People sometimes wonder why you should go organic in the vegetable garden. There are lots of reasons but I have listed my top 4 reasons for Why you should go Organic in the vegetable garden. And 4 ways you can go Organic in the Vegetable garden today.
4 reasons to go organic in the vegetable garden
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1. To Provide healthy food for your Family
Providing healthy food for your family has to be the number one reason. I started growing organic so that I could be sure that my girls were getting food not laced with chemicals. Also, organic homegrown produce tastes better than that purchased in stores, mostly because homegrown is fresher. More than simply being fresh, organic produce is even better for you, because there aren’t pesticides or chemicals used in raising the food. If you love to eat, why not use organic gardening to eat the most delicious and healthful food possible?
2. You will be kinder to the bird and insect populations.
Because organic gardening doesn’t depend on chemical fertilizers and insecticides, birds, bees, and other friendly insects can interact with nature safely. And with bee populations suffering we need to do all we can to help them.
3. Going Organic saves you money
When you garden organically, you’ll spend less money on gardening supplies.
You won’t need to buy expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you practice organic gardening. Instead, you can use natural fertilizers such as homemade compost.
And there are a variety of organic methods that eradicate insect pests safely – read my guide on beating Slugs here
4. Going Organic uses less water.
Organic gardening uses less natural resources, especially water. Good soil, rich in organic compounds, is able to hold moisture better, which means less watering is needed.And if you collect rainwater in a water butt you will not need to use tap-water at all.
Why you should use fewer chemicals
Fertilizers and insecticides may produce beautiful and unmarred fruits and vegetables, but at what cost to your health? On average, new research has found, a supermarket potato will have been doused with an astonishing 30 active ingredients (an active ingredient is the part of a substance or compound that produces its chemical or biological effect). And all those chemicals are going into our diet.
Organic gardening means you can truly eat tomatoes right off the vine without having to wash off chemicals. And I personally don’t mind the odd wonky carrot or odd looking potato.
4 Easy Ways to go Organic in the garden
Improve your soil.
The success of your organic gardening efforts depends on your soil. Starting with nutrient-rich, healthy soil is a major component of organic gardening. Add organic compost and other nutrient-rich things like wee-rotted manure or even seaweed to improve your garden soil.
Make your own Compost.
Compost is full of organic materials that also help conserve soil moisture. To compost is when you take all the green waste in your yard and garden like grass clippings, leaves, spent flowers and mix them with brown ingredients creating lovely brown compost. Use a compost bin or pile to practice organic gardening.
Adding a layer of organic material around the plants in your organic garden serves two purposes: it helps discourage weed seeds from germinating, and it helps to conserve the soil’s moisture. Mulching minimizes weeding and watering chores. Plus, mulch makes gardens and landscapes look neater.
Mulches you can use in your garden
- wood chips
- grass clipping
Use Organic Pest controls
If you discover that bugs are eating your produce, research before you spray to get closer to practising organic gardening.
It’s important to treat pests with natural remedies that are formulated for the exact pest you have.
For example, if you have Slugs try beer traps to catch them.
If you have Aphids, organic and pure Neem oil may be diluted in water and sprayed onto plants infested with aphids. The organic chemicals present in Neem oil act as a repellent against not only aphids, but also a wide array of other garden pests including mealy bugs, cabbage worms, beetles, leafminers, ants, and caterpillars.
Lastly, encourage beneficial insects like bees and ladybirds with a bug hotel and let them help you keep the bad insects in check.
I hope you think about going Organic in the garden and if you want to read more about our organic garden here Organic Vegetable Gardening Posts on Snapshot and Snippets
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