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http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Discover the techniques to grow your own organic garden by joining our group.

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  • 1. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Planning an Organic Vegetable Garden Part 1: Size, Location, and Crop Selection
  • 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. 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. 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. Planning is essential Careful planning is an important step towards having a successful garden
  • 6. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Here are some tips for planning your organic vegetable garden
  • 7. Decide on the size of yourgarden It’s important not to bite off more than you can chew…
  • 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. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Decide on the size of yourgarden If you’re new to gardening, start with a small plot
  • 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. 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. Decide on the size of yourgarden Even more experienced gardeners can get a little carried away with their plans
  • 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. Follow the sun Most vegetables need full sun to thrive You should put the garden in the sunniest part of the yard
  • 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. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ Follow the sun A common mistake is to start a garden where there isn’t enough sunlight
  • 17. Follow the sun The rule of thumb is that vegetables need at least 6 hours of full sun each day
  • 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. Follow the sun Suppose the garden gets only 6 hours of direct sun on the longest day of the year
  • 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. Follow the sun The garden should receive at least 2/3 of the available sunlight each day
  • 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. Follow the sun Therefore, the garden should be in direct sunlight for 10 of those hours
  • 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. 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. 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. Raised beds or not? When you’re planning your garden, think about building raised beds for vegetable plants
  • 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. Raised beds or not? Raised beds are a good defense against damaging slugs, snails, and crawling insects
  • 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. Deciding what to grow What vegetables grow best in your climate? What vegetables do you (and your family) like to eat?
  • 32. Deciding what to grow It’s best to grow at least half a dozen different vegetables
  • 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. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/Deciding what to grow Diversity is a basic principle of organic gardening
  • 35. Deciding what to grow Having a variety of plants will encourage beneficial insects and help reduce damage caused by harmful pests
  • 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. 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. Choosing varieties Many newer varieties of vegetables are bred to resist certain diseases and pests
  • 39. Choosing varieties Starting with disease-resistant plants is a great help for both new and experienced organic gardeners
  • 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. Choosing varieties Taste may be a factor in your decision Some varieties are especially sweet; others are strongly flavored
  • 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. http://www.growingorganicgarden.net/ It’s important to put some time and thought into planning your organic garden
  • 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/