For starters, organic gardening is just about the cheapest way to get your own locally grown, organic food. All you need to pay for is a packet of seeds or a tray of seedlings, some compost (unless you’ve also made your own), and water for irrigation. How great is that?!
Organic gardening is also a wonderful way to restore the natural balance of your own landscape. With some thought and planning, your garden can attract a whole host of beneficial insects, birds and bees that will work together to create an abundance of food you and your family can enjoy.
- Organic gardening involves a “whole system” approach to growing plants that begins with recycling natural materials back into the soil to maintain and increase soil fertility.
- Organic gardeners strengthen their soil by adding compost, and by mulching (covering the top layer of soil with a couple inches of shredded wood bark, decomposed leaves, or grass clippings to retain moisture).
- Rather than rely on synthetic pesticides and insecticides, organic gardening encourages natural methods of pest and disease control.
- Organic gardeners strive to choose plants that are best suited to their soil type, climate and growing conditions because those plants will be less susceptible to disease and pests.
- Organic gardeners usually grow a wide variety of plants. This diversity helps create a balance in the garden between pests and predators so that no pest builds up to an unacceptable level. A wide variety of plants also attracts an abundance of birds and insects, bringing the garden to life in a busy and productive way.
- Gardening organically is a way to make your own backyard or landscape reflect the cleaner, greener world you want to live in.
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