4 Steps to Planning an Organic Garden

I was inspired to write about my Organic Garden through a series of posts after having the opportunity to work with The Home Depot.  I’ve received products and advice on how to make the best of my Organic Garden this year.

Planning an Organic Garden

From the very first Spring that Rob and I moved into our house {four years ago!}, we’ve had a garden.  He grew up with his parents always gardening and I grew up wishing I had a garden.  My Mom would set out tomato plants, but that was pretty much the extent of her gardening, other than beautiful flower beds.

So, when Rob and I decided to put out our first garden, we had no idea where to even start.  We thought that gardens always consisted of tilling up land or planting in flower beds.  A little research online proved a new trend – container gardening.  I’m going to brag a minute… My husband is quite the handyman so when I started dreaming up garden containers he brought me back down to Earth and made a box.


The truth is – your garden doesn’t have to be elaborate, unless you want it to be.  Your garden doesn’t have to be overflowing with a ton of different types of vegetables, unless you want it to be.  Your garden can be anything you choose – practical, beautiful… or a little bit of both!

4 Steps to Planning an Organic Garden

The first step in planning your organic garden is… thinking about your garden.

Why Do I Organic Garden?

1.  Why Do I Garden?

Are you gardening to raise food? 
Are you planning to consume all of the food as it becomes fresh or do you plan on canning and freezing vegetables as well? 
Do you plan on your time with your garden to a meditation and quiet reflection time? 
Are you planning a garden to get your kids involved?

Whatever your answer to this question is, will depend on what type of garden you should create and where it should be located.

We garden to raise food for ourselves for the Summer and to get the girls involved.  Sophia is so excited about the garden right now and goes outside to check on it with me everyday.

2.  Plan Your Location and Planting Strategy.

Do you plan to have an in-ground garden or a container garden?

One thing to keep in mind, container gardens are the easiest to set up, especially if you don’t happen to find yourself living on a farm or lots of open land, but your garden will need more water and more tending. 

When you’re thinking about a location, make sure that you’ll be able to reach it easily to water, in case it doesn’t rain for a few days and other environmental factors.


Our garden boxes are located in the corner of our yard, close to the fence.  This way they’re out of the way of backyard play, but still within reach of the garden hose AND not too far that we don’t walk to see them often.

3.  What Will You Grow?

If you’re gardening to grow food, you’ll most likely want to grow an organic garden.  You’re already ahead of the game because you’ll be the one growing your vegetables.  You’ll know exactly what is {and what isn’t} being put on those precious vegetables as they grow.  You’ll need to decide if you’re going to plant your garden straight from seed or purchase plants that already have a bit of growth.The Home Depot

We always grow tomatoes, because we love fresh tomatoes during the Summer, Zucchini, and Peppers.  This year we’re going to try adding herbs into our garden!

It’s important to consult professionals to know what types of plants grow best in your zones, when it’s safe to plant them, and what type of water and sunlight conditions the plants you want to garden thrive in.

The Home Depot Garden Club boasts the World’s Largest Garden Community.  You can find tons of information on the site from Regional Maps to Garden Club Projects and more.  That point leads us to the last step in planning your organic garden…

4.   Where Will You Purchase Your Seeds, Plants, and other Organic Gardening Supplies?

If you are truly wanting to make your garden organic, you’ll want to start with organic plants and/or seeds.

The Home Depot carries a line of organic gardening plants from Bonnie that make organic vegetable gardening easy to start and maintain.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my organic garden with you and how these 4 tips made my organic gardening adventure an easy one to undertake!


Until then, I would LOVE to hear about your garden!  What is your favorite vegetable to grow and would you consider your garden an organic garden?

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  1. Found you on GMN - AWESOME container garden! Do you find your growing season begins earlier than others in your region in containers, due to warmer soil in them?
    1. Thanks, Amanda!  Hmmm - I had actually not thought of that!  The thing we most have to watch out for here is frost.  We have warmer days in east TN in the Spring, but sometimes still have frost. I would think that the warmer soil does help for sure, though!

  2. I haven't tried a food garden yet.  My flower attempts have been quasi-successful. I want to do this with the kids though.  Would love to see a post about gardening with the littles!
  3. I am so jealous of your garden! I would love to just have tomato plants, but I just can't seem to get up the nerve to try. I kill everything that I plant around the house. :( I definitely did not get the farmer gene from my parents/grandmother. Maybe I can start one container at a time & build up to your beautiful garden! :)
  4. I've done both plants and seeds and I prefer different ones based on the plant. But I love that they are carrying organic plants now. I just bought my yearly 4 pumpkin plants! I love growing season!
  5. I loved raised bed gardening and enjoyed reading your post.  We use non-GMO plants as well as organic seeds for our garden. It's our fave thing to do in the summer before and after we swim!  
  6. I'm so jealous of your big backyard!  I would love to start a garden at my house.  Maybe I need to take a trip to Home Depot!  Thanks for linking up to my Springtime Pinterest Party. :)
  7. Lindsey, I am so jealous of your yard! I can't wait to live in a space like that. Luckily, we live on the end of our townhouse row and we have a tiny little yard for the kids to play on. But - since it's not OURS we aren't allowed to plant anything. Boo. We've experiemented the last few years growing herbs and tomatoes out on our decks in containers. They do fairly well, but I can't wait to have an actual garden like yours!
  8. I so wish we had a Home Depot closer! The nearest one is about an hour away and my husband likes them way better than Lowe's. We are definitely doing an organic garden. I'm getting ready to look up natural ways to control weeds. (Besides digging around on hands and knees! ;) ) We are trying herbs as well! 
  9. I made my visit to our local Home Depot a few weeks ago. Stockied up on veggie plants and a few flowers as well. I love raided beds. Great for the ole knees!
  10. I like hwo you started with plants and not seeds. I tend to keep things alive ebtter that way so I should check it out. :)
    1. We've done seeds in the past, but sometimes you just gotta take a few shortcuts, right?  ;)  I have found that starting with plants seems to make everything a little more hardy in our garden.

  11. I love that they now carry organic veggies at the Home Depot!  That is awesome.  I have seeen seeds but will have to look for plants on my next trip!

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