Does anyone know how to make an Organic garden?

Autumn - posted on 04/20/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Someone said I have to have a certain kind of fertilizer that was good for the environment? I think compost maybe? I am not sure what that is!! I have never had a garden before. My hubby at the beginning of our marriage(and I was really prego) had made one for us but I want to do it myself and impress him cause he thinks I am too inpatient and I want to show him that I could do it! So any help? I also want to do a fresh herb garden! I really want that more cause it is so expensive to buy fresh herbs and veggies. Any extras will be given to family and friends or sold at the farmers market so any size would be great! **Also do you think I could plant them all in a large pot that is rally big** so any help would be appreciated!! I need it to be friendly to my family and the environment too!

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Kylie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Yes, I've seen that done before.. but you might get some veggie thieves! I grow heaps of herbs (chives, parsley, oregano) on my front verge.. they don't need much water and they supply the whole street.

Kylie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Well i would say it depends on what part of the world you are from. You can start composting anytime and where i live we don't get snow or major frost so I've just harvested the beetroots and sweet corn and already planted out my winter veggies like lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. I think if you have a warm sunny spot in your yard you can go ahead and plant your herbs anytime. If you are going to do the raised beds start now as its a time consuming process to set it all up but it's defiantly worth the time and energy. I love the fact my children know where real food comes from and get to watch how it grows.

Kylie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Compost is excellent for organic vegie patches. You can also buy a trailer load of a vege mix from a soil supply company its cheaper than bagged soil and they don't add any chemical fertilizer - its mostly just mushroom compost and sand. This helps you get off to a good start. I find if i use straight composted soil i get all sort of things popping up and i have to spend a lot of time weeding and pulling out the baby seedlings that are growing where i don't want them. You can grow anything in large pots as long as they are in full sun and you give them some worm wee or liquid seaweed fertilizer every 2 weeks or so. It would be ideal to have 3 or 4 large pots so you can rotate your crops after each season, you cant grow potatoes on the pot you had tomatoes the season before and things like that. www.abc.net.au/gardening is a great website with free show downloads and other info. let us know how you go!

Paige - posted on 04/30/2009

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A raised bed is a fantastic way to grow an organic garden and you can do it yourself with a little elbow grease and some start up costs. Build the frame, line the bottom with a weed/grass blocker, fill with your own home made or store bought organic compost/soil, and then you are ready to go. It helps to start seeds inside and only plant them outside once they have a good start and you are sure there won't be anymore frosts...one dip below freezing can zap the life out of many plants. Check out this site (or any of the ones that pop up on a google search) for directions http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden...

I have chives growing on my windowsill and love to grow tomatoes to save money and to be able to make fried green tomatoes.

I agree that Organic Gardening is a fantastic magazine, but there are also a ton of helpful resources online that are free.

Best Wishes and Happy Green Living.

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I subscribe to a WONDERFUL magazine called organic gardening. I have gotten the best, inexpensive gardening tips from them, 2 years was only $23.94.
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Cheryl - posted on 06/17/2009

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Great info so far!! I learned alot from a book called Lasgana Gardening and anything by Rodale- especially Companion Planting if your space is limited. (Magazines are nice but books are free at the library and I find with magazines I have to search for a back issue for my question. A book, just peek in the index) Anyway, where I live we have a huge peat bog company so we used peat mixed in with our compost. Lasgana gardening really makes weeding easy and the first year or so i didn't even have any weeds!! Companion planting is like growing your carrots, basil and dill near your tomatoes to help protect against disease and bad bugs. Anyway- love gardening!! Can't wait to read more of your posts!!

Marnae - posted on 06/01/2009

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Autumn, good to hear someone else is trying their hand at this! I'm attempting a garden for the first time this year also. I'm learning about composting too (I too think I got more info on compost in this thread than I have in all my research so far!!!) I live in Iowa so I'm in a similar situation. I have no advice here as I am just starting out with this also, but I'm so glad you asked about this! Best of luck to you!!!

Autumn - posted on 04/30/2009

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I really love that too! I can't wait until they can oraginc food growing right from our backyard!! It will be so wonderful!! I live in Nebraska ( USA) by the way... I what about have you ever heard of people growing crops in their front yard? I have the most perfect spot up by my house in the front. Ever done this before or has anyone else?

Autumn - posted on 04/30/2009

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Thank you, that is very helpful!! I will def. get onto that website!! HEY also does anyone know when the latest time to start would be?

Autumn - posted on 04/30/2009

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Thank you so much! That's a wonderful idea! I can't wait to get started! I am thinking next weekend!! Thank you for your tips!!

Autumn - posted on 04/20/2009

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Wow! Thank you ladies! I have not got any information as good as this all day!! This was exactly what I needed! Like I said though..I am so new at this anything will be helpful to me..sp, if you have any info or tips you would like to share I would really appreciate it!! Yall are awesome!!

Tiffany - posted on 04/20/2009

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If you are going to compost and don't have a composter, remember to compost in layers, green layer(kitchen scrapes, lawn clippings) then brown layer(dirt, dried leaves,manure). Compost needs air and dampness to work. If you don't have a composter you must turn it every 3 days or so. If you have a turning composter such as and Envirocycle or tumbleweed, just turn everytime you add to it. To get you soil ready for your garden till up your area, add a mixture of manure and straw, let it set for a day and till under, let sit a couple of days and till again. This should mix up your soil and will begin the composting process for you garden plants to recieve nourishment. You can plant herbs in strawberry pots on your patio. You can find these at your local plant nursery. It will do very well and you will have fresh herbs all the time. Check into flowers you plant with vegetables to ward off bugs and critters. Check out my blog at www.greengirlskarmafarmonline for a little more info. Tiffany www.karmafarmonline.com

Nancy - posted on 04/20/2009

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Tomatoes and strawberries are easy to do in pots or in the ground with out worrying about adding anything. Just rotate your tomatoes each year, that means don't plant them in the same spot. Compost is organic diry made from leaves and grass clippings (w/out chemicals added) egg shells, cow, horse, chicken manure. No Cat or Dog manure. any food scraps except meat, onions or citrus as worms don't like them and worms are great for the garden. Some bugs are good for the garden also as they eat the bad bugs, ex. Lady bugs love to eat aphids.If you have problems w/ slugs use alittle bowl and make a pool of beer. Make soapy water and spray on tomatoes to keep bugs off plants as well. Hope this helped. I only grow organic fruit and veg. in my back yard I've been doing so for about 5 years now. I do have a hard time with squash so I can't help you with that yet, lol. Herbs are really easy to grow and enjoy in cooking. Good luck. : ) Nancy

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