Many people really long to do organic gardening but unfortunately they feel that they do not have a “green thumb.” This idea of green thumb is a myth because success in organic gardening comes as a result of effort. Like any other endeavor, organic gardening will take a learning process and a certain amount of trial and error. The following is how to do vegetable gardening for pleasure:
Start at the Local Nursery
It is usually best and most satisfying to patronize the neighborhood nursery. Most times, the nursery owner will have a great deal of knowledge about the particular region, including weather and all-important soil conditions. They love to help new gardeners in the area with advice and pointers. Take a look at what plants are in the nursery nearest home to start an initial assessment.
Order Catalogs and Browse Online
It is great fun to order organic gardening catalogs. Take time pouring over each page in order to decide which would be the best seeds for your vegetable gardening efforts. Also, many companies have online catalogs and ordering, which makes the whole process streamlined and much faster and efficient. Select some seeds that seem easy to grow and then others that may be more challenging in your region. In the beginning, it is best to try many things to see what works best.
Design an Organic Gardening Plan
There are many ways to sketch out an organic gardening plan. Do not worry if drawing or sketching is difficult. Simply write out the plan in words then or even cut out pictures from magazines. Any way that works is the best way to make a plan for vegetable gardening. Make sure that the plan is understandable to the one using it.
Plant More Than Enough
Those who are new to organic gardening have a tendency to under plant. Remember, despite best efforts many of the plants will not germinate and others will perish due to a wide variety of things such as birds, lack of or too much sunlight, rainstorms, pests and other problems. For this reason, it cannot be over emphasized enough the need to over-plant. This is to ensure that there will be any harvest at all.
The above is a beginning primer on how to do organic gardening with a specific emphasis on vegetable gardening. Start at the local nursery. Order catalogs and browse online. Design a plan that is understandable and helpful. Always plant more than enough to insure against pests. These steps lead naturally to successful organic gardening.
McLeod, J. (2002) Organic Gardening. Australia: Random House.