Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening is the preferred method by most non-commercial growers. Organic gardening makes use of composted material, and manure to provide the necessary nutrients for the plants to use.

The first step is to determine what growing zone you reside in. The continent of North America is divided into numbered growing zones. You can find a map just about anywhere: seed packets, gardening books, and the internet, for starters.

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Now that you know when you can grow your organic garden, you can decide what you want to grow. Let your imagination go wild and right down everything you can think of. Then check a seed catalog or seed information on the web to confirm your choices can mature within your area’s growing season.

Next, decide what you can afford to pay for seed. Now you can determine which seed and how much of each you can fit into your budget. You will want to do some comparison shopping during this stage. The fun and easiest part is purchasing your seed.

If you are planting a garden for the first time, it is best to plow and disc it, followed by a hand rotor tiller. If you have a tractor tiller combination you may be able till it several times to loosen up the soil without plowing.

The soil may need to be conditioned depending on the type of soil, such as clay or sand or loam. The idea is to add some sand, peat moss or manure to clay to loosen it. In sandy soil, you may want to add manure, compost and some top soil to make it hold water better. The ideal soil is rarely found and so you may have to consult your local gardening center to see what works best in your area.

If saving money isn’t a major concern for you or your family think about the health benefits that come from gardening organically. Organic vegetables are usually recommended with many diets, especially diets that encourage detoxification and the cleansing of ones system. Having a fresh supply of organic vegetables on hand at all times will help you and your family lead a healthier lifestyle and make any organic vegetable detox diet easier to maintain.

Organic vegetables and a detox regiment can do wonders for your health and the health of your family. Many people who eat meals that are made up of at least 60% organic vegetables will find that they have more energy as a result of receiving more vitamins and minerals from a natural source. Overtime those who have diet consisting primarily of organic vegetables will experience a lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol. They will also find it easier to lose weight since they are consuming less fat and processed foods.

Last, but never least, organic vegetables taste much better than those that have been heavily treated with chemicals. Good, organic, vegetables that have never been sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals will usually have a more pronounced flavor and better taste than their non-organic counterpart. People who eat organic vegetables taste the vegetable and not the chemicals that have been used to protect and grow the vegetable. Many people who grow organic vegetables do so for the great taste more than anything else.

Organic Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes Tomatoes are a popular vegetable to grow at home because they can grow well in all climates.  There are many different varieties of tomatoes available many of which do not require any stakes or fences to grow against.  Cherry tomatoes are especially popular because they are usually expensive in stores but are great …

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Organic Onions

Organic Onions Onions are easy to plant since they only need a lot of water to grow.  They are a great garnish to any dish AND planting onions around your garden border will help discourage pests. Onions can be planted before fall frost or in spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Many …

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Organic Lettuce

Organic Lettuce Lettuce is an easy must have if you are a salad eater.  There are many varieties available and lettuce should be planted before the weather gets too warm.  The hot summer weather will cause your lettuce to wilt quickly, and have a strong taste; but during the cool spring your lettuce will thrive.

Organic Beets

Beets Beets will grow beautifully in a well fertilized area and fresh organic beets will always be much better than anything you will find in a can or even in the grocery store.  When growing beets always make sure there is enough mulch down to keep the soil warm in the cool months and cool …

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Turnips and Rutabagas

Turnips and Rutabagas Turnips are another vegetable that grow quickly and easily.  Both the root and the leaves can be eaten and turnips are great raw, roasted, boiled, or mashed.  When growing turnips the only thing you have to remember is to water them often since turnips need a lot of water to grow. The …

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Organic Zucchini

Organic Zucchini Zucchini and most squash/pumpkins are great for first time organic gardeners.  They are easy to plant and grow very quickly which means you do not have to wait a long time to actually start seeing results.  Many people feel as if their zucchinis grow literally overnight. When growing Zucchini and other squash it …

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Organic Okra

Organic Okra is valued for its edible green pods. Many restaurants serve them coated with batter and deep fried. However, you can make a tasty meal just frying them in oil or butter, a dash of salt or garlic powder.       Okra, the plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions …

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Organic Potatoes

 Organic Potatoes Seed potatoes are easy to plant and even easier to grow.  Weed and hoe often for best results and it is best to plant them in larger organic gardens.  Planting potatoes with your other crops will often help discourage some insects and children love digging potatoes in the fall. To get more potatoes, …

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Organic Radishes

Organic Radishes Radishes are another great vegetable for salad eaters and one of the first vegetables a new organic gardener should try.  They are easy to plant and can be grown all through summer and into the fall. One should plant them early enough to avoid the summer heat as they will become hot and …

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Organic Carrots

Carrots Plant your carrot seeds in early spring and once you have harvested the first crop you can always plant more.  As long as the soil is loose and deep enough you can get carrots to grow.  Fresh organic carrots are a great addition to any garden. If your soil is compacted such as clay …

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