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Organic Gardening: Getting Started

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So you’ve decided that you want to start an organic garden… Now what? Well, the old saying “measure twice, cut once” is the way to go. Give it some thought, make a plan, and consider these tips before you really dig in:

Stake it out
You want to be able to physically see where your garden will be. Consider how much room you might need (depending on what you are planning on growing), how much light that area gets, and whether you have room to expand in the years to come, if you need to.

Build it
Decide whether you are going to dig a “garden-variety,” build a raised bed or plant in pots. If you are using a large area, be sure to include a walkway of some sort so that you can get to all areas when harvesting or weeding. Organic gardens come in all shapes and sizes – even if you only have a little space, with careful planning and planting, you can still get a great yield!

Planting
Here comes the fun part! Once you have put your organic soil down, it’s time to plant… You can grow from seed or plants, but if you are using plants, be sure that they have been organically grown, or you may be introducing chemicals into your organic space. Once you’ve planted, give your garden a good watering and add mulch or compost, which will increase moisture absorption and decrease weed growth. Label your rows, too, so you don’t have to guess what’s sprouting! (A quick, hard-learned hint: use weather-proof materials for labeling or it will be a guessing game at harvest time!)

A few last tips for getting started:
- Choose to plant what your family likes to eat
- Make friends with your neighbours so you can trade at harvest time
- Stagger your planting to have a harvest throughout the season

Organic gardening is important to us too! Our 4-acre organic garden is a testament to our farm-to-table philosophy, providing 80% of all menu ingredients (offering house-made pickles and preserves in the winter). Enjoy an amazing culinary experience at cabin, Babbo or 85 today! www.hockley.com

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3 Reasons Why Fall Planting Might Be Even Better!

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Was your summer so busy that you put off planting? Not to worry, procrastination can pay off! According to canadiangardening.com, fall is a hearty time of year to plant your perennials. You might want to give fall planting a grow this year, and here’s why:

1. Perennials (including many shrubs and trees) often do better planted in the fall because they don’t have the temperature contrast of cool soil and warm/hot weather, making their rooting process more successful.

2. If a spring-planted perennial does not root well initially, it is more susceptible to winter damage, meaning that you may lose some of come the following spring. (This issue is almost always avoided with fall planting.)

3. Summer droughts often hinder spring-planted growth, a problem generally avoided with fall planting because rain levels are generally high and evaporation levels tend to be low.

If you thought you missed planting season because you skimped in the spring, now’s the time to plant your perennials! Some great choices for fall planting include: Maple, Horse Chestnut, Lady’s Mantle, Pinks, Daylily, Hosta, Daisy, Lily, Crabapple, Peony, Spruce, Pine, Hens and Chicks.

As long as you get them in the ground about 6 weeks before the frost stays, you should be able to watch your garden grow beautifully come spring.

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Organic Gardening: A Series

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What is organic gardening?

Well, essentially, it means gardening without the use of synthetic soil or pesticides, in a natural, balanced environment. A key component in this process is the soil itself. Healthy soil is super important, so adding compost and raw materials (i.e. grass clippings) is crucial. Adding composted, organic manure (preferably from animals that haven’t been fed meat) is also a great way to make your soil as healthy as possible.

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