc.
  3. Create the bed. Clear the space for your garden, or begin filing the container or raised bed of your choice.
  4. Amend the soil. Add your compost and any additional nutrients needed.
  5. Select your plants. Keep in mind that not all plants available at home and garden centers are organic. Do your homework regarding where you will purchase your plants and what plants will be going in your garden.
  6. Let the plants drink, then dig your holes (twice as wide and deep as the root ball), backfill the soil, and add your mulch.
  7. Mark all your plants so you remember what you planted and where you planted it.

For more information, or additional questions regarding organic gardening, call or visit the experts at Carson’s Nursery!

(source: http://organicgardening.about.com/od/startinganorganicgarden/a/newgarden.htm)