Organic gardening isn’t without its controversies. On one hand, some claim that edible produce grown using organic methods are sweeter, healthier and much better for the land the crops are grown on. On the other hand, others say that whether it’s organic or not doesn’t make a difference to the taste of the crops grown or to the soil the plants grow on.
I’ve always preferred the idea of using the organic method over chemical, probably because I subscribe to the belief that plants absorb whatever chemicals are used on them, and if those plants happen to be grown as a food source, I don’t want to indirectly consume those chemicals anyway.
Furthermore, organic fertilizer can be easily made by anyone at home. You can easily create a compost bin by using an unused bucket with holes drilled in
Vermicomposting is another method that is beginning to be used more and more by organic gardeners. Vermicast Green Tea is also produced using worms in the process.
The same kitchen waste can also be recycled and used in the creation of garbage enzyme, which works wonders as an organic pest control. All these can be made in the comfort of your home with minimum spend.
Yet another advantage of organic pest control is the fact that the balance of nature is maintained in your garden. Natural predators will be attracted to your plants if there is a supply of pests and your plants will be kept healthy without the need for chemical warfare in the garden. For me, organic pest control is essential.
However, organic gardening is not without its detriments. Organic soil usually contains nutrients which are released much more slowly over time and because there is no artificial boost to the soil’s nutrients, the yield for crops are usually smaller and less robust than those grown using the conventional fertilizing methods. Also, without chemical intervention, some of the organic food grown is usually also eaten by garden visitors who share the same palate as you do. But there are ways to boost natural ground nutrients – Green Manuring is a good example.
Since you cannot use any of the quick and easy fixes throughout the gardening process, organic gardening is considered to be more labor and time intensive than the conventional method. Compost takes time to break down enough to be usable, crop rotation may be needed if you are growing on a plot of land and not in containers, and manual removal of diseased plants is needed. All of these add to the time and effort spent.
It is not hard to make the change to organic gardening, though. You don’t have to make a complete and radical change. One gardening tip is to
Another organic garden idea is to rent an allotment or other garden plots that
When all is said and done, organic gardening, although needing slightly more effort, is much more satisfying and rewarding, since it creates a sustainable renewable cycle which helps to preserve the fragile state of our earth by not destroying it further.