Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is becoming a key facet in resolving environmental and public health issues. It cleans and supports the environment by prohibiting use of synthetic and lab created substances that harm human physiology and ecosystems. Easier in many ways than conventional gardening, it is also less costly, and adaptable on some scale to any living situation.

There is increasing concern over our arable land’s ability to sustain yields under conventional farming practices. With recent attention focusing on GMO foods and their possible health risks, the argument for organic practices launched into the public health and political arenas. A large part of revolutionizing conventional farming practices will be the grass-roots movement from individuals who commit organic and sustainable practices on their own or community properties.
Using plant health, natural predation, crop rotation and sometimes psychology for insect control supports ecosystems by eliminating

eating carrotsconventional pesticides and reducing collateral damage that occurs when pesticide overspray salts the soil or kills non-target insects. Amending soil with brown and green compost, using vermiculture and its byproducts, and fertilizing with composted wastes of free range fowl also eliminates soil salting and builds an ideal growing medium that sustains production indefinitely. Done well, these practices result in a self-perpetuating ecosystem. Healthy plants are more disease and insect resistant, resulting in a controlled and balanced population of opportunists, predators, and pollinators. Healthy root systems aerate soil and form chambers for water. Worms travel freely through moist, loose soil and digest dead plant material, fertilizing as they go. Chickens eat a variety of clean

insects, and their droppings fertilize plants.
Capitalizing on these natural cycles reduces monetary outlay and physical effort as well. Initial outlay for seeds is minimal. Worms and chickens provide fertilizer, spread it, and work it into the soil, precluding the expense of sprays and labor of amending soil. Additionally, each seed multiplies its offspring exponentially. For many plants, a single seed yields several pounds of produce. In the organic market, the savings is substantial. Furthermore, the practice of seed saving could mean only a one-time cash outlay for initially seeding a crop.
Organic gardening is possible in any scale. Owning a hobby farm of several acres is not necessary. Increasing numbers of people are organic gardeningconverting their lawns to “foodscapes”, raising vegetables in their front yards. Communities are continuing to provide shared plots, and many cities allow small populations of chickens and rabbits on single-dwelling suburban lots. Apartment deck or balcony boxes can yield substantial root crops and herbs over summer, and leafy greens in winter. And, theoretically, a high-rise city dweller could grow hydroponic tomatoes and fertilize indoor plants with droppings from his pet bunny.
Organic gardening may not provide for a household’s complete food needs, but it is a way to reduce food expenses, support our planet, and prove the viability of organic practices as highly productive, sustainable, and safe alternatives to conventional farming.

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  1. Kale Harmon says:

    I’m so glad you pointed out community and home gardens. I strongly believe that is the way to get away from these massively polluting corporate farms. It’s not that hard to plant several vegetable plants in your yard or even in pots and harvest them yourself.

  2. Melanie says:

    There is nothing that saves money better than putting in some sweat equity in your own garden. Going organic is a lot easier at home than it is to find organic vegetables at the local market. Just don’t put chemicals on your plants! Composting gets rid of lots of yard and kitchen waste too. It’s a win-win situation.

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