Growing an organic garden on a budget may seem challenging and intimidating, but we are here to help!
Organic gardening isn’t hard, it’s actually a lot easier than you think and it’s not too much different from traditional gardening. The biggest thing to avoid is of course any unnatural chemicals when growing an organic garden.
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Benefits of Growing an Organic Garden:
- Organic fruits and vegetables are healthy.
- Gardening is relaxing and can help lower stress.
- Gardening can help you stock your pantry.
- There are no chemical pesticides in an organic garden.
- Having a garden can help save you money!
If you are new to growing an organic garden, I highly recommend the book below. It has a lot of helpful information in it.
Growing an Organic Garden on a Budget
Find the Right Area for Your Organic Garden
If this is your first time growing a garden, you will need to decide where your garden will be and how you want to set it up.
If you’ve previously had a garden area, you can use it. Unless of course, you previously used chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides in it. If you have, then you may want to consider relocating your garden area. Those harmful ingredients can stay in the ground for years and building in the same area will not make an organic garden plot.
You can also choose to do raised garden or planting in large pots or planters. When it comes to raised gardens, one of the biggest things we forget is that most lumber you find at the store is treated.
Before you purchase your wood, make sure that it is untreated. Otherwise, you will just be surrounding your plants in chemical-soaked boards and defeat the whole purpose of your organic garden.
Choose Organic Soil and Compost When Growing Your Organic Garden
Now that you have your garden area set or have figured out if you are using raised beds or pots, you need to fill them with quality garden soil and compost.
Organic soil and compost can both be found at your local garden center. Even if you are planting your garden in the ground, adding organic soil can help your plants grow and be healthy.
You can also make your own compost with food scraps and compostable items. It’s easy to do and helps you get rid of the waste while saving money.
Planting Your Organic Garden
Once you have your spot picked out, your soil ready to go, and your compost, it is time to start planting.
Purchasing seeds is budget-friendly. You can find a variety of different vegetable seeds and they only cost a few dollars or less. This is the best way to go because you’ll know for sure that they haven’t been treated with pesticides or chemicals.
Garden plants will cost you a few dollars more but the plants are already started and it’s more convenient. However, it can be a little tricky to find plants that are organic and haven’t been treated.
When planting, you need to be sure you give your plants enough room to grow. Whether you purchase seeds or plants, each contains information on how far you need to space them out. Tomatoes and other climbing plants are best used with stakes or cages so that they get the support they need.
Keep Your Organic Garden Watered
Gardens need a lot of water so plan to give it a good soaking after you have things planted and daily thereafter.
The amount of water needed will depend on where you live. Some areas get more water than others. For dry areas that don’t hold water, more watering may be needed.
If you water your garden one day and notice that the next day the soil is still soaked, you can skip watering that day. You don’t want to flood the area and drown the plants, you want the soil to be moist.
Avoid Pesticides When You Grow An Organic Garden
The most important thing about growing an organic garden is to avoid pesticides and chemicals. Instead, use natural remedies for taking care of your plants.
Nets, row covers, or some type of homemade barrier can be placed down to help keep large animals away from the garden.
Most insects are beneficial to your garden. Ladybugs, for example, can help create a healthy environment for your plants. If you are having problems with pests and bugs, search for an organic solution that you can use to help keep these pests away.
Yes, You Can Start Growing An Organic Garden on a Budget!
Organic gardening can be done on a budget! These tips will help you be able to get an organic garden up and running in no time!
Do you have any tips you would like to share on growing an organic garden? We would love to hear them!