Organic gardening is today’s topic. Organic gardening is a way to make a positive environmental change to the way you garden. Growing vegetables and plants without the use of harmful chemicals and with the wider eco system in mind, is the best way to garden in harmony with nature. It’s also the best way to ensure the produce you grow, is as tasty and good for you as it can possibly be. 

A quick internet search of organic gardening methods throws up some complex ideas and could be enough to put anyone off. With this in mind, we here at the Garden Style Company have put together our top tips for being the best organic gardener you can.

Soil and Compost

Preparing your soil is phase one in creating your own organic garden. Organic gardening means growing without the use of pesticides so this is likely to mark a big change in your usual technique. 

The basic idea here is that your soil should be as free from nasty chemicals and harmful pesticides as can be. Whatever your plants and veggies ingest, so will you.

The best way to get started, if you’re taking this very seriously, is to get your soil professionally tested. You can buy kits, or send off samples to pro organisations. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can then take the necessary steps to rectify any problems.

An easier alternative, it to make sure your patch is filled to its gills with well-rotted organic material. This is where phase two comes in…

Phase two is creating your own compost heap.

Starting Your Own Bin

Good compost is a matter of balance. A general rule is to have an equal mix of brown and green material. Brown things like ripped up cardboard, loo rolls, scrunched paper, twigs, and pruning waste are all great. Mix with things like uncooked veg peelings, fruit, grass clippings and so on and you should start to see the magic happen.

What to Put In

It might be easier to tell you what you can’t put in… don’t put in anything that is manmade. Don’t add things like glass, plastic, or metal as this will never break down. Also, don’t add anything cooked, nor dog or cat excrement. These can actually be composted but it’s best to leave this type of work to the serious professionals as a heated composter is required to make sure the parasites in the faeces are completely destroyed. Just to clarify, a bog-standard home composting system cannot cope with such matter. It’s also worth adding that rotting meat and dairy may well attract garden visitors you’d rather not contend with.

So, to get you started, begin with your soil and your compost – these are the building blocks of any great garden. Stay tuned for part two of our guide to organic gardening coming your way soon. Don’t be afraid to start your own compost off – it’s super easy and a good thing for your environment.

How can you improve your soil this weekend