Kickstart Organic Gardening - A Beginner's Special Guide
Let’s germinate some organically gardened seeds today, shall we?
It is better, it is cruelty-free and definitely more economical. The world is falling back to the traditional, ‘organic’, and chemical-free methods of growing food after all. With its evergreen benefits, this gardening technique has become a preferred choice. Our exhaustive guide justifies the buzz surrounding it. Organic gardening has successfully converted the agricultural industry to believe in the goodness of natural produce. You are next in line to be transformed!
Hand us that digging fork, sit back, as we unearth everything you need to know about this farming technique.
What is meant by organic gardening?
To simply put it, organic gardening is a gardening/farming system without the use of man-made or artificial additives. Consequently, the use of chemicals, fertilisers, growth enhancers, herbicides, and pesticides is ruled out here.
In this gardening method, every produce is grown naturally at its own pace. Nature plays a key role here.
The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) defines organic food as “the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation. Organic gardening techniques is a systematic approach that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control".
An organic garden survives on garden soil and stimulates plant growth in its most natural way, thereby promoting an entire ecosystem. Hence, your vegetables and fruits are healthier and easy on the environment. This brings us to why you should use organic gardening techniques.
Benefits of organic gardening in today’s times
The term 'organic' was brought into currency by J.I. Rodale to distinguish between artificial and natural methods of production. Moreso, it highlighted the differences between the two, allowing the gardeners/farmers to make an informed choice.
Due to the many positive environmental implications, and health benefits, organic farming has made it into the mainstream. The consumers are slowly becoming more educated and conscious about what they serve on the plate and into their bodies. Therefore, it's important that you choose organic gardening as it:
- helps grow healthy produce, free of harmful chemicals and additives.
- nourishes the natural balance and creates a more vibrant ecosystem by imitating nature.
- maintains soil health by enriching it with natural fertilisers (like homemade manure made of organic matter and compost)
- makes you more aware of the way nature functions since it majorly works by mimicking nature, but on a small scale.
- delivers unaltered fruits and vegetables with the goodness of purity and are more earth-friendly.
- adds a superior taste and is better than conventional produce.
- is a highly meditative and spiritual hobby/activity. Moreover, horticulture comes with its own set of therapeutic benefits.
If you are about to start your own little organic garden, knowing just about the benefits is not enough, become fully aware of the difference between conventional and organic gardening.
Difference Between Conventional and Organic Gardening
All that valuable information would have definitely convinced you to go organic. But wait! You should know that those fruits and veggies that come directly from nature’s lap are a bit pricey. Here’s why:
But why does organic produce cost more?
Since all good things come at a cost, so does organic produce. The goodness of purity is comparatively costlier than its conventional equivalent because:
- the organic produce is limited since no artificial interference is used to speed up the growth or enhance physical attributes of organically produced goods. Therefore, the organic gardening production process remains natural and unaltered. Consequently, the supply is not able to meet the demand.
- organic products demand more labour attention as one round of organic farming is not able to yield enough output.
- marketing & distribution of a small batch of organic products is comparatively expensive to that of conventional produce.
As fresh organic produce is a bit heavy on the pocket, a good idea is to start your own organic garden. Stick around, and we will be back with handy tips to start organic gardening.