http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/    Planning an Organic    Vegetable Garden                         Part 1:           ...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/  Why garden organically?              As evidence comes to light about the           ...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Why garden organically?           For the typical home gardener,           organic met...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Why garden organically?            Vegetables grown in your own            garden are ...
Planning is essential     Careful planning is an important step     towards having a successful garden
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/           Here are some tips for planning           your organic vegetable garden
Decide on the size of yourgarden    It’s important not to bite off more than    you can chew…
Decide on the size of yourgarden    Those seeds and seedlings look    small, but they quickly turn into    many large plan...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Decide on the size of yourgarden            If you’re new to gardening, start with a  ...
Decide on the size of yourgarden    You might be surprised at how much    you can grow in a modest 10 x 20 ft    space
Decide on the size of yourgarden    The most common cause of new    gardener burnout is planting a garden    that is too l...
Decide on the size of yourgarden    Even more experienced gardeners    can get a little carried away with their    plans
Decide on the size of yourgarden    Keep your garden to a reasonable    size, tend it with care, and you will be    more t...
Follow the sun    Most vegetables need full sun to    thrive    You should put the garden in the    sunniest part of the y...
Follow the sun    Don’t use a dark corner of the yard    for growing vegetables    Situate the garden away from the    sha...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/  Follow the sun              A common mistake is to start a              garden where...
Follow the sun    The rule of thumb is that vegetables    need at least 6 hours of full sun each    day
Follow the sun    New gardeners are sometimes    confused about what is considered full    sun    Full sun applies to the ...
Follow the sun    Suppose the garden gets only 6 hours    of direct sun on the longest day of the    year
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Follow the sun            In that case, the garden will be getting            much les...
Follow the sun    The garden should receive at least 2/3    of the available sunlight each day
Follow the sun    For example, on the longest day of    the year the sun is in the sky for    around 15 hours (depending o...
Follow the sun    Therefore, the garden should be in    direct sunlight for 10 of those hours
Follow the sun    Without enough sun, fruit-bearing    crops like tomatoes and peppers will    produce a very small harves...
Follow the sun    If you don’t get enough full sun in your    yard, try growing vegetables that like    a little shade, su...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Follow the sun            Container gardening is another option            if your pro...
Raised beds or not?    When you’re planning your garden,    think about building raised beds for    vegetable plants
Raised beds or not?    Raised beds give you better control    over the growing environment:    Easier to work the soil   ...
Raised beds or not?    Raised beds are a good defense    against damaging slugs, snails, and    crawling insects
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Deciding what to grow          There are lots of things to consider          when you ...
Deciding what to grow    What vegetables grow best in your    climate?    What vegetables do you (and your    family) like...
Deciding what to grow    It’s best to grow at least half a dozen    different vegetables
Deciding what to grow   This ensures that you will get   something from your garden, even if a   few crops are not a roari...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Deciding what to grow            Diversity is a basic principle of organic            ...
Deciding what to grow    Having a variety of plants will    encourage beneficial insects and help    reduce damage caused ...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Choosing varieties              Once you’ve made some decisions              about th...
Choosing varietieshttp://www.growingorganicgarden.net/           Look for varieties that are disease           resistant  ...
Choosing varieties    Many newer varieties of vegetables    are bred to resist certain diseases and    pests
Choosing varieties    Starting with disease-resistant plants    is a great help for both new and    experienced organic ga...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Choosing varieties            Look at the “days to maturity”            If you live in...
Choosing varieties    Taste may be a factor in your decision    Some varieties are especially sweet;    others are strongl...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Choosing varieties             You may want to grow varieties that             are a ...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/              It’s important to put some time and              thought into planning y...
http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/          A sensible plan will:          keep you organized          prevent you fro...
