Spring and gardening season are both upon us and we couldn’t be happier or more excited. Whether it’s for salsa making, cocktail garnish, or a fresh spring salad, we hope you consider planting a garden this year, and we hope you try your hand at organic gardening! Why? Well, we’re glad you asked!
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Benefits to Organic Gardening
Growing vegetables organically means they aren’t being doused in pesticides or herbicides which means they’ll be tastier, more colorful, and most importantly, healthier.
Mother Nature Loves It
No chemicals mean that your garden is growing just as nature intended, which means your soil and waterways are remaining clean.
You Can Save Money
If you buy a lot of organic produce, then you know how expensive it can be; but when you grow your own organic vegetables, well, you already know.
Organic Gardens Welcome Birds, Bees, and Other Creatures
Need we say more?
So we’ve convinced you to be an organic gardener, huh? Let’s take a look at some gardening tips to make life a little easier.
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Know Your Sun Spots and Your Shade Spots
Being aware of these spots in your yard will save you a lot of headaches when it comes to planting; keep the sun-loving plants in the sun, the shade-loving plants in the shade, and life will be good. Make sure to read up about your plants so they get placed in the right spot!
Learn the Ropes, Err, Plants
Take some time to do a little research on what you intend to grow in your garden, this way you’ll be super prepared when it comes to how much water is needed, how much sun, if/when your plants will need to be pruned, how you can cook or garnish with them, etc.
No Tilling or Digging Necessary
Tilling or digging up large areas can actually bring up pesky weeds that sprout time and time again, so we recommend using a different method such as “smothering”, for lack of a better term, the weeds during the winter, then removing the dead weeds come springtime.
Root-Bound No More
New plants are typically purchased root-bound, so as you begin to plant them in the ground make sure to use your hands and gently pull roots apart at the sides and the bottom.
New to Gardening? Start Simple.
You don’t have to be new to gardening to opt for plants that are known for doing well. When it comes to vegetables, consider tomatoes, peppers, onions, and/or basil.