Soil for organic gardening?

laluxe asks: Soil for organic gardening?
I’m going to make an attempt at organic gardening and I don’t know if I should use soil from the ground or go out and buy some? Do you use fertilizer for organic gardening? or just mix in organic matter?

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Answer by June B
Amend your soil by adding organic compost. If you have clay soil, add some gypsum before you add the compost. You can use organic fertilizer but I find using some slow release 16-16-16 (they are not organic) goes long ways in helping the veggies along.
Add organic matter (composted) whenever you can is alway helpful. Make a compost pile next to your garden, add kitchen scraps (no meat, they will attract animals and flies. You don’t want to deal with a pile of maggot, trust me on this one). I also add some dirt and straws to the pile, alternately. Keep the pile moist, they will decompose in a couple of month. This is the hot compost methods. If you just pile thing together and letting them to decompose themselves, it will take longer, and that;s the cold compost method…
The most important thing to grow a garden is to make your soil light and fluffy, rich in organic matter and able to retain water. It may take a few years to build your soil, meaning you may need to add organic matters more often at the beginning. Good luck and happy gardening!

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  1. Building organic matter in the soil is the key to organic gardening success. I usually like to work with the native soil, adjusting the texture to improve drainage in clay soils, or adding amendments to increase moisture-holding in sandy soil. But the best way to improve garden soil is to add good garden compost or composted manure. This increases the biodiversity of your soil, so plant pathogens have to fight their way through a crowd to attack your plants.

    Sometimes, organic soil amendments like alfalfa meal, worm castings, feather meal, greensand, oyster shell flour, soft phosphate, bat guano, or kelp meal are added in small amounts, to improve soil fertility for heavy feeders like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash, melons, or broccoli and all its cousins.

    For information on organic soil amendments, see
    http://www.grow-it-organically.com/npk-fertilizer.html

    For improving garden soil, see
    http://www.grow-it-organically.com/improving-garden-soil.html

  2. You’re making a good choice in getting into organic gardening!

    Be aware that it is more work than conventional gardening, but its rewards are far higher!

    Soil preparation is key in a healthy organic garden. If the soil isn’t healthy and alive, the garden will not grow to its full potential. Composting is a great way to beef up the nutrients and organic materials in your garden. If you haven’t already started a composter, start one this season so you have some next season when you are ready to start your garden again.

    Check this link out for some Organic Gardening resources for beginners.

    http://www.greenhomehints.com/topics/green-gardening-tips/

  3. Look for natural and organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, such as the use of compost. Natural fertilizers, compost and organic materials encourage native earthworms. The soil’s organic matter contributes to good soil structure, and water-holding capacity. Improve the soil with organic matter and fertilizers to develop the best soil for growing seeds and plants.

    Organic Gardening Tips – http://www.organic-items.com/growing-organic-products.htm

    Your main concern when organic gardening is soil health. You want your little ecosystem to be as strong and healthy as possible to support the plants you’re growing and the beneficial microorganisms within the soil that depend upon your plant’s byproducts for nourishment. As you know, these elements work symbiotically to create the best environment for all to survive. Most gardeners begin with a test kit that will provide a detailed analysis of the nutrients present, as well as the acidic or alkaline reading and the drainage level.

    More on Organic Gardening – http://www.perennial-gardens.com/flower-articles/organic-gardening.htm

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