Organic gardening not only ensures you will have a beautiful garden that provides you with a bountiful harvest but that the foods you bring into your home or the homes of your family and friends will be safe and healthy.
Enjoying foods that are free of chemicals is important to many of us which is why we choose to garden for ourselves, not to mention the act of gardening is peaceful and relaxing.
The following 7 vegetables are perfect for planting in the Spring and are hearty enough to grow organically without too much trouble. Are you ready to dig into your garden?
There are several varieties of carrots that will give you a rainbow when harvesting, from the typical orange, to red, yellow and purple. Grow a rainbow of carrots. They are not only sweet, but they are packed with vitamins and minerals.
They should be grown in loose soil that is moist but not wet while you monitor for pests, including rabbits. Aster leafhoppers can infest your carrots but you may not want to try to get rid of them. Instead, grow your carrots elsewhere in fertilizer rich soil and move your legumes to this area where the Aster leafhoppers are. The legumes will thrive.
Kale is healthier for you than most other green, leafy veggies. As it is growing, you can pick off the outer leaves to eat or prepare in your favorite salads while it continues growing from the inside out, preparing new outer leaves.
You should start kale indoors before transplanting to your garden in partial sunlight and in soil that is well-drained. The cabbage worm destroys your harvest so monitor for them.
Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown nearly everywhere as they are easy to grow and hundreds of varieties. You should use a trellis to keep the weaker limbs from dropping your tomatoes into the ground where they can bring pests to your plants. Be sure to weed regularly to keep pests away as well.
Aphids are the most common tomato killers as are flea beetles, hornworms, and whiteflies. Using trellises will help keep pests away but there are many tomato diseases that aren’t caused by pests that you will want to monitor for.
The soil should be moist but not wet and fertilized mulch can be used to keep the soil moist as well. Be sure to weed regularly to keep most of the pests away.
Flea beetles can be a problem so use sticky traps and row covers. Fertilizing with Diatomaceous Earth, or DE, can help the plants as well as keep flea beetles at bay.
Beets are known as a superfood and are a perfect garden vegetable in spring as they are an easy ground vegetable to grow. They taste much better when they’ve had a few weeks of cool weather so be sure to plant them early and dig them up when the weather starts to get warmer, usually in late March or early April.
Watch for rabbits who like to much on the beet greens. The beet greens can also be eaten in salads. Like arugula, flea beetles are a problem, but rotating crops with things that don’t attract them can help.
This low-calorie vegetable is nutrient-rich, packed with vitamins and minerals but you want to watch for several kinds of pests: flea beetles, Beaveria bassian, Colorado potato beetles, tomato hornworms, among others. Watch for weeds to keep these pests away as much as possible and row covers can help as well.
There aren’t many perennial vegetables, but asparagus is one of them. It will come back year after year each spring. The first stalks each year are the sweetest and most tender you’ve tasted, and you’ll be stalking the stalks to taste them.
They will come up time and again for months and each year you will see more and more pop up. For this to happen you want to remove as many fronds as possible before the season is over.
Several types of small wasps as well as lady beetles, the asparagus beetle and the spotted asparagus beetle will try to ruin your crop so be on the lookout. Picking them by hand and rotating crops can help quite a bit.
Growing Organically This Spring?
Growing a garden organically can be a chore but it sure pays off when you harvest some tasty and chemical-free veggies that you are confident, and proud, in feeding your family.
While there are other vegetables you may want to plant, these 7 vegetables to plant in the spring when growing organically can get you started, can allow you to start rotating crops to help with pest control, and can allow you the peace of mind you get when putting your effort into a beautiful, chemical-free garden.