7 Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden

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Many readers have expressed interest in creating their own organic garden in their own backyard. As a result, I wanted to share a few tips for starting a backyard garden that is organic, sustainable and earth-friendly.

There are numerous benefits to planting your own organic garden at home. It enables you to eat the freshest fruits, herbs and vegetable. At the same time, you act to help reduce the amount of pesticides and toxins in the environment. As organic produce can be costly in the supermarket, growing your own delicious organic produce at home can also save money.

Gardening Tip #1 – Plan

Plan your garden before planting your crops, it’ll help you reap the best harvest possible. Make a decision on what fruits, herbs and vegetables grow best in your area and find local sources that sell organic seeds.

Decide how much space you can use for your garden and what the budget will be. For smaller yards, a container garden works well. You can also make a small herb garden with pots and boxes. By planning you can coordinate what plants grow in the spring, fall, winter and summer to create a year long harvest.

Gardening Tip #2 – Less is More

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It may seem like a good idea to plant every edible plant that you love to eat… but it may be better to start with a small, manageable garden in the beginning. If you plant too many of one plant, you may find yourself selling tomato sauce to all of your neighbors this summer. Start small and expand each season. Experiment with various plants and find what grows best. City dwellers can easily create a small rooftop or balcony garden consisting of pots and raised beds. You can also grow indoors or in a greenhouse during the winter months. For indoor growing I use the aero garden which works pretty well.

Gardening Tip #3 – Choose Productive Plants

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Choose plants that grow well in your climate and geography. Think locally. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to plant avocados in Maine.

Also, some plants may grow well but have different economics. Corn, for example is cheap, but is labor intensive. Berries, on the other hand, are quite expensive in grocery stories, and are labor free. They require little money or time to cultivate!

Gardening Tip #4 – Share and Barter

If you buy a large packet of seeds and have extras, share with your friends and neighbors. You can also do the same with gardening equipment. By planning and sharing, you can reduce the costs of buying heavy equipment on your own, a process that helps keep overall costs down.

Gardening Tip #5 – Go Organic With Your supplies

Organic seeds can be bought locally or by mail order. Do not use chemical pesticides, herbicides, or any other synthetic chemicals.

There are many natural products for treating weeds, diseases, pests, and soil issues. These natural products are much safer and better for the environment.

Be sure your planting area will not be contaminated with lawn fertilizer or other chemicals. Try to find organic soil and compost or make your own compost by recycling your food waste.

Gardening Tip #6 – Complement Your Plants

Research traditional methods of natural gardening to grow plants that complement one another such as permaculture. Beans and squash grow well together, so do potatoes and corn. Complementary growing helps soil nutrients and overall plant success.

Gardening Tip #7 – Have Fun!

Gardening can be an incredibly grounding family affair. Remember, no garden is perfect. Choose some of your favorite plants and enjoy watching their process of growth.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • metal planters

    I’m a newbie and have a few questions. I live in an apartment and have no garden access. What would be some vegetables that I can grow indoors? How much space will it take up? How much light and water required? Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Housewife

    Nice list of gardening tips. I could’ve used them when I started my garden. Thanks

  • Sean Edwards

    I truly believe that all home gardens should be organic, the taste and the freshness is unobtainable with more chemical based gardening approaches.

  • incassobureau

    Great tips, i just started with my mini potato garden :)

  • Jennifer

    As an avid gardener, this is a great list of tips! The only thing I would add to the list is to test the soil BEFORE starting a garden. You never know what may be lurking in the dirt outside your home.

  • harvey

    You might want to check with your city recreation dep. about a comunity garden plot.

  • Andrea Logan

    Thanks for the advice.
    As an avid gardener I guilty of using chemical for an easy life. However, you’ve just convinced me to give the natural way a whirl.
    Thanks

  • Linda L.

    I don’t think it would hurt to compliment your plants although you are correct in this context. The title was changed to “complement” but the two appearances in the tip are still mis-spelled.

  • Linda L.

    An important tip you missed is to donate any excess food you may have to a food bank or soup kitchen in your area.

    An even better plan is to plant an extra row or two to grow produce for the food bank or soup kitchen. Your extras will make a huge difference for people who often don’t have much access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Planking

    Thanks for the great information. The tip I like the best is to keep it simple. It seems like you could really get in over your head if you start with too much. For me I want to start in the fall (we’re in Texas…) and start with just 2 or 3 vegetables.

  • Kissimmee lawyer

    I’ve actually been growing a lot of smaller herbs in my garden to kind of spice up my meals, and not only has it saved me money…but it tastes better as well! Fresh food is always the best way to go.

  • Food For Diets

    Hi.

    I like this article, I think that it is important to grow your own produce, and it isn’t always as easy as you think. I know because me and my partner have attempted to grow a little herb garden on our balcony and either through a lack of proper care of weather conditions it was not successful.

    I just want to thank you for giving some solid information in this article and hopefully it helps our little garden to stay alive the second time around.

    Samuel

  • Mono

    Can anyone list some institutes for Organic farming in Asia or anywhere. There should be specialized courses for organic farming.

  • Kissimmee Lawyer

    I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting a garden in my back yard for a little while now. Might be a good time to start.

  • http://elizabethfarms.com/evergreens mary

    How do I organically keep the turtles form eating the low stuff, the turkeys from eating the middle stuff and the deer from finishing it all?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdunbar24 Jessica Dunbar

    Do you have access to an outside balcony? I grow tomatoes in pots and herbs in a large pot. I am using a rectangular pot to grow peas, all on the deck. It’s a good way to start out.

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    Thanks a lot for the information .. good one..

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    Thank you so much for this article. I have reblogged.

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