Organic gardening eliminates the health risks associated with pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. A 2008 review of 97 published studies on the nutritional value of organically grown vegetables, conducted by The Organic Center, revealed that organic foods are--on average--more nutritious than foods raised by nonorganic methods. Although consuming organic foods is a step toward improving health, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and weight control is also important. Growing organic vegetables not only brings peace of mind, it provides daily exercise and relieves stress, contributing to your well-being.
Select plants in the appropriate size for the container or bucket you wish to use as a planter. Choose patio tomatoes, peppers or other miniature or dwarf vegetables for containers. Salad greens, radish, beets and carrots are suitable for a small bucket.
Provide drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket. Drill 4 to 6 holes evenly spaced around the outside of the bucket, approximately 1/2 inch from the bottom.
Mix equal parts garden loam or commercial potting soil, peat moss, compost or manure, and perlite to create a lightweight soil suitable for container growing.
Fill the pot 3/4 full with soil.
Plant seedlings to the original planting depth and fill in around the roots with soil. Firm down to secure the plant and remove air pockets.
Water thoroughly until water runs freely through the drainage holes. Water when soil dries. Container gardens dry quickly and may require daily watering. Watch plants for signs of wilting.
Place in a sunny location that receives 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Fertilize with manure tea or fish emulsion every 10 to 14 days.
Check for insects daily. Hand pick visible insects. Spray with a forceful spray from the hose to dislodge insects when needed.