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Organic gardeing planning an organic vegetable garden part 1

  1. 1. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Planning an Organic Vegetable Garden Part 1: Size, Location, and Crop Selection
  2. 2. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Why garden organically? As evidence comes to light about the dangers of chemical pesticides, more people are choosing to grow their own food
  3. 3. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Why garden organically? For the typical home gardener, organic methods of gardening are not really any more difficult than conventional methods
  4. 4. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Why garden organically? Vegetables grown in your own garden are fresher and better- tasting than vegetables you buy at the supermarket
  5. 5. Planning is essential Careful planning is an important step towards having a successful garden
  6. 6. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Here are some tips for planning your organic vegetable garden
  7. 7. Decide on the size of yourgarden It’s important not to bite off more than you can chew…
  8. 8. Decide on the size of yourgarden Those seeds and seedlings look small, but they quickly turn into many large plants – all demanding care and attention
  9. 9. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Decide on the size of yourgarden If you’re new to gardening, start with a small plot
  10. 10. Decide on the size of yourgarden You might be surprised at how much you can grow in a modest 10 x 20 ft space
  11. 11. Decide on the size of yourgarden The most common cause of new gardener burnout is planting a garden that is too large to tend properly
  12. 12. Decide on the size of yourgarden Even more experienced gardeners can get a little carried away with their plans
  13. 13. Decide on the size of yourgarden Keep your garden to a reasonable size, tend it with care, and you will be more than pleased with your harvest
  14. 14. Follow the sun Most vegetables need full sun to thrive You should put the garden in the sunniest part of the yard
  15. 15. Follow the sun Don’t use a dark corner of the yard for growing vegetables Situate the garden away from the shade of buildings and trees
  16. 16. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Follow the sun A common mistake is to start a garden where there isn’t enough sunlight
  17. 17. Follow the sun The rule of thumb is that vegetables need at least 6 hours of full sun each day
  18. 18. Follow the sun New gardeners are sometimes confused about what is considered full sun Full sun applies to the whole growing season, not just the peak of summer
  19. 19. Follow the sun Suppose the garden gets only 6 hours of direct sun on the longest day of the year
  20. 20. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Follow the sun In that case, the garden will be getting much less sun in the spring and fall – and that’s not good enough
  21. 21. Follow the sun The garden should receive at least 2/3 of the available sunlight each day
  22. 22. Follow the sun For example, on the longest day of the year the sun is in the sky for around 15 hours (depending on your latitude)
  23. 23. Follow the sun Therefore, the garden should be in direct sunlight for 10 of those hours
  24. 24. Follow the sun Without enough sun, fruit-bearing crops like tomatoes and peppers will produce a very small harvest – or even nothing at all
  25. 25. Follow the sun If you don’t get enough full sun in your yard, try growing vegetables that like a little shade, such as lettuce and spinach
  26. 26. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Follow the sun Container gardening is another option if your property gets a lot of shade You can move the containers around to catch the maximum sunlight
  27. 27. Raised beds or not? When you’re planning your garden, think about building raised beds for vegetable plants
  28. 28. Raised beds or not? Raised beds give you better control over the growing environment: Easier to work the soil Easier to add compost and amendments Permits better drainage
  29. 29. Raised beds or not? Raised beds are a good defense against damaging slugs, snails, and crawling insects
  30. 30. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Deciding what to grow There are lots of things to consider when you are deciding what to grow in your garden
  31. 31. Deciding what to grow What vegetables grow best in your climate? What vegetables do you (and your family) like to eat?
  32. 32. Deciding what to grow It’s best to grow at least half a dozen different vegetables
  33. 33. Deciding what to grow This ensures that you will get something from your garden, even if a few crops are not a roaring success
  34. 34. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Deciding what to grow Diversity is a basic principle of organic gardening
  35. 35. Deciding what to grow Having a variety of plants will encourage beneficial insects and help reduce damage caused by harmful pests
  36. 36. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Choosing varieties Once you’ve made some decisions about the type of vegetables you’d like to grow, you have to decide between the many available varieties of each crop
  37. 37. Choosing varietieshttp://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Look for varieties that are disease resistant This information will be on the seed package or in the product description
  38. 38. Choosing varieties Many newer varieties of vegetables are bred to resist certain diseases and pests
  39. 39. Choosing varieties Starting with disease-resistant plants is a great help for both new and experienced organic gardeners
  40. 40. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Choosing varieties Look at the “days to maturity” If you live in a place with short summers, choose varieties that will mature quickly
  41. 41. Choosing varieties Taste may be a factor in your decision Some varieties are especially sweet; others are strongly flavored
  42. 42. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Choosing varieties You may want to grow varieties that are a little unusual or not easily found in the supermarket This can include oddly colored vegetables or “baby” vegetables
  43. 43. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ It’s important to put some time and thought into planning your organic garden
  44. 44. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ A sensible plan will: keep you organized prevent you from getting overwhelmed increase the chances of your having a productive organic vegetable garden http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/

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