Grow Your Own Tasty and Healthful Organic Vegetables

Many people know about the benefits of eating organic fruit and vegetables. However, not many people regularly eat organic food. The biggest disincentive is usually the price. Organic veggies are invariably a lot more expensive at the local supermarket.

The good news is that anybody with even a modest vegetable garden can grow healthy organic vegetables for a much lower cost than they could buy them off the shelf.

This is great if you have the lots of room in your yard, but many people feel that an organic garden takes more space, time, or skill than they have. This isn’t necessarily true. Growing an organic garden isn’t as hard as most people believe.

Organic gardening is simply growing plants without the use of conventional chemicals to discourage pests or fertilize the crops. Instead, natural methods and materials are used in an attempt to improve soil health and strengthen the local ecosystem, producing better, healthier food.

Is there a reason that organic gardening is superior to ordinary gardening? Since organic gardening keeps soil nutrient-rich, the quality of organically grown vegetables is nutritionally superior to anything you will find in a supermarket. Unlike much of the produce you find in the store, organic produce is not grown in soil with artificial fertilizer. This soil is rich with natural nutrients, and the taste of the vegetables it yields is wonderful.

Additionally, organic gardening can create a great sense of safety and relief in knowing your food is free of potentially unhealthy chemical toxins. Along with that comes the satisfaction of digging your own dirt and producing your own food. Not to mention the physical benefits of fresh air and exercise.

Mulching is one of the primary tips for a successful organic garden. The addition of old organic matter on a regular basis helps to keep the soil healthy and well functioning. Mulching helps the soil retain moisture, suppresses weeds, reduces temperature fluctuations, and can prevent soil crusting. Many organic gardeners notice that upon improving the health of the soil, plant disease problems readily decline.

Of course, the main reason for growing organically is to avoid the use of chemicals and commercially produced fertilizers and pesticides. This helps to maintain healthy soil across numerous growing seasons. More importantly, you can be sure that the food your family is eating is free of pesticides and herbicides.

All organic gardeners shun man-made chemicals, but many allow naturally made sprays and concoctions in their gardens. Mechanical devices, such as traps, can also be used for pest control. Another method is to allow the pests’ natural predators to enter the garden, thus allowing nature to take its course.

If organic produce prices stay high and people remain concerned about the food they eat, you might even be able to make a little extra money from your garden. Neighborhood and community gardening projects are also getting a lot more popular.

If you’re interested in home grown, organic vegetables that taste great and are good for your family, now’s the time to get started.

Sarah Duke is publisher of The Vegetable Patch at http://www.vegetablegardensite.com, where you’ll find lots of information for starting a vegetable garden.

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