When we first started growing our veggie garden, several years ago– we did a TON of research because we really wanted our garden to thrive! (I mean, who doesn’t–you spend so much time on it!)
For the first garden, we had–all we did was add soil and plant the seeds! LOL.. we generally think that is all there is to it–but we were most definitely wrong. Our first garden wasn’t very successful and we couldn’t even get our tomatoes to grow! 🙁 We didn’t realize that WASN’T about just putting the seeds in the ground and watching it grow.. you need to add the right tools and water them to get them growing.
I’m happy to say that we’ve been gardening successfully each year after the first and after trial and error we’ve been able to find what helps our garden grow and be the most successful.
We use an organic soil– preferably the Amend Garden Soil (find it at Home Depot or Lowe’s) it’s a little more expensive than most soil but it is totally worth it if you want to practice organic gardening.
Rock Dust or Azomite:
You might have not heard of this–but we’ve found it a MUST-have for veggie gardening. After doing a lot of research, we learned that most soil isn’t properly mineralized. Meaning, it’s missing a TON of nutrients for your plants and for your family when you eat the food crops. This is why most food crops are a lot smaller when growing them yourself even when you provide enough water–because they are lacking the proper minerals for growth.
Think of it this way: When you take supplements in pill form, you are taking them to give your body the accurate dosage of nutrients that you wouldn’t get out of your normal consumption. This is exactly what you are doing for your plants! However, it’s all-natural and organic.
We haven’t found this in most big box stores–so we have to order online. We get this Root Naturally Azomite Rock Dust – 10 Pounds and it is enough for our garden to last us three years! (you only need 1 pound per 10 sq. feet of soil) and you do not need to apply every season.
Raised Garden Bed:
This is great for those just starting out! They help keep snails and slugs out of your garden and If you rent a home, this makes the garden “not-so permanent”. I like this Raised Bed Connection Kit.
You don’t have to use a raised garden bed but be prepared to really fertilize your soil with Azomite and organic soils.
So what are your must-haves for organic gardening?
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