We’ve been rewarded with a plentiful harvest of organic vegetables as a successful growing season in Bridgehampton comes to an end. The crop has yielded sweet onions, broccoli, bundles of arugula, and savory garlic. Vegetables grown organically are considerably more delicious (we think), and healthier, since they lack the carcinogens, harmful pesticides, and other synthetic chemicals typically found in commercial alternatives. As many of our clients are discovering, organic gardening is a great way to learn about the food we eat for both adults and children. We thought we’d offer a few tips for others trying their hand at this sustainable practice.
The secret to successful gardening resides in organic methods. The first and most important step is to begin with healthy soil—a layer 2-3 inches thick of compost will supply the garden with nitrogen-rich nutrients year around. Once vegetables are selected, the organic seeds are planted in raised beds with proper sun exposure and adequate irrigation so the soil remains moist. Organic pesticides are used only when necessary, to keep away the bugs. Some of the most common gardening problems—disease, pests, weeds, and soil health—can be fixed naturally and cost effectively without the use of harmful chemicals, and the result is exponentially more rewarding.