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More tips for Organic Vegetable Garden

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When you know how to create an on top of ground organic vegetable garden, you will be able to easily grow much of your own health diet vegetables. It isn’t complex, and the technique allows you to grow more diet in a smaller space.

Choose Your Site

The very first thing you will need to do when creating a garden is to choose a site that has six to eight hours of sunlight a day. If you live in a hot climate, you may want to try to choose a site that gets mostly morning sun. That tends to be gentler than the hotter afternoon sun and your plants will be less likely to scorch.

Even though you are going to be building raised beds, you will want the site to drain easily. Puddles around the bottom of your beds can cause predicaments with roots. If you use wood to create the beds, poor drainage can as well cause the wood to begin to rot and deteriorate

Plan Your Garden

The next step is to do some planning. You will want to page through your organic seed catalogs or check the online seed companies. Choose plants that work well in your climate and that are compact. Make a list of the vegetables that you want to grow.

Using a piece of graph paper, lay out your raised beds. Most people create the beds in a four foot width. This allows you to reach the vegetables easily for picking. You can use any length that fits well in your garden area, but four foot by four foot squares and four foot by six foot rectangles seem to be the easiest to manage.

Remember to keep a four or five foot distance between the beds. This allows you to get a wheel barrow, lawn mower, or other tools through the area easily. You can handle these paths several ways:

  • Allow grass to grow between the beds and keep it mowed
  • Lay down a thick straw mulch
  • Make gravel walkways

Create the Beds

Once you know where you are going to make your garden and what you are going to put in it, you can start making the beds. Depending on your budget and time, you can either buy raised bed kits that snap together, build your own, or just build up the bed with dirt and compost until it is higher than the ground around it.

Just building up the ground is not the best way because it will erode over time. However, it will allow you to get your garden started when your budget isn’t big sufficient to handle getting the materials for the raised beds.

Once you have your raised bed forms made, you are going to fill them up. It is a good thought to place a few layers of newspaper on the bottom of the bed before you put the soil in. Wet them down. The newspapers will help keep the weeds and grass from growing up into your raised bed.

You want to make a light soil mix that has a lot of vitamins and minerals.  Mix about 1/3 part of compost, 1/3 part organic soil, and 1/3 part hydrated coir. Coir is a product that is created when coconuts are harvested and processed. It holds moisture very well and is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Add in some well rotted cow manure and mix the soil up well. Shovel it lightly into the raised bed forms, being careful not to pack it down. Once you have the beds full, you are ready to plant your seeds.

Planting and Companion Planting

Knowing how to create an on top of ground organic vegetable garden will allow you to grow more vegetables than if you were planting in a conventional garden. The seeds and plants can be planted closer together. Not only does this give you more generate in a small space, but it shades the root systems.

Companion plants like marigolds, yarrow, and onions can add a pretty border to the raised beds as well as keep pests from moving in. This helps you keep your garden organic.

More on How to Create an on top of Ground organic Vegetable Garden

You can discover diagrams, plans, and instructions for building beds on the Internet for free. The instructions will be the same for organic gardens – just make sure you use all organic materials and stay away from treated wood.

  • Planning a Vegetable Garden
  • Raised Bed Garden Plan
  • Raised Bed Gardening
  • How to Construct a Raised Planting Bed

The initial expense for making raised beds can be high, but remember that they are stable and you will be using them for years to come.

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