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The Morons Organic Gardening Guide

Bob is a garden writer and permaculture designer. His ebook From My Garden is widely available,

Keep It Simple

Organic gardening is so basic, even a moron can create a garden where plants thrive, flower and bear fruit. I am not comfortable with the term moron which means someone who is considered stupid, however, I have used it to make the point that anyone can garden as long as they follow a few very basic steps.

Gardening is a simple and straightforward activity, it is not necessary to understand the science involved, however, it is important to use an organic process.

All you need to do to grow flowers, herbs and vegetable, organically, is follow these ten steps.

1.      Put the right plant in the right place. In other words, make sure the plant you choose is placed where it gets the amount of sunlight it requires as well as the water and food needed for strong growth.

2.      Do the above in the planning stage so you know what you are going to do before the actual planting, what you will plant, where you will plant it.

3.      Organic gardeners feed the soil because healthy soil will produce healthy plants. One of the most effective ways to build healthy soil is to add organic material, such as compost to the soil.

4.       Mulch, proper mulching prevents weeds from taking over your garden and thus reduces your labour. Mulch also reduces the soil’s thirst, as it reduces the rate at which it dries out after watering, and will warm up the ground in Spring and Fall.

5.      Use organic and heritage seeds as these will breed true and you are then able to save seeds from the most productive plants.

6.      When planting the seeds, especially if you are a novice gardener read the seed pack and follow the instructions.

7.      Rainbarrels allow you to collect rain and use it when you need to water the garden. Dry days are not uncommon and to save turning on the tap to provide the plants with that needed drink if you have a rainbarrel you can meet their needs and conserve water at the same time.

8.      Spend time in your garden simply observing the activity. An evening stroll can serve as an early warning system and help to avoid infestations and diseases. Paying attention to your garden can pay big dividends when it comes to combating pests and diseases.

9.      Keep a garden journal, record your observations and thoughts. This will help when planning next year’s garden.

10.   Enjoy experiment and have fun. We learn by doing so do not be afraid to do.

If you are a beginner do not read too many gardening books, stay focused on what you want to grow and how much time you have to garden. Start small and expand, if you want, as your skills develop and your knowledge grows.

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Comments

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 11, 2011:

The best place to start is in the garden with some soil and a seed pack or three. :-) Thanks for the comment.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on March 11, 2011:

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LOVED the title. My husband has begun to take an interest in gardening , now that he´s retired. He didn´t really know where to start but I think his best bet is to read all your hubs.!!!! Great information, every time and yes, idiot´-proof.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 09, 2011:

We learn season by season, garden by garden, happy growing and thanks for stopping by.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on March 09, 2011:

Hi Bob - I'm not a gardening moron but I have much to learn about gardening in a wooded area. The very few areas that get sun seem to attract tomato worms, slugs and critters. Ah! Every year I have a little more success. Thanks for the great Hub.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 09, 2011:

The time spent is well rewarded, thanks for dropping by.

rpalulis from NY on March 09, 2011:

I love keeping it simple, great tips Bob on organic gardening, it really is simple and very rewarding and enjoyable.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 09, 2011:

Its minus 23 outside here and at least 4 feet of snow, more in places cover the garden.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 09, 2011:

I am always glad to read you hub especially now when I can't much in the garden.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 06, 2011:

Happy Growing

Carla on March 06, 2011:

Thank you for the help, I appreciate it.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 06, 2011:

You may find this https://hubpages.com/living/How-to-Choose-the-Best... helpful.

Carla on March 06, 2011:

They are south facing windows, but I live in Portland OR and it is overcast and cloudy most of the time. The light is just daylight, no real sunshine coming into the windows. Plus, there are large trees outside the windows, so it's hard to say. Because of the position of the trees, the only real direct sunshine would be in the afternoon.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 06, 2011:

How much natural light per day does the area get?

Carla on March 06, 2011:

Thanks for the reply. I would like to grow tomatoes, green onions, salad greens and carrots, for now. Just not sure how to go about getting started. I considered getting a very small childs wading pool to set the plant containers in. It would have to be at the end of my dining room table, as that is the only place with room and near windows and a socket for the lamp. My table is pushed up under the windows in an alcove type area.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 06, 2011:

You can grow a small garden under grow lights indoors, what would you like to grow?

Carla on March 05, 2011:

This title too, caught my eye. I'm wondering if I can grow a very small garden indoors with a grow light. I live in an apartment.

Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on March 04, 2011:

I am glad it helped, I hesitated before selecting this title.

SheZoe on March 04, 2011:

your title certainly caught my attention. "ooo-i am a moron when it comes to gardening! i better read this!" :o) very informative. thank you

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