Tips For Organic Garden

No Chemicals? No Problem! Organic Gardening for Beginners

Fertilizer can be expensive and can contain unwanted chemicals, but any food waste can be turned into rich compost with the help of a worm bin. In nature, worms eat decaying plant matter, aerate the soil and excrete nutrient-rich soil enhancers as they wiggle through, a process that can be recreated in about the space of a trash can using a few hours and instructions printed from the Internet. Saving the Earth by repurposing the table scraps and reducing waste is a wonderful side effect, but saving money on the high-yield produce is well worth the initial investment.

To call a garden organic, there’s a larger list of “don’ts” than “dos.” The seeds have to be chemical free, harvested from plants that are chemical free and not genetically modified. Any chemical assistance, from pesticides and herbicides to fertilizers, can’t be used. It is possible to choose companion plants, each acting as natural repellants for the most common pests attracted to the other. As long as the garden is manageably sized, a little effort goes a long way to making chemicals completely unnecessary.

“You are what you eat”–it’s as true now as ever. No matter what the commercial farmers may say, science really doesn’t know the long-term ramifications of some of the genetic modifications and chemical treatments that have become commonplace. It is easier for most people to shrug and apathetically pile their plate with whatever is cheapest. Living that recklessly can cost far more in the long run than the few minutes a day that making more conscious choices would take. High-quality, nutrient-rich produce that’s free from chemicals will cost less than the less-healthy variety with the investment of a little research, time, effort and heart.

Everyone loves fresh vegetables. With the new information available about genetically modified foods and the dangers of possible pesticide exposure, the fastest-growing word in the grocery store is “organic,” but buying organic produce can be nearly double the price of the non-organic variety. In order to be called “organic” growers have to meet certain criteria but there is some dispute over whether the minimum requirements are really enough. The very best way to get high quality, truly organic produce at an affordable price is to grow it personally.

The first thing any would-be gardener needs is a place to put their garden. Starting with something small and manageable and choosing to grow from there is usually the best course of action. Even with pots or flower boxes on a patio a small organic garden is possible. To prevent the loss of topsoil due to runoff and to make the most of the fertilizer or compost, a six-inch-tall wooden frame can be imbedded about an inch into the ground, holding the soil in place and separating areas from one another.

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