In the last decade, organic foods have become high in demand. With recent outbreaks of Listeria and Salmonella poisoning, as well as the side effects of harsh chemicals, more and more people are concerned about the safety of the food supply. This has led to many searching for an answer and organic farms are beginning to pop up more and more. Nearly anyone can grow organic products, even those who merely have balcony or rooftop access. Successful organic gardening takes practice, but also a few keys that many do not realize before jumping into the process.
The most important key to organic foods are that they are grown without the use of synthetics or chemicals. This requires that the soil any seeds are planted in has never been exposed to chemical fertilizers, insect products, or other chemical hazards. Soil is one thing, but adding compost material and even natural fertilizer that comes from animals, like cattle, will help nurture your seeds and create an optimal environment.
Organic vegetable seeds cost a bit more than bulk seeds, but in many ways that small difference can pay off big in the end. With soil, compost, natural fertilizers and water, the vegetables are fresh and retain their nutrients. Irrigating the soil properly will help create robust plants. The last requirement is, of course, the sun or a grow light.
Many organic gardeners start their seeds in small containers and then transplant them. Large pots or crocks that drain well can be used for patios or areas where size is a luxury. Transplanting seedlings into a plot of well-tilled soil that has been prepared in an organic manner becomes easier as well.
Natural bacteria can be used to prevent the attack of garden pests, such as potato bugs or grubs. To prevent soil insects from getting to your leaves, a simple trick of using aluminum foil at the base of the plant will keep them from ruining your crop. In the end, whether you eat your return or you sell it, your food budget will see a decline in need for store-bought products.
Vegetables aren’t the only thing that can be organically grown. Fruits and grain have allowed organic gardeners to create sauces, breads and juices. If you have a small garden, you may not be able to grow organic meats, but you can find markets that will trade your harvest in return for meat products. Organic gardening can be both rewarding and fulfilling no matter the product grown or the size of the garden itself. Success depends on the patience and proper steps taken by the gardener.
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