If you love the taste of natural meat raised through organic farming practices, have you considered what other foods might taste great raised the organic way?
Conventional farmers don’t only use pesticides on the paddocks their stock graze – you might be surprised to know that your humble fruit and vegetables from the garden could also be tainted by unnatural or harmful products.
To avoid this and go ‘all natural’, you might be interested in creating an organic ‘farm’ of your own – in the form of a vegetable patch. This way, you can harvest your own organic produce, and you’ll know it’s free of any nasty chemicals. Plus, the produce will be a delicious addition to your plate of organic beef or organic lamb!
Pick an area of your garden that receives plenty of sun, and is easy to access. It’s a good idea to create a square or rectangle area and add a raised wooden perimeter, however, make sure it’s in an area that is able to drain easily. Dig up the soil and add a quality compost or container mix, along with some organic cow manure if you wish! You could also collect some stakes if you’re going to be growing climbing vegetables.
What to plant
There are plenty of plants that grow well in Australia, with little need for upkeep. Yummy vegetables to plant include carrots, lettuce, beans, cucumber, silverbeet and cauliflower.
Keep it healthy
Plants won’t just grow by themselves, so your garden will need a helping hand to get its essential nutrients. Starting a compost heap is a great way to cultivate your own natural fertiliser that plants will thrive off. Clean Up Australia suggests starting off a compost heap with woody material such as twigs from the garden, grass clippings, straw, and food scraps such as fruit peelings. However, don’t be tempted to put organic meat leftovers in the compost bin!