Organic Food and Beverages
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Organic Vegetable Gardening
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To Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables
Organic vegetable gardening is a healthy way to grow organic vegetables and fruit. It can also be environmentally friendly and cost effective: you can make your own organic garden fertilizer (or buy it,and other organic garden products, at your local organic garden supplier. Gardening vegetables organically means committing to using all-organic products, such as garden fertilizer, soil, seeds and compost.
This guide to building your own organic garden can be followed step-by-step by following the links at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, please feel free to jump straight to specific topics by using the links below.
Have you ever seriously thought about the food you eat? And about the impact that food has on your health, your family's health and the health of our planet?
In recent years it seems that there are more and more people reporting cancers, stomach problems, allergies, and other serious health issues. And these health issues are becoming more challenging to deal with as our immune systems become more compromised and our health is further weakened.
Our world is becoming a more crowded place and with a quickly growing population comes the industrialization of many countries, along with the industrialization and commercialization of foods and farming. The impact of that commercialization appears to be negative on people, wildlife, vegetation and the planet.
It is in this environment of pollution, pesticides, intensive farming, that we need to look at, and seriously commit to, organic foods and organic food production.
Organic Vegetable Gardening
One way to commit to a healthier lifestyle is by growing your own organic vegetables. (Another way of course is to buy organic foods but this discussion will focus on growing your own organic fruits and vegetables.) You can grow organically in your garden, on your patio or deck, or in containers (in fact, container vegetable gardening is growing ever-more popular with urban growers).
That classic saying - we are what we eat - takes on real meaning for us all in this environment. Media stories relating to conventional food and the chemicals in them from toxic pesticides and fertilizers, should ring loud alarm bells in all of us.
Start by considering the advantages of organic food. Learn exactly how our conventional, intensively farmed food is produced. It is a wake-up call for most people; when I started to look into it, my family immediately 'went organic'. And gardening organically has become a family affair!
The taste of your first fully organic meal will be incredible. It reminded me of discovering new tastes (the nice ones) when I was a child. It was like having new taste buds. What made eating organic food even more enjoyable was the fact that I wasn't poisoning myself and I was even contributing to improving the health of the environment.
I recommend you try it. It will be one of the most rewarding steps you ever take.
Benefits of Organic Vegetable Gardening
Today, organically produced food is fairly easy to find. But it can be more pricey than conventionally produced food because growing organic food means using organic garden fertilizers, organic pesticides and organic soil that may cost more (if not in dollars, than in time to grow, and yield of harvest). To offset those costs you can do your own organic vegetable gardening; and you can get your organic garden products from your local organic garden supply store.
Try to find good organic seed sources either online or at a good local organic supplier. Seeds such as organic heirloom seeds (for tomatoes, squashes, beans, and more) produce healthy, tasty and absolutely beautiful heritage-type of plants.
You can grow fruits and vegetables organically in small areas, even in pots or planters. For example, you can use organic strawberry pots (made of unpainted or unstained ceramic ware) to grow small, ripe, red strawberries.
Organic gardening and farming ensure that crops are grown free from artificial means e.g., synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Natural, organic methods are used instead. This not only produces healthier and more nutritious foods but also helps the whole environment around the growing area e.g. soil, rivers, animal and plant life.
This guide shows you how to grow your own organic garden and produce vegetables that will enhance your life and that of your environment, as well as saving you money.
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The first thing you need to do to develop your organic vegetable garden is to get to know your soil. Identifying the type of soil you will be working with tells you what crops can be grown best in it.
Some people decide on raised bed organic gardening for their growing. You can buy or build a raised bed. In this way you can start off with really healthy soil, and will not have the task of weeding and turning over existing land that may not come up to the quality you need for a productive garden.
You need to also look at organic soil, fertilizers and additives. In order to ensure that your soil is composed of the right balance of nutrients - especially the main ones; Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, you need to choose the right type of organic fertilizer for your soil.
Without the right balance your plants will not grow, or will not grow to their full potential. Fertilizer and soil additives, including two of the more environmentally popular ones - compost fertilizer and worms (miracle helpers) - are important to your organic vegetable garden.
One of the main principles of organic gardening and farming is sustainability. In other words the ability to use land continuously for growing while improving it, rather than rendering land infertile and moving on to plant somewhere else.
Crop rotation is a fundamental way of maintaining sustainability, and it is also effective against disease and pest control.
A great method of crop rotation is square foot gardening - use it in deciding which vegetables to plant and when to plant them.
Don't forget that you need bees to pollinate your flowering plants and crops. Build an environment that supports bee pollination and healthy bees.
Ensure that you have water sources, areas such as brush and trees for bee hives, and that you don't use pesticides in your garden (of course not, you're growing organically aren't you?). You need to understand the importance of bees and why missing bees are an international food supply issue.
Right then, ready to do some organic vegetable gardening? Roll your sleeves up and get started by looking for the right types of soil to use in your garden.
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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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