Resources for Organic Gardening

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Organic Vegetable Garden Comprehensive Guide for Starters on
Starting an organic vegetable garden is not really that hard. However, there are very important steps that you should follow. These steps are very well explained in this comprehensive guide at This includes the several factors to consider when choosing the right site of your garden, such as the sun, wind, access to water and other tools. There are also some tips on how you can test the soil by yourself instead of sending soil samples to your local cooperative service. To make sure that your plants will be healthy, there are some suggestions on how you can manage the pests and disease problems.

Planet Natural Research Center
Providing answers and advice for organic gardeners, this massive resource includes, at this writing, 23 how-to guides and 897 articles from organic gardening experts, on such topics as compost and soil, pest control, vegatables, herbs, and harvesting all four seasons. There's a lot of information on indoor gardens, including hydroponics and indoor gardening under lights. Examples are guides on growing herbs, growing plants in pots, and raised bed gardening. There are guides on growing specific vegetables, such as tomatoes and potatoes. The site has special sections, such as the Organic Gardening Guru, where you'll learn a lot about soil, fertilizers, the best garden plants,and gardening products. There is a video channel on the site where you can learn step-by-step how to do things such as dry herbs, plant in pots, compost with worms, and grow great flowers.

Understanding Organic Fertilizers on Rodale's Organic Life
If you want to have a deeper understanding about organic fertilizers, this article Rodale's Organic Life can surely help you. Here, you will learn the difference between chemical fertilizers and organic fertilizers, including the manufacturing process and why the latter is better to use. There are tips on how you can be sure that you are really buying legitimate organic fertilizing products. The second page explains the two different types of organic fertilizers (dry and liquid), their composition, and how to apply them correctly. The last part contains some details about growth enhancers and their application.

Organic Directory
Organic Trade Association (OTA) presents The Organic Pages Online to provide users with a quick, easy way to find certified organic products, producers, ingredients, supplies and services offered by OTA members, as well as items of interest to the entire organic community. Includes links to farm supplies such as beneficial organisms, agricultural testing, growing mixes, kelp products, pest control products, fungicides, animal feed, biological pesticides, fertilizer, irrigation supplies, greenhouse supplies and more. Large directory to companies that sell aglae, essential oils, natural and herbal products and more. Information about biodynamic farming and gardening, farm supplies and more.

Organic Vegetable Gardening in Florida
This publication is by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and is a companion document to the Florida Vergetable Gardening Guide. Organic gardening differs from "conventional" gardening mainly in the areas of fertilization and pest control. The organic gardener prefers to use natural and organic materials and methods, and avoids using practices and synthetic chemicals that may be detrimental to his health or environment. Includes information about using compost piles and organic matter, animal manures, and more. Explains how much manure to use and from which animals to use it, as well as using shrub clippings, glass, pine straw, garbage, fish scraps and more into an organic compost pile. Natural and organic fertilizer section includes information about phosphorus, colloidal phosphate, potassium, potash, micronutrients, lime, and more to help grow your garden. Section about irrigation, mulching, week control, insect and disease control, organic gardening supplies, selling organic vegetables and more. Links to more information available and organic gardening supplies.

Organic Gardening Forum
Organic gardening forum, which includes discussions on permaculture, soil and composting, vermicomposting, grubs, boric acid, organic soil fungicides, Bermuda grass, scarlet runner beans, nematodes, flamethrowers, seeding, cold composting, hot composting, sheet composting, pit and trench composting, composting with coffee grounds, compost tea, compost tea brewing, interbay mulch, compost wood and more. For private chef Aspen Co., see Flourish.

Organic Gardening Techniques
The success or failure of the organic approach depends on how gardeners use and prepare organic matter, according to this site. Organic matter improves soil tilth and prevents soil compaction and crusting, while it increases the water holding ability of the soil and provides a more favorable soil environment for earthworms and beneficial microorganisms. Organic matter also slows erosion, and in later stages of decay, organic matter releases nitrogen and other nutrients to growing crops. Carbon dioxide from decaying organic matter brings minerals of the soil into solution, making them available to growing plants. Many soils of the world have been ruined, mainly because they have been depleted of organic matter from prolonged cultivation without proper soil management, the site says.

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