With so much talk in the media about living healthily and steering clear of foodstuffs grown using chemicals and pesticides, the emphasis on vegetables is now shifting from mass production to production on a more rudimentary scale. To this end organic vegetables have received something of a boom in publicity and it is important to understand why.
Organic vs. Chemically Assisted
Chemically assisted growth is as the name suggests, the growing of plants, crops and vegetables using chemicals and pesticides to aid growth and to help ward away insects and pests which can destroy growth. These chemically assisted vegetables may be cheaper but in some instances suffer from a lack of flavour, colour and in some cases lack longevity when it comes to storage.
Organic vegetables on the other hand are grown without such chemicals and therefore are packed with flavour, vibrant colours and last longer when removed from the ground and stored in conducive conditions indoors.
Price vs. Profit
Many vegetable growers grow their crops in order to make a living and now that the supermarkets are becoming more competitive the cost of such vegetables is dropping both in terms of purchase from the growers and the final sale price to the customer.
With this in mind there are perhaps not as many organic vegetable growers as there should be because growing organic vegetables is slightly more expensive than growing their chemically treated counterparts.
Growing Your Own Organic Vegetables
This is something that has become very popular in recent years and a lot of it has to do with the cost of purchasing organically grown vegetables in the market place.
If you have a patch of ground that is not in use in your garden or have a small allotment then perhaps it is time you considered the possibility of growing your own vegetables. In this way not only are you benefiting from a healthy reduction in the cost but you are also benefiting from eating healthy vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets, tomatoes (although they are actually a fruit they are generally referred to as vegetables), peas and beans.
You can grow these vegetables at varying times of the year either outdoors or in a greenhouse and the end results are really well worth the time and attention required to help them grow.
Why Grow Organic, Why not Buy Organic?
It is – as we have already touched up – slightly more expensive to buy organic vegetables in the marketplace so growing them is not only cheaper if you do it yourself but it can also help to reduce food bills and make use of previously wasted space in your garden.
Even the smallest plot in your garden can yield tremendous results when it comes to growing vegetables with potatoes, carrots and the likes being hardy and demanding of very little attention. Of course it is important to ensure the ground does not become waterlogged or easy to attack by garden predators, but for the most part such crops grow well in even the hardest of soils and the results are very satisfying indeed.
For more information visit your local garden centre where you will find helpful advice and tips on how to grow such vegetables and also be able to find which vegetables grow best in your particular area.