Organic gardening is a method of cultivating plants through entirely natural means.
Why would one want to indulge in organic gardening when there are so many modern chemicals and other substances to make growing more efficient and effective? Here’s why:
1. Recycle Your Waste and Garbage
Compost can be created from garden and kitchen waste. Though this is more time-consuming than buying prepared chemical pesticides and fertilizers, it certainly helps to put garbage to good use and saves you money.
2. Avoid Bad Health
Organic gardening does not use chemicals that may have an adverse affect on your health. This is especially important when growing vegetables and fruits of course. 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.
On 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 life. With organic gardening, these incidents are lessened.
Remember, pesticides contain toxins have only one purpose – to kill living things!
3. A Cleaner Natural Local Habitat
Poisons are often washed into our waterways, causing death to the native fish and polluting their habitat. This, of course, will benefit not only you but your children and generations to come.
4. Staves Off Soil Erosion
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’ farmland every year.
5. Save Money
As well as not having to buy compost (see point 1 above) you will also save money by not having to purchase costly chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Many organic recipes for the control of pest and disease come straight from the kitchen cupboard. Sometimes other pest-repelling plants can be grown as companions to the main crop, such as the marigold which helps repel aphids from vegetables.
Mixing 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup of cooking oil can make a cheap garden pest spray too. Put 3 tablespoons of this mixture in 1 quart of water and spray on plants. Simple and cheap!
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A simple mulch of pine needles will help to suppress the growth of weeds as well as an effective organic gardening technique in keeping moisture.