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This organic gardening guide teaches the basic principles of growing vegetables organically, without harmful pesticides and preservatives. With 12 pages of basic information, you will learn:
Where should I plant my garden?
The garden should have a southern exposure (south side of your home) or be in an open field if at all possible. There should be a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight at the chosen location. A well- drained site even after a heavy rain is ideal. Poor drainage may be improved by regrading, digging ditches, installing a tile drain field, or adding organic matter.
How should I plan my garden?
The size of your garden will determine, in part, many aspects of your garden plan. Large gardens where tractors will be used can be worked more easily with long rows; small gardens may be worked more easily in small beds with footpaths surrounding them.
Should I irrigate?
Growing a crop without irrigation is possible, but your success is enhanced with irrigation.
How should I organically prepare my soil?
Organic gardening requires a long-term outlook with respect to soil preparation. In fact, the key to successful organic gardening is to feed the soil with organic matter, which feeds the plant, rather than to feed the plant with inorganic fertilizer as in conventional production.
What is composing?
Compost is an excellent source of organic material for your garden. It has the added benefit of reducing the amount of waste your household generates. All organic kitchen and garden waste except animal products can be composted. Material such as bones and animal scraps should be avoided because they attract vermin, flies, and scavenging animals.
What type of crops should I grow?
One of the most important decisions an organic grower makes is crop and variety selection. Not all vegetables do well in all locations. Vegetables commonly grown in your area are your best bet for success. Trial and error will also help determine which vegetables are best suited to your area.
This helpful organic gardening guide will help you understand the long-term process of organically growing vegetables. With an exceptional table listing the amount of organic matter to add to your soil, you are well on your way to a healthy, chemical-free garden.
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