Don’t know where to start to try to garden organically? Do not fret because you can find a plethora of kits that will help you achieve a large or small organic garden for your backyard. Find kits for raised beds, containers, soil, compost seed and more at your own local garden center or look online for some interesting kits and deals.
Organic Gardening Soil Kits For Testing.
Soil testing is very important to organic gardening. Every garden center is stocked with these kits where you place soil in a small test tube with liquid, see what color it turns and find out what the pH of the soil is. You can do that, or you can go a little further and find out exactly what is in the soil in the backyard.
Soil Savvy has an organic soil test kit where soil is collected in a plastic bag and sent away for analysis. In five days, you can check the internet and find out the pH of the soil, but you also find out information about nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, boron and more. The kit costs about $30, but is worth all the information you get.
Raised Organic Gardening Kits.
Many different companies build raised garden kits out of cedar or redwood. Frames come in many standard sizes including 4 feet wide, 4 feet long and 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. They can be made 11, 17 or 22 inches high. If that does not suit you, you can always get a custom made frame for your raised garden.
These kits come in pieces with all the fittings and screws and you just put them together. They can run anywhere between $150 to $400 and up. If you do not have access to cedar or redwood and don’t have a saw, it might be worth it to get a raised bed kit.
Several different companies make big plastic self watering containers for organic gardening. Earth Box is certified organic and has plastic planters that are food-safe and UV stabilized that hold 2.0 cubic feet of media and a 3 gallon reservoir that waters plants for several days. It comes with organic soil and fertilizer and is 29 inches long, 14 inches wide and 11 inches high. These planter boxes run anywhere from $50 to $100 and work well on a patio or balcony.
Organic Garden Starter Kits.
Starter kits contain many needs for starting an organic garden including organic seed and seed trays filled with growing medium. Grow and Make has a nice one that has a small solar greenhouse made of recyclable plastic and a compostable seed tray base. The seeds are all organic as is the peat pellets used to grow the seeds. They cost about $50 and are certified so you know they are what you want.
Some of us are guilty of treating our lawns with pesticides and when you want to go organic, you have to wait a year or two before putting in a garden. The chemicals must get out of the soil before you try to grow organically. You may not have a compost pile either and to garden organically, you need compost.
ARBICO has an organic garden soil kit that runs around $50, but will give you a head start on making organic soil for your garden in an untreated area. It comes with compost, worm castings, rice hulls and other good things to go into the soil along with a planner and a book with all the information you need.
Organic Tomato Kits.
Tomatoes are the number one thing gardeners want to grow. If room is at a minimum and you only have a tiny place to grow anything, an organic tomato kit might be just the thing. Gardeners Supply has a nice one with a container that comes in three different colors and is self-watering. The cage support for the tomatoes is with the kit along with soil mix and organic fertilizer. This kit is suitable for 1 or 2 good tomato plants and is 26 inches long, 21 inches wide and 30 inches high. It costs approximately $80 and can be used on a balcony year after year.
Seed organic gardening kits come in all kinds of combinations from vegetables to flowers. You want an organic seed kit with seeds that are certified. The Home Farmer has several different options all for about $8. You can get an heirloom tomato kit, organic herbs, salad fixings, sunflowers and all kinds of veggies in a kit.
Compost is probably the most important thing an organic garden needs. It takes some time to develop a compost pile and be able to use it when it breaks down. Compost kits come with recycled resin or plastic bins.
They may also come with a covered metal bucket that is easy to clean and keeps smells in until you empty it into the compost and some types come with compost fiber like coco fiber and non-chemical accelerants that break down everything quicker. A good compost kit will cost you anywhere from $100 for the simple types and much more for the ones that turn.
Many different companies cater to the organic backyard gardener. You can find many organic kits in your local garden center or you can find them online and have them shipped to your home. These kits give you a jump start on organic gardening when you are just starting out. They are great for the beginner and even an expert can get good use from them.