04 May Five Easy Steps to Urban Vegetable Gardening
Have a little city plot that would be great for a vegetable garden, but don’t know how to get started? Kellogg got our start using organics to revitalize orange orchards 90 years ago. We totally have you covered. Check out our five tips for growing proven organic veggies…
- Test Your Native Soil – It’s very helpful to know what’s great and what’s not so great about your soil. Sometimes urban soils can be contaminated from lead paint, heavy metals, or spilled chemicals. It’s always best to know what you’ve got! Your local cooperative extension can point you in the direction of your local soil labs.
- Prepare Your Soil for Planting – That test you ordered on your soil in step one? It is your guide for how to improve your soil. Soil amendments and fertilizers can fix a whole host of problems, everything from clay soils to correcting the pH.
- Plant, Plant, Plant, and Plant Some More! – If you have limited space, you might want to focus on growing the EWA’s dirty dozen vegetables. These are the fruits and vegetables that are commonly doused with a lot of chemical pesticides. You’ll get more bang for your organic buck by growing these yourself.
- Don’t Forget to Fertilize – Many people forget to fertilize. Don’t be many people! The key to robust, healthy plants is consistent application of a proven organic fertilizer.
- Organic Pest Control – Believe it or not, putting the right plant in the right spot and keeping it well watered and fertilized will keep most pests at bay. If you still have some of those annoying little buggers eating your crops, your local cooperative extension is a great resource for you. Also check out the University of California’s Integrated Pest Management website.