Feed the soil and not the plant: that’s one way of summing up the concept of organic gardening. It’s an earth-friendly, healthier way to grow the things you eat. Here are some benefits of adopting the organic approach to gardening.
1. You’ll Enjoy Increased Nutritional Value
Organic foods contain a higher mineral and vitamin content than what you’ll find in their conventionally grown counterparts. Chemical-free soil creates this bounty. Organic animal products are not pasteurized, which strips much of the nutritional value of milk, cheese and other dairy products.
2. You’ll Save Money
You’ll hear that organic food and organic gardening is more expensive than their conventional counterparts. While it’s true that some chemical fertilizers and pesticides are less expensive than organic ones – that’s only one part of the equation. If you garden organically, you’ll most likely be using compost to fertilize. Recycling the organic material you don’t use in your kitchen and from your lawn, and using it to create compost means you won’t be buying fertilizers at all. And you’ll be doing your part to reduce the estimated 30 percent of recyclable organic waste that ends up in landfills.
3. You’ll Know Exactly What You’re Eating
When you grow it yourself and you also know what you’ve used to take it from seed to ripe fruit or vegetable, you are precisely aware of what you’re eating. There’s a high degree of satisfaction from this that is unlikely to be found from buying your fruit and vegetables from a store.
4. Your Attitude Will Change
Most people approach gardening with the attitude that fertilizers and pesticides are the only way to win the war against everything that wants to eat what they plant. Well, what do they expect? You’re putting out a free meal for them. The organic approach mimics nature, teaching gardeners to use companion plants and natural barriers. It works with the environment to help your organic garden stop sticking out like a red thumb.
5. Your Food Will Taste Better
It’s a simple fact: fruit and vegetables you grow in your garden will taste better than ones you would purchase at a grocery store because most of the time you’re going to be eating it very soon after you’ve picked it – at the peak of ripeness. Often, produce available in grocery stories was harvested long before that point, simply so that it could be shipped before it spoils.
6. You’ll Get Fresh Air and Exercise
Sadly, the average person in the United States spends nearly 90 percent if his or her time indoors. Did you know that over 90 percent of your vitamin D is a result of casual exposure to sunlight? An organic garden helps ensure you get out more, and that’s good for you. Want to lose weight? Get out in the garden. Each garden task can help you shed up to 400 calories an hour.
7. You’ll Build Your Knowledge
There’s a lot to be learned from organic gardening. Your objective is to make your garden grow like nature grows things. You’ll observe. You’ll investigate. You’ll do a lot of experimenting. Each season of your organic garden will build upon a knowledge base of how to grow food that will make you healthy.
8. It’s Fun!
Few hobbies can compare. Organic gardening is an ideal way to relieve the stress of a day at work, and as long as you ban neglectfulness, it won’t eat up all of your free time. Best yet, you can share this garden with your friends and family. The reward is healthy, delicious food.
9. You’ll Promote Biodiversity
One of the things you’ll want to do with your organic garden is plant and grow certified organic seeds – many of which are heirloom cultivars. Heirloom seeds are important because they inject diversity into our food supply.
10. You’ll Discover a New Approach to Life
With the philosophy of organic gardening in your back pocket, it’s quite likely that you’ll begin to make other day-to-day life choices about sustainability and ecology. You may decide to recycle even more than you already do, or perhaps explore alternative ways to heat and light your home. Organic gardening could be just the start of a new, healthier outlook on everything.