What is Organic Gardening & Why do I care?

timabarta September 26, 2018

Organic gardening, also known as organic horticulture, is the skill of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more by utilizing techniques like crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control.  Organic gardening does not utilize synthetic fertilizers or pesticides when growing crops.  The main objective behind organic gardening is to utilize nature to cultivate crops rather than relying on chemical agents and products. One of the most important aspects to organic gardening is building healthy soil.  The best way to build healthy soil is by creating compost using decaying plant wastes, such as grass clippings, fall leaves and vegetable scraps.

The benefits to organic gardening are immense!  It has been shown that organically grown food is significantly higher in the essential vitamins and nutrients used to prevent cancer.

Another advantage to organic gardening is the decline in health risks because of the significant reduction in harmful chemicals that are then ingested into the human body.  Many of the EPA-approved pesticides were approved before thorough research was done; some research now links the chemicals in these pesticides to cancer and other diseases.  Additionally, by not applying these chemicals to gardening, our breathing air and water sources are exposed to far fewer pollution and harm.  Organic gardening is a great new hobby and everyone should practice organic techniques in their own gardens!