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How to Grow Vegetables Simply and Naturally

Updated on April 1, 2011


Container organic garden, Bob Ewing photo
Container organic garden, Bob Ewing photo

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When you taste a cucumber or tomato picked fresh off the vine, you instantly understand one of the benefits of eating food that is truly fresh, taste.

Growing your own vegetables, which ensures they are fresh and tasty, is a straightforward process.

You do not need a lot of equipment, pair of gardening gloves, rake, shovel, watering system and a place to put the garden.

What you do need is a place with at least six hours of sunshine each day, a source of water, soil & compost, seeds or seedlings, and a few basic tools.

How big will the garden be? The answer is related to how much time you have to garden.

To be an organic garden all that is necessary is for the gardener not to use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Buy heritage seeds when you can, these seeds will bred true to the parent which is most helpful when you are saving seeds.

Once you know how big the garden will be, decide what you will grow. It is important to select vegetables that will mature during the gardening season where you live, so find out your gardening zone; or at least determine when the last frost and first frosts generally take place.

Talk with people you know who grow vegetables and ask them what works for them. Most importantly grow what you will eat.

Okay, you have the site selected, the tools you need and know what you are going to grow, so build yourself a garden bed.

A rectangle is a basic garden shape. Do not make the bed any wider than four feet across so that you can reach into the garden from any position without stepping on the soil. This way you do not compact the soil and make it harder to work. Soil health is paramount to a thriving garden.

You can either grow your vegetables in containers or you can create a vegetable garden bed. The choice is up to you and depends upon a number of factors, space and time being two.

Whichever way you go be sure to add compost to the mix. If you do not have your own composter, then buy organic compost. This you can work into the new garden bed. I do suggest you start you own compost pile, though.

For container gardening, you may need to buy soil as the soil in your backyard is too heavy for the plants when grown in containers. A talk with the manager of your local garden centre can yield the product you need, an organic potting soil. Be sure to explain what you are doping and take advantage of their knowledge.

Watering is important; if you can use a drip irrigation system as this will direct the water to the plants’ roots which is where you want it to grow. Ideally, water in the early morning before the day gets too hot, if not after supper will do.

You can grow your own food, if you want to.


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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, both of you and thanks for dropping by, happy gardening.

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    gracenotes 8 years ago from North Texas

    This is what I aspire to. I'm starting a fall garden. Baby steps! Thanks for the hub.

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    Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Nice reading this article. We have a small garden. Nice tips.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thank you for dropping by.

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    jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

    You are right, there is no substitute for freshly picked vegetables. They always taste so sweet.

    I also love watching things grow. My only problem is I think I sometimes disturb my plants as I keep on checking everyday if they already have flowers or fruits. Ha ha.

    Thank you for this excellent hub!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    Yangtze 8 years ago

    You are indeed an experienced garderner.Thanks for sharing the useful advice.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Over the years I have taken several different approaches to indoor growing, just recently moved, twice in past year, I am rethinking my approach and what i want to do, besides a few houseplants.

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    Tripawds 8 years ago

    Bob, what do you do about growing in the wintertime?

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Do you toss squash seeds, after cleaning for eating into compost?

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    Username Amanda 8 years ago from Florida

    I enjoyed your artical. I have a question for you if you don't mind: My compost pile keeps growing squash out of it each year! It is tall and 3x3 with plenty of manure, maybe you have an idea why it does not compost? Thanks.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    It depends upon where you live, garlic is good to plant in fall.

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    Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Are there any vegetables that benefit from being planted in the fall? You have me all fired up- and being sick with the flu it would have been nice to reach into my garden and pull up some instant vitamins!