As a self-sufficient home owner, you are no doubt aware of how important it is to provide nutritious and delicious food to your family every day. There are definitely places where you can pick up organic food items in your area, but can you ever truly know how fresh and chemical-free these foodstuffs are? Luckily, there are ways to grow and harvest your own vegetables to prepare for your own dinner table.
Here are some tips to start your own organic garden this summer:
Map It Out – Before you start tilling the ground and putting up fencing to encase your garden, mark the area off with stakes. Find a relatively flat area and work out how much room you will need for the crops you decide to plant. You will also want to find a space that allows for simple watering and easy access to your gardening tools as well.
The Right Seeds – Choosing a wide variety of truly organic heirloom seeds can be difficult, but once you have decided on what you’re going to plant, you can begin choosing the right types of seeds for your particular needs. Some companies sell collections of seeds that can cover a wide area (up to an acre) and produce a variety of different types of plants and vegetables.
Add Compost – If you live in a self-sufficient home, there’s a very good chance that you own a compost tumbler and have been creating your own compost for years. Use this compost as a good bed of healthy support for your new garden. All-natural compost not only cuts down on your waste, but also provides your fledging seeds with the nutrients they need to grow.
Organic gardening may take some time and effort, but you will be very pleased the first time you get to serve totally fresh, pesticide-free vegetables to your family. Take your time, be patient and use these tips to find your own best gardening practices.