Organic Gardening is such a great activity and has so many benefits. You get to work outside, it helps relieve stress, you get the piece of mind of knowing exactly where your food comes from and that it is 100% organic. Gardening is a win-win all around.
You’ve been thinking about starting your own garden forever, so why not make this the year you actually start?
As you can probably tell, we really love gardening. One of the trickiest parts about gardening, however, is getting started. As much fun as gardening is, it is definitely something you have to do your homework on. And, a little sage wisdom and help from those that know a thing or two is always nice.
As some seasoned gardeners and growers ourselves, we would love to pass along some of our wisdom on getting your own your way to organic gardening this year. It’s easier than you think and just needs a little bit of planning!
Find a sunny spot
We are going all organic for our garden, so finding an area that gets plenty of Sun is very important. Plenty of sunlight is essential for any garden, but without synthetic fertilizer or any of that kind of junk, our plants are going to need all the natural love they can get.
Once you’ve found your spot, mark it out. Depending on what kind and how many plants you are going to grow you will have to plan your garden size accordingly.
Compost is a crucial part of organic gardening. Compost is your organic answer to fertilizer, mulch and weed killer all wrapped up in one. When it comes to obtaining compost there are a couple ways to go about it. You can buy compost from many gardening stores, soil and mulch providers or even from a local farmer.
If you are feeling adventurous and want to fully embrace the DIY of gardening you can make your own compost. High-quality compost can be made right at home with everyday waste materials like fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, grass and lawn clippings, dead leaves, newspaper and straw. Here is a great step-by-step on making your own compost.
Once you have your space and your compost you need to till the Earth. Break down the soil from clumps, remove rocks and make sure you mix the compost deep into the ground to ensure maximum nutritional value for your plants.
Divide garden into beds
Once the Earth has been tilled and thoroughly mixed with the compost, take the time to divide your garden into individual beds. You can do this by raising them or fencing them around with brick, wire or boards.
Dividing your garden up serves multiple roles. They help keep unwanted pests out of your plants and away from harm (here are some more ways to protect your plants). They also help keep unwanted weeds and stray plants from entering the garden as well as keeping what you want in the garden safe.
Bedding your garden will also help accommodate a diverse range of plants. Some plants need more water or Sun than others, so strategic placement and bedding will let you give each plants exactly what they need.
Gardening is such a fun and rewarding project. But, if outdoor gardening isn’t in the cards because of available space, you can always do your gardening indoors.
Want to take your organic lifestyle past just organic gardening? You can start eating organic too. Lucky for you, Randall Beans is organically certified and many varieties of our delicious beans in a jar are organically grown. If you can’t find Randall Beans in a store near you, you can always find them online.