I have a few tips I've really been wanting to share on organic vegetable gardening for beginners.
I'm going to lay out my 7 most important organic gardening tips for starting a vegetable garden.
I have 3 important organic gardening tips for you. You don't have to tattoo them onto your knuckles - remembering them will suffice.
If you've read my book, you know that I tend to get rather detailed in my organic gardening practices, because I like the process of perfecting my soil in order to get the healthiest possible plants - especially food plants.
But the fact is that we can have some pretty decent gardens by remembering to follow just the basics.
I've written a lot here about the importance of using soil testing labs in order to determine which organic fertilizers to use.
Otherwise, you're stabbing in the dark. But I haven't actually told you which testing lab I use.
While it may be tempting to drive a sample over to your local soil lab, it's probably not the best option. Right now, most soil testing labs aren’t doing a great job.
Last week, I overfertilized my garden. I realized about 24 hours after the fact. It just hit me and my heart started going for a little jog.
In my case, it was not the usual N-P-K chemical fertilizer that is often the culprit, but Borax, which I needed for the boron.
Of course, one doesn't go applying boron willy-nilly, but I have had a deficiency in my soil. Watch the video below to see the results, and remember, organic fertilizers are not all benign.
Composting at home is easy if you remember these 4 factors when building your DIY compost pile. Of course, I'm using organic composting methods here, so no chemicals.
I've written already about the best mulch types to use in your organic garden, but here I've put together a video that shows a rather amazing rock mulching technique I didn't talk about before.
If you have certain bigger plants that are special to you, like a new fruit tree for example, you can use rock mulching with leaves to make the best mulch for improving the soil extremely quickly, resulting in amazing plant growth.
Place a few inches of leaves - which I've already shown are the best mulch type - around the root zone of the new tree. Cover those leaves with round stones or flagstones that are small enough so that you can handle them, but big enough to cover some of the leaves.
When choosing which organic garden fertilizer to use, sometimes you'll be choosing organic fertilizers to improve the soil, while sometimes you'll be feeding plants directly.
When feeding plants, I especially use liquid fertilizers such as my 3 favorites - kelp, fish and sea minerals - for the broad array of nutrients and other important substances they provide.
This article is about feeding plants, and more specifically, it's about something interesting I've learned from various research that's been done over the years. It turns out that it's more important for plants to have consistent "nutrient access" to even just a small amount of fertilizer than to apply that fertilizer all at once.
Sheet mulching is one of the best methods of building an organic garden, and today I'm going to show you how to mulch correctly to make a great sheet mulch. You may have also heard it called no till gardening or lasagna gardening, both of which mean the same thing.
There are many ways to make a yummy lasagna and there are many ways to make a sheet mulch, but no matter how you do it, you can think of sheet mulching as kind of like composting right in your organic garden. It's mostly done to create new garden beds, and occasionally in existing vegetable beds during the fallow season.
Sheet mulching is an amazing way to smother weeds and build fertility and soil structure at the same time by layering various materials anywhere from just a few inches to 18 inches high.
Didn't have time to put together an organic gardening lesson this week, so I just made a quick video showing you what I've been up to in the garden - a little bit of grading and edging and the beginnings of a sheet mulch.
Here's the video.
This week, I started laying the groundwork for an organic vegetable garden.
I've been digging out some grass for the beds (6-8 inches below soil level in some spots to put in a good, deep path) and sheet mulching other areas right on top of the grass.
I'll post a video tomorrow to show where I'm at.
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