How to Garden Organic Fruits & Vegetables


When it comes to growing your own fruits and vegetables, instantly you'll notice the superior size, look and taste of the produce from your own yard. If you can grow your food organically, you are giving your family an extra boost of nutrition---without worrying about the amount of chemicals going into their bodies. While the process of organic gardening isn't far removed from standard gardening, the products you choose to buy and use will be the main difference between your vegetables and that of your neighbors.

Step 1

Loosen the soil for growing roots and break up large clumps of soil by digging with a shovel or using a tiller. Often reworking the bed after the first dig will help further turn the soil and break it up more.

Step 2

Add a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic soil amendment---like Miracle-Gro Organic Choice, or homemade compost---over the entire surface of the garden. With your shovel or tiller, work the new soil or compost into the bed.

Step 3

Use organic seeds to start your plants or select potted plants which have been grown organically from a nursery or your local garden center. Follow the labeled plant information to give your vegetable and fruit plants the appropriate amount of space to grow without being crowded.

Step 4

Look over your plants on a regular basis, at least once or twice a week, to see if there are any unwanted pests eating your plants or fungi growing on them. Using an organic pesticide (such as Organocide, or an organic fungicide like Garden Safe) once you notice a need for it can benefit the life of your plants and their production for you.

Step 5

Keep weeds from taking over your organic garden by manually removing them on a weekly basis, or more often if necessary. If you feel the weeds are getting out of control, using Preen or another organic weed suppressor can help you manage the garden a little easier.

Step 6

Water your garden frequently to keep it from drying out, but back off if your region has received adequate rainfall. You can either use a garden hose attached to your house or a rain barrel to recycle the rain water which runs off of your roof.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't get discouraged if some of your fruits or vegetables fail. Organic gardening is simple, but not easy---and may take a few tries to get it right. Each growing season should be looked at as a second chance.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or tiller
  • Compost or organic soil
  • Organic seeds or plants
  • Organic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides (optional)
  • Water


  • Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • Growing Fruit and Vegetables; Richard Bird; 2003
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About this Author

Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.