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How to Grow Great Vegetables, Organically

Updated on April 25, 2011

grow great vegetables organically

The freshest food is food you grow or produce yourself. The healthiest food is food that is grown organically. Combine the two and you have the best food for your table that you can get.

Food prices are rising. Growing your own food, even if this is only a small amount, gives you and your family, some control over your personal food supply. This control increases your family’s food security.

Anyone can grow vegetables organically. You may only have a space for a single container.

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.

A container garden may be only one pot with basil and cherry tomatoes or many pots growing beans, peas, beefsteak tomatoes, salad greens and much, much more. The size is not what matters. What matters is how you grow what you choose to grow.

The organic garden begins with seeds as do all gardens; however, to grow organically you need to buy organic seed. When you are seed shopping look for heritage seeds. Heirloom seed and heritage seed are used interchangeably. They both refer to an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown for many years but is not widely used in industrial agriculture.


Now that you have your seeds you are ready to plant. If you are growing in container, you will need to obtain organic potting soil. If you are buying soil, be sure to specify organic.

Do you compost? If not then now is a good time to start a compost bin. Organic gardens thrive on the addition of organic material to the soil bed. An important point to remember is that soil is the gardener’s greatest growing ally. If you want to grow great vegetables then grow great soil.

Put down a good layer of mulch when you first build your garden and renew as necessary Adding mulch to your garden beds is an effective way to conserve water, reduce weeding and enhance your garden’s fertility.

Add a layer of organic material, the leaves from your trees, for example to the garden bed and this then mimics what happens on the forest floor where leaves and needles drop to the ground, where they break down over time and then absorbed as food. This method is a cold composting style and will take a little longer.

Growing your own food is very doable, whether it is in container, in the soil, or in a community garden plot, you can grow your own vegetables organically.

from my 2009 garden

fresh from my garden
fresh from my garden

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    This sounds like a great garden design incorporating all the elements in one place, thanks for sharing.

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    bullrider's mom 7 years ago from oklahoma

    I had a friend that use to grow her garden in her flower bed. The way she did it she would put her okra in first. That would make her back ground. Then she would put her tomatoes in next. Then she would put her pepper plants in (usually she would make sure that the peppers had color to them. Last and in the very front she would put in a row of short marigolds. That was as pretty as any flower garden I ever saw, but very useful. At the steps of her porch she had wooden containers that held her pumpkins, baby watermelons and squash.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    That is a great way toouse space, happy growing and thanks for dropping by.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Cool topic, Bob~! I grow potatoes in a garbage can for lack of space but always love hearing about growing!!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Yes, you can do that, but watch the quantity. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for always being so helpful. Is it a good idea to add vegetable peelings to leaves heap.?

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    If you decide to get gardening, thee is considerable useful advice here at Hubpages, happy growing.

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    Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

    I never tried a vegetable garden. My grandma used to enjoy it so much. I thought there is a lot of TLC involved. Great hub, Bob! I should try it this summer.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, happy growing and thanks for dropping by.

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    mecheshier 7 years ago

    Very nice article. I love to garden as well, and definately organic. Thank you for the wonderful Hub.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Have a great growing year and thanks for dropping by.

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    amybradley77 7 years ago

    Great advise here, and I may be using it here soon. My last bunch of veggies didn't go over so well, really hope this year is better. A.B.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy growing and thanks for dropping by.

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    fucsia 7 years ago

    Very interesting topic. I have not a garden but i want make grow some vegetables in pots on the terrace. I want have the satisfaction of eating my creations!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    that would be very difficult to deal with, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    I fully agree with you and I had a allotment but almost everythign was stolen. It broke my heart when I had to give it up.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, happy growing.

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    rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

    I can not wait to start harvesting from my garden again, I just started some celery from seed and going through all my seeds to see what I need to re-order. Growing vegetables organically is the way to grow!

    Your absolutely right- the best food to eat is the food you grow, and when growing organically makes it even better. Thanks.

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