The benefits of gardening are almost too innumerable to list. Not only do you gain the experience of eating produce cultivated by your own hands, but also you save money by doing so. Choosing to garden organically is a different ballgame though. When the idea is first considered, it may seem challenging, especially to an unseasoned gardener. When the value of organic gardening is examined, it is hard to ignore the calling to switch to this greener way of cultivation.
Avoid Nutrient Waste
Many fertilizers that homeowners use in their gardens and lawns contain more nutrients than the garden can take in. Companies, who create these fertilizers, make the nutrients, like nitrogen, water-soluble. This is great for the plants that can then more easily absorb the nutrients. However, all of these excess nutrients that the garden cannot take in will be washed away eventually. Because the nutrients are water-soluble, they are taken into the watershed and can run into our drinking water.
By switching to organic gardening, you eliminate this unnatural application of nutrients. A great alternative is to plant beans, a plan that takes nitrogen from the air and “locks” it into the soil for other plants to use. This way, your garden naturally gets the nitrogen it wants, but you are not potentially polluting your own water supply.
Avoid Mystery Ingredients
When you check the labels of your store-bought fertilizers and pesticides, you will only find the active ingredients listed. While these identify the hazards of those ingredients, you are left with no information about the inactive ingredients or their potentially hazardous effects. As with the issues in nutrient waste, these inactive ingredients can run off and cause problems with water sources. It is also problematic that you could be exposing pets to unknown hazardous chemicals.
Keep Soil Naturally Fertile
As stated earlier, fertilizers contain excessive levels of nutrients. While plants do benefit from the nutrients, too much is a bad thing. Soil can become toxic to many plants – especially fragile ones – when nutrient levels build up. Alternately, you can easily keep soil fertile through the organic gardening method of crop rotation. When you are maintaining other methods of organic gardening, crop rotation keeps soil nutrients at a healthy level and keeps microorganisms at good population levels.
The “green” movement places a great deal of emphasis on staying local and supporting the goods in your region. There are many reasons for this. One of the main is that there is a significant amount of energy used to transport goods across the globe and to prepare food for that journey. In support of the green ideal, how much more local can you get than your own backyard?