Organic Gardening Benefits and Tips
Relying on environmentally friendly ways to garden is a win-win. You get delicious, chemical-free food, and Mother Nature gets the respect (and protection) she deserves. Best of all, going organic in your garden is an easy process.
There are many benefits to organic gardening. Not only is going chemical-free better for the environment, but you and your family can have peace of mind knowing that the delicious food you're eating is all-natural. Aside from raising delicious food, organic gardening will save you time, money, and even water. Let's dig into the details on the multiple benefits that organic gardening has to offer.
Fresh, Delicious Organic Food
We guarantee that what you pluck off the bush, vine, or tree will taste better than any fruit or vegetable purchased in a store. Homegrown might not be as uniform in size and color as what you buy in a produce section, but you can expect an explosion of flavor. And not much tastes better than something you are proud of growing.
Health Benefits of Organic Gardening
Because organic gardening eliminates chemical pesticides and fertilizers, right from the start you are handling fewer chemicals. No spraying, no spreading, no touching. You are also reducing the number of nitrates your food absorbs when you skip nitrate-based fertilizers. On the flip side, it has been proven that organically grown produce delivers more antioxidants, which are known to help ward off cancers. But the biggest health boost might come from the fact that you will probably eat more fruits and veggies because they are right there and taste great.
Environmental Benefits of Organic Gardening
Organic fertilizers are made from plant and animal sources, such as manure and compost. Applying compost and mulches reduces topsoil erosion. And as they slowly break down, they provide nutrients to plants and improve soil structure. Once your soil has been improved, you need less fertilizer, period. Improved soils hold onto water better, which means less runoff. Even better? There won’t be any chemicals from your yard finding their way into the water supply. Plus, if you are making your own compost with your kitchen scraps and yard waste, you are helping relieve pressures on your local landfill. Some organic herbicides and insecticides (e.g., vinegar, Epsom salts, castile soap) work toward preserving your crops while protecting bees, butterflies, and birds. This means pollinators, beneficial insects, and our garden friends all stay safe.
How Organic Gardening Helps Conserve Water
Organic gardening reduces how many natural resources, especially water, we need for our backyard crops. Soil rich in organic compounds holds moisture better, which means less watering is needed. Adding several inches of organic mulch on top of the soil chokes out weeds and reduces the rate of evaporation. Plus, mulch’s propensity for retaining moisture means extra humidity for the plants.
How You Can Save Money with Organic Gardening
When you garden organically, you'll spend less money on gardening supplies. You won't be buying chemical fertilizers. Instead, kitchen waste and yard clippings become rich, black end product that replenishes nutrients and helpful organisms in the soil. And you can mix up herbicides and pesticides from items you probably have in your pantry. Don’t overlook the cost savings of growing your own organic produce instead of spending top dollar at the supermarket. And if you have bumper crops, learning to preserve the excess means you’ll save money in the winter by not having to buy greenhouse-raised produce.
Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Garden to Organic
Feed Soil with Compost
Compost is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it is the dark, nutrient-rich amendment that works as a natural fertilizer. Compost is full of organic materials that help conserve soil moisture. As a verb, composting is using kitchen scraps and yard and garden waste (grass clippings, leaves, faded or dead flowers) to make compost.
Put Down Organic Mulch
Adding a layer of organic material around the plants in your organic garden serves two purposes: It discourages weed seeds from germinating and conserves soil moisture. So you have to do less weeding and watering. Plus, mulch makes gardens and landscapes look neater and more pleasing to the eye.
Use Safe Pest Control
If you discover bugs are eating your produce, research before you spray to get closer to practicing organic gardening. It's important to treat pests with specific remedies. For example, if tomato hornworms have moved in, you’ve got to pick them off your tomato plants and drop them in a cup of soapy water. Safer soap and neem oil are two effective alternatives to chemical pesticides