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Healthy, Delicious Organic Vegetables: Grow Your Own!

May 25, 2008
The benefits of consuming organic products, such as fruits and vegetables, are widely known. However, very few people eat organic food on a regular basis. The high cost of organic food discourages many people from purchasing it. When buying organic vegetables from your local supermarket, you can expect to spend considerably more.

The refreshing news is that anyone with a modest vegetable plot can cultivate fresh organic vegetables. And they can achieve this at a much lower cost than buying them in a grocery store!

Nevertheless, some people avoid growing their own vegetables because they are running short on space, time and the know-how to tend a successful veggie patch. However, organic gardening isn't as difficult as many people think.

Are you wondering what an organic garden is? Most gardeners describe organic gardening as simply avoiding the use of anything chemical or artificial as fertilizer and insect control. They instead use natural materials and methods to maintain the health of the soil and the food, as well as their own.

Is there a reason that organic gardening is superior to ordinary gardening? Since organic gardening keeps soil nutrient-rich, the quality of organically grown vegetables is nutritionally superior to anything you will find in a supermarket. Unlike much of the produce you find in the store, organic produce is not grown in soil with artificial fertilizer. This soil is rich with natural nutrients, and the taste of the vegetables it yields is wonderful.

An organic garden can also help you feel safer, since you control what goes into your food. You'll feel the satisfaction of having produced your own organic vegetables and fruit, get the physical benefits that come from fresh air and exercise, and help to make the environment a lot better.

One important method used in organic gardening is mulching. This involves regularly incorporating old organic matter into the soil, which helps it retain more moisture, suppresses weeds, and reduces the fluctuation of temperature. Soil that has been mulched is also less likely to form a hard crust. Many gardeners have also discovered that they have fewer problems with plant disease when they mulch.

The primary reason for growing things organically is to reduce your exposure to chemically produced fertilizers and pesticides. Keep these things out of your garden, and your soil will remain healthy for numerous growing seasons. The most important thing is that you can rest assured that the food your family eats is not laced with chemicals.

That doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about insects or diseases that infect your plants. You can use natural sprays and other substances to discourage pests. Larger creatures can be controlled with traps, and many insects can be dealt with by encouraging their predators.

If organic produce prices stay high and people remain concerned about the food they eat, you might even be able to make a little extra money from your garden. Neighborhood and community gardening projects are also getting a lot more popular.

At the very least, home grown, organic vegetables definitely taste better.
About the Author
Sarah Duke is publisher of The Vegetable Patch at http://www.vegetablegardensite.com, where you'll find lots of information for starting a vegetable garden.
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