Organic gardening is becoming more popular throughout the United States. This is because Eating well is more than just eating the right foods. Making sure the foods you eat are in as natural a state as they can be is also part of the equation. Getting foods that are grown without pesticides and other harmful chemicals can be difficult.
However, organic gardening provides people with the opportunity to produce their own pesticide free produce. This type of gardening is definitely one way of making sure the foods you eat are as healthy as possible. The other way is buying organic foods from you local farms, or farmers markets. Going to local farmers markets is a great way to learn more about organic gardening. Most people who work at farmers market can answer any questions you may have.
Buying organic foods however can be quite costly at times. Although this is definitely a good and worth while investment, it can be a strain on the budget. Organic gardening is one way to alleviate this cost. Organic gardening is the way of growing vegetables and fruits with the use of things only found in nature. Thus making eating well a reality.
Why would one want to indulge in organic gardening?
There are several reasons why anyone should be involved in organic gardening. Especially today with how much of our food is produced. We will outline seven reasons why you start your organic gardening adventure this year.
1.One can easily make compost from garden and kitchen waste. Though this is a bit more time-consuming than buying prepared chemical pesticides and fertilizers, it certainly helps to put garbage to good use and so saves the environment. Not to mention is a good and healthy start to you organic garden.
2. Organic gardening or farming 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. So in this way, “safe” is a relative term.
On the average, a child ingests four to five times more cancer-causing pesticides from foods than an adult. This can lead to various diseases later on in the child’s life. With organic gardening, these incidents are drastically lessened.
Remember, pesticides contain toxins that have only one purpose – to kill living things.
3. Less harm to the environment. Poisons are often washed into our waterways, causing death to the native fish and polluting their habitat. We don’t usually see the affect pesticides have on rivers and streams. But the effects are real and dangerous. When the fish eats the toxins and we eat the fish, where do you think the toxins go?
4.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. We can help stop this by organic gardening and farming.
5. Cost savings. One does not need to buy costly chemical fertilizers and pesticides with organic gardening. Many organic recipes for the control of pest and disease come straight from the kitchen cupboard. Things like onion, garlic, and peppers can be used to keep pests away from growing plants. Sometimes other plants can be grown as companions to the main crop.
An example of this is the marigold, which helps to repel aphids from vegetables. There are healthy solutions to pest problems, we just have to be willing to look. Mixing 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup of cooking oil can make a cheap garden pest spray. Put 3 tablespoons of this mixture in 1 quart of water and spray on plants.
6.A simple mulch of pine needles will help to suppress the growth of weeds as well as keeping the moisture in. If you don’t want to spend your Sundays pulling weeds, try this method and see the difference it makes. And all without chemicals.
7. Organic gardening practices help to keep the environment safe for future generations. How we leave the planet for future generations says a lot about our character now. We have to be the people we want our children to be.
Organic gardening may not be for everyone. However don’t be afraid to give it a try. Gardening has long been known as a great way to relieve stress. So in addition to saving the planet, organic gardening may help save yourself in the process.