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Organic Home Gardening


Organic farmers produce fruit and vegetables without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. If you are a home gardener, there are a lot of reasons why you should consider organic gardening. Home gardeners, whether they grow flowers or vegetables, and whether they live in the city or the country, till the soil just as farmers do, and therefore have an impact upon the environment. Indeed, through organic gardening home gardeners who live in urban areas actually have an opportunity to do something to improve the environment. Urban conditions tend to lower the quality of air, soil and water. With organic gardening, home gardeners help restore some of that lost quality.

Why is it good for you to use organic gardening? Home vegetable gardeners eat their own produce. No poisonous chemicals are used in organic gardening. Home gardeners therefore don't have to worry about toxins in their food. Even among home flower gardeners organic gardening means no exposure to poisonous chemicals for anyone in the family.

Fresh vegetables always contain more vitamins than vegetables purchased at a supermarket, and organically grown vegetables have minerals that are often missing or found only in low quantities in chemically raised vegetables. Organically grown vegetables also contain protective phytochemicals that scientists believe are defenses against cancer and other diseases. Any sort of outdoor gardening is good for you because it gets you out in the sunshine and fresh air. Organic gardening makes the experience all the better because it is good for both you and the environment.

Organic gardening is good for society in general because it does not add dangerous chemicals to the environment. Organic vegetable gardening, wherever it is done, adds to food production. Because organic gardening reuses and recycles materials, it reduces the pressure on community waste disposal services and means less garbage going into landfill sites.

Chemical fertilizers add nothing to the soil, and can in fact have harmful effects. Organic fertilizers contribute to the development of good, nutrient rich soil that can be used by future generations. Chemical pesticides can leave toxic residues on food. Moreover, they kill the good insects along with the bad ones. They get into the natural food chain and cause long lasting problems far from the actual garden. Organic pest control uses nature's own methods to keep destructive insects in check, and so allows your garden to maintain a healthy diversity of organisms.

For these and many other reasons, it is in your best interest to use organic gardening. Home gardeners who haven't already started to do so should give it serious consideration.