Studies have proven that excessive use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers on edible plants can have adverse effects on human health. Unfortunately, grocery markets are crammed with all these vegetables grown with too much inorganic assistance.
Eating 100% organic implies consuming organic foods (fruits and vegetables) that are grown through completely organic means. Following are some of the plant families that can have optimal growth in organic conditions.
This useful family of plants includes onion, chives and garlic. These alliums are used in almost all food cultures around the world and can be grown organically. These are hardy plants and can thrive with just a little bit of care.
Alliums need moderate levels of nutrients to grow, something which is easily manageable. They are sown in early spring in cold regions and at the end of fall warmer climates.
This plant family includes beetroots, chards and spinach. Moderate temperatures of spring and fall are best for their growth. Amaranths need steady supply of water to flourish.
Beetroots can be grown optimally in normal organic soil conditions. However, chards and spinach need extra care in the form of high calcium organic supplements. Dried egg shells and oyster shells can be a good source of this calcium content. Compost manure can also prove to be good for the organic growth of amaranths.
Cucurbits are from a plant family which includes a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Different types of squashes, melon, pumpkin and cucumber belong to this subtropical plant family. These plants grow ideally in warm temperatures, and even a tinge of frost of cold temperature can turn their leaves into glop.
Since cucurbits are heavy feeders, they need lots of organic soil interventions. These organic amendments should be added at the time of sowing, so that the plants can get benefit from nutrients throughout the summer season.
One such organic fertilizer that can ramp up the growth of cucurbit plants is organic phosphate fertilizer. This type of phosphate comes from mineral sources and is categorized as organic. Another good source of organic phosphate is bone meal especially fish bone meal.
Solanaceae or nightshade is an important flowering plant family that provides us with a range of everyday use vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, pepper, chilies and eggplant.
Almost all of these plants are grown for their fruits with the exception of potato. They have ideal growth in summers. Since they are heavy feeders, it is necessary to provide them with suitable amount of soil amendments regularly.
Umbellifers are a group of root and herb vegetables that favored cool temperatures. This family includes carrots, parsnips, coriander and parsley. Generally this group of vegetables grows thrives in well-drained soil. Some of them are heavy feeders while other can be grown in normal soil conditions.
Beans and peas belong to legumes family. Different legumes require different weather conditions. Peas and broad beans are suitable for growing in moderate to cool temperatures of fall and spring. While green beans are strictly hot weather plants, and die in lower temperatures.