How to Grow Organic Vegetables

It is no secret that vegetables in the groceries are not as healthy as they supposed to be. Most of them are grown by conventional methods which means the use of tonnes of artificial fertilizers, all sorts of chemical pesticides and other dubious substances. By ingesting a conventionally grown vegetable you ingest all those chemicals the plant was treated with as well. Their amounts are supposed to be within safe ranges but this is not exactly comforting. Fortunately, most groceries also offer organic vegetables but with the overflow of products that are advertised as organic, bio, natural, etc. finding truly organic vegetables can be very frustrating. For that reason more and more people prefer to grow organic vegetables on their own.

Organic Garden

There are many ways to grow organic vegetables on your own but all base on avoidance of all non-organic products including artificial fertilizers, treated seeds and chemical pesticides. Methods vary greatly from the type of gardening you choose, for example growing vegetables in garden beds or pots. Just about all organic gardening systems also focus on providing the plants optimal conditions for growth in order to promote plant health and make them less susceptible to pests and diseases. This is achieved by choosing the proper location of the garden which must receive plenty of sunlight and offer some protection against the winds, planting vegetables in nutrient rich soil, and proper plant care. The latter depends on the types of vegetables you grow but usually involves more or less frequent watering, fertilizing with organic matter such as compost and mulch, weeding and pest prevention.

Organic Garden

In contrary to the conventional gardening methods that foresee the use of chemical pesticides for both pest prevention and control, organic gardening emphasizes importance of pest prevention by choosing plants that grow well in your region and climate, providing optimal growth conditions to plants, rotating, attracting beneficial insects in the garden and companion planting. Pest control is important in organic gardening as well but it foresees the use of organic and environmentally friendly pesticides only. These are often made of other plants, for example stinging nettle spray that is very effective against aphids and can be used as fertilizer at the same time. Due to increased popularity of organic gardening, organic pesticides are available in most plant stores as well as online where are also found instructions how to make organic pesticides on your own.

Growing organic vegetables is very easy but it does require some time and patience if you have never grown vegetables before in order to learn how to care for different vegetables and which ones grow best in your region. If you already have experience with growing vegetables, you probably know the basics of proper plant care and soil conditioning but you will need to change your approach to gardening radically if you have used conventional methods. It is crucial to resist the temptation of using chemical pesticides even if it means you will produce little or no vegetables at all (which is by the way very unlikely) because organic methods do work.