The book “Garden the Organic Way” is now available in softcover and would make a perfect holiday gift or reading material during the offseason gardening months. The book serves as a comprehensive guide to organic gardening, covering all stages from being an absolute beginner to harvesting delicious fruits and vegetables. It also emphasizes soil restoration and sustainable practices. It can help plan upcoming gardens, increase crop production, and enhance overall garden productivity. It’s available on Etsy via the link provided on the website.
Crop Rotation & Planting
Planning and ordering seeds in winter involves deciding on the crop variety, checking which ones performed well in past seasons, and choosing a reliable supplier, preferably offering organic seeds. Potentially damaging factors like dealing with disease-prone varieties it’s best to use F1 varieties and staying away from today’s controversial genetically modified (GMO). Some companies sell seeds with fungicides that destroy soil microorganisms, shifting you away from organic growing. The advice emphasizes awareness of seed viability and endorsements against using harmful GMO seeds.
In the summer, some vegetables like lima beans, bush beans, okra, and corn can be direct seed once soil temperatures reach 60°F. For certain vegetables like cantaloupes, cucumbers, and peppers, consider using store-bought seedlings or soaking seeds to speed up germination. Choosing short-season watermelon varieties and using row covers can expedite the growing process. For more information on organic growing practices, visit “Garden the Organic Way” at Etsy or Amazon.