Thrifty Thursday: Starting an Organic Garden

April 18, 2013

Starting your own organic garden is one of the best ways to save money on organic produce while also being eco-friendly. Every year my family plants and maintains an organic backyard garden with a variety of delicious fruits and vegetables. I love being able to walk into my backyard and pick vegetables I will use the same night to prepare dinner. Throughout the late Spring and Summer, I plan to post photos of the progress of our garden as well as including relevant recipes.

Below are some photos of our garden currently (all seedlings right now).

Helpful tips for starting you own garden

– Choose an area in your yard with ample sunlight (most vegetables need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight to grow properly).

– Avoid low lying areas where soil won’t drain properly.

– Consider adding organic topsoil and organic fertilizer or manure.

– Plan out your garden space based on how much your family will eat and preferences (ie: my family loves Kale so we have a larger space devoted to it).`

– Be sure to buy USDA organic seeds!

– Read up on how to grow and maintain an organic garden and specific plants. The Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener is a wonderful reference to have on hand.

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  • Reply ReInventing Lolli April 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

    We will be starting our organic garden on Sunday :) Love this post!

    Lolli S

  • Reply Peace Love Organic Mom April 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Thats great! Such a fun family activity and has the added benefit of saving so much money in the process :)

  • Reply Happy Go Lucky Vegan April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Great tips! Nothing beats harvesting fresh veggies for a home cooked meal. I also love making homemade baby food with the veggies I harvest – have you tried?

    PS – Your garden looks great!

    Jesse @

    • Reply Peace Love Organic Mom April 23, 2013 at 5:36 am

      I completely agree- it doesn’t get any more fresh than just picked from your backyard! I have made baby food with some of our squash that we grew. I’m excited to try giving our little one some fresh Kale this season!

  • Reply Stephanie February 3, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    This is an awesome post on gardening. Will definetly use your tips to start a garden to grow some fresh and organic veggies

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