How To Grow Vegetables
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!
Just click on the images for vegetable gardening tips on these yummy veggies:
How To Grow Organic Vegetables In Containers
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:
Tips To Minimize Pests And Diseases
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.