How do I start an organic garden for cheap?

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Answered by: Carly, An Expert in the Start an Organic Garden Category
Organic foods are more expensive at the market, so organic gardening must be an expensive hobby, right?

That is actually not true. In fact, organic gardening can actually be much less expensive than traditional gardening depending on how you approach it. Learn some basic tips that can get you started in no time.

How to Start an Organic Garden

Many would-be organic gardeners get overwhelmed and frustrated that their attempts do not meet with instant success. Or they never get started in the first place because they believe it’s too difficult.

Gardening is an extremely rewarding hobby and doesn’t have to be difficult. My advice is to start small and manageable, and then add to your garden every year as you learn what works and doesn’t work for you.

Some of the easiest plants to grow include radishes, lettuce, kale, zucchini, cucumbers, basil and tomatoes. You can grow yourself a salad in your backyard!

Here’s what you need to get started:

• A location to begin your garden

Almost anyone can start an organic garden even if they don’t have a lot of space. What you do need is a location that gets at least eight hours of direct sun during the day, preferably morning sun. This could be a sunny spot in your yard, a container garden on your port or balcony, or a rented plot.

• Healthy soil

Healthy soil equals healthy plants. Every year you can add compost and other additives to increase the health of your soil. If you have not begun a compost pile yet, you can purchase high-quality organic compost at a local greenhouse or from an organic farmer you trust.

• Plants

The most inexpensive way to grow your own garden is to start your plants from seed. You can either grown them early indoors and transplant, or you can direct sow seeds into the garden. Some plants do not transplant well and do better when directly sown. These include plants such as zucchini and cucumbers. Some plants have a very long growing season and are sometimes difficult to grow yourself from seed depending on what zone you are growing in. These include plants like tomatoes and peppers. If you don’t have the time to grow from seed I recommend purchasing seedlings from an organic farmer at a farmer’s market or another trusted source.

• Water and sunshine

After you have all of your plants in the ground the fun begins! Watch your seedlings grow. Use organic mulch to keep weeds down and keep up with weeding by hand to ensure your plants get enough nutrients. Your plants really only need water and sunshine to thrive. You will no doubt encounter some trials along the way such as bugs, diseases and pests. However, I’ve found the best method to succeed in gardening is just to go out there and get your hands dirty! You’ll learn quickly along the way. There is an organic answer to every issue you’ll encounter and some of them are quite simple.

Good luck and have fun!

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