17th April 2018

Growing Organically at Home

Through social media and the news, every day we are being made more aware of the benefits of organic foods both to the environment and to our own health. By buying organically grown fruit and vegetables, we can decrease the substances our families consume and know that we are helping to protect the environment from any harmful chemicals spreading in streams or farm animals. However, the downside to organic buying is that is can become very expensive. Thankfully, it is actually possible to grow your own organic produce at home in your garden and greenhouse. With some easy steps, you can begin organically growing anything from salads, courgettes and chillies right through to melons and sweetcorn!

Step One
Before you get planting you need to make a judgement on how much space you have to work with. If you have limited garden room, you can use window boxes, pots or grow bags to produce small batches of organic vegetables. If you do have the benefit of a garden, and you are looking to start growing a consistent and larger amount of vegetables, it may be wise to invest in a greenhouse. A greenhouse provides both shelter and a maintained temperature for plants to thrive in, and if it is filled with greenhouse staging you will be able to organise and grow a variety of different plants with the peace of mind that they will grow successfully in their well-ventilated homes.

Step Two
Although organic growing means that you should not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, there are still natural tools to use to help your plants fend for themselves. You can buy organic soil bags, or if you have compost ready at home you can make your own by mixing it with manure, organic matter such as humus and leaf clippings. Once you have the plants homes ready you can enjoy the task of picking out what you want to grow! If you are wanting to start off slowly the best bet would be to grow plants such as tomatoes and salads as these are great for growing to get you used to all of the basics of looking after seedlings. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try out climbing plants like cucumbers and melons. Plants that will just keep giving are tomatoes, pole beans, courgette, Swiss chard and sugar snap peas. You can rely on these particular plants to grow readily and produce delicious rewards for your labours!

Step Three
We all live busy lives running around here there and everywhere, so the best way to ensure your plants continue to thrive is to make it part of your daily routine to go out and water or check on the plants each day. For best results, you should aim to water the plants in the morning as this is when the water has the most chance of evaporating. If you water at night, the plants can stay damp which will make them more likely to be damaged by fungal or bacterial disease. To gain even more eco-friendly points, try collecting rainwater to feed

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