“Green” living has become quite the buzz word in recent years, as more and more people seek to use only products made from all-natural ingredients. From cleaning products to fertilizer, natural solutions are healthier and safer for the environment.
Everything you need to grow a lush garden can be done organically. Key areas in organic gardening include:
- Soil management
- Pest and weed control
- Heirloom plant conservation
There’s a lot more to organic gardening than what fertilizer or pest control you use. It’s a philosophy of gardening focused on improving the natural health of the soil, growing plants suitable to your area, and working with what’s found in nature to grow a productive garden.
Of course, growing organically isn’t a new idea. Synthetics didn’t come into the picture until the 1840’s when the first chemical fertilizers were created.
Reasons to go organic
Gardening organically isn’t just a hippy trend about becoming one with nature. There are many good health and environmental benefits to going au naturale. Here are just a few reasons you may want to consider organic gardening:
- Organically grown foods are higher in essential vitamins and nutrients
- Organically grown foods reduce the potentially harmful chemicals you ingest
- Great form of relaxation and exercise
- Doesn’t cost any more, and can even be less expensive when you compost kitchen scraps as fertilizer, for example
Organic gardening doesn’t have to be more expensive
Contrary to popular belief, organic doesn’t have to mean more expensive.
Chemical fertilizers tend to cost the same or more as natural ones, not to mention that much of your typical gardening expenses can be replaced by doing things like composting kitchen scraps thus eliminating the need for store bought compost and reducing your need for fertilizer. Pesticides and herbicides, another major expense of gardening, can be reduced or eliminated with some careful thought and planning. Simply by choosing plants that thrive in the environment you’re growing in, will boost the plants ability to fend off predators (see Getting Started with an Organic Garden). You can also introduce beneficial insects into your garden to provide long-term control of pest populations, or use things that they have a natural aversion too (for example ants hate cucumber peals) to keep them away. (organicgardenguru.com)
There are a multitude of ways you can grow your garden. Taking a common sense approach, and working with nature instead of against it will give you a rewarding, beautiful, healthier garden.