One of the most rewarding uses of a greenhouse is growing your own food. There’s just nothing like literally eating the fruit of your own labor. You might also find a significant cost savings for growing certain things yourself, rather than buying them in the store.
Since you control the entire process of growing your veggies, you can also choose to grow organically. Organic technically just means relating to a living organism. But in the realm of food, it more accurately means “all natural”.
A well planned and maintained organic garden can produce quite a lot of food. There is at least one example out on the internet of 1/10th of an acre producing 6,000 pounds of food in one year, after maturing for a few years. That’s over 5 pounds of food available per meal, three times a day, for the whole year.
Advantages of Organic food:
- · Tastes better. I know this first hand, organic Philippine Mangoes are wonderful!
- · Healthier. Organic food has much higher nutrient content.
- · Not bad for you. No strange synthetic chemicals being absorbed into your food.
- · Environmentally friendly. Sustainable and won’t put any chemicals in the water supply.
By growing your own organic food, you’ll be healthier. Not only because the veggies, herbs and fruits are better for you, but because you’ll end up eating more of them. Vegetarians live 10+ years longer than non-vegetarians, so obviously eating more veggies is a good plan.
Growing all natural, or organic, food means avoiding or eliminating all modern synthetics from the process. Organic food can have none of the following:
- · Synthetic pesticides
- · Chemical fertilizers
- · Genetically modified organisms
- · Industrial solvents
- · Irradiation
- · Chemical food additives.
To get started growing organically in your greenhouse, you need to first stop using all the usual pesticides, weed killers and other chemical sprays or feeds anywhere inside or near the greenhouse.
You also need to plant your new foods in new soil, void of all the usual chemical fertilizers.
Bugs! If you’re the type who hates bugs, then perhaps organic growing isn’t for you. You’ll need bugs, worms and other little living things in your soil to do the work of fertilization.
You’ll want to use good compost, spread thinly over all of your soil. You also should start your own compost pile. Just pile up the organic remains of everything else, and keep it damp. Occasionally spread the compost around your plants lightly, or mix it half and half with your soil when planting new.
What can you grow organically in your greenhouse?
Herbs: They grow quickly and are harvestable in a short time. Parsley, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, and many others.
Peppers: Bell peppers, Serrano peppers are obvious popular choices.
Vine Veggies: Zucchini, cucumbers, squash.
The usual favorites: Tomatoes, carrots,
Lettuce might work in the winter, depending on your climate.
Growing organic food in your greenhouse is a sure money saver. Not only will you save money on the veggies, you’ll save money in the long run by being healthier and living longer, too.