When it comes to organic produce you really don’t need to look much further than your own garden.
As consumers we spend a fortune on buying a range of organic products. From the food we eat to the products we put on our skin. The organic process raises the price so you are paying even more for the right to avoid nasty chemicals or genetically modified foods. Well, you don’t have to. We have some tips for producing your own products straight out of your garden.
Farmers have to take on a lot of challenges to be able to call their produce organic, this is why we see such a difference in price. However at home, it is much easier for you to achieve this. You need to start with a good patch of earth. Dig deep into the ground and remove around a foot of soil. This just helps to ensure you are getting rid of any natural pollutants that may have contaminated the ground. If you want to go really crazy and are sticking to a rigid clean eating style of diet then you can get a test for your soil to see what toxins are lurking.
Purchase some organic matter, horse manure is a good start or your own compost, and mix this with an organic compost from your local garden centre. Level off your patch and that’s it. You can begin planting.
Deciding what to plant can be hard but think about all the produce you are currently buying. Leafy greens are easy to grow and so are new potatoes. Plan out your garden and get sewing. It is useful to invest in an automatic water system as this way you can ensure the seedlings are getting all the moisture they need. The Smart Future has a great selection to choose from.
If you are looking to create some beauty products of your own then plant some aromatic herbs such as lavender and rosemary, these can be infused into an oil and used as a calming moisturiser or bath oil. They can also be used with lemon and vinegar as brilliant natural cleaners for your own home.
Growing your own produce is hugely rewarding and if you have a lovely sunny plot you can enjoy some amazing fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes love sunlight and are really rewarding as they tend to produce a lot of fruit quickly and throughout the whole season. Kale is a brilliant leafy green, fresh from the ground it retains its vibrant colour for longer and will give you an incredible boost of iron.
Don’t worry about the size of your garden. You will be amazed what you can grow from even the smallest plot and if you discover you have a talent for nurturing vegetables then you could consider finding your own allotment. All you really need to be successful is a little time and patience and the desire to really know where your food has come from. It’s that simple!