Unless you have a vast amount of land, you will never really be able to grow enough vegetables to be fully sustainable so instead of using pesticides and artificial fertilisers, why not try growing organic food. Chances are that you are only growing for fun but this is also much cheaper than buying organic food, for which there are many benefits.

Most people underestimate how easy it is to grow your own food free of any chemicals and pesticides using compost from recycled materials. Growing organically is safer for you, your family and the environment. You can produce your own compost very easily from over half your household waste. You can construct a compost bin from four wooden posts, some chicken wire and cardboard. Fill it with any wasted food, peelings and all sorts of paper.

Choose a patch of land that gets the sun almost all year round, avoid areas next to buildings or fences as heavy metals, paints and chemicals can taint the soil and hinder growth. Remove any debris such as rocks, get rid of any weeds by hand and move any wanted plants to somewhere else. Turn the soil so it is loose and allowed to absorb air and moisture.

Cover your area with organic material such as leaves, dried grass and fine plant material from a non-pesticide garden. Get hold of some good compost or dark crumbly soil from under forest trees and spread it thinly over your patch. This will provide your soil with all sorts of organisms and beneficial life forms that will work the soil for you if you give them the chance.

Mix the top three inches of soil and organic material to help them work. Keep the soil damp but not soggy, never walk on the soil, when you are working with the plants, use a kneeling board. Obtain some vegetables in small square pots, commonly available from garden centres. Place the bulb and its roots in a small hole, deeper than the size of the bulb itself. Cover with plenty of organic material and water.

You don’t really need to do much with your vegetables once they are planted other than occasionally making sure the water level is good, soil is rich and debris is clear. If you do plan on eating them, pick them shortly before as without the chemicals they will decompose fairly rapidly.

You will need to be wary of lawn weeds and lawn moss as these can damage your vegetables but otherwise don’t worry too much as the soil will look after itself.

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