Organic foods have become more and more prevalent in recent years. While many people understand that these foods are more nutritious and healthier than conventionally grown foods, they lack the understanding of why. There are several differences between organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods that really set these two groups apart. Organic gardening represents another growing trend around the country. With the cost of organic produce growing, many consumers have sought out to produce their own organic fruits and vegetables.
Those who do purchase organic foods typically do so because they believe organic means no pesticides. This is actually not the case. There are organic pesticides, the top two being copper and sulfer. Organic pesticides are produced from natural sources, and may undergo a light processing, if any processing at all. Conventional farms use synthetic pesticides, those created by people. The same applies to organic gardeners; not using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides is part of it.
Organic gardeners maintain a different view of plants and the growth process. They strive to allow natural processes, working with nature instead of against it. This means working with a natural water supply, and managing insects and wildlife naturally. Organic gardening begins with ensuring the soil is nutritious. This means adding organic matter to it regularly; grass clippings, dead leaves, and dead plants. The heart of organic gardening is allowing the natural process to take its course with as little human intervention as possible.
Because organic gardening does not use synthetic products, it is beneficial to the environment. There is great debate about organic farming as a whole, because many critics argue that the US Department of Agriculture does not monitor organic farming adequately. And, that many organic farms do not farm in the ways mentioned above. However, organic gardening, when done appropriately, is better for the health of the environment.
Plant selection is a key component in organic gardening. It would be very difficult and near impossible to grow an avocado in Ohio. Selecting plants that are natural for your climate is essential in an organic garden’s success. Produce that is natural for your location are better grown organically than with pesticides. Plants that are not natural to the area may encounter a host of problems with the soil, insects and other natural occurrences.
Organic gardening is a growing trend that can reap nutritional and environmental rewards. Keep in mind, though, that organic is more than pesticides use. Organic, is a mind-set and entirely different approach to the gardening process.