Grow Your Own Organic Garden
Building an organic garden doesn’t have to be put off until spring – there are still plenty of options for planting during the autumn and winter seasons, some of which will be ready this year and some which will start to bloom for spring/summer next year! Autumn is actually a great time of year to plant fruit beds and trees. If you’re ready to get started outside, here’s some produce you might want to look at beginning with: onions, chard, garlic, spinach, broad beans, peas, asparagus, carrots, raspberries & strawberries
It is incredibly satisfying to create your own organic garden, inside or out, and when done right you’ll never have tasted, smelled or used better produce. Here’s a few pointers to help you on your way to successful planting, growing and harvesting:
Prepare The Soil
For a healthy organic garden, you need healthy organic soil; and when you’re forgoing the chemical pesticides and soil treatments, this does require a little more love and attention than usual – but it will be worth it in the end! Get your soil PH balance tested for optimum growth (you can buy a home kit) or just make sure that your soil is rich with nutrients, by giving it lots of lovely compost.
Give Your Produce Space
Allowing your seedlings the room to grow is hugely important for getting your organic garden to grow to it’s full potential. If you’re lacking in space, make sure you go for the right plants. Pole beans, swiss chard and certain tomatoes do better with limited growing space or if you’ve got other things in mind, try using raised beds.
Protect Your Plants
Going for an organic garden doesn’t mean that you have to fall victim to the many pests and bacteria. Using natural horticultural oils or designing a garden that is inviting to natural predators in the insect world works really well. Ladybirds, toads, and birds all do a good job of looking after plants so leave a small source of water for them and grow dill and to attract the right kind of insects.