Organic Gardening Benefits and Tips

Organic gardening provides delicious chemical-free food while respecting the environment. Here are some important benefits for gardening organically and some easy ways to transform your garden into an organic, chemical-free zone.

Benefits of Organic Gardening

Raise healthy and safe food. Homegrown produce tastes better than that purchased in stores, in part because homegrown is fresher. More than simply being fresh, organic produce is even better for you, because there aren't pesticides or chemicals used in raising the food. If you love to eat (and we all have to), why not use organic gardening to eat the most delicious and healthful food possible? Be kind to bird and insect populations. Because organic gardening doesn't depend on chemical fertilizers and insecticides, birds, bees, and other pollinators can interact with nature safely. Save some cash. When you garden organically, you'll spend less money on gardening supplies. You won't need to buy expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you practice organic gardening. Instead, you can use natural fertilizers such as homemade compost. And there are a variety of organic methods that eradicate insect pests safely. Use less water. Organic gardening uses less natural resources, especially water. Good soil, rich in organic compounds, is able to hold moisture better, which means less watering is needed. Say "no" to chemicals. Fertilizers and insecticides may produce beautiful and unmarred fruits and vegetables, but at what cost? Organic gardening means you can truly eat tomatoes right off the vine without having to wash off chemicals.

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Garden to Organic

Improve your soil. The success of your organic gardening efforts depends on your soil. Starting with nutrient-rich, healthy soil is a major component of organic gardening. Add compost and other nutrient-rich amendments to improve your garden soil. Compost. Compost is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it is the dark, nutrient-rich soil amendment you add to your garden that works as a natural fertilizer. Compost is full of organic materials that also help conserve soil moisture. As a verb, compost is the act of taking all the green waste in your yard and garden (grass clippings, leaves, spent flowers) and creating compost. Use a compost bin or pile to practice organic gardening. 

Learn how to make your own compost. Mulch. Adding a layer of organic material around the plants in your organic garden serves two purposes: it helps discourage weed seeds from germinating, and it helps to conserve the soil's moisture. Mulching minimizes weeding and watering chores. Plus, mulch makes gardens and landscapes look neater.

Get the secret to selecting and applying the right mulch. Use safe pest controls. If you discover that bugs are eating your produce, research before you spray to get closer to practicing organic gardening. It's important to treat pests with natural remedies that are formulated for the exact pest you have. For example, if you have tomato hornworms, you can simply pick them off your tomato plants and drop them in a cup of soapy water -- safe and natural. Safer soap and neem oil are two safe, natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

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