Vegetable gardening is an enjoyable hobby that is not only relaxing, but the end result provides delicious food for your family to eat.
If you are like me and are concerned about the numerous chemicals used on commercially grown food, you may want to try growing your own vegetables the organic way.
Organic vegetable gardening makes use of materials that come from natural sources and thus allows gardeners to avoid the chemicals that are often used in traditional gardening supplies.
Many people feel that organically-grown food is not only healthier for our bodies but that it tastes better, too. So if you are ready to get started with organic vegetable gardening, here are a few tips that should help.
Fertilizing the Soil
So if traditional chemical fertilizers are out, what can we use to fertilize the soil? Manure or compost is just as effective as a fertilizer and can be cheaper as well. Both sources uses waste materials in order to provide the nutrients that your plants need to grow successfully.
Manure can be purchased from garden shops or even from local farmers if needed, whereas compost is easy enough to make from your family’s garbage. By utilizing these natural materials on the soil, you are providing a great foundation for your organic garden.
Controlling Garden Pests
One of the more difficult challenges you’ll face with an organic vegetable garden is dealing with pests. There are chemical solutions that are effective, but with organic gardening you’ll want to try to avoid using these.
Instead, the best way to deal with pests is to take some preventative measures in order to avoid having pests in the first place. Try to choose plants native to your area. This is an effective way to prevent pests, since these plants will have built up resistances to local pests.
Rotating crops also helps to prevent pests from affecting your vegetable garden. Try to avoid planting the same variety of vegetable in the same location twice in a row.
This often reduces or eliminates the number of pests that get to those plants.
When growing vegetables organically, another effective method to help keep pests away is to encourage natural enemies to grow.
Ladybugs and other helpful insects will naturally help to control the bugs in your garden, and some plants can be added to your vegetable garden as cover crops, acting as natural protectors against certain pests.
In general, these are plants with some sort of immunity to the pest or one which a particular pest has a dislike for.
Use Natural Chemicals to Control Pests
If it turns out that pests do invade your vegetable garden, there are natural chemicals that can be used. These include sprays made from hot peppers and water, which can combat the pests without using strong, commercial chemicals.
You can always handpick the pests off your plants to remove them, although this may take a bit of time to accomplish.
It’s important to note that organic vegetable gardening can sometimes take more time and work than gardening the usual way, but in the end you will be rewarded with healthy, chemical-free vegetables for your family.