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Organic gardening tips from the homestead

Organic Cherokee Chocolate Tomato
Merlyn Seeley

Growing an organic garden for the first time can be a challenge, according to what the soil is like, what type of plants you want to grow in your garden, or if you are planting seeds or seedlings. There are a lot of things to consider when you first plant an organic garden and you have to be careful what you do if you want to maintain an actual organic garden. Some people make the mistake of adding in things that are not organic because they lack the knowledge of what an actual organic garden is all about. Problem is, if you are using anything that is not organic on or in your organic garden then you are compromising the garden. In fact one of the biggest mistakes that people make when they first begin organic gardening is when they go to amend and prepare their soil they add in material that is not organic.

If you are using non organic material in your soil that you will be planting your organic seeds in then you do not have an organic garden. Another popular belief is you can plant non organic seeds in your organic garden and grown them using all organic measures and you are growing an organic garden, this is simply not true. If you are using anything other than organic seeds or anything other than organic soil then you are not growing an organic garden. The chemicals in the non organic soil you add into the garden leeches these chemicals into your plants. Same with the seeds, if they are not organic then the fruit or vegetables they produce will contain trace amounts of chemicals or genetically modified organisms. If you want an organic garden you have to plant organic seeds into organically amended soil.

Using organic compost
Another method of preparing your soil is to use organic compost that either you create yourself or that you get from a resource. No matter where it comes from it needs to be organic and not contain any plant that has been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides or any other chemical. If it does then you do not have organic compost and when it is placed in the garden the garden becomes contaminated and then you are growing contaminated food. Every part of the organic garden must be all natural and chemical free. If you really want to get a good compost pile growing for the garden you need to section off a place and build a container of sort where you can safely store your compost as it decomposes over time.

Your compost pile will need to be flipped over and over every few months so that it can dry out and get air moving through it. Once it turns into dirt you have the best organic compost a man could ever want or need. This is by far the most notable green living suggestion of all. What could be more satisfying than amending your own soil with organic compost that you created yourself? Once you take the organic compost, that has broken down over at least a year and put it in your garden you will be able to mix it in with the native soil and really work the soil up. After you put the compost into the garden give it a few days to a week so that you can let it get very mixed in with the soil. Organic compost will not burn your seeds or plants but allow the native soil a day to get settled well with the compost before planting in it.

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