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Vegan Gardening Anyone?

Vegan gardening anyone?

Veganism is on the rise with 1 in 8 Britons recognising themselves as either vegan or vegetarian. In turn supermarkets and restaurants are all chomping at the bit to release the next best thing in the vegan/vegetarian market. One restaurant in Northampton has been branded one of the biggest vegan restaurants in the UK. There was even a Vegan Garden Festival last year. 

With vegan gardening its all about ensuring the soil is super organic and really controlling what goes into your soil. Even the use of manure should be limited as the animal may have ingested chemicals and the like. Commercial compost is much the same as it can contact blood, fish and bone 

To help sustain your plants put chopped  nettles, borage, seaweed or other nutrient-rich plants in a bucket of water and leave it for a few weeks until it starts to stink. Dilute and decant over crops to add nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as well as vitamin B12. These are the three primary ingredients required for healthy plant growth. 

Crop rotation in a vegetable patch will help maintain soil health, avoid nutrient deficiency and stop pest and disease buildup: plant a green manure, then alternate annual crops of potatoes, legumes, brassicas and root veg followed by squash and sweet corn, on a four- to seven-year cycle. Chances are, if you’re tempted by vegan gardening, you’re a vegan yourself, so grow what might be useful additions to your diet: vegetables such as spinach or jerusalem artichokes are high in iron; broad beans provide protein and fibre.

There is one aspect of vegan gardening that is easier than conventional gardening: you don’t need to dig. Digging over wrecks the soil and its fauna, creating compaction and erosion. Hoe off weeds instead; you should get fewer weeds anyway, because digging creates a hotbed for weed seeds.

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