In the era of GMO products, instant drinks, takeout pizzas and snacks to go, quality yet affordable nutrition is hard to come by. Medical experts say obesity among children is higher than ever, environmentalists are complaining that pollution through chemical waste is on the rise, and so is the number of health problems caused by industrial food which often contains traces of hazardous substances.
To keep nutrition-related diseases at bay, help the planet stay green and ensure that your kids grow into healthy adults, opt for organic food – or better still, grow it yourself in your own chemical-free garden! Organic gardening is the best way to bring quality food to the table and get moderate exercise in your own backyard – and you can pick up all the tips you need to get your OG project up and rolling right here.
Make room for health: Garden plans
Pick a sunny spot in the backyard to plant your organic garden. If you do not have a lot of garden space or live in an apartment block with no arable land in sight, use pots and plant containers for the purpose. Once you have chosen the area for the organic garden, select the veggies, fruit and herbs you are going to grow depending on the climate and your gardening skills. For instance, berries and herbs require minimal maintenance so they are an excellent choice for newbie gardeners.
Bed for organic breakfast: Digging in
After you have decided where and what to grow, it is time to make a bed for the plants. Based on the available space and the number of plants you intend to grow, draw a garden layout and start preparing the soil for the planting season. It is good to know that gravel, stones or grass can be cleared from the future garden bed using standard digging tools, while gardening tools are normally used to distribute compost across it. When it comes to fertilizing the soil and collecting rainwater that will later be used for watering your plants, one of those strap mount spray tanks imposes itself as an affordable, two-in-one option.
Shop for organic crop: Buying and planting seeds
You can find organic seeds in garden centers. Pay attention to the packaging labels and avoid plants grown using chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Also inspect seedling stems and roots for signs of insects or diseases that may contaminate the garden. Once home, make holes in the ground at the spots where you intend to plant the seeds or seedlings, put the seeds/plants in and water the bed well. You should label the spots where you planted the seeds or make a map of your organic garden.
Supermarket hurdles: Jumping over them
Organic gardening is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, and for a good reason: despite strict food safety standards, there is no knowing what hazardous substances lurk behind inconspicuous supermarket labels. The cleanest food is always the one you grow yourself – and the gardening project will also provide an excellent chance for you to engage in a constructive physical activity suitable for all age and fitness levels, the fruit and veggies of which you will be able to delight in come harvest season.
Why pay more for low quality meals if you can grow nutritious, safe and delicious plants yourself? All it takes to start an organic garden is a plot of arable land, a few gardening tools, a couple of seed packages and a garden hose – but the benefits of the project are invaluable.