How to Start an Organic Garden | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada gives some tips on starting an organic garden.
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Skill Level: Beginner

Shopping List:
Organic seeds or seedlings
Organic soil
Ceramic or cedar planters


1. Every material used in an organic garden needs to be certified organic.
2. Planters can be made out of cedar or ceramic.
3. The soil must be organic as well. If you’re not using a planter, you’ll need to dig out a hole and remove the soil in the ground to replace it with organic soil.
4. Seedlings and seed packets also need to have a certified organic label.
5. For any garden, Jenn recommends asking yourself why you want to start a garden to determine what types of plants should go in there.

In order to qualify as organic, every material used in the garden must be certified organic. Check the labels of plants, soils, and even potting material to be certain everything is actually organic.

Everything Jenn demonstrated in the segment, including the seeds, seedlings, plantersΒ and soil, can all be found at home centers and nurseries.

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