One of the main reasons many people take up organic gardening is so that they can try their hand at growing organic vegetable plants and grow something tasty to impress the neighbours, keep them healthy and save them money. There’s nothing wrong with this outlook either and if you grow organic vegetable plants you will indeed benefit from all those things – and many more.
Most people who grow organic vegetable plants find that it’s an incredibly rewarding experience as they get an actual tactile reward for all the hard work they put in. All the organic fertilizer and water you gave your plants is now benefiting you and you can enjoy a great feeling of pride when you bite into a particularly juicy carrot or inform your friends that all of the vegetables on their plate were grown by you. It will also encourage you and your family to eat more vegetables – precisely because of the pride and interest in trying your own produce. This will mean you enjoy a healthier diet and that you know precisely what’s gone into making them (I.e. no nasty pesticides or synthetic fertilizer).
Those who grow organic vegetable plants are also doing a good job for the environment by avoiding waste and by not using non-renewable sources for their plant food. Even more importantly they aren’t damaging their local ecosystem by killing large amounts of insects and animals with unnatural pesticides – in fact they’re helping it by attracting wildlife to their garden. Soon this may be more important than ever as farmers are being encouraged to produce as much food as humanly possible to deal with upcoming problems caused by global warming. Consumers are being encouraged not to waste food and to buy only what they need to prepare for a future global food shortage. If you grow organic vegetable plants then you’ll be doing your bit towards this problem and saving yourself money in the process.
Further more it’s possible to grow organic vegetable plants of almost any kind, with the popular choices including: asparagus, beans, beets, cabbages, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, collard, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuces, okra, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash, swiss chard and watermelon.
So are they easy to grow? Well fortunately vegetables are largely no different to grow than ‘ordinary’ plants. Like other plants they can be grown either from a seed or from a pre-potted plant. Once you have these it’s simply a matter of finding an area to grow them in and preparing the soil their with compost and fertilizer. As a general rule organic vegetable plants prefer soil with a slight acidity around a PH value of 6.5 or 7. Check the PH value of your soil then increase it or decrease it as necessary (but make sure to research the specific vegetables you intend to grow). To increase the acidity of your soil you can add vinegar or peat.
Once you’ve done this you can dig a hole for your plant or seed and line the inside with your compost. Make sure not to bury seeds to deeply and to surround plants fully with compost up to the start of the routes. One other thing to consider when growing organic vegetable plants is the time of the year as different vegetables will grow better during different months and will yield their produce at specific times. When you’re planting then make sure to again research the specific vegetable and plant it at the time most conducive for healthy growth.