Discover the secrets to success and healthy eating!

The current economic context is pushing more and more people to turn to creating their own natural vegetable garden. If you are just starting out, don't panic! We give you the tips to succeed in your 100% natural vegetable garden and thus enjoy healthy and tasty vegetables.

Create a natural vegetable garden without experience: it's possible!

Despite inflation and the decline in demand for organic products, creating a natural vegetable garden is accessible to everyone. Elsa Jirou and Thibault Dupont, two former journalists and founders of La Ferme des Gobettes, are the proof. In their book “Dans votre potager, tout va pousser!”, they explain that anyone can start this adventure, even without any prior knowledge. The main thing is to have the desire and motivation to grow your own vegetables.

Preparing the soil: the key to a successful vegetable garden

The first step in creating a natural vegetable garden is to properly tame the soil. To do this, Elsa Jirou advises covering the plot with a silage tarp for about 6 months. This process allows to destroy the meadow without working the soil and to preserve the life it contains. During this period, it is possible to plant vegetables such as squash, zucchini or cabbage.

Protecting the soil is also crucial to prevent weeds from growing. Use tarps and woven cloths for your seedlings in cups, especially for salads, green beans, herbs or spinach.

Plan and organize to maximize productivity

Planning and organization are essential for a successful natural vegetable garden. Elsa Jirou recommends dividing your garden into zones and planning the season. For example, plant carrots in March, harvest them in late summer, then plant zucchini instead. Installing a greenhouse is also a good idea to extend crops past September.

Each winter, the couple takes three days to prepare their garden plan on the computer, making sure to rotate crops to avoid predators.

Protecting your garden naturally

To protect your vegetable garden naturally, there are several alternatives to phytosanitary products. For example, use anti-insect nets to protect carrots, leeks, onions and cabbage. In addition, adopting cats to chase away field mice can be useful.

The couple also chose to let nature find its balance by preserving wild areas on their property to attract biodiversity. Thanks to this strategy, they have observed the appearance of ladybugs that feed on aphids, pests of their crops.

Reconnecting with nature and the seasons

Creating a natural vegetable garden allows you to reconnect with nature and its seasons. Even if the vegetables are the same for several weeks, they are eaten at the right time. And if you get bored, the couple advises to keep the harvested vegetables in a cellar or a cold room and to make reserves by making preserves. This way, you can enjoy, for example, a delicious fresh tomato coulis in the middle of winter to add sunshine to your table.

By following these tips, you can create a 100% natural vegetable garden and enjoy your own healthy and tasty vegetables. So, don't hesitate any longer and embark on this exciting adventure!