Do you have even a small space for an organic vegetable garden?
if all you have is a concrete yard or a balcony, you’d be surprised how
many vegetables and fruits can be grown in pots! I know, because my
garden is quite small, and yet last year I grew:
A few cabbages
Herbs: chives, thyme, rosemary, mint (unfortunately, I ruined my borage!).
All in pots (apart from some of the herbs)! No chemicals were used, other than plant food, and you’ll find there are plenty of organic plant feeds available.
If I had a bit more space, I would create my own plant feed with comfrey leaves and rain water in a water butt, but alas I have to prioritise very carefully. Still, I have plans to rearrange my garden this year, to better maximise the small space I have available.
Much food bought in supermarkets is made from fruit, vegetable and cereal
matter grown using intensive farming practices, which are ultimately
damaging to the environment.
In a report, ” Only sustainable farming will help meet growing food demand, says UN expert”, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Director of Plant Production and Protection Division said:
Intensive farming techniques have been detrimental to bees and other wildlife over the years, because:
- Of the amount of pesticides such as
and other systemic insecticides, being used on agricultural land.
- The number of herbicides used.
- The reduction in wildflower strips to maximise growing space (although hopefully things are changing with this one).
- The number of wildflower meadows and grasslands ploughed up to create ‘improved’ grassland that usually consists of just a handful of grasses of minimal value to biodiversity (some meadows may also have been sold off for building development).- The expansion of mono-crop fields – again of limited value to a broad range of wildlife.
- The destruction of hedgerows in order to create larger mono-crop fields.
- You have the opportunity to garden in a way that is not only
beneficial to you, but also to wildlife – after all, we need bees and
other insects to pollinate many of our fruit and vegetable crops.
Here is a list of fruit and vegetables
you could include – feed yourself, and feed the bees! Also, see these tips for creating a
- You can ensure you keep your space free from toxic chemicals.
- If you cannot afford to buy organic vegetables and fruit from the supermarket, then by growing your own organic vegetable garden, you will not only save money, you will withdraw support from intensive farming practices.
Harvest the leaves in year 1, and continue harvesting in year 2 until the plant produces flowers. The pale yellow, fragrant flowers are loved by all kinds of bees!
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