Organic Growing and Gardening

Lesson 1: Creating Productive Soil

With rich nutrient soil our gardens will produce bumper crops, so understanding how to maintain the soil and keep it so it is growing becomes a major consideration before you even plot your garden’s layout.  In today’s society, where people have a tendency to deplete everything they touch, the land is not different.

Every year, the earth losses layers of soil due to wind erosion, runoff, and other more destructive building practices, and each year millions of acres of fertile land are consumed by man for building and expanding cities, leaving very little workable land to feed the multitude. With this being said, no matter what condition your soil is in when using the organic method to gardening, it is recommended that you build your soil into a deep, dark, rich soil that can support and sustain a summer growing season.

To do this, your entire garden will need to have a good base to grow in, so the more compost and organic manure, chopped leaves and natural mulches you can work into the soil before planting season, the better your garden will grow.  Turning the soil over and over to aerate it is also a good practice.

Crops like crumbly soil that is not packed hard. Once your soil has been prepared, you can then set about to plan how you would like to lay your garden out, remembering to keep in mind that you want to take in the growing condition of each fruit or vegetable so that they receive as many of the natural elements as they require.

For instance: If you have tomatoes growing that require lots of sunlight and water to grow, you would most likely be wise not to plant it next to corn that has a tendency to grow tall creating lots of shade, and drink in all the water available in its general area.

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