It’s hard to ignore organic food, and there’s seems to be an organic option for almost everything on the shelves. Whether it’s for ethical, health, or environmental reasons, organic food is fast becoming a popular option for many.
Organic isn’t only an option when it comes to food, either. You could consider buying organic for everything the body is exposed to externally, such as bouquets of flowers you have in your house. When flowers are grown organically, no toxic chemicals are used. This has many benefits, like sustaining farmland, increasing safety for farmers, and protecting the environment.
Why choose organic?
Organic fruit and veg are especially popular for people trying to eat more healthily. There are many benefits of going organic. You will avoid ingesting toxic chemicals from pesticides, and some people even say organic food tastes better.
Starting your own organic garden
Growing your own fruit, veg and herbs can be fun, satisfying and rewarding. It also allows you to have complete control over what you’re eating, as you’re the one to grow it. It can also save you lots of money, as organic foods can be very expensive. Whilst the climate in the UK isn’t always the best for growing exotic fruit and vegetables, using a mini-greenhouse, or even an indoor grow tents with lights, means you’re not held back by the weather.
Decide whether you want to grow your garden outdoors or indoors, and then make a list of what equipment you need. Start off small, then work your way up to more ambitious projects as you gain in confidence. If you don’t have a huge garden, you can use pots or even window boxes to grow herbs, cherry tomatoes and chillies.
To maximise your chances of success, start composting about two months before you want to plant. Make sure to use organic materials, like fallen leaves, manure or grass clippings.
Whether you start with seeds or crops is a personal preference. Research which foods are better to grow from seed, like dill, squash and cucumbers. If opting for crops, plant similar items together to reduce weeding and wasting water. Courgettes and tomatoes are great beginner-options. Keep plants healthy and looking their best by making sure they have enough light, nutrients and water. And do some research into organic ways to repel pests. Horticultural oils, garlic and even hot pepper sprays can all be used.
So get out there and start planting—there’s no better time than now!