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

Devil’s Rib or Dragon Tongue Bush?

Ben Raskin: How do you decide what to grow? Which varieties will do well and which will be a waste of space. The alluring descriptions that fill the pages of most seed catalogues have been the undoing of many a grower. I always get carried away and buy more than I need. My seed container currently has a range that rivals Imelda Marcos’ famous shoe collection.

08 October 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Succeed with seed with selection perfection

Ben Raskin: One of the keys to saving your own seed is the 'selection', or identifying the best of your plants to keep the seed from. If you are aiming to 'maintain' a variety, in other words to keep it as close as possible to the original genetics of that variety, then there will be specific traits you will need to keep (colour, height, pest or disease resistance for instance). Most of just want to ensure the selection performs well in our garden or farm.

25 July 2014 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 6

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Gardening courses
Weed and pest control within the organic regime
22 November

Valerie's Veggies & Plants, Feiiz, Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts SG9 0JD

Home grown organic food 52 weeks of the year
29 November

Valerie's Veggies & Plants, Feiiz, Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts SG9 0JD

Introduction to organic growing
06 December

Valerie's Veggies & Plants, Feiiz, Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts SG9 0JD

Creating fertile soil - the organic way
13 December

Valerie's Veggies & Plants, Feiiz, Ginns Road, Stocking Pelham, Herts SG9 0JD

Commonwork Winter workshop 2014
13 December

Commonwork, Bore Place, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR