Organic gardening, as with other forms of organic gardening, involves using natural and sustainable methods. But then organic gardening does have its own set of organic gardening tips that you should keep in mind when starting out with your organic garden. One tip is to start small – literally! Start off with a couple of plants that are very simple and require very little attention. You may want to consider growing herbs such as basil and oregano; these are easy to grow and don’t require too much maintenance.
Plant These are Organically Grown (OG): Any food that is organically grown is called organic seeds. The most common types of organic garden seeds are heirloom vegetables (which have been produced from older varieties rather than new hybrid varieties); and fruit such as pears, apples and even plums. A good way to ensure that you are not inadvertently consuming toxic chemicals when growing organically grown foods is to make sure that you purchase only those which have been certified as organic. When you buy organically grown foods you are also not likely to consume pesticides or herbicides which have been used on non-organic foods; this includes meat and dairy products which are frequently sold in supermarkets and markets. Therefore it is essential that you always purchase organically grown foods whenever possible.
Get the Right Vegetable Seed: When choosing organic gardening seeds, it is important to get the right one for the specific type of vegetable you intend to cultivate. For example, if you intend to grow tomatoes, then you need to get tomato seedlings. Tomatoes can be quite difficult to grow; therefore selecting the correct seedlings can mean the difference between a successful growing season and one which is a failure. Other vegetable seeds such as sunflowers, peas and beans are also recommended for larger vegetable growing regions, as they too have a hardier root system and can withstand more drought than some other vegetables.
Variety is Important: Another important aspect of organic garden seeds is variety. Many people who engage in organic gardening cannot simply choose any vegetable variety to plant, as they have certain needs and limitations in their vegetable plants that cannot be met with any other way. Therefore, it is crucial to select carefully the varieties of organic gardening seeds that you wish to use, so as to ensure that you are able to grow the best variety of vegetable plants. There are many types of vegetable seeds available to choose from and each offers different traits and characteristics to enhance your organic gardening efforts.
Avoid Genetically Modified Products: You should be aware of the dangers associated with genetic modification. This involves the practice of changing the genetic makeup of plants to improve their yield or to increase their size by manipulating their DNA in order to achieve this. Though the practice has gained much popularity over the last few years due to its supposed environmental benefits, many groups have raised concerns about the potential harm genetically altered food may do to our food supply. For instance, genetically modified food contains higher levels of pesticide when compared to non-genetically modified crops and increases the risk of herbicide resistance among certain crops. Though the organic garden seed companies will state that their products do not contain any genetically altered genes, the above facts make it clear that you should understand more about the implications of using these products before deciding to use them. If you are not sure about the purity of the organic garden seeds you intend to plant, you can always seek professional help.
Reputable Seed Companies: Do your research well and find out about the reputation of the seed companies before you purchase from them. Ensure that the company is a member of the Genetic Use Alliance, and check out the various varieties offered by the various seed companies. Also, it is not advisable to buy from a discount seed shop. Often these stores sell ‘flimsy’ varieties of vegetable seeds at highly reduced prices, which is an indication that they are buying their seed from a company who might be trying to get rid of the liability of having contaminated seeds in their stocks. Thus, always buy from a reputable and reliable seed shop.
Proper Equipment: Do not be lured by cheap price tags. Select only from the best-selling seeds that are guaranteed to germinate and sprout well. Before buying, ensure that the equipment used to transfer the seeds is sterilized. Organic gardening needs hard work, so do not make the mistake of buying cheap tools that might ruin your efforts.
Plant Location: Choose the ideal place for your planting and do not plant your organic seeds on unwanted spots. Usually, this consists of a slope, a shady area, or a raised bed. These factors contribute greatly to ensuring that your plants stay healthy and are able to sprout well. The soil must be moist enough to allow the seedlings to grow freely. Make sure to place the containers on a firm base and make sure that the soil is firm and not loose.