Organic growing is making a big comeback as more and more people are realizing the dangers of mass food harvesting. Stories of agricultural giants using less-than-ideal growing procedures (or even those that are detrimental to health) are rightly scaring people and causing them to explore alternatives in the form of smaller farms.
So, what can you do to ensure the vegetables you and your loved ones eat are healthy? Well, growing them on your own farm is a good start. You’ll have direct control over every part of the plant’s grow cycle, picking and choosing the methods that will produce the healthiest and most nutrient-rich vegetables.
If you’re unsure of what to start with, here are some of the best organic vegetables to grow on your farm.
Tomatoes: The tomato has long been renowned as a terrific addition to anyone’s diet: it’s a proper health booster that everyone should consume at least occasionally. As a grower, you’ll be able to choose between smaller and larger tomatoes: the former are better for juice and gravy while the latter are ideal for slicing and serving as a side dish. While they grow quick and plentiful and aren’t very susceptible to disease or pests, tomatoes can be hard to grow from seed, so transplanting is definitely your best option – if unavailable, consider asking a seasoned farmer for help with the initial stages.
Peas: A terrific vegetable that’s underestimated far too often, peas are another health booster that most people find sufficiently tasty to eat whenever available. Like with tomatoes, you can choose between the regular garden-variety (no pun intended) peas or sweet ones: try and have more of the plain ones as sweet peas are fairly sugary and aren’t meant to be consumed too often. Despite their modest appearance, peas are another resilient plant that does well in a variety of weather conditions.
Spinach: Popeye knows his stuff: spinach provides numerous health benefits and can be prepared in a multitude of ways for those not willing to eat it from the can like everyone’s favorite sailor. Spinach grows quick and easy, rarely requiring a transplant to succeed even when grown by a novice.
Peppers: Packing more flavor than most vegetables, peppers are easily the most varied vegetable on this list. You can opt for the less-menacing varieties or go straight for the notorious jalapenos that will have you breathing fire. ‘Hotter’ peppers can also be sold for a pretty penny, making them a great plant to grow for those wanting to make a little extra cash for their troubles. While they’re best grown by transplating, it pays to go through the added hassle as peppers can be used in a variety of ways: as part of a salad dish, sliced, ground as spice or turned into gravy.
Carrots: While their colorful appearance suggests growing difficulties, they’re actually among the easier to grow vegetables and can be grown straight from seed. Most commercial growers will let their carrots run for far too long in order to give more weight to the plant, which leads to subpar taste and density – as a private grower, you’ll have a chance to do it right and create perfect-tasting carrots that are hard to come by.