Organic gardens are gaining popularity, and whether you are growing it on your own or buying organically grown foods, you must be aware of its benefits. Conventional farming methods and practices are believed to have been the reason for
Conventional farming methods and practices are believed to have been the reason for increase in pollutants, in the air, water, and soil, all of which eventually enter our body and disturb our health.
Let’s look at what an organic garden is and how it is beneficial for us.
What’s An Organic Garden?
Organic gardening refers to growing any fruits, vegetables nuts or grains without using artificial means. This means that no fertilizers, insecticides or other chemicals are used in the process of growing foods organically.
In the case of organic gardening, the soil is prepared using composted manure or food, mulch or leaf remains. Plants are grown with the help of the sun, water, and minerals from the compost, making organically produced food poison free, natural, and healthy.
In the case of conventional farming, the emphasis is more on profits and growth, which reduces the quality of soil, animal, and plant health, jeopardizing our health down the road.
When it comes to organic gardening, the health and mineral content of the soil are the primary factors. Techniques such as renewal of soil nutrient content by adding composted organic matter, crop rotation, and avoidance of pollutants are the top priority. This approach ensures that worms, animals, companion plants and humans all remain protected and cared for.
When harmful chemicals and pollutants are removed from the process of growing vegetables and fruits, they tend to become health friendly and provide the following benefits:
- Better Taste: Although the fruits and vegetables may differ in outlook from the commercially produced harvest, they are far superior and richer in taste. Because they’re grown from natural ingredients, they are fresh and taste better.
- Healthier: Anything that is grown without using toxic chemicals will be healthier when it enters our body. There is no chemical residue to worry about that may enter your body if not washed properly. Organic produce also has a higher vitamin and mineral content. Another health aspect of an organic garden is that if you maintain it yourself, it will bring you exercise benefits with all the tending to the soil and planting seeds that it involves.
- It Is Inexpensive: Growing and maintaining an organic garden is cheaper than buying commercial or organic produce at the store. Once you are able to balance the soil and learn how to grow your foods organically, you will start to enjoy the benefits of homegrown, local produce that you will be satisfied with indulging in because you’ve grown it by yourself.
- Protects the Environment: Having an organic garden also protects the environment, as you are not releasing any chemical pesticide, fertilizers, or herbicides into the water supply or air. It also protects the small birds and animals and there is less erosion affecting the entire area.
My Advice For First-Time Gardeners
We’ve had an organic garden for over 4 years and I highly recommend you purchase these 2 books and combine what you learn in both to build your garden and maintain it.
They are simple to read and easy to understand. Seriously, other than googling how to maintain my grapevine and this website of the best growing times in Texas they are the only resources I’ve used.
All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space by Mel Bartholomew
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! by Patricia Lanza
It’s easy, really! Get your very own organic garden started today and tell me how it goes.
Grow All You Can Eat in Three Square FeetAll New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve Any GardenLasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!