You already know that organic foods can be a bit more expensive than their non-organic counterparts, making it difficult on the budget minded family to stay on track. But if you don’t mind a little time out in the garden, you can easily grow your own for a fraction of the cost by following these steps:
Start by Finding a Sunny Spot in Your Yard
Healthy fruits and veggies need plenty of sunshine to grow, and you are going to need to find a flat spot in your yard to accommodate that. Watch how the sun moves across your lawn from dusk until dawn, and then choose a lot where the sun shines the longest.
Secure Your Garden Area
Once you have your spot picked out, you are going to want to make sure that it is protected from your family pet. Dogs love to dig, and will have no remorse after digging up your beautiful organic tomato plants. Dig a trench around its perimeter that is no more then a foot deep, and then install one of the best dog fences you can find (quality matters here). Non-wired perimeter fences work just as well at keeping dogs out as they do with keeping dogs in.
Prepare the Soil
Now that your garden area is good to go, you can begin turning the soil to create a healthy base for the plants to grow in. If you mix it with organic compost, grass clippings and leaves, you will be offering your plants a variety of nutrients. Some gardeners will even use an organic manure, but that will depend on your own personal preference.
Choose Your Plants
If you intend to start your garden from seedlings, you will want to make sure that they began their life organically. It is just as easy to begin with seeds though, taking care to choose those that are known to thrive in your climate. The USDA has an updated hardiness zone list which can help you in choosing the right plants to grow based on where you live.
The Best Vegetables to Choose From
The following organic plants typically give vegetables well past the growing season and are relatively easy to grow and maintain:
- Indeterminate tomatoes. These will continue to produce until the first frost.
- Old fashioned pole beans. So long as you continually pick ripe beans, new ones will appear until the first frost.
- Zucchini is like the bunny rabbits of a vegetable garden. Once they start growing there is no stopping them.
- Swiss Chard. If you are able to pick off the outer leaves and keep the plants water, your vegetable will continue to grow and remain tender.
- Sugar snap peas. An organic garden staple thanks to their ease in growing and delicious taste.
With the right amount of work and a bit of patience, you can bless your dinner table with a bounty of organic vegetables that did not cost you double then normal. Get started on your garden this Spring, and you are going to be reaping the rewards by mid summer.Read More