Today more than ever, backyard gardens are going organic. People are beginning to realize and understand that fruits and vegetables grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides are much healthier. They also taste better. Read on to tap into this trend with some easy organic gardening tips.

What is Organic Gardening?

Only in an organic garden can you literally pluck a tomato from the vine and eat it right there, savoring the taste of fresh and ripe in the sun. It is not unusual to see an organic vegetable gardener eat the equivalent of a whole salad, while tending the garden - a tomato here, a few lettuce leaves there, and a pea pod or two. An organic garden contains no chemicals and grows naturally, which makes it a healthier and safer way to grow your plants.

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Growing an organic vegetable garden

So how do you start growing your own organic garden? You start the year before. Organic gardens depend on good soil, and good soil depends on compost. Compost is simply decomposed organic waste matter, including yard trimmings, grass, leaves, and kitchen waste.

Building a compost pile is easy. It can be as simple as a 6 foot long woven wire formed in a circle. Start by placing leaves or grass clippings at the bottom and start putting all kitchen waste (including eggshells, coffee grounds, clippings, and animal waste). Put in more yard clippings and let the pile work.

Every three months, remove the cable and move it a few meters to the other side. Put the compost back on the wire. This process is called turning. By doing this, you encourage the compost to cook and after a year, you should have what the farmers call "black gold."

In early spring, take your compost and work it in the soil in your garden. This ensures that whatever you plant will have healthy, nutrient-packed soil to grow strong. Other natural fertilizers that you can use are fish emulsions and seaweed extracts.

Organic gardening tips

Plant your garden with a companion planting. Marigolds and hot pepper plants are very helpful in deterring critters from entering your garden. For leafy greens and tomatoes, surround the roots with cardboard or plastic tubes, as this will prevent the dreaded slug from eating the young greens.

Nets can go a long way in preventing flying insects from eating the leaves of young plants and will also discourage moths from laying larvae in your garden. Remove all cutworms or other caterpillars by hand immediately, as these can decimate an entire plant overnight.

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Harvest your vegetables when they have reached maturity. Pick up plants that are no longer bearing fruit and dispose of them in your compost heap (unless they are diseased). Also, be sure to uproot any plants that appear weak or diseased to help promote healthy growth of the remaining plants in your garden.

Organic gardening is no more difficult than traditional gardening; it just takes a little more planning. Spend the winter months looking at seed catalogs. If you choose heirloom seeds, be sure to order them in advance, as companies often sell out in February. If you choose hybrid seeds, choose those that are known to be resistant to insects and disease.

With a little more thought, you too can have a healthy organic garden. Your taste buds will love it, and they will know that you are eating the healthiest and best tasting food out there.