Organic Vegetable Gardening Tips for growing nutrient-dense and tasty veggies all year round. How to grow healthy vegetables with little effort and no digging.
Gardening and particularly vegetable gardening always has its challenges and no matter how long you are at it you will learn something new every day. As a gardener, you are constantly refining your techniques and skills from season to season learning what works and what doesn't. Here are some tips for beginner gardeners.
You get to know your garden soil, understand what it needs and how to improve it for optimum growth. You also learn to make the best out of your local climate, the microclimates in your garden and how to best use it to your advantage.
Observing nature and learning from its perfection is most important if you want to grow healthy organic vegetables with high nutrient density that are resilient to pests and diseases.
We grow most of the vegetables for our own table and also for selling to our customers at our garden centre. All year round, all organic and no-dig, of course! Two commercial size poly tunnels allow us to produce fresh veg all winter and heat-loving ones like tomatoes and cucumbers during the summer.
The Irish summers aren't always hot enough to grow these crops successfully outdoors.
We are constantly trying to improve and expand our system following permaculture design methods.
We included domestic animals into our system with great success. Ducks and chickens, for example, keep slugs and snails under control, provide great manure for our compost piles and supply us with delicious eggs and meat.
We also use the chickens to prepare new areas for growing vegetables. They scratch the ground until there are no weeds left, shred organic matter and work it into the ground...fertilizer included! No digging needed!
You can also grow lots of tasty and nutrient dense vegetables for yourself and your family. Try to follow these vegetable gardening tips and just get going! You will have successes and failures like all of us. Main thing is to make a start!
Growing vegetables in containers is a great option if you don't have much garden space or are living in a city with no garden. You can grow vegetables in pots in a backyard, balcony, rooftop garden, conservatory or patio. And they can look decorative too.
Check out these pages for more container vegetable gardening tips:
In our western world, we are trained to think that we have to treat a pest or disease with a remedy be it organic or chemical.
We should though learn to read and interpret these pests and diseases as an indicator that something is out of balance in our system. This way of thinking will completely change your approach as to how you will deal with the problem. You will have to ask yourself some questions:
Is your soil out of balance or not suitable for a particular crop?
Maybe you need to add
more organic matter to your soil or take a soil test to see what's
lacking. Check this page to learn some important facts about soil.
Or maybe you don't have enough beneficial insects or other creatures in your garden that will help to keep pests in check.
You might have to increase biodiversity and grow plants that will nourish and attract beneficial creatures or invest into some infrastructure for all the good creatures. This can be simple things like a log pile behind some bushes, an insect hotel, fruit trees and bushes, a stone wall or pile or a natural pond. All these will give home to insects, frogs, toads, hedgehogs, birds, lizards and more....
A good organic gardener tries to balance the system with as little interference as possible achieving maximum results without harming the environment.
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