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Organic Gardening Supplies, Requirements and Tools
Getting your organic gardening supplies is easier than you think especially since you do not have to worry about stocking up on expensive, potentially dangerous, chemical fertilizers and other items. Most of the things you will need to start your organic garden are already in your house or easy to get.

Plan things carefully and do not just get some seeds or plants and start digging up your yard. This is usually a mistake most beginner gardeners make. In order to have a successful organic garden you need to take your time and plan everything careful.

Space

Space to plant your organic garden is probably the most difficult of all the organic gardening supplies and requirements to find. The choice of space is going to be based largely on your living situation. If you are in a townhouse or apartment or even a house without a suitable yard then you will want to consider using pots. It is possible to grow many small vegetables in pots or containers that come in a wide variety of sizes.

If you do not already have pots or containers that are suitable for growing plants you can pick them up from your nursery. Organic gardening supplies can also be ordered online for surprisingly low prices. Make sure you look around your house before you spend your money. You might be surprised to find that you have several suitable items or old plant pots that you have forgotten about.

If you are someone with a home that has a large yard then you have more options. You can start your organic garden in any location that you feel will be suitable for growing plants. One thing to remember when picking out an area of your yard for growing vegetables is to choose a location that will get a good amount of sunlight during the entire day.

Finding out the best spot based on lighting will require a few days of careful observation but it will be worth it if you can find a good spot in which to start your vegetable garden.

The size of your organic vegetable garden is entirely up to you and based on the amount of available space that you have at your disposal. Do not be afraid to start a small garden and build up to a large one and do not be discouraged if you feel you do not have as much space as you would like for your new garden. You are just starting out and working with the resources that are currently available.

Soil

Good soil is the second ingredient to get your organic vegetable garden going. It is probably the most important part of your new garden. The soil you choose must be rich and fertile if you want your vegetables to grow healthy and strong. If the soil in your garden seems unsuitable it can be made more fertile and suitable for gardening. Learn more about garden soil preparation.

Remember, you must NOT use any chemical fertilizer in your new organic vegetable garden!

Most new organic vegetable growers are first tempted to use chemicals when they are inspecting the quality of their available soil. It is tempting to go purchase a bag of soil that is packed with chemical fertilizers if your own soil does not seem rich enough. This is a step in the wrong direction and must be avoided. There are ways to enrich your soil and make it suitable for growing that does not involve using expensive and sometimes hazardous chemicals.

Getting soil might take a bit more effort if you are growing your plants in pots or organic containers on a back patio or window sill. Soil can be obtained from willing neighbors or family members that have their own yards.

Organic soil may also be purchased from a garden supply shop or other vendor of organic gardening supplies. There are places that sell soil with no chemical fertilizers. This might be an additional starting expense but nevertheless, worthwhile.

Another benefit of using pots and containers is that your soil temperature will not be at the mercy of the ground temperature.

Compost

Compost is something that you will need to help your garden thrive especially if your soil is not as fertile as you would have hoped. Rich compost will give your soil the minerals necessary to help your vegetables grow and thrive during the growing seasons. It is easy to make compost using materials that you have on hand especially if you have your own backyard or access to an outdoor area.

In order to create your own organic compost you will need to first dig a pit or two (depending on the size of your garden) in your back yard. You may also use a suitable compost maker available from vendor of organic gardening supplies.

Fill the compost maker or pit with the following refuse from your kitchen and garden:
  • Vegetable Peels
  • Fruit Peals
  • Leaves
  • Bark
  • Egg Shells
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Corn Stalks
  • Dead Flowers
  • Lawn Clippings (seedless)
  • Weeds (seedless)
This compost pit MUST be started well before you plan to plant. It is recommended that you start your compost pit at least three weeks before you intend to use the compost if not sooner. The longer your compost has to mature the better so do not delay when it comes to starting your pit.

Organic compost may also be purchased from a garden supply shop or other vendor of organic gardening supplies. Purchasing your own compost will be easier and much more convenient when working with a limited amount of space.

Organic Mulch & Newspaper

Organic mulch are a must have for anyone starting a new organic vegetable garden. Organic mulch can be made up of a variety of items that are probably on or around your property. Fallen leaves, flower blossoms, twigs, fallen needles from trees, and even bark can all be used as mulch.

Organic mulch may also be purchased from a garden supply shop or other vendor of organic gardening supplies. If you own or have access to a shredder, you can make your own mulch from small branches, shoots and pruning offcuts.

Many gardeners do not think mulch is important for anything other than visual appeal. While mulch will help make your planted garden look more tidy organic mulch has many other benefits that make it a vital part of your vegetable garden. Mulch will help prevent the growth of weeds that could ruin your new garden.

Organic mulch also improves the quality of soil in your vegetable garden. Unlike non-organic mulches, organic mulch will decay and decompose over time becoming a layer of rich and fertile topsoil. This adds nutrients to the vegetables in addition to its other uses.

Before the organic mulch decays it will assist in keeping ground moisture from evaporating prematurely. It will also help keep the temperature of your soil more constant by warming the soil during the winter and cooling it during the summer. This is a great feature to those who grow vegetables all year round.

There are a few things to remember when choosing your mulch and laying it down over and around your garden. Avoid using hay for organic vegetable garden mulch. Even though hay can be found easily and purchased cheaply in many areas it is often filled with weed seed.

Also, make sure you do not lay the mulch down too thickly. Mulch should be no more than two to three inches thick. Where you have planted small seeds, avoid mulching before the seeds have germinated. Seeds need sunlight, and will not be able to grow through thick mulch.

Gloves, Shovels, and Hoes

A few old fashioned garden tools are the only other organic gardening supplies you will need to get your garden started (other than seed of course). If you do not already have these tools they can be purchased from any vendor that sells organic garden supplies.

You will need a good shovel to dig your compost pits and your garden area. A good garden hoe will also be necessary for any weeding that needs to be done.

A fork is useful for digging over the garden, and for harvesting certain crops like potatoes.

Gloves will be needed to protect your hands when doing garden work that is more hands on. Weeding in particular will require a good pair of gloves since it will often be easier to simply pull up weeds by hand instead of using a hoe or fork.

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