I think Spring is here. The last dirty snow pile disappeared from our yard about 2 weeks ago. The dull brown color of the grass is slowly becoming greener everyday. Now if only the temperature will stay consistently warmer…
When this time of year rolls around I start to think about cleaning up the yard and planning for our garden. Last year our garden was a major fail. Well, for us, the humans, that is. Some little woodland creatures had a good ol’ time devouring every single plant that sprouted. One good thing that came out of planting our garden last year, was that my kids got super excited for the whole process – Plant the seed. Give it plenty of sunshine and water. Plant grows and produces veggies. Eat and enjoy yummy veggies. They had so much fun playing in the dirt and checking on the progress of our plants every single day.
While I’m definitely not a master gardener, I have learned some tricks over the years. Here are 5 tips for starting an organic garden.
1. Plan – Planning your garden before planting will help you get the best harvest possible. In addition to knowing how big of a space you be using, you will need to decide what fruits, herbs and vegetables grow best in your area.
2. Choose the Best Plants for Your Area and Time – Think what grows locally and what grows best in your region. Also think of foods that you buy regularly in the store that are easy to grow, but more expensive. Berries are a good example.
3. Go Organic with Your Seeds – When you know your seeds started out as organic, you can be assured your crops will be too. I’m so excited this year to be planting High Mowing Organic Seeds with my family. They are the nation’s largest 100% certified organic seed company in the U.S. With over 600 varieties they have something for both gardeners and farmers. They also just recently became the first company in the nation to offer 100% Non-GMO Project Verified seeds.
4. Protect Plants without Pesticides – A garden with a wide variety of plants helps prevent pests. Make sure your garden has plenty of light, moisture and nutrients which will keep the pests away.
5. Have Fun! – Gardening is a great way to get the whole family involved with knowing where their food is coming from. Enjoy watching the amazing process of growing your own food from seed and eventually enjoying it at your table.
As a Stonyfield YoGetter, I was sent High Mowing Organic Seeds in exchange for a blog post. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.
Do you have a garden every year?
Favorite food to enjoy straight from the garden? For me, it’s carrots. There is nothing like a carrot straight from the dirt!