Growing Organic Veggies

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes
Avoid pesticides by growing your own food.

Cindy Chapman grabs some pea pods at a farmers market Tuesday, June 24, 2008, in West Allis, Wis. The floods that damaged farms in southern Wisconsin earlier this month are likely to result in fewer fruits and vegetables at farmers markets this summer and help boost already high prices for organic eggs and meat in the fall. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

With all the talk about pesticides in regular grocery store produce and the price you pay for the organic produce, we are left with few options. So how about growing your own!

Growing your own organic food seems time consuming but many people are opting to do so. You know that there are no pesticides and you can help reduce your carbon footprint by limiting trips to the grocery store. There are several ways to start your own garden.

If you have a yard, pick a spot that gets at least half a days sunshine and has easy access to water. Walk your garden daily to look for pests and weeds and most importantly do your research on what types of plants have a good local track record.

If you live in an apartment, you'll most likely be growing your plants in pots. Stick to herbs and small vegetables like basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, rosemary, cherry or grape tomatoes and jalapeno or chili peppers.

Worried that you don't have a green thumb? How about a compact aeroponics system. It suspends plant roots, getting their nutrients from the air rather than in soil. With special lighting and nutrient cycling, you can have your first harvest in about a month. Visit aerogrow.com for more information. Happy organic harvesting!


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