Organic Food and Beverages
Buy Organics: Where and How?
Grow Organic Vegetables
Organic Container Gardening is Just One Method
Develop Organic Growing Systems For Your Garden
Grow organic vegetables in your garden. Use organic container gardening tips for a small space. Or use organic growing systems to plant the most productive organic vegetable seeds for your space.
In the 1930s, the concept of growing organic food started taking root in global awareness. At that time, farms relied heavily on synthetic fertilizers.
While these fertilizers were inexpensive and effective, they werent necessarily healthy for the environment or people. By the 1940s chemical pesticides were also very popular, and just like the fertilizers, scientists and physicians would slowly become aware of their dangers.
In recent years organic gardening and farming have begun to represent a rapidly growing industry. This comes in response to consumer demand for healthy, safe, and ecologically friendly food.
Growing organic food takes more time and effort than growing food thats treated and, as a result, sometimes the price of these items is higher.
However, for consumers who want to know whats in the food they eat (and more importantly what is NOT in that food), organics are the way to go.
Grow Organic Vegetables: The Organic Home 'Farm'
Since the prices at the market for commercial organics are out of some people's financial reach, organic container gardening and urban farming have begun to grow in popularity. Urban farming uses spaces - where buildings have been torn down or abandoned - for raising organic chickens or creating a community produce garden.
The laws from region to region vary on where these efforts can be located, so if youre interested in starting your own organic garden definitely check local zoning ordinances first.
Use organic vegetable seed to start your garden in the early spring. Don't put the seeds in your garden or containers outside until the evening frost is gone (in many regions north of the equator that means April or May). Using seeds are a cost-effective way to start your organic garden.
Grow Organic Vegetables: Organic Container Gardening
Home gardens dont suffer from the zoning limitations of urban farming. And even people living in limited spaces can enjoy organic container gardening fairly easily. You can grow herbs and grow organic vegetables in relatively small spaces using organic potting soil as the starter bed. Some folks are very diligent - theyll compost or make their own organic fertilizer - but when youre challenged for time and space, buying the organic potting soil makes sense.
For organic container gardening, your first consideration is the space constraints in the area where you plan to put the pots so they receive enough sunlight. Secondly, what do you want to grow? Make sure its something you want to use regularly in meals, or an item you can preserve for future use.
Youll want to choose containers suitable to the items youre growing too. For example, herbs dont need terribly deep pots, but carrots will need deeper growing space. That means if you plan to grow both, youll probably want two different containers.
Grow Organic Vegetables & Fruits
Larger gardens give you a lot more versatility, but theyre going to require more work than your container garden. Specifically with a larger area you will require organic weed, pest and disease control. Your organic soil will also need some type of natural fertilizer.
One of the easiest ways to deter weeds in your garden is by using landscaping fabric. This fabric is biodegradable and can be cut and laid so it covers the spaces between your plants. On top of that sprinkle cedar shavings, which will hold the fabric in place while also keeping some insects away.
Pest control is a little more difficult. The recipes for organic pest treatments are water based. That means youll have to re-apply them after heavy rainfalls. Nonetheless, theyre cheap and easy to make, most often consisting of garlic, tomato leaf, and/or fennel steeped in the water.
As with pest control, feeding your soil can be tricky especially if you dont know what kind of soil you have. If you take a sample to most garden stores they can check the composition and tell you what you need most for a healthy organic garden. Also, consider taking the time to learn about companion planting and crop rotation. Both companion planting and crop rotation are good for your soil.
Organic vegetable gardening is particularly well suited to raised bed organic gardening. Building raised garden deds for organic vegetables, and fruits, helps to minimize the pest control, usually improves drainage, and allows effective use of composting and natural weeding.
Grow Organic Vegetables: Use Organic Growing Systems
One of the most important home gardening tips that you can use to develop a good producing fruit and vegetable garden is to use organic growing systems. Record what works and what doesn't work in your garden. Plan your crop planting for mold and pest-resistant varieties. At the end of each season, make sure that you update your organic growing systems notes so that you used your lessons learned in the next season.
There is a misconception that to grow organic vegetables and fruits can only be done through older, less efficient farming methods. However, in an article from Hunter Richards on organic farmers and farming, he talks about the effectiveness of technology on organic food farming.
From using mechanical tools, such as a roller crimper which breaks down the cell walls of plant stems and accelerates the decomposition of alfalfa and hay fields during harvest to the use of hoop houses (covered, walled-off, raised bed gardens that protect crops, keeps them warmer, and less susceptible to the environment, weeds and pests); a technology based solution that is still organically and environmentally sound is possible, and efficient.
Growing organic food is a great way to get back in touch with nature. Its also ecologically friendly and healthier for you to eat. People with little space can grow a few things (even tomatoes) in containers, while larger spaces can be turned into full-fledged organic gardens. Having your own organic garden of any size saves money at the supermarket too.
And in addition to those benefits, fresh grown organic fruit and vegetables have a stronger flavor and better taste!
Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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