Over the years, I have learnt from my gardening experiences that there is immense joy and satisfaction that comes from working with the dirt and actually getting to see life come from something that is somewhat seen as lifeless. My passion and journey started when I was in grade school, remember the time when we were actually required to plant a seed then water it and make sure it grew. That was quite fascinating and my fascination with plants kept growing ever since.
You need to realize that there is more you reap from gardening than just the flowers or the fresh veggies and fruits you get to harvest. Gardens are a quite therapeutic. You can constructively while away your time and get in touch with your inner self as you unwind tending to plants whether it is flowers or vegetables that you want to plant. I know many of us haven’t taken gardening seriously or even thought of it. Well, there is always a first time. If that is you, I am going to share 5 practical tips to starting your first organic garden.
1. Begin with composting
Organic seeds and propagation material like cuttings thrive in nutrient rich soil. Composting soil will significantly improve soil nutrition while priming the soil structure. Good soil structure is particularly important in encouraging root development. Mix soil with organic compost material and turn it often enough to ensure a consistent distribution of the compost into the soil.
2. Choose the plants
You need to determine the kind of plants you want in your organic garden. You can choose to have a kitchen garden which will ensure you have a constant supply of fresh organic produce for your home. The other thing you may want to consider is the climatic conditions of the area you are in and what plants thrive there. You can find this information online.
I also recommend that beginners to consider the growing season length. Growing season length is the average length of time annually that temperatures are above freezing point day and night. You want to go with plants that will grow to full maturity within the growing season.
3. Watch the sun
The spot that you choose for your garden is very important. You need to have your garden where there is as much exposure to sunlight as possible. This is especially true for plants like corn, beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. For the more delicate and leafy veggies like kale, cauliflower, and spinach, you might want to have a bit (not too much) of shade to ensure that the plants do not dry.
4. Water is life
You need to ensure that your plants are adequately watered on a daily basis watered when necessary. This is particularly important during the seeding stage. You may want to water the plants early in the morning when the temperatures are low to prevent losing most of the water to the heat of the sun. Avoid watering your plants when the sun is hot as this may burn the roots and consequently kill the plants.
In addition to water, you need to apply organic manure and mulch your plants to help keep weeds out while also encouraging water retention.
5. Make friends
You need to make friends, not with plants but with actual people. Starting your fist organic garden may not be so easy but one said it’s rocket science. With friends who do gardening, you will find the start very interesting. A good place to start is the local seed supplier, from there you can chat up some of the shoppers and get to know what they are up to. You can also be part of the gardening conversation on local online forums like Facebook and Whatsapp groups. You never know, you may find someone to enjoy your homegrown zucchini with.
Planting your first organic garden is something you will find quite interesting and ultimately rewarding. Get as many tips as possible and make sure you follow instructions to the letter. In my journey as a gardening enthusiast, I have seen a fair share of disappointments but it is consistent resilience and tenacity that has gotten me to a place of success. Keep doing it consistently and soon you are the guru that will be schooling everyone else.
Author Bio: Evan is a garden blogger at aboutgardentool.com. This garden blog is where he can be himself, share his passion and learn as much as he can about gardening!
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