Organic Garden Maintenance
Purchases of organic fruits and vegetables have increased tremendously over the last few years. Consumers are becoming more aware of how their food is grown and what is used on these foods during the growing process.
Naturally the price of organic foods will cost you more that the old fashioned way of doing things. With price being such a huge factor, for many shoppers, having an organic garden of their own is a popular option to explore.
If you head to your local home improvement store it is very easy to get overwhelmed with all of the options available. The good news is that, because of an increase in demand, these retailers have allocated more space to organic options.
Another viable place to look is at your local nursery. Sometimes these places have employees that are incredibly knowledgeable and, no disrespect to the larger retailers out there, can provide you with advice and hands on information that may not be available everywhere else.
Benefits of Organic
Organic foods have grown in popularity because they are not treated with any kind of pesticides or non-organic handling practices. Basically this means that the food is allowed to grow naturally without any chemical assistance to escalate growth or control pests.
If you have ever had a home garden you probably had an organic garden or, at a minimum, came very close.
Studies have been had trying to determine how the foods we eat can affect our lives. Speculation is that all of the chemicals we eat (if you can’t pronounce it then it was probably created in a lab somewhere) can have a negative impact on our bodies, especially in the long run.
For my family we feel that these chemicals do harm our bodies over the years. With the increase of diseases and cancers the odds are just too much for us to ignore or take the excess chances; this is another big reason why we grow a bunch of our produce all year long.
Converting to organic growing is a pretty easy and simple process. The key is to read about what you are purchasing to use in your gardens.
If you find a product that states “natural” or “organic” you are usually in pretty good shape. These products have been developed from natural plant components and/or extracts without the creation of chemical additives.
A cheap way to go organic is to use compost, since it is created from stuff you would typically just throw away anyway.
Compost is created when organic matter is allowed to decompose and breakdown, the final product is a perfect additive to organic gardens.
Leaves, grass clippings and even some kinds of food scraps can be all thrown together to create compost. If you would like further advice and tips on creating compost take a look at this article on composting at home.
Nothing can be worse than to go out and see your hard work being destroyed by hungry bugs or rodents. The level of frustration is very high; I know this because it has happened to our garden on more than one occasion.
Luckily there are natural alternatives to cloaking your future food supply in pesticides.
If you are being attacked by a specific pest or rodent, like a gopher, you can devise a plan to attack them individually. Where it can get a bit trickier is when you cannot decipher what is harming your plants.
If the pests are unknown there are natural products that treat and prevent a broad spectrum of pests. Consult a garden specialist at your nursery or home improvement store for your options based on where you live.
Gardening takes hard work but for quite a few people it can also have some therapeutic properties as well. There is something about working up the earth and watching plants grow that provides rewarding feelings of success.
We have had gardens for a long time, even before we bought our one acre property many years ago. With the larger land we were able to expand our garden area and it now takes up approximately three thousand square feet of space in our yard. To increase our flexibility we also built a few raised beds to make it easier to grow a few different veggies and to help contain where they could grow.
We haven’t always made the best decisions on what to plant and where but we have gotten much better over the years because of the experience we have gathered.
Everyone has to begin somewhere so don’t be discouraged if your initial venture doesn’t go as planned. There are tips available for beginning gardeners that can help you plant a successful garden. Advice is also available for what kinds of plants you might want to plant, even if you don’t have a large amount of land to dedicate to it.
For us we enjoy getting out there and working together as a family. As the kids have gotten older they are less enthusiastic as they were when they were little but they still contribute, after some encouragement from Mom and Dad.
Sticking to organic options are important to us because we have pets and chickens and we don’t want them to get sick from pesticides or chemicals; of course concerns about what we eat too makes it easy to continue down the path that we have chosen.