What is Animal-Free Gardening?

In the northern hemisphere a new gardening season is upon us!

Right now thoughts of seeds, soil and the potential for fresh fruit and veggies may be dancing through your head. But as you prepare your garden plot for this season, or contemplate creating a garden for the first time, perhaps it is also the perfect opportunity to contemplate what “natural” and “organic” truly mean.

Many new gardeners may be surprised to find that blood, bone meal and fish emulsion are all considered “natural” ways to fertilize organic gardens. These substances are obtained from slaughterhouse floors or mass fishing operations… and they reek of the industries which they support.

There is another way to garden though, without animal inputs (including manure!). It is often called veganic, vegan-organic or stock-free gardening. There are heaps of different gardening styles housed under these labels, so you’ll have plenty of options to explore. For the benefit of our fellow animals, our health and the health of our planet.

If you’re new to gardening or are looking to transition your garden to a vegan organic plot then the pieces below will help you to do so. From how to set up your compost pile to an overview of veganic fertilizers they are filled with a wealth of information worth checking out!

Beginner’s Guide to Veganic Gardening:

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Vegan-organic gardening avoids not only the use of toxic sprays and chemicals, but also manures and animal remains. Just as vegans avoid animal products in the rest of our lives, we also avoid using animal products in the garden, as fertilizers such as blood and bone meal, slaughterhouse sludge, fish emulsion, and manures are sourced from industries that exploit and enslave sentient beings. As these products may carry dangerous diseases that breed in intensive animal production operations, vegan-organic gardening is also a safer, healthier way to grow our food.

The Art of Composting:

The Art of Composting

Compost is any gardener’s best friend. For new veganic gardeners though, it is not only your best friend, but the building block from which your vegan garden will grow. As you build your own compost pile, bin, or tumbler, you’ll learn to love this nutrient-rich pile of possibility. The soil and humus that are created from your scraps do more than just reduce unnecessary additions to the landfill. They are also essential to revitalizing your garden and providing your household and garden plants with the nutrients they need to thrive.

6 Gardening Tips for Hot Weather:

6 Gardening Tips for Summer (Slideshow)

These gardening tips will help your plants survive the summer months, any time you’re facing a drought or a long spell of hot weather. Like our other vegan garden tips, they are simple, straightforward and easy to put into practice.

Veganic Gardening Resources:

Green Gardening Resources


As the Veganic (Vegan Organic or Stockfree Organic) movement continues to grow, many online resources have become available for new and experienced gardeners and farmers who are interested in these sustainable and ethical growing methods. This blog includes a list of resources for those interested in learning about veganic organic growing.

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W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thank you.

Gerald L.
Gerald L3 years ago

Let's Start Now, thanks Magdalen, S/E just PM'd about using a Leaf Vacuum, great idea, had some nice dark compost from a mixture of leaves & straw that was used to cover our garlic for the winter. We have been able to get some rabbit manure & straw mixture recently which is an excellent cold manure.

Ref; Magdalen B. @ 3:39am PDT on May 16, 2014
Start a compost heap now, but don't expect to be able to use it this year. It's an investment. The animals I want to be free of are the cats that come and defecate on any bit of dug earth.
Their manure is no good for the soil, nor is that of dogs,l because of the vermifuges they are fed.

31 Mar 2012 ... Rabbit manure is one of the best manures for your organic gardens! It will increase poor soil by improving soil structure and also improving the ...

While at the Farmers Market one producer had 3 identical potato breeds I grow, but his looked like they were on Steroids, it was animal manure with bone, blood and some mineral mix.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson4 years ago

Gardening without worms... How does one stop the underground creepy crawly things.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Work for a nice environment for all living lives

Joy S.
Joy s4 years ago

and waste that good chicken manure......I guess not.

Meghan Nelson
Meghan Nelson4 years ago

Thank you so much for this!!

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago


Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Thank you