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An organic vegetable garden is easily within the grasp of anyone who wants to eat healthy without having to spend a lot of money. It is widely accepted that vegetables are very beneficial for your health and thus should be a vital part of our everyday eating habits. Organically produced vegetables (grown naturally without the use of pesticides and with only natural fertilizer) are even healthier. However, buying organically grown vegetables can be costly.
Therefore the solution to this dilemma of course is for you to start an organic garden of your own. It is very easy to do and can be fun for both you and your family. Everybody knows that children love nothing better than digging around in the dirt, so let them plant some vegetables as well so they can enjoy watching their own plants grow.
Think of Your Health and the Environment
These days, people are more aware of their health and their environment. We all know that pesticides and fertilizers can do more harm than good and that is why organic vegetable gardening has become the favored option for gardeners all over the world. We know that by using chemicals, farmers can produce a larger supply of vegetables quicker than mother-nature ever intended. However we need to take a harder look at whether a faster turnaround for harvesting these chemically enhanced vegetables is worth the potential threat to our health from the chemicals used by these farmers.
For centuries farmers have relied on irrigation and Mother Nature to supply the sunlight required for growing organic vegetables. This is the way nature intended our plants to grow, and that very idea is making a huge resurgence. Since organic gardening is such a simple concept (requiring only the basic elements of soil, water and sunshine) people are coming to realize that they can easily attempt to grow their own vegetables at home in their very own organic garden.
If you think this kind of idea may be of interest to you, but you are unsure of which plants you can grow, let me give you a few ideas. You could start with potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions and cabbage; this list is by no means exhaustive. You are only limited by your own imagination and possibly the size of your garden. The only real restriction is that plants will only grow during certain seasons throughout the year.
You must make sure that your garden offers sufficient drainage to grow the vegetables. If not, one alternative may be to use raised beds to help them grow.
Research is the key here, but don’t sweat it. If you are unsure you can always ask at a local garden centre (where the vegetable seeds are sold in packets) and they will give you advice on how to go about creating your very own organic vegetable garden.
Protect Your Organic Vegetable Garden from Pests
Once you have made your purchase your next step is to go home and plant the seeds in your brand new organic vegetable garden. From this point on your job title is "The Protector." It is your job to ensure that nothing harms your little "babies" until it is time to harvest them.
Threats to your plants will come in many guises, such as animals, pests and weeds. The best deterrents against animals eating your plants are to put up fences around your organic vegetable garden and also to place animal hair and/or perfumed products such as baby powder and soap. Actively encourage birds and other helpful insects into your garden to eat the pests before they damage your vegetables. If you have a small pond you could also place toads into your garden as they will keep your garden pest free. The best way to avoid getting weeds is to sow varying types of plants closely in between each other in the garden. If any weeds make their way through, you should simply pull them up.
If you prefer, you can utilize mulching as a preventative measure. This is a mixture of garden compost, leaf moulds, manure and chipped bark.
Growing Organic Vegetables Indoors
Obviously there is another way avoid pests and that is for your organically grown vegetables to be planted indoors. Tomato plants are the perfect example as they can be grown in a purpose-made wooden, clay or plastic organic container. It is worth mentioning at this point that if you are using these containers, soil alone does not contain enough nutrients for growing organic vegetables. A mixture of vermiculite, perlite, and peat would be more beneficial for your organic vegetables.
If you are going to grow your plants indoors, you must not forget to give them sunlight and water everyday. You could place them outside for daily quota of sunshine if the weather is nice, and just bring them in by late afternoon/early evening before the temperature drops. If the weather is too cold to put them outside, you can just place them near a window facing west.
Benefits of Organic Vegetable Gardening
Finally it is worth mentioning that although buying them from a store may be slightly more expensive, you can save money by growing your own, and if you have enough space, you can possibly make money by selling your products at local markets. By selling your produce at markets you are enabling shoppers to purchase fruits and vegetables locally, cutting down on transportation costs and pollution. In conclusion, having your own organic vegetable garden can be beneficial to both your health, your pocket and the environment.