Question & Answer
What is veganic gardening?
Veganic (short for vegan-organic) gardening does not use toxic chemicals and fertilizers, but also does not use standard-industry fertilizers such s blood, bone meal, slaughterhouse sludge, fish emulsions, and manures that are produced from the slaughter, enslavement, and/or suffering of animals. Veganic gardening uses no animal products and/or by products. The focus is on earth-conscious, sustainable gardening practices that are the base, root and foundation of a holistic way of living in harmony with earth, wind, rain and sun.
How do we get our vegetables to grow so healthy and vibrant?
We use veganic compost: fruit skins/rinds, vegetable peelings and that are made into a “compost pile,” covered with grass and/or leaves to assist in the breaking-down process. We also turn over vegetables/plants, leaves and stems that are not consumed back into the soil. As these break down and are recycled, they help to restore nutrients to the soil in a natural recycling process.
What do we use to control weeds?
Tree mulch is used to reduce weeds and retain moisture in the soil.
What do we use to control insects/pests?
We use natural plants, such as neem to as a insect repellent.
How do I start a veganic garden?
Choose your location
Work with what you have, whether it’s a windowsill, a backyard, a neighborhood lot or a planting field. If you don’t have access to large planting area, you can start by using small pots, or cups.
Maybe you have an relative or acquaintance who gardens. Or maybe you can make a connection through your local food co-op or gardening association. Additionally, local health food stores often sell organic seeds, and there are several online sources for veganic/organic seeds.
Often local/community gardeners are a good information source and can advise you on what can grow in the area that you live in, based on local climate. Community gardeners and local gardening groups and associations can provide you with some planting tips on the best methods to use.
What do we do?
We utilize what we have right in our living area. When we eat we save the discarded gruit and vegetable skins and husks, and use them to make compost.