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Why Should You Garden Organically?

Updated on April 17, 2010

Gardening is all the rage and for that I am glad. But unfortunately that means that the use of herbicides and pesticides is on the rise and that is not good. I firmly believe that if you garden you should do it organically. Does that sound overwhelming to you? It did to me years ago, but I am here to tell you that you can do it! You can have a wonderful fruit and vegetable garden and keep it all organic. And it isn't even that hard.

There are many reasons why you should garden organically. Most people who garden are already doing so for the right reasons - they want better tasting, fresher foods that are better for them than store bought. If that is what you want, then gardening organically is the logical next step. When you garden organically your food will be even better tasting and better for you than if you used chemicals in your garden. There have been numerous studies done that show that organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than conventionally grown produce.

Gardening organically is better for the wildlife. I know that for centuries it seemed that wildlife and gardens were complete enemies, but I don't think it needs to be that way. Yes I want to keep the deer out of my garden and I would be upset if Japanese beetles ate the leaves of all my cucumbers, but in the end I do not want my garden to hurt the wildlife. I like seeing birds, squirrels, toads, butterflies, and bees out and about in the yard. If I were spraying all sorts of chemicals on my plants the animals would leave. One of the benefits of gardening organically is to be working with nature, why would I want to destroy nature?

Another thing to think about is where all those chemicals go once you spray them on your fruits and vegetables. Some animals eat them. Some get washed off with the rain or the next time you water. Then they get carried into our drinking supply and we end up ingesting them that way. At the very least they end up in the creeks, lakes, ponds and rivers for animals to ingest. Ultimately isn't the goal of your garden to provide food for your family? Pesticides and herbicides are chemicals designed to kill things. They are poisonous. Is that what you want to feed your family? I would imagine that you really don't want to poison yourself or your family, I know I don't.  Organic gardening is cheaper than conventional gardening because you won't have to buy all these chemicals each year.

Gardening organically is more traditional. In the United States especially we are progressing so fast that the older, traditional ways of doing things is quickly being forgotten. Keep in mind that chemicals for gardens are very new in the grand scheme of things. People gardened organically for thousands of years and you can do it too. Organic gardening is more sustainable as well; more sustainable for your plants, for your soil, for the wildlife, for the environment and for you. 

If you are thinking about trying your hand at organic gardening I highly recommend it. I find it less time consuming, easier and more beneficial all the way around. Please try it for a year and see what you think.

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      DENGLISH10 

      8 years ago

      Excellent hub! We should all try to grow more of our own food.

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I grow ALL of my own vegetables every year. That is why I learned how to can them. It is a great way to preserve your bounty and it is also green. You reuse the jars a truck is not hauling your veggies you eat,it is good all the way around. Take a look at my hubs on canning and its benifits. I think you will like them. I am linking to this hub. I would be honored if you did the same.

      https://hubpages.com/politics/Ball-Mason-Jar-Canni

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Interesting hub. Thanks for all the fabulous info.

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      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      One very practical reason is that you use the space. In Japan where there is severe lack of space, they use the roofs :-)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That is why I like gardening because you know what you eat. Thank you for your hub.

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      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Great hub

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