The greatest little secret about Organic Gardening is that it’s no different than regular gardening. You heard right! There just ain’t any difference, well only a slight difference. The fact is you still need to plan your garden and then work the plan, regardless of whether you are planting a regular garden or doing it the organic way. The information in this article will show you a few of the similarities and differences between the two.
It’s important for you to understand that a proper plan is necessary to have a successful garden. When you talk with “veteran gardeners” one of the first things they will tell you is “too plan your garden.” As an example of a planned garden, the first step of a planned garden would be the location of the garden and the size. The second step would be determing the type of garden; trees, vegetable, flowers, fruit, bushes or a mixture of all of the above.
Once the above decisions have been made a determination should be made as to the spacing of the rows and which plants or veggies are compatible with each other. The importance of this step can’t be stressed enough, nor is it any less important in either regular gardening or in organic gardening.
The reason for this is some plants require more nutrients, sunshine or even more water to help them flourish. Failure to have compatible plants could result in all out war between the plants, which in turn could destroy your garden with only the “fittest surviving”. Again this rule applies not only in a standard garden, but also if you are going the organic way.
Now let’s talk about some of the differences in organic growing verses the regular growing of your garden. Frankly the biggest difference is going to be the type of products you use to add fertilizer, pesticides, weed killers and other growth enhancement material to your garden.
If you are planning not to practice organic gardening then you will more than likely be using some type of growth additives which are an artificial compound made up with manmade chemicals. However, if you are going with all natural additives you will be using compounds which are more compatible with ‘Mother Nature” and are made up of natural by products. A few of the organic compounds would be mulch, made up of wood chips, saw dust, leaf and grass cuttings.
As you can see it doesn’t take a bio physicist or an engineer to be a gardener. However, it would make a lot of sense for you to take the time to research regular gardening and organic gardening. Although the differences are subtle there are differences.