During the last decades there has been a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques.
All this is clearly affecting mankind’s health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (bird’s flu being the most recent one).
The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health.
If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden.
Today I’m presenting you with seven reasons for doing this:
1. You will have no additives in your vegetables.
Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
2. There will be no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used.
These chemical products are applied to obtain crops all the time regardless plagues or weather conditions, and affect the quality of the vegetables.
Besides, pesticides are usually poisonous to humans.
3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GM).
Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to grow more and larger ones.
One of the consequences of this practice are vegetables which look all the same and are usually tasteless.
Besides, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health.
4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be much more healthy for you.
They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket.
Your health will not be at risk because you will then know that nothing has been added to your vegetables.
5. Your own organic vegetables will be much more tasty.
The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics make vegetables grow unnaturally and take the taste away from them.
With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavour will show fully.
6. Organic farming is friendly to the environment.
Because you won’t use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with the chemical components.
7. Organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability.
When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet.
Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to create a friendly and better place for us all.
In the end, eating organic products only means that we do not add anything else to them than they would naturally have.
As you can guess, additives, fertilizers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food.
To better care for your health, grown your own organic vegetables -and a few pots is all you need.
Organic Vegetable Gardening For Beginners
I’m going to lay out my 7 most important organic gardening tips for starting a vegetable garden.
To me, full sun means at least 8 hours a day.
I’m happy to have some areas that are just part sun (4 to 8 hours) where I can tuck in some lettuce, greens and certain herbs.
But most of the main vegetables and fruits I want to plant need plenty of light and heat in order to photosynthesize.
This is one of the more common vegetable gardening tips you’ll find, but a crucial one.
100 square feet per person in your household is plenty to start.
Even 50 square feet is okay. Many gardeners start out too big and then end up quitting, so an important tip about organic vegetable gardening for beginners is to start small.
You can grow a lot of food in 100 square feet if you plant densely. Rather than planting 10 tomato plants, plant 1 or 2 indeterminate plants and treat them well, staking them up.
You can get dozens of tomatoes from 1 plant if it’s happy.
Much of the Smiling Gardener Academy goes into making great soil. But the basics of making good soil are incorporating a couple of inches of quality compost into the top few inches.
Maintaining a 2-4 inch layer of straw or leaf mulch (not bark, wood or stones), and providing adequate water.
You may eventually want to get into starting your own plants indoors, but it’s a bit finicky. For beginner vegetable gardening, I recommend buying most of your plants.
You can get them for £0.25 to £3.00 per plant. Personally. I like to live a simple lifestyle without much stuff, so anymore, I don’t much bother stocking all of the things I need to start my own plants.
When I have a property that allows me to set up a big food-producing garden. I’ll get back into it, but for now, I buy many plants and do a lot of direct seeding into the soil in spring, too.
It takes years to build up good soil, so in the meantime while we’re starting a vegetable garden, liquid fertilizers are extremely beneficial.
My 2 favorites are sea minerals and fish fertilizer.
They provide a broad spectrum of nutrients instead of just the N-P-K of most conventional fertilizers. They are used throughout the growing season, often once a month.
I take one of the above fertilizers and mix them with a microbial inoculant such as compost tea or effective microorganisms, and a sugar source such as molasses. Microbes are just as important in our soil as organic matter and nutrients.
I actually think about them before I think about fertilizing. The sugar source is important to feed the microbes. Microbes aren’t talked about as much, so this is one of the more unique tips about organic vegetable gardening for beginners.
Yes, it’s boring, but I always have to mention it.
Water newly seeded areas daily and newly planted areas probably every 2-3 days. By late spring, water less often – 1-3 times a week – but more deeply to encourage roots to go down.