Organic gardening, which is done without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, can be done at home at little cost and with no special equipment. For those looking to grow their own vegetables, organic gardening is both cost-effective and rewarding.Growing organic vegetables at home can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience. Organic vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. The gardener is able to use the type of vegetables they want to grow and also has complete control over the environment in which they are grown. The size of the garden can be custom made to fit in whatever space is available. Many people also enjoy container gardening which can be done indoors so that they can enjoy the benefits of having fresh organic vegetables all year long.
Careful planning is crucial to successfully grow organic at home. The first step to building a vegetable garden is to plot out space. A dedicated 10×10″ spot will work well for most. Mark off this space and remove the top layer of sod with a spade, then till the area thoroughly. This will uproot weeds and loosen rocks and packed soil that inhibits the growth of strong vegetable roots. If you don’t have yard space for an organic garden, many vegetables can be grown in containers.
Using all-natural compost is also important to growing organic. Compost consists of organic wastes that have broken down into a nutrient-rich, soil-like matter you can use to plant and fertilize your vegetables. Compost piles can be made at home using vegetable peels, coffee grounds, shredded paper, manure, grass clippings, dried leaves, eggshells, and more.
Companion planting is also helpful to an organic garden, as it reduces the need for extra fertilizers and pesticides. Companion planting is grounded in the idea that certain plants can benefit each other when planted close together, by using different nutrients, amounts of sunlight, or water levels.
To maintain your at-home organic garden, water, and weed frequently and remove any plants that are suffering from diseases or pests. It is also important to rotate crop placement every year and replenish the soil with fresh compost. Using these basic principles, growing organic at home can be simple and rewarding.