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

Bees and the raspberry revolution

Marianne Landzettel: For those who saw him somewhere en route from Andover to London on a sunny day in May last year Paul probably still is a good dinner party story - or rather that car that was driven by a guy in a full beekeeper’s outfit, including hat, veil and gloves. But then Paul drives a hatchback and though he’d sealed the hive carefully, you never know...

14 April 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Hotbeds

Ben Raskin: As bacteria rots organic matter down it produces heat. Trying to make use of this heat to help things grow in our cold Northern climate is nothing new. This is how the Victorians managed to produce pineapples in their walled gardens. However, there seems to be a renewed interest in harnessing this waste energy.

07 April 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 2

Child gardening

Gardening courses
Creating fertile soil – the organic way
26 April

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

Herbs & wildlife
26 April

Wortley Hall Walled Garden, Wortley, South Yorkshire, S35 7DB

Weed and pest control within the organic regime
03 May

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

Fruit
03 May

Wortley Hall Walled Garden, Wortley, South Yorkshire S35 7DB

Home grown food despite bizarre weather
10 May

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