Planning Your Organic Garden

image1So today we are going to start by talking a little bit about what organic gardening is. Organic gardening is a gardening style without harsh chemical pesticides which is basically more traditional gardening style. We are going to use that same old school philosophy that has been used for many years to grow our crops. So we know what philosophy we are going to use, now let’s talk about our gardening plan. Our gardening plan will narrow down what plants we are going to plant and when we are going to plant image2them. You can refer to your weather zones and that will give you the last date of frost. Once you’ve figured that out and the date has come then you have a green light to plant the types of crops that grow in warmer weather. A few of the many types that grow in warm weather would be peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and other similar types of plants.

image3Now let’s start talking about your garden location. You’ll want to pick the best soil on your property for your garden to grow productively. You will also want to consider what spot gets the best sunlight. Sunlight is such an important part to gardening. To garden successfully and have our vegetables and other crops do well they need over 12 hours of direct sunlight every single day. If you’ve never ventured into gardening then you have quite a bit to learn. There are literally dozens of different types of soils. One of those types of soil is called loam. Loam is the most ideal type of soil and it contains a mixture of sand, silt, organic matter, air space, and tons of minerals. You can also buy organic soil and mix that into your soil once you have your preferred location.

image4Once you’ve found your ideal space and the best soil on your property that gets the sunlight hitting it for the whole day then you need to plan what direction you place your rows in your garden. If you are going to be making a garden with long beds then make sure you place the rows running from north to south. The sun is going to come up from the east and hit your plants from that direction. As the hours go by the sun will slowly go slightly to the south. It will be in the center of the sky and bathe your entire garden in the light rays your plants need to thrive.  The sun will slowly but surely begin to set in the west and it is then when its light will hit your crops on their other side, making sure that they don’t have a chance to be blocked out by their own shadows. Once you have your garden planted a great tip is to use some compost on it. It will help retain moisture in your soil, reduce weeds from growing, and as it breaks down over time it will release important nutrients into your soil to help your garden flourish. Good luck on creating the productive garden you’re hoping for.