Organic Gardening in the Backyard

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I try to find the time to plant a garden every year. It’s hard, since May and June seem to fly by before I can blink, but garden-fresh vegetables really taste a million times better than the ones from the grocery store and the farmer’s market can be kind of expensive (plus, well, I don’t always feel like waking up that early on Saturday morning!

This year, we had a beautiful spell of weather in the beginning of April that got me thinking about this year’s garden early. For once, I finally feel prepared! I even started to build a raised bed to plant in. There’s a patch of space in my backyar that we can’t for the life of us get to grow grass (we even tried sod with no luck!), so rather than spend another summer looking at ugly dirt, I decided to put my garden right over it. I’m really excited, since it will be more space than I’ve had in previous years. I’m still deciding what to grow, but I definitely want to do lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers. jalapenos and habaneros (which I always have good luck with), carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

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I’m especially excited because this year I’m going to use organic plant food and organic soil from Whitney Farms® (I received samples for free, but if you click the link there’s a $3 coupon.) I always buy organic plants at the farmer’s market – they always have a better selection than any of the local gardening centers – but then I bring them home and immediately dump conventional plant food all over them. It always makes me feel guilty since I prefer to eat organic, and I always say that I’m going to find something better for next time, but I always forget until it’s too late.

Of course, it’s still too cold to actually plant anything – here in upstate New York it isn’t uncommon to have frost well into May. So far, I’ve just done a few pots of herbs (basil, cilantro, and thyme) that I can bring inside on particularly chilly nights. So far, they seem to be doing well!

Have you ever used Whitney Farms products before? Do you like them? And is there anything that I’m completely forgetting about that you think I absolutely must plant?

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By on May 2nd, 2012

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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4 thoughts on “Organic Gardening in the Backyard”

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  2. I have not used Whitney Farms, but will look out for it. It would certainly help if there were more organic gardening products commercially available. I spend a lot of time collecting organic clippings from my kitchen to amend the soil.

    • Keeping your own clippings is a great idea. I’m unfortunately not nearly organized enough to do that myself – haha! “They” Really don’t make it easy to keep things organic at home though. I hope the Whitney Farms products work as well as Miracle Grow!


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