Growing Great Vegetables Organically

Grow Organic

Sun, soil and seed, are three of the essentials for a healthy garden. How much sunlight your garden receives depends upon your location and the existence or not of any obstacles that will restrict the sun that is available to your garden.

If you are planning to grow herbs or vegetables you will want a sunny location. Vegetables, especially the heat lovers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, for example, love the sun and they like it warm, hot even. They also get quite thirsty.

The first step is to buy seeds that will grow into the plants you want so I recommend you purchase heritage seeds.

If you starting you first garden or simply adding another bed to an existing garden, there are a few things that you can do that will not only reduce the work that you do but will help create the conditions that will enable the plants you select to flourish.

First we will look at what organic means; I define organic gardening as gardening without synthetic additives so everything that I use must be natural.

Do not let size deter you, you can grow great vegetable organically even if all the space you have is a container or two on a deck or patio. The principal tool you need to grow your own food organically is the will to do so; this can help you find the way.

The first step, as in all forms of gardening, is to assess you existing space. How much room do you have? How much sun and shade does that space get?

Another very important question is how much time you have to spend in your garden. This is crucial because you do not want to create a garden that you cannot look after; gardening does take time.

Container gardening is a great way to start your first garden. However, as your skills grow so can your ability to grow herbs, fruit, flowers, vegetables and shrubs in an almost endless variety of pots and containers. As long as the container is deep enough so that the plant’s roots can develop and has drainage so excess water can drain through, the plant will thrive.

Adding mulch to your garden beds is an effective way to conserve water, reduce weeding and enhance your garden’s fertility.

In addition to mulching the garden bed, you will want to add organic material to it because this will feed the soil and the soil feeds the roots which in turn will feed you.

Last crop of the 2009 season

Frost warning had to harvest. Bob Ewing photo
Frost warning had to harvest. Bob Ewing photo

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romper20 6 years ago from California

Very nice hub :)


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Happy Gardening


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a wonderful walk down the garden path.


Susan 6 years ago

Another informative post. I do have a question, though, and hope you can help. I live in Northern Michigan, and garden in very sandy, infertile soil. I've added and added compost, etc (which seems to just "disappear", and have tried mulching my vegetables to conserve moisture, but now I'm having trouble with slugs (?) or something.....so many plants just cut off at the base and left lying on top. Any thoughts?

I just love your hubs, and enjoy them thoroughly! If anyone can help, I know it will be you!

Thanks in advance!!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank HH, Susan, sandy soil can swallow organic material as you have discovered, you may want to consider raised beds, or other forms of container gardening. How large is your garden?


Susan 6 years ago

Hi again, Bob.

I am using raised beds now for my vegetables, and that is working out well for me......but wanted to use mulch to help retain the moisture better. We don't get much rain here--perhaps a half inch per week. I have (don't laugh!) 24 raised beds, each 4x8 feet. I love gardening....but grew up on clay soils. This sand is a new thing for me!

:)


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Slugs can be one side effect of mulch; take a look at this

http://www.eartheasy.com/grow_nat_slug_cntrl.htm


Susan 6 years ago

Wow----great info. Thank you sooooo much!!!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome.


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FavorsInTheCity 6 years ago

Good tips Bob. However, I do believe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers are fruits.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Yes because they have seeds, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are fruits ; however, they are grown, sold and used as vegetables so I will refer to them as such.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Very good hub for organic gardening.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for commenting.


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great hub. I have my potatoes and corn in. I will start on the rest next week. We have had a lot of rain and frost. Good tips. thanks Bob


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, hot here today 30C, thanks for commenting.

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