FAST TRACK: Starting your own Organic Veggie Garden 🌱
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
🙌🏻 Ready to jump into organic gardening? 🌱 .
To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi
Absolutely loving the veggie garden we have in the mountains of San José, I decided to start a small urban organic veggie garden in our house in Alajuela!
If like me, you are stuck at home because of covid and want to make changes in your lifestyle, I’ll be sharing a few tips for organic gardening beginners!
From picking the right location to choosing the right plot size and vegetables as well as knowing where and when to plant...we will be experimenting together! 😊
Choosing the appropriate location for your veggie garden is essential! A sub-par location will most likely give you sub-par veggies!
1) ☀️ Prefer a sunny location: Most veggies need a min. of 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Only few vegetables will tolerate some shade.
2) 💦 Plant in a well-drained and moist soil: Don’t despair! If your garden has a poorly drained soil (often making water pools), you can raise your veggies in a raised bed! If the soil is rocky, till and remove the rocks.
3) 💥 Favor a stable environment: As much as possible, plant your veggies away from foot traffic and recurrent floods. Also, avoid strong winds that would knock over your green babies or keep bees and other pollinators from doing their so important job 💪🏻
PS: Let’s do it! Send me pics of your new veggie garden! Mine is in the making ✨
🌾 Better be proud of a small veggie garden than be frustrated by a big one! 🤗
One of the most common mistakes made by the beginner gardener 👩🏼🌾 is planting too much too soon... start small and only grow what you know will end up in your plate! 🙌🏻
1) If you plan to feed a family of four for one summer, make your veggie garden 11 rows wide with each row 10 feet long. Each row should run south/north in order to take full advantage of the sun.
2) Don’t forget to have your paths allow you access to your green babies to weed and harvest. The general rule says that you should not allow more than four feet of plants without access to them. In the end, you want to be able to access the center of the row easily.
Ps: if this garden is more than you would ever need, just make the rows shorter! 👌🏻
🌶 Here is the Top 10 of the most common and productive plants that are relatively easy to grow. 🥕🙌🏻
2) Zucchini squash
5) Bush beans
Ps: Remember that marigolds are amazing to discourage pests and add some colors! 🌼