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If you haven’t grown much in the way of plants before, an organic garden may seem a difficult feat. Yet, more and more people are looking to harness nature’s power and provide their own food, so it’s a challenge many are increasingly facing. Fortunately, it’s easier than it seems.

The real difference with an organic garden is that you’re not relying on pesticides or chemical additives. As such, you can still apply many of the traditional gardening methods with a few greener alternatives where applicable. These include:

• Finding natural pesticides to protect your crops

• Creating fantastic organic compost

• Defeating weeds and protecting plants without spraying chemicals

• Taking advantage of nature’s perfect replenishment: rainwater

Your primary objective, other than to grow food, is to move away from pesticides and agents. This will also reduce the biggest costs of gardening, leaving you to enjoy a near-free hobby that offers plenty of rewards for your efforts.

Start with the Right Seeds

Before you plant anything, make sure you have the right seeds. Local centers and experts can help find the right plants for your climate, but always ask about any seeds before you buy them. Have they been treated with pesticides? If so, don’t buy them. Your garden will be off to bad start if your plants have already been treated with chemicals before you’ve even had a chance to plant them. On a similar note, you should always stick with seeds and never use saplings (unless they are your own). The latter will have started to adapt to the soil used already and moving them to your garden will likely have a negative impact.

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