Beginner Guidelines to Organic Gardening

Gardening has become a wonderful pastime for many people. It is relaxing and takes us away from our busy lives. Manmade chemicals in our food are a growing concern, and gardening organically offers a safe alternative to this problem. The organic method gives everyone, even organic gardening beginners the opportunity to produce tasty food that is good for us and helpful to the environment.

Our personal health and diet have become very important issues for us in recent years. More consideration is being given to the relationship between our health and the food we eat. We are hearing some good news, that many vegetables contain cancer fighting properties. We are being told to reduce our intake of fat and sugar, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Another concern for many people is the toxic environmental pollutants which eventually leak into our rivers and drinking water. A common topic for political debates is the welfare of our environment. The welfare of our environment has become a common topic for political debates.

Common agricultural practices, work against nature, resulting in topsoil that has a lower quality. Resistant insects and land that is less fertile are all the result of the overuse of pesticides. The number of natural insect predators is reduced with the use of pesticides and this will produce more pests requiring the application of even stronger pesticides. The loss of quality topsoil means a reduction in farmland productivity. Inorganic fertilizers are used to make up for this loss; however, this does not solve the problem. Microorganism in the soil which make nutrients available to plants can be killed off by inorganic fertilizers.

Organic gardeners want to work with nature, not against it. They want to grow food that has not been sprayed with synthetic fertilizers and is good for the environment. Gardening organically means that you do not need to be concerned about children coming into contact with harmful synthetic fertilizers and weedkillers on the lawn. Using the organic method, soil fertility is increased, wildlife is protected and environmental damage can be reversed.

Another great advantage of organic gardening is that kitchen and garden waste can be composted to reduce the amount of garbage that needs to be sent to a landfill or incinerator.

A large amount of vegetables can be produced from a small space and picked fresh for your table. Fresh organic vegetables are tastier than store bought food and contain more nutrients, more vitamins and more enzymes. The texture, the scent and the appearance of the food is also a very rewarding part of organic gardening. You will be providing your family with nutritious pesticide free food and also a safe healthy habitat for animals and insects.

Beautiful gardens can be grown without the use of chemical fertilizers. Throughout history, before these chemicals were discovered people have been growing food for use in the kitchen. Organic gardening helps us to be more self-sufficient, like the generations before us. Gardening is a rewarding and fun pastime and will contribute to the well being of your surroundings.

Rebecca R. Ammons

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