Organic food gardening is becoming a thing as of late with a following that’s ever increasing. Vegetable gardening is not only an enjoyable task. It also provides your family with the much needed healthy, fresh, and chemical-free produce free of chemicals, which most market-bought vegetables are usually not.
If you are a beginner at growing your own food at home, here are five tips to jump-start your organic vegetable gardening.
1. Act on the Curiosity
Curious? Of course, you are! You wouldn’t be here if you’re not. We say, act on it. Nothing will ever come out of your curiosity if you don’t’ start with something. Gardening at home doesn’t require vast spaces for a backyard. In fact, you could begin with only a single bucket filled with gardening soil and then plant, say, tomato seeds in it. That’s counted as a start, and the rest could follow once you get into the groove of things.
2. Smiles are to Humans, Sunshine is to Flowers
Just a single smile could make your whole day. For plants, however, no matter how many times you smile at them they wouldn’t grow enough and start blooming if they are not receiving enough sunshine. If you’re planning to have a garden patch at home, be sure that it’s situated on an area that receives several hours of sunshine a day. If what you have are buckets and planters instead, you can try to move them around throughout the day to areas where there is optimum sunlight.
3. Soil Makes the Difference
If sunshine is important, so is the soil quality. Trying to plant on dry and nutrient-deficient topsoil will not yield the best greens that you expect. We suggest that you invest in high-quality garden soil which you can easily fin in your local Walmart. Garden soil is enriched with nutrients essential for growing vegetables. Plants feed on these nutrients coming from the soil to aid them in their development.
4. Water Two to Three Times a Day
Water sustains all living things, including vegetables. When watering your organic vegetable garden, the goal should be for the water to penetrate deep into the soil. This aids in making the root system of the plants to grow robust and strong. Unlike hobbies like ornamental plant gardening, spraying water onto the plant’s foliage is not advisable. That’s because keeping the leaves of vegetable wet exposes them to different kinds of diseases
For best results, water your vegetables twice a day. If it’s a particularly hot day, watering three times is fine. Do not water the plants excessively as it could lead to drowning, not to mention watering excessively washes away all the nutrients in the soil.
5. Learn to Love Insects… not Hate
When you hear about insects, you automatically associate them with pests. Well, before you jump into any more unfounded opinions, you should know that insects are your plant’s best friends. Insects and bugs have a lot of beneficial things to offer your vegetable garden.
For one, some bugs help battle pests that want to eat away your leafy vegetables. Bees and butterflies help pollinate the flowers of your plant. If you badly want that tomato, don’t scare the bees away. Similarly, you should celebrate if you noticed some earthworms swarming in the soil because that is a sign of a thriving garden.
If you want to be a successful organic gardener, you should know that the soil is a mini ecosystem for microorganisms that co-live harmoniously with each other. They are essential for your plants to thrive. That is why you should learn to love them.