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□¡□Organic Vegetable Garden□¡□

Basic Information for Preparing and Planning

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Planning an organic vegetable garden is a great and healthy idea in today's economy. No matter how much space you have available, there are many options for planting a garden at home. Whether you have a small space, or lots of room in the backyard, there are layouts and designs that will work for growing a garden.
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Growing tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and more is a fun and simple way to provide more healthful food for your table.
An organic vegetable garden is a cycle of renewal.
Garden soil lives and breathes, although you can't see most of its' important components. A handful of dirt is filled with thousands of invisible microbes, bacteria and fungi. As leaves fall from the trees, and other plant life decays, soil organisms go to work recycling the once-living matter. It decomposes into nutrients that growing plants need to thrive and be healthy.
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Organic Vegetable Seeds and Plants
Select organic vegetable seeds or plants for your garden.
*. When deciding what to plant, choose vegetables that are you and your family's eating favorites.
*. Follow the planting and spacing instructions on the plants or seed packets.
*. Keep a garden diary or journal to save and collect information from year to year. It's not always easy to remember exactly what worked well and what you would change when it is time to plant your next garden!
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Mulching is one of the most natural and easiest gardening techniques used to protect an organic vegetable garden from weeds, drying out, pests, extreme weather, and erosion.
High- quality mulch adds invaluable nourishment to the soil as it safeguards.
Mulches help keep the soil alive by attracting earthworms and microbes,which help loosen soil structure and supply essential nutrients.
*. Before mulching, weed and water your organic vegetable garden. Fertilizer should also be applied before mulching, as organic materials will decompose quicker under a layer of mulch.
*. Mulch should not be layered on so heavily that it blocks moisture, air circulation, or sunshine from penetrating the soil. Apply smaller grade organic mulches such as wood chips or sawdust up to 3 inches in thickness. Spread lighter mulches like leaf mold, straw, pr hay, as much as 6 inches in depth.
*. A rain barrel is a practical addition to an organic vegetable garden, to collect water for your plants
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There you have the basics for preparing and starting an organic vegetable garden at home. Each season, you will learn more, and havenew ideas for planning and planting your vegetable garden layout. Organic gardening is a great way to save money, and provide delicious food that your whole family will enjoy. Planting a garden is a fun and healthy activity for children and grownups alike.
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