1Stop Organic Gardening | The Natural Way
About 1Stop Organic Gardening
About 1Stop Organic Gardening
It was initially set up by Julie after moving from a city to the wonderful countryside. And this enabled her to enjoy the fresh invigorating country air, with clean rain water and no noisy neighbours or traffic. And that has got to sound good.
And this is where the idea behind growing organic gardening
developed. The chance to grow and east fruit and vegetables free from chemicals, unnatural fertiliser and unneeded additives. The way nature intended.
Each season she rotated what shed planted in each area and also used companion planting to keep the insects confused. Every spring she mulched heavily which substantially helps keep down the weeds, reduces moisture evaporation and increases nutrients to the soil. All of these strategies(and more) help keep plants happy and healthy, which in turn, they do for you.
'Hopefully, this will inspire you to get gardening the organic way. It is the only way to really know what is going on and into the food you are eating. I'm sure that many of the illnesses of our time are a direct result of the lack of freshness (vitamins and minerals) of store produce and the use of chemicals on our food. Nurture yourself and your family with real, living food as nature intended. I find immense satisfaction and pride knowing that I am producing healthy food for my little family..... it is truly worth the effort.'
By combining our expertise of over 40 years in the garden buildings industry with 1Stop Organic Gardening
then we hope we can share our knowledge with you.
How do I get started?
Planning is the best way to achieve the results you want from your organic garden. You need to ask yourself a few questions to work out the needs of your family. You also have to decide what space you have to make available.
Some obvious questions come to mind:-
- Do I have an area that has full sun for most of the day?
- What is the closest source of water available to the area I want to create my organic garden?
- If you live in a windy area are you able to erect a wind-break to reduce prevailing winds?
- What kind of soil do I have? Although most soils will be suitable in the long term with the regular addition of organic matter.
- Find out what temperature zone you are living in - you will need to know this to determine the types of plants and when to plant. For example hot, temperate or cool areas.
- What are the food needs of my family? There's no point growing pumpkins if no-one likes pumpkin! Make a list of what fruit and vegetables your family likes.
So, you've allocated a sunny area for your organic veggie garden beds. You've got water available. Do you know what temperature zone you are in?
It's a good idea to measure up your area and decide if you want to create individual beds. I like my beds to be no wider than about 1.2metres. That way I can reach in from either side without having to stand on the bed. You want to avoid any compacting of the soil. The beds can be as long as you like. I like to have mine running lengthways in an East / West fashion to maximise sunlight.
If you're going to have drip or trickle irrigation (preferred watering method), now is the time to do it - before you start planting. It's pretty easy to install irrigation and you can even include a timer - especially handy for those of us with poor memories. I installed micro-spray irrigation in the two beds, but wouldn't choose it again. It's better to have water going directly to the roots where it's needed. Watering too frequently encourages shallow root growth which leaves plants very sensitive to water shortages. Deeper, less frequent watering promotes deeper root growth.
You don't need to have hardwood sleepers or any borders really. You could even have a border of herbs. But I use the sleepers as I'm always adding organic matter to the beds and I like it tidy.
When you've covered some of the basics, you'll need to have the list of foods that your family enjoys ready. It's a great idea to keep a garden journal. Over the seasons and years you will gather so much information on what works in your garden.... what doesn't work. The best time to plant various things; when they mature; what varieties you have the most success with; what the weather was like that season. Your journal will "grow" into a gold mine of information relevant to your property and garden style. A great legacy for the young gardeners in your family.
For beginners I'd recommend starting out with seedlings. As you learn I'm sure you'll want to raise your plants from seeds, then start saving your own seeds. But for now go with plants that have a head start. Some people feel a garden potting shed is a great tool when planning and growing seedlings and plants or maybe even a small wooden shed will help.
When your beds are ready, go to your local nursery and see what's available. Most plants have information about planting requirements. If you're not sure, get advice from the nursery staff.
Once you're at home you want to get your new plants in the ground as soon as possible, especially in warm weather. Always water your seedlings about 30 minutes before planting. I always water the whole for each plant before it goes in the ground and straight after, so you need a hose nearby also. You have to keep the shock of transplanting to a minimum.
Adding blood and bone or another all round organic fertiliser is also beneficial at planting - not too close to those delicate roots though. Look through the fertilisers page to learn more about what to feed your plants.
I aim for a no-dig garden myself. Almost any soil will be improved and workable over time with the addition of enough organic matter. It will take time, but over the years you will create nutrient rich, living soil, perfect for the health of your plants and your family. In the mean time you have to work with what you have!
Congratulations on getting started.