Tips to start your own organic garden

Would you like to eat fresh, healthy food that comes from your own garden? Here are some tips to start your own organic garden.

Sustainable agriculture is the key to a healthier and more sustainable future. With an organic garden, we can grow our own food using sustainable farming techniques and avoiding the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides. 

Here are some tips to create an organic garden and enjoy natural food without negatively impacting the environment. Are you ready to get started?

Basic steps to start your own organic garden

Here are some tips so you can take the first steps in starting your own organic garden:

  1. Choose a space: You can have a garden in a small area of one or two square meters in your house, or use pots, fruit boxes or bottles if you live in an apartment.
  2. Less is more: Your garden does not have to be huge or have a great variety of species. It is advisable to start small and grow step by step, with one or two varieties that you can gradually get to know. 
  3. Aromatic herbs are a good start: Before growing vegetables, you can start with plants such as mint, rosemary, coriander, oregano and basil, which usually take little care. You can even try planting a seedling and letting it grow.
  4. Use recycled materials: Take an ecofriendly approach and use recycled materials in your garden, such as planting seeds in egg cartons, or using a plastic bottle for watering.
  5. Mind the time of year: Not all plants can be harvested in the same season. Find out which species are ideal for growing at the time you get down to work. 
  6. Grow common vegetables: Good candidates for starting a garden include short-cycle vegetables such as celery, carrot or lettuce.
  7. Give it love: The care of an organic garden takes time, care and attention. The work of months could be lost if for a few days you fail to tend to your produce. 
  8. Be patient: Remember the value of being patient and spending a few hours a week to tend to the garden. Getting the family involved is a good idea, especially the children so we teach them about the importance of this activity and of environmental care.  
  9. Look for natural light: Find a place in your home that gets direct natural light most of the day. If there is no suitable place, try adapting your selection of the species you will grow to the hours of sunshine available.

Product of the organic garden of HPV

Some reasons to grow your garden at home

As mentioned, it is not only about eating well but also about caring for the environment and promoting a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. There are plenty of reasons to create an organic garden: 

  1. Healthier foods.
  2. Soil improvement.
  3. Reduction of the carbon footprint.
  4. Saving money.
  5. Increased personal satisfaction.
  6. Environmental awareness.

Another important benefit of having your own organic garden is that it fosters biodiversity. By using natural methods, the presence of insects and birds that help control pests naturally is encouraged, thus reducing the need to use insecticides and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to our health.

What makes an organic garden different from a normal garden?

There is one option worth considering if you care about the environment: that the garden is organic. You will be making a positive decision for you, for the environment and for the future. Here are some important things to know:

  • No chemicals: Organic gardens are kept free of toxic chemicals, and instead use sustainable farming techniques and natural methods to control pests.
  • Environmental focus: Organic gardens focus on being sustainable and minimizing their impact on the environment, rather than producing food in large quantities.
  • Certification is key: To ensure that the organic garden meets organic production standards, it should undergo certification by a certification body.

Organic garden of Hotel Puerto Valle

There is a heightened focus on health and sustainability that is gaining traction around the world, and organic agriculture plays a key role in this trend. People are leaving aside harmful chemicals and opting for more natural and healthy foods.

The Organic Garden at Puerto Valle is a special place that combines nature with gastronomy, where our guests can see how herbs, fruits and vegetables grow organically and are then used in some of the dishes of our regional menu.

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