What if there is no way for me to get organic produce where I live?
The answer is: create your own garden!
How do I do this? There are two options. One, you can order seeds from an online company, or two, you can go to a local nursery or market and buy vegetable and fruit starts. Many hardware stores also have a garden section, where you can get starts.
Now is too late in the season for some things, but there is still plenty of time for others. Following is a list of veggies and when to plant them. There are two kinds of plants, annuals, which have to be replanted every year, and perennials, which come back year after year in the same place. Also, if you live in a cold climate, most plants can be started in a pot on your windowsill till the weather warms up. Fruit bushes and trees should be planted sometime around April.
February: Put in pea plants.
March: Plant beets, spinach, chard, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, onion family (onions, garlic, leeks, green onions, shallots), potatoes, asparagus, and rhubarb.
April: Outside, plant strawberries, carrots, and herbs. Inside, sow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, eggplants, and pumpkins.
May: Put the indoor veggies in the ground late this month, plus beans, squash, and corn.
June and July: Start harvesting the beautiful produce you grew yourself!
For your fall harvest, plant carrots, peas, chard, broccoli, and spinach. Plant potatoes by July 4.
How do I plant and raise my garden?
Dig a small hole for each plant, making it about the same depth as the container the plant comes in, and a bit wider.
Gently remove each plant from its container, and carefully shake out the root ball.
Set each plant in its hole, and fill in the soil around it. Water the soil, and press it down gently around the plant.
Seed packets and start tags almost always have care instructions, so please follow these, as care varies from plant to plant. Please never use factory fertilizer as it defeats the purpose of organic farming, and depletes the soil’s nutrients.
Finishing up: Try adding some flowers to make your garden prettier and to attract bees.
I would love to hear how your garden grows!