What are some good tips for growing organic vegetables?


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Some tips for growing organic vegetables include starting right, feeding naturally, practicing rotation, mulching and weeding. Plan good growing environments for the types of vegetables you want to grow, which means choosing a sunny location and ensuring good soil conditions. Additionally, success may depend on choosing disease-resistant plants, which you should find on seed packets, plant tags and in organic gardening catalogs. Good soil seldom needs fertilizers, but vegetables do grow faster if fed with organic matter.

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Organic fertilizers include aged manure from animals that eat plants, including rabbits, horses, sheep or chickens. Composting provides a good source of organic matter as well. If the soil is rich, it may be advisable not to fertilize.

Rotating crops is a defense against diseases that attack certain vegetables. Try to plant vegetables in the tomato family, including tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and eggplant, in new spots each year. The other family that needs rotation is the squash family, which includes squash, pumpkin, cucumber and watermelon. An inch or two of mulch helps reduce weeds and fungi. Mulch made from organic matter decomposes and adds to the fertility of the soil.

Remove weeds to prevent competition for nutrients and water as well as disease-spreading insects. Soaker water hoses save water and deliver water to the roots, helping prevent diseases induced by wet leaves. Also, space between plants helps prevent fungal diseases by allowing a good flow of air.

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