You’ve finally made the decision to take your organic lifestyle to the next level by growing your own fruits and vegetables.
Now, deciding that you’re going to start growing your own food seems overwhelming, but the good news is that it’s easier than you may think. Questions may be ruminating through your mind like –
In what season do you plant?
What kind of plants can I crop?
Where are you going to keep your garden?
Where can I buy GMO-free, organic seeds?
Do I have the patience and sanity for this?
(To answer the last question first… YES. Believe you can grow, and you’re already halfway there.)
Which Season Will Be Your Favorite?
Each state’s agricultural department has an informational guide (most can be found online), which helps you choose the best time to plant, according with the area you live in. Crops separate themselves into two different growing season: the cooler and the warmer seasons. The cool season consists of spring and fall, leaving the warm months of summer as the second time of year to grow. Carefully planning out your new organic gardening venture will eventually pay off in the long-run because it will eliminate stress and lots of dead plants. Deciding what to grow and understanding the nature of growth in vegetables and plants are one in the same.
Spring & Fall Season
- Brussels Sprouts
- Chine Cabbage
- Collard Greens
- Endive- Kale
- Kohlrabi- Leeks
- Southern Peas
- Summer Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
How much space do you have? No matter the size of your home, people who live in houses and apartments, both have the luxury of gardening organically.
For homeowners, choosing which part of your yard to section off will take some time, but it’s something that needs to be carefully considered. Organic gardening is a long-term relationship, and with no prenuptial agreement, you’re left having to take care for it as long as you both shall live.
Apartments tend to be smaller in size, however, with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can easily grow your own food, too! Depending on drive, creating a grow house or window pots out of old furniture is scattered everywhere on the internet. Think about the design you want, visualize yourself after all the hours have already been put in. It’s worth the little bit of work, not just because you decided to go green, but productive and healthy hobbies which don’t add to the pollution leaves your mark in a world that desperately needs to know the importance of knowing how to grow your own food.
To fully embrace the organic lifestyle, laying the right kind of foundation is key. The foundation in gardening organically is in the seed; the root of where the magic happens. GMOs are harsh and dangerous man-made seeds; and no, there is no typo there. Seeds are now artificially created by companies, like Monsanto, in order to produce not more food, but more profit. Not only are there a number of studies, documentaries, books and media covering the many health risks involving GMOs, the government seems to pretend to sleep, instead of protecting the rights of its citizens.
Hopefully, I haven’t scared you off just yet! Thanks to the Non-GMO Project, finding verified organic seeds is accessible from their website. Also, don’t forget about pesticides. Organic products that will help maintain your crops harvest are in hardware and home improvement stores nationwide; and there’s always the handyman himself – the internet – to help you shop for your exact needs.
Deciding what to grow is your halfway point in this organic journey. Like all things in life, especially things you want to happen, simply take time. Keeping this thought in mind will not only help you achieve your dream, it will make the adventure fun. Organic gardening is a lifetime decision that you will never come to regret.