Organic gardening is more than simply a method of gardening which doesn’t use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their plants. Organic gardening takes into consideration all of nature and landscape elements including plants, soil, water supply, people and wildlife. It requires working in harmony with nature minimizes the resources the garden consumes. Organic gardening is the way of growing vegetables and fruits with the use of things only found in nature.
Organic gardening can actually save you money. Organic gardening doesn’t require chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Many organic recipes for the control of pest and disease come straight from the kitchen cupboard. Sometimes other plants can be grown as companions to the main crop. Marigolds, for instance, help to deter aphids from vegetables.
The Benefits of Compost
You can easily make compost though recycling garden and kitchen waste. Create a spot for compost pile and begin adding your garden cuttings, grass clippings, weeds and leaves to it over the course of the season. Everyone has access to the raw ingredients of organic matter, because your lawn, garden and kitchen produce them everyday. An essential part of organic gardening is regularly adding organic matter to the soil. If you add compost to your soil, you’re already well on your way to creating a, healthy, beautiful organic garden.
Organic gardening does not use chemicals that may have an adverse affect on your health. This is especially important when growing vegetables. Chemical companies tell us that the chemicals we use are safe if used according to direction, but research shows that even tiny amounts of poisons absorbed through the skin can cause such things as cancer, especially in children. Remember, pesticides contain toxins that have only one purpose – to kill living things.
Friendly to the Environment
Organic gardening is friendlier to the overall environment. Chemical that are used in gardening are often washed into our waterways or leached into ground water. This pollution can harm wildlife habitats and even cause the death of fish species.
Organic farming practices help prevent the loss of topsoil through erosion. The Soil Conservation Service says that an estimated 30 – 32 billion tons of soil erodes from United States farmlands every year.
A simple mulch of pine needles will help to suppress the growth of weeds as well as keeping the moisture in.
Organic gardening practices help to keep the environment safe for future generations. Its also important to use plants in your garden which are suited to their environment. Native plants are adapted to your climate able to tolerate even the harshest conditions with little attention or input.
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