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Organic Vegetable Garden At Home

Posted by Merlin on Jul 21, 2008

Organic agriculture is generally agreed to be a belief in crop rotation, green manure, composting, and natural pest control to maintain soil productivity in the long term.  Organic agriculture excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, growth “hormones”, and genetically modified organisms. Here’s how that relates to your organic vegetable garden in the short term: don’t use chemical anything! That includes fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and anything else you put into the air, water, or soil.  There are natural alternatives to anything chemical on the market.  In the long term, dig up your garden every 7 years and let it go fallow (let anything grow in it that cares to) for a year or two years if you can handle it.

But lets say that you already have a fallow area that you want to plant. What next? Build your vegetable garden taller than the surrounding area by building a small rock or wood wall around the area you will be planting in.  This will make it easier for you to both trim and collect your organic vegetables.  Make sure that you can reach the middle of your vegetable garden.  If you have a large area, make multiple small gardens.

Most properties inside a metropolitan area have been contaminated by chemical pesticides and would take decades to be truely clean.  Add organic soil to the area you created with rock or boards to ensure that you are starting organically.

Plant seeds that have been certified organic and water as usual.  Strict adherants of organic gardening have been known to filter their plants water.  Although time consuming, the adherants may have a point.  As with this whole process, it is a series of little changes that create a superior product. By making sure that all steps included are truely natural, better conditions will create better food.

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