How to grow organic fruit and vegetables

Get organic vegetable gardening and grow organic food

Growing your own organic food using organic gardening techniques is an individual action all of us can take to build a sustainable food culture. There are 300,000 acres of prime growing land in domestic gardens or allotments in the UK, with 80% of households having access to a garden. And even if you don't have a garden many popular fruits and vegetables will grow in pots or window boxes. At the moment though less than a third of gardens in this country are used to grow anything to eat.

Growing organic vegetables and fruit has many benefits. Because you can eat your harvest almost immediately your fruit and vegetables lose less nutrients, meaning they are healthier for you and your family. Food miles are non-existent, saving on the damaging greenhouse gas emissions associated with our modern food chains. With anything you don't need composted, waste is more or less eliminated. And by managing your garden using organic principles you can encourage bio-diversity, meaning you're helping improve your local environment.

If you've no experience, the thought of growing your own vegetables can be intimidating. To help get you started, organic gardener Phillipa Pearson has put together this month-by-month guide to key tasks on your veg plot. And Soil Association members can get regular advice in our membership magazine Living Earth.

Gardening blogs

How to grow from seed: eight tips for new gardeners

Jess Gotham: Want to grow your own but don’t know where to start? The task of growing from seed can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before. Now is the perfect time of year to begin getting your hands into the soil, but if you haven’t got naturally green fingers and find your plants die for no apparent reason, this blog will help you turn your patch into a source of satisfaction instead of stress. The Soil Association’s head of horticulture, expert gardener Ben Raskin, gave us some tips.

17 April 2015 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 2

A second green revolution?

Anna Louise Batchelor: Last month I attended a special lecture held at the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture. Entitled “Balancing food production and environmental protection” the speaker set out to overcome the thorny issue of increasing yields without increasing damage to eco-systems. The lecture was given by Poul Christensen, President of the National Federation of Young Farmers and former chair of Natural England.

30 March 2015 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 2

Child gardening

Gardening courses
Introduction to organic growing
09 May

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

Creating fertile soil - the organic way
16 May

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

Starting up as a sustainable farmer and grower
16 May

Troed y Rhiw Organics, Troed y Rhiw Farm, Llwyndafydd, Llandysul, SA44 6BY

Home grown organic food 52 weeks of the year
30 May

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD

Companion planting
06 June

Valerie's Veggies, Feliz Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts, SG9 0JD