Vegan Organic Growing
Growing your own food organically is the perfect partner to veganism for living more lightly on the earth, respecting life, and ensuring what you eat is healthy, fresh and delicious. It can be done at any level, from keeping potted herbs on a windowsill or growing vegetables in your back garden, to aiming for near self-sufficiency from a larger plot or allotment.
To grow organically means to use no chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or artificial fertilisers. Furthermore, organic crops should not be genetically modified (GM), radiated or processed with chemicals in any way. Growing organically should go hand-in-hand with aims to lower our carbon footprints and care for the earth: using sustainable methods, reusing materials or using recycled products, improving biodiversity, using as little packaging as possible and as little fossil fuel energy as possible (ideally none).
Practically speaking, to garden organically with no animal inputs requires addressing three main issues: soil fertility, dealing with pests, and dealing with weeds.
Let’s look at aspects of each of these in more detail: click on the titles below to explore further
All pages in this Garden Advice section are compiled by Piers Warren with extracts from The Vegan Cook & Gardener.
“I passionately feel Veganic growing is essential for the health of the planet and ourselves.”
Author, environmentalist, musician, teacher, cook and veganic veg-grower. Founder of WILDEYE – The International School of Wildlife Film-making. Piers is also the co-author, with his daughter Ella Bee Glendining, of The Vegan Cook & Gardener: Growing, Storing and Cooking Delicious Healthy Food all Year Round