Eating organic vegetables doesn’t have to be expensive! You’ve been trying to eat more organically grown vegetables, both to help the environment and to lessen the amount of pesticides you and your family consumes. But take one look at your grocery receipt and you know that buying organic can be cost a lot. Luckily, you have an option – grow an organic vegetable garden!

Start with the soil

Before you plant, make sure you are starting off on the right (or organic) foot. In any garden, organic or not, soil is perhaps the most important thing. Soil delivers necessary nutrients that plants need, usually in the form of microorganisms. Choosing a soil rich in organic matter is important because they contain the decayed microorganisms of previous plant life. Look for soil like manure, peat moss, or compost (you can create your own compost or purchase pre-made compost at your local garden center). Another option is soil premixed with these components. A favorite at Patuxent is Bumper Crop®.

fertilize your organic vegetable garden

Choose the right fertilizer

Fertilizing your plants will help them grow faster and yield a larger, more fruitful crop. Organic fertilizers include manure from plant loving animals like cows, or organic fertilizer purchased online or from your local garden center. 

Editor’s Note: Depending on what vegetables you are growing, you can find a specialized fertilizer like Espoma Tomato Tone®.

What You Can Combat Pests and Disease

If you are conscious about growing an organic vegetable garden, you may also be conscious about using pesticides. While there are organic pesticides you can use, there are also other practices you can implement that can aid in combating pests and disease. 

Organic Pesticides 

There are organic pesticides you can use if necessary. The ones we recommend are : 

Read the other blogs in our ‘Vegetable Gardening Series’ here and here.

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