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Organic Gardening

How to help for chemical and toxin free gardening

by Damien Andrews

Organic gardening is becoming more popular every year. Some folks plant an organic garden because they want to reduce their annual cost of foods. Others start their organic gardens to ensure that they don’t ingest toxic pesticides and chemical-based fertilizers. And a growing number of people get into organic gardening simply because they want the best tasting vegetables possible. The taste of vegetables grown in an organic garden is, inarguably, the very best.

No matter what has prompted you to start organic gardening, you’re sure to be pleased with the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. And there is labor involved, to be sure. Having had both large traditional gardens and organic gardens, I’ll have to say that the organic garden takes a bit more work. I also think it costs a tad more to garden organically than traditionally – I figure something in the neighborhood of about 5% more. Despite the slightly higher cost, I’ve become an organic garden chauvinist.

No book, much less article, could possibly encompass all of the elements of organic gardening. The budding organic gardener should spend several hours on line doing research, and perhaps even subscribe to one of the pertinent magazines before and during their initial gardening adventure. The Internet is rife with great articles, blogs, videos and photographs for organic gardeners.

Before you begin tilling your organic garden plot, two things you should consider – that are all-too-often overlooked by first timers – are: 1) What will you plant and 2) What will you do with all your produce at harvest time. Some plants are much easier to grow than others. Make your choices of what to plant in your organic garden accordingly. At harvest time you’ll have a glut of vegetables in a short time period. Will you be canning, giving food away, drying, or perhaps trading with other organic gardeners. This is an important consideration.

Take time deciding where you want to till your organic garden plot. Sunlight is critical. Make sure you’re not tilling in a watershed. Till your organic garden in a convenient location. You don’t want to walk 200 yards just to fertilize. Don’t plant under or close to a bright street light. Plants use hours of daylight to make growth decisions. And the one most often overlooked is to place your organic garden where thieving little vermin will have the most difficulty robbing it. A month after you plant your organic garden, the succulent new shoots will attract all manner of beasties in search of an easy feast.

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