Growing vegetables organically can be a lot of work, but can be a truly rewarding experience. Given how expensive organic produce is at your local grocery store, growing your own organic vegetables may be the best way to afford your veggies. An organic vegetable garden will bring many hours of joy even though it requires a little more know-how and a lot more planning, so let’s get to it.
Learn to use what is available, for instance:
Small animals and insects
Different animals and critters can be a support to your attempt at growing vegetables organically. For instance if your soil is acidic, earthworms will gradually bring the soil to neutral pH, making your vegetables grow beautifully.
Other animals will be happy to oblige you by eating common garden pests. For example, toads, frogs, and turtles make meals of insect pests for which you’d otherwise have to use pesticides.
And, believe it or not, snakes can really come in handy. The common garter snake, green snake, brown snake, and eastern ribbon snake will all eat pests such as insects, snails, and slugs so that you can avoid spraying for them. Plus, none of these snakes are poisonous or dangerous in any way.
You may have to wait a little longer for results from animals and creepy crawlies, but you’ll have a garden free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
Soil for Growing Vegetables Organically
If your soil is less than ideal – for example, rocky or sandy – try adding organic soil amendments at the beginning of each season. And practice the tried and true method of rotating crops. Beans and peanuts are especially good at fortifying weak soil so that you can be growing more needy vegetables in the future.
Growing vegetables organically may not be easy, but when you taste your organic vegetables and know that they are healthy and safe, you’ll be happy that you chose this type of home gardening.