Organic Garden Soil and Soil Amendments
A healthy, home organic garden starts with healthy, natural, virgin soil.
The site you select for your organic garden should not have been previously
used for a garden where chemical fertilizers, or pesticides were previously
used. It should also not be the site of a treated lawn, where chemicals were
We encourage any movement towards organic gardening practices. If you've
used chemicals in the past, and would like to practice organic gardening,
you certainly can continue to use your existing garden. Chemicals you've
used in the past, will slowly breakdown and leach out of the soil. This may
take time. But, each year your garden will become healthier.
Compost is a great, natural fertilizer. Organic gardening and composting
go hand in hand. Composted materials may contain all the fertilizer and
micro-nutrients that your plant will need. And, it is free!
Important Note: If you use chemicals on your lawn, the garden should
not be downhill of the lawn. Harmful chemicals can be carried downhill with
ground water, and seep into your garden.
Raised garden beds are a great place for your organic gardens.
The raised bed frame sits atop the ground. You then fill it with virgin soil
and organic soil amendments. You control what goes into it..... natural organic
soil and materials. Gardeners with raised bed frames, will often empty the
soil each fall and replenish it with fresh, rich, natural ingredients for
great gardens every year.
More on Raised Garden Beds
Common organic soil amendments include:
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