Organic gardening is different from regular gardening, most notably in the preparation of the soil. If you think that all you have to do is mark off a piece of land in your backyard and throw down some seeds, and that’s your garden, you are very mistaken. After you finish reading this article, you will have a little better idea of the importance of soil to organic gardening.
If you are new to organic gardening, the biggest misconception that those new to organic gardening have is that you can grow anything in any soil. You need to lose this idea, if you think a natural garden only takes throwing down seeds. Soil is impacted by different climates, and these must be thought out. You need to do things differently if you are in a rainy place, compared to different temperatures, exposure to sunlight or wind. Next, what is the composition of the soil, and how dense is it? Bad density soil is where there is no circulation of air or moisture, because the soil is too compacted. You need loose soil in your organic garden, because you must have circulation. The best way to fix tightly compacted soil, is bring in some earthworms.
Another solution to the compacted soil is to purchase bags of organic soil from your local nursery. What many organic gardeners do is plow this organic soil into the regular soil. For this to be an effective method, you will need between three and six inches of organic soil. If you do this for a few years your soil will return to the living soil that it once was. You will definitely need to keep doing this until this happens, and remember why you are doing an organic garden in the first place.
Another thing you will need to do with the soil is to make sure the levels of hydrogen, acidity and phosphates are correct. You might know this better as the pH levels of the soil. It is pretty easy any more to find things on the internet, so look for a soil testing kit and you will find one. A better way to find out about your soil is to take a sample to your local nursery or county agriculture agent. Either way they can tell you everything about your soil, and if it is the right kind for organic gardening. You might have to pay a small fee, but you also might not.