Why Should I Become An Organic Gardener?

Why should I become an organic gardener? Organic gardening is the way to go for the budget gardener because you spend less money on fertilizers and pesticides. Most organic gardeners fertilize with compost, which is a great way to recycle.

Organic gardening techniques work really well. For people who like to save money, organic gardening is a cheaper way to garden. It is intrinsic in organic gardening that you learn the proper gardening techniques. By learning the proper gardening techniques, you will have less loss of plants so you can spend less time in the garden and your plants are going to do better. You are not going to be replacing the plants as often, so it's a less time consuming way to garden. It will reduce your labor and the amount of money you spend on your plants. When you use organic fertilizers, plants actually last longer and you don't have to fertilize as often. Therefore you don't have buy as much fertilizer. The price comparison of organic gardening versus chemical gardening is about equal, but don't have to use the fertilizers as often. A lot of the chemical fertilizers are water soluble, so whenever you have very hard rains, it tends to leech out of the soil very easily. The nutrients in organic fertilizers become locked into the soil, so when it rains they don't really wash away. They stay locked in the soil where the plants use them and they stay in the soil longer and help to build up the natural soil nutritional cycle of the ecosystem. So organic fertilizers help to build up healthier soil. For instance, that you started the garden from scratch and you have been using fertilizers for a year. You may be able to skip a whole season without actually adding any manure or compost to the soil. Last but not the least are the environmental issues. Chemical fertilizers that have been shown to get into subsoil and get to ground water. So if you are using a lot of these pesticides that wash off easily, the chemical fertilizers get into the ground water and drinking water.

Organics can also replace the nutrients that have been depleted