Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Planting Solutions For Your Organic Vegetable Gardening Next Spring

By Julie Pentilla

So you have decided to start organic gardening in your garden in the Spring! You have all winter to make preparations for your garden. Right now is a very good time to start. A visit to the library to borrow books on organic gardening is a good first step. After you've studying these, you might have lots of ideas: which veggies to plant, how much sun they want, when is the appropriate time to plant every one, the way to prepare the soil, and the like. One more resource to tap is your local agrarian cooperative extension. They can supply pamphlets on organic vegetable gardening, and will even answer your questions over the telephone.

Yes! There's a lot to it. It's easy to get into the finer points like companion planting, raised beds, composting to supply your own manure, and more. A gardening past-time is rewarding, but is also a lot of work.

It is a good idea to draw up a design for the garden you need to plant. Lay out a pattern of rows on paper and write what you may plant in each one. Ask your family which veg they like the most. If they adore corn on the cob, plant a lot of it. If they loathe beets, skip them. In later winter you will see seed packets appearing in stores. You'll find all that you need there, unless you need to grow inheritance veg, in which particular case you'll likely have to order the seeds from a catalogue.

Your first real planting can be done inside your house in the very early spring. Take some empty plastic egg cartons and fill them with fine soil. Plant seeds for early veggies just like spinach and peas. The sprouts will grow in a sunny window, and be in a position to plant outside as soon as the ground warms.

Then you will be all set up to begin your organic vegetable gardening. Your planning and tough work will receive rewards when you serve those fresh, healthy vegetables at your dining table!

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Gardening Tips said...

Great solutions about the planting, I have already implemented some ideas to grow vegetable garden...

Mikey said...

I did my first raised bed garden this past fall. We planted cucumbers, onions, lettuce, bell peppers, squash and basil. Everything did great except for the lettuce and the onions are still growing (bulb onions).

We were picking cucumbers, squash, and bell peppers up until Thanksgiving. Some of my gardening friends couldn't believe that you could still have peppers, squash, and cucumbers that late in the season.