Important Aspects On Organic Vegetable Gardening (Google / Garden Information Site)

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Important Aspects On Organic Vegetable Gardening

by Ray Lam

Successful organic vegetable gardening can demand a great deal of work and careful planning. This includes the preparation of the soil by enriching it and protecting the soil from the infestation of harmful insects. The first step to organic vegetable gardening is choosing your location. Make sure that you have enough space, though too much is not required. In other words, try to avoid growing more than your family can use. Remember, growing an organic garden is not so easy and does require a lot of efforts and different approach. Your location should have a well drained soil that is close to your water source. Once you have your space, consider planning your garden’s design so you can arrange your veggies where you want them, before you start planting.

An important aspect of organic vegetable gardening is preparing the soil. This is because the fertilizers you will use in organic vegetable gardening are slow to do their job, unlike non-organic fertilizers. So, it is best to place the fertilizers into the soil no less than three weeks before you are planning to plant. Mixing the soil carefully ensures that all of the clumps of fertilizer are broken up, and have begun to rot in the soil.

By having your own organic vegetable garden you will ensure that you eat vegetables in their purest form, unmodified or chemically treated to alter their growth or taste. Chemicals and artificial fertilizers will eventually result in some side effects on your health.

The organic material takes longer to break down and affect the soil. Therefore it should be added at least two weeks before planting the vegetables. The pH scale extends from 0 to 14. 0 indicates extreme acidic conditions. 14 is extreme alkaline and 7 suggests a neutral soil. The most inexpensive and effective material for elevating the pH is ground limestone. Dolomite limestone has an extra ingredient, magnesium, which many soils lack. If the pH of the soil is alkaline, finely ground sulphur is used to lower it.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.