Organic Vegetable Gardening Supplies
Organic vegetable farming is a trend these days because it is cheap and it is environment friendly. To get started all you need to are some organic vegetable gardening supplies which should be easy to locate at local farm and garden stores.
There are few important items you need to get started with organic gardening. Soil is perhaps the most important given that this is where you will plant your vegetables. If you live in colder climates, many people will start some of their long maturing plants indoors before transplanting them in an outdoor garden space. Make sure to use a get a good potting soil for this, rich in nutrients.
Preparing Your Outdoor Garden
When planting outdoors, it is important to prepare the land and check the condition of the soil before you start. For less than $20 you can purchase a soil tester on Amazon. PH and moisture levels are most important. If your pH level is to high, get some compost first and mix it into the soil as it neutralizes it.
Some people don’t buy compost but make it themselves. For that, you can use weeds, dead leaves, vegetable and meat waste products and manure. Having a compost bin in your yard will help you save money having to buy your own compost and cuts down the amount of garbage that you might otherwise throw away.
I also always recommend adding some fertilizer to your soil before you begin planting. Nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and XXX will help your plants produce the roots they need for quick and strong growth. This Miracle Grow fertilizer is one I would recommend and is readily available and most local stores or on Amazon.
When the soil is ready, you will then need to purchase your seeds. Before buying your seeds, make a plan as to what you are going to grow first. Choose vegetables and herbs that your family will actually eat. Also, make sure to do research on how long it takes each type of seed to grow. There are some plants that might take longer to grow that your growing season in your area has.
If you don’t want to buy seeds, you can also buy vegetables that are already growing. You can go to your local greenhouse to purchase seedlings that have already started. When you select them, be sure to check the leaves so you avoid getting those that are already discolored or wilted. Buying plants that are already started will also cut down on your growing period.
Pests are the biggest threats among farmers and gardeners. For that, you can use other insects, birds, ladybugs, praying mantis’ and the toad. Another is the use of horticultural oils that break down quickly and pose little toxicity to humans or pets.
Weeds are another problem. For that, you will have to put on your gardening gloves, get on your knees and start pulling them from the ground. It is also possible to spray the area with horticultural vinegar or corn meal gluten granules. This will prevent weeds from germinating and releases nitrogen into the soil. Keep in mind that this should be applied during early spring or fall when most weeds come out.
Another non-toxic chemical you can use to combat weeds are fish or seaweed based liquid based fertilizers. These also release nitrogen, phosphate and potash that is good for your crops.
Pots & Garden Boxes
For people who don’t have a backyard, you can still do organic farming by buying pots or building garden boxes for your deck. Ideally, you should use those made out of clay, plastic or wood. You just have to water them often since they need more water being in here than out in the garden.
Having all the organic gardening supplies ready will make it easy for you to plant your crops and harvest them. If there is more than one gardening store where you live, perhaps you should compare their prices first before buying them.
Should there be some items that are not available, try looking for them online because you can probably get a few good deals here as well as some tips and advice.
Organic vegetable gardening saves you money and makes sure what you eat is chemical free. So go ahead and experience the difference.