In our modern city lives, people are subject to different types of pollution. Additionally to the air and water contamination that we face every day, the foods that we consume is also subject to harmful effects from excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Even when we buy fresh vegetables from the local market, there is a chance that the food has been grown using chemical fertilizers.
For people who are health conscious, they can avoid the harmful effects of consuming chemically grown food by adopting the use of organic foods. The market has many options of organic food items available which can help to decrease the amount of pesticides we intake. But one look at the grocery bills will reveal that buying organic can be very expensive. Hence, a good way to continue having organic produce is to start your own organic kitchen garden.
Organic gardening does not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The food produced is 100% pure, made of home-grown materials, completely fresh and also easy on the pockets. Organic kitchen gardening can be done in tiny apartments, especially with the concept of terrace gardening becoming popular. It does not need any large patch of land.
As with any garden plot, growing food in your homes also needs some preparation and planning. If home owners are lucky enough to have a balcony, they must ensure it gets adequate sunlight. If not, they must choose some other window space as their gardening spot.
Accordingly, the types of plants to be grown will be decided. Like tomato needs full sun to grow, but lettuce and many herbs only need two or three hours of direct sun a day. Root vegetables, which require more space and dirt, are less likely to grow well in terrace gardens, but baby carrots and small radishes can do well growing in small pots or containers.
In organic kitchen gardening, plants have to be grown in containers including plastic, ceramic or clay pots. Plastic is known to hold moisture better than clay or ceramic pots. It is important to pick slightly larger containers which give space to the roots to spread out better.
A vital part of maintaining a good and healthy garden area is to pick out the correct tools needed. A garden rake, a weeding trowel, pruners, shears, scissors – these are some of the most basic tools needed.
Gardening rake is used to level the soil. Trowels are essential for weeding, planting saplings and small digging jobs. Pruners and scissors are needed for all the cutting jobs. Shears are used for trimming longer branches. A lightweight, multi-use knife must also be kept at all times for weeding, digging and more. These basic gardening tools will make your organic garden area more aesthetic and well-managed.
Organic kitchen gardens are a good step towards building a community that is environmentally conscious. In high rise building, more and more residents must be encouraged to take up this practice. If each home owner decides to grow a certain vegetable, then a group of people together can grow almost all the essential produce within their community.