If you’re the boss lady in your family who likes to keep things crunchy, you know that excellent gardens start with the right organic garden supplies.
You also know that the process of finding everything you need to start your organic garden can get a little overwhelming if you’re unorganized.
Whether you’re starting an organic garden for the first time or it’s been a while since you’ve had one, we know you could use a little help remembering all the supplies you need.
Today, we’re doing a quick rundown on the basic organic gardening supplies you need to start your garden the right way.
The Right Tools
Before you can harvest your plants, you must do some basic planning and that means gathering the right organic garden supplies for the job. Ensure your shopping list includes all the items you need to fill your pots, turn your soil, and give your crops the nutrients they require.
Toss the following items into your shopping cart:
- Gardening shears
When purchasing rakes and hoes be sure to select the right ones for your height. If you purchase supplies that are too short you’ll find yourself hunching over all the time, which makes gardening no fun.
You should be comfortable and protected when you’re in your garden. If you’re not careful, you can end up sunburnt from all the time you spend outside. You also want to avoid having wet feet from the watering you’ll be doing.
Hats and waterproof boots are essential parts of your organic gardening routine. Get yourself a pair of muck boots to keep your socks from getting wet. A nice protective hat will:
- Provide shade for your eyes
- Catch sweat
- Keep you cool
- Protect your neck and shoulders from the sun
Plant Containers and Pots
Even if you’re planting an in-ground garden, it’s a good idea to keep some extra pots and containers on hand because some plants need a little extra TLC before they can be placed into the ground.
Are you incorporating herbs into your organic garden? It’s best to start them in pots so you can put them out when the Iowa weather gets nice and bring them inside when the weather becomes cool again.
Eco-Friendly Plant Markers
Keep things eco-friendly and organic by labeling your plants with markers made from biological materials. Visit your local retailer to pick up a set of MCG BioMarkers® made of biomass (material derived from living, or recently living organisms) that are biodegradable in a compost environment.
These plant labels will help you reduce your carbon footprint and stay organized!
Finding the right organic fertilizer for your garden can be tricky. There are a lot of products on the market that claim to be “natural” and “organic” when they may not be.
One organic fertilizer you can trust is worm castings. Earthworm castings are rich with live biological organisms such as:
- Beneficial bacteria
- Plant growth regulators
- Trace elements
The revolutionary thing about worm castings is that they can make NPK more available to plants without burning them. Plus, they’re odorless, pet-safe, and will improve your plant growth like you wouldn’t believe!