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Organically Grown Food - Is Organic Really Good?

Updated on May 4, 2016

Why Organic Is Good

Is organically produced food better for you?  You may have been hearing more about organic food recently.  The fact is that people in general are becoming more concerned about the environment that they live in and also how the environment and how food is produced can affect their health.  We are consuming harmful chemicals used in food production every day, so it is no wonder that interest in organic food is growing. Here are four reasons why it is better for you.

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Tips on Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden

Four Good Reasons to Go Organic

1. Flavor! Organically produced vegetables, fruit and other crops, simply taste better. Anything grown without chemical interference will taste just the way nature intended.

2. Organic is better for your health. Thankfully the truly poisonous pesticides that used to be sprayed on our food crops are now banned – at least in most countries. But there are still harmful chemicals used in farming that could be carcinogenic or in other ways detrimental to our health. Organic farming does not use chemicals. Another plus on the health issue is that organically produced crops can contain considerably more antioxidants.

3. Organic agriculture is environmentally friendly. Because no harmful chemicals or pollutants are used, these cannot enter the soil or the water. Organic farms attract wildlife rather than poison it and preserve the environment.

4. Organic farming benefits the community. Organic farms tend to be on a smaller scale than huge traditional chemically enhanced intensive farming methods. However, organically produced food can command a higher price and therefore be more profitable bringing more money into the rural community.

We can only hope that some time in the future all food will be grown organically. There is no need to wait for organic farming to become the norm. You can start today by growing some of your own food at home and improve your health and save money at the same time.

So Is Organic Really Good? Yes it is!

Pests can Spoil Your Vegetables

Avoiding the Pests When Organic Gardening

Growing our own is officially on the up, with more and more of us finding that growing our own food not only eases our purses, but also offers increasing health benefits as we know exactly what has or hasn’t been added to produce, through our organic gardening approaches!

However, we’re not the only ones who want to enjoy the delights of our hard work in the garden, so how can we reduce pests without being reduced to using pesticides?

Organize Your Vegetable Garden to Deter Pests

Raised Beds

Start organizing your vegetable or produce garden with organic growth in mind. A good way to do this which immediately eliminates some pests is including raised garden beds into your growing plots. With raised beds you can optimize drainage (particularly if this is difficult in the rest of your soil), to keep your plants well drained ensuring that your seedlings have adequate moisture after watering without staying sopping wet, as where they become waterlogged they can be far more prone to gardens pests such as slugs and snails.

Raised bed gardening is easily facilitated through using pallet sides or planks to create enclosures in which you can grow produce. If you find that you have lots of slugs visiting your garden, incorporate some of the pallet wood planks to lie between the rows of the bed itself. This creates a ‘safe’ area of warmth and darkness for any visiting slugs to hide in, which makes it easy for you to pick them off each morning before they have time to hit your conveniently growing ‘breakfast bar’!

It can also be easier (and less unsightly) to cover a raised bed, rather than a whole section of garden with netting – another way to deter unwanted pests!

Building a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

Strategic Planting to Deter Pests

Make use of strategic planting in your garden to reduce incidences of losing your produce to pests. This means looking at what plants complement each other’s growth in tandem with deterring unwanted visitors – a strategy which is useful both for organic gardening in raised garden beds or in more industrial allotment growing.

For example, slugs do not like marigolds, so growing these alongside your lettuces may well deter slugs in a very natural way. Take some time to research plants which complement each other in this way, or cast an eye over allotments to see what other people are doing (and what is working)!

Strategic planting also works by planting bushes, trees, shrubs, flowers and smaller plants which can act as a natural habitat for friendly garden insects who will be ‘predators’ to your unwanted visitors. Interspersing appropriate plants between your vegetable beds will enhance organic vegetable growing by keeping a ready supply of natural predators to see off these pests!

For example, ladybirds love nettles and will happily nest there over winter, so a small patch of nettles could supply you with the ladybird predators you need to see off a wide selection of garden aphids.


Don't Forget the Wild Birds

Lastly, do remember to use bird tables and nesting boxes to encourage birds into your garden: Blue tits can play a fabulous role in eliminating plagues of caterpillars and help you in your organic gardening venture!

Encourage wild birds into your garden and they will eat many of the pests.
Encourage wild birds into your garden and they will eat many of the pests.

Making an Organic Vegetable Garden Start to Finish

Does Strategic Planting Really Deter Pests?

Pest control can be a major problem in your organic vegetable garden. Without the use of chemical pesticides how can you keep common pests away?

Strategic planting often known as Companion Planting helps with this - or does it? Watch the following video to find out more.

Organic Food - Your Comments

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  • SolveMyMaze profile image

    SolveMyMaze 3 years ago

    Awesome hub! I would always recommend that people go down the organic route, it's just a cleaner lifestyle choice and something that I wish everyone was able to do.

    Of course, financial constraints will mean that it's not a choice for everyone. However, as you mentioned in the hub, a great way to get around it would be to grow your own produce.

  • Litany Notch profile image
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    Litany Notch 8 years ago from South UK

    "Organic food production uses no synthetic pesticides, produces slightly less greenhouse gases and usually leaves more room for biodiversity in agricultural areas." European Environment Agency

  • 2uesday profile image

    2uesday 8 years ago

    I try to grow most of the vegetables we use (I never put chemicals or sprays on them) and when I have to resort to buying off the supermarket shelf the flavour is lacking this is especially so with lettuce and tomatoes.

    When fruit and vegetables taste better you eat more of them so they form a larger portion of your diet which has got to be good. Your hub is sensible and helpful.

  • jazzuboo profile image

    jazzuboo 8 years ago from Queensland, Australia

    I grew up on an organic farm eating nothing but organic food. I can tell you, when I went out into the "real world" the food was so flavourless it was scary. I try and grow my own now as much as possible. The only thing better than organically grown food is home grown organic food.

  • Gypsy Willow profile image

    Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Sensible hub. With your own vegetable plot and some chickens you are half way to being self sufficient in good natural food. Thanks.

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