The continuing rise in popularity of gardening and in particular growing organic vegetables has lead to lots of people seeking information on how to get started. Folks are realising that purchasing vegetables from the local store, whilst convenient, has the downside that these vegetables have been grown using chemical fertilisers and spayed with pesticides. What happens is that the chemicals from these intense growing methods stay inside the food which means you and I are eating food containing harmful toxins in it.
For this reason and other factors including the increasing cost of food, people want to grow their own and eat fresh home grown produce that looks and tastes great. Growing organic vegetables has become the answer, free from chemicals and filled with flavor.
Here are 4 basic steps to getting started:
1: The Soil
Before starting out you have to invest some time in making your soil healthy to grow your vegetables. This is a slow process but it will eventually benefit you and your vegetables in the long term. There are lots of methods you should use like chemical free fertilisers, natural composts and perhaps introducing earthworms.
Fast composts are wonderful to use when you first start out as they are quick to get your soil into shape and whilst this is going on it is possible to begin building your own home grown organic compost for future use. It is rather easy to do and takes a little effort on your part, but again will be well worth it. Most fast composts are available from the local gardening store; just make 100% sure there are no added chemicals.
Just be sure that any organic fertilisers and composts are mixed in with your soil at least three to four weeks prior to planting.
3: Tilling the Soil
Once your soil is prepared for use and your getting eager to plant your first crop then you are ready to till the soil. Sounds a little old fashioned, doesn’t it?
What is tilling anyway?
Well basically it is like ploughing, you should dig and turn the soil to get the conditions for good organic growth. It is going to aerate the soil, and loosen it to allow for the growth of micro organisms which are so good for your organic garden. It also helps keep your fertiliser active and spread well throughout the soil.
Once tilling is complete you are ready to sow your seeds.
4: Weeds and Pests.
Control of weeds and pests will also be helped by tilling the soil. There are actually organic pesticides and herbicides available on the market. But I feel the most effective approach to control would be to learn to grow part of the crop that pests actually will not like and therefore will keep away from your main crops. There are numerous plants and herbs which will do this for you.
One key element is going to be making sure you water your vegetable garden on a regular basis. Plan to do this not less than once a week and give it a good amount of water. Obviously if it is raining a lot this can be reduced but you will need to pay attention to just how much rain your garden has received.
This can be where a water butt will come in handy especially in hot summers where you could be subject to a water restriction. Plus collecting rain naturally should always be used over using mains water on your garden.
There will always be things to learn when you set out on your journey growing organic vegetables, but after you have the basics the remainder is fun and pleasure for the whole family. Children can learn a lot from growing simple garden vegetables organically, and the additional benefit is that they get to consume something fresh, wholesome and that they have grown for themselves.