Organic Food and Beverages
Buy Organics: Where and How?
In organic vegetable gardening, it all starts with organic soil. If you are going to grow your vegetables in the ground, or in an unframed raised bed, just follow the steps laid out for raised bed organic gardening and for mixing in organic fertilizer and healthy soil additives.
If you have a framed raised bed, the steps are basically the same. The example here will be for a raised bed container with a depth of 12". This is the size of my first organic raised bed garden.
- Transfer enough of your existing soil (if you have tested it and found it to be healthy) to a depth of 6" in your raised bed container.
- Make sure you have broken the soil up so that it is nice, loose and allows air to circulate through the soil.
- Add your fertilizers and additives, mixing them into the soil and filling the container up to the lip
- You will now have healthy, nutrient rich soil, that is loose in structure. This will take care of aeration and drainage to begin with, and regular replenishments of organic matter will maintain a healthy system
In preparing your soil correctly, you are laying the foundation for abundant and healthy crops, as well as saving yourself a whole load of work. One of the important factors in soil preparation is knowing what to feed the soil.
Organic Fertilizer and Organic Soil Additives
Have you identified your soil type? What about your soil pH level - did you test it?
Knowing your organic soil type enables you to choose the right type of organic matter to add to improve in fertility.
There are many organic remedies for nutrient deficient soil. Soil with a low pH level (acidic between 0-6.9) can be treated with lime. Add sulfur to a soil with a high pH level (between 7.1-14).
Changing your pH levels will of course be dependent on which vegetables you intend growing. Have a look at the vegetable plant pH level preferences chart to remind you of the best soil pH levels for different vegetables.
If, for whatever reason, you do not want to use your existing soil, or do not actually have any, then healthy, organic and nutritious soils can be purchased. There are many soil retailers online. Enter 'buy soil' into your search engine and select one that suits you. Rolawn, an online soil retailer with organic products, provides a good description of what to look for (and ask for) when needing a good soil for your organic fruit and vegetables garden.
...the ideal landscaping topsoil can be described as an organic rich, slightly acid to slightly alkaline, fertile sandy loam, free from contamination with no waste materials or sharps.
Buying your soil from a reputable supplier will certainly cost more than using your own, but it would save you some work and ensure soil quality. Make sure that as your garden grows, you build a composter barrel or bin and develop your own organic compost fertilizer.
Organic Garden Pest Control and Your Soil
Whether you are using existing organic soil, soil you have made organically yourself (through composting), or soil you have purchased, you will be introducing organic fertilizer, organic compost and soil additives to it.
You will also be managing your garden's growth and health through the use of organic garden pest control methods (such as using an organic insecticide). If you are growing a lawn in your garden you will also need to know how to take care of it organically (use organic lawn care products).
Let's have a look at fertilizer types and find out what organic fertilizers will work best in our organic gardens.
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