If I only had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked to explain the benefits to organic gardening… I have been asked about the benefits of organic gardening almost more than any other question by people who swear by the glorious (not) ease of synthetic chemicals. This article will finally address my thoughts on organic gardening.
- You Are What You Eat
Organic gardening eliminates reliance on harsh, man-made chemicals. By wiping out chemicals utilized as a part of standard planting, your vegetables will be healthier and as they will be encouraged to do what they supposed to do naturally…get their nutrients from deep within the ground by growing strong root systems.Dissimilar to conventional growing, organic gardening will keep potentially harmful, destructive poisons from entering your food and therefore your body. Remember, you are what you eat!
What I have found is that once you use a chemical compound (i.e. fertilizer), it is very easy to become reliant on such means. Quitting cold turkey will make your plants look sickly and produce less, therefore making you run back to the chemicals used before. It becomes a vicious circle.
- Eliminate The Chemicals
The most concerning issue with conventional planting, are the man-made chemicals themselves. Man-made pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers are detrimental not only to humans but can also to be toxic to fish, beneficial insects, and wildlife.The thing is, when you spray or pour these chemicals on the plants, they don’t simply remain on top of the soil. The chemicals saturate the ground, seeping into our groundwater. But don’t just take my word for it. Do some research of your own. Many of the chemicals in these products have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer.
- Protect The Planet
When you choose to plant naturally, you can wipe out the worry for decimating the earth, yet more significantly, you can wipe out the worry for you and your family’s well being. When you use conventional gardening practices, the dangerous chemicals get on you and your clothes, making it even easier to transfer to your children and pets.Truth be told, one issue often overlooked by gardeners and greenhouse workers is dermatitis. Dermatitis is inflamed skin. It is usually characterized by red, itchy, dry skin. It’s easy to chalk such symptoms up to something like dry air or some other lame excuse, but dermatitis, especially on the hands and arms of a gardener, is usually due to contact with some chemical used in your garden. Eliminate the chemical, eliminate the problem!
By choosing to plant naturally, you’ll help keep poisons out of groundwater and avoid adding further poisons to the dirt. Since water and plants are the source of shelter and food for other animals and beneficial insects, not to mention healthy bacteria and other organisms, it is up to us to make sure that we protect our world be eliminating (or at least decreasing) our use of chemicals in the garden. Instead, endeavor to garden in a more natural way.
How do you feel about organic gardening? Please leave a comment below.