Organic vegetable gardening is a popular concept today but not a new one. The most responsible and best informed gardeners have always maintained a balanced relationship between soil, water, air and sunlight along with other creatures that find their way into a vegetable garden.
Without this balance, the health of each part of the garden and inevitably the health of the vegetables and the vegetable gardener, declines. Organic vegetable gardeners see no place in the food production process for chemical contamination through chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. This lack of manufactured chemicals is at the heart of organic vegetable gardening.
So, how to start a successful organic garden?
Consider establishing a small organic vegetable garden as you begin. If you only have a small area in your home, or even if you have greater space, start on a small scale so that you can really concentrate on your attention and developing skills on only a few plants.
Keep all aspects of your vegetable garden free of chemicals. Apart from ensuring a healthier crop of vegetables, this will go a long way towards avoiding an unhealthy environment in your small veggie patch and is a responsible way of contributing to a more hopeful future for Planet Earth. It will also reduce your gardening expenses!
Position your garden and the planting of your vegetables for maximum sunlight. This should be at least six hours each day for the most robust vegetable crop. Check this as you design and plan your garden as it has a tremendous impact on the outcome of your organic vegetable gardening and the quality of your vegetables every season.
Check that you have a ready supply of water untainted by chemicals and easily accessed across each growing season.
Investigate the quality of your soil and make sure that it is free from industrial fertilizers. Your soil should have a pH value of around 6.8 but this need varies depending on the vegetables you are planning to grow. Spend time and money on building up the quality of your soil as no chemical fertilizers are used to improve your soil and ‘assist’ vegetable growth.
Clear the land in your vegetable patch by hand and avoid the residual harm that chemicals used for this task in the past would leave.
Use natural insecticides to reduce the number of unwanted pests. These are found largely in insects like preying mantis, ladybugs and hornets. Your local nursery will be able to provide them for you or you can locate them online.
Yes, organic vegetable grdening is popular amongts the most responsible gardeners today. You can become one of them by follwing these simple, easy steps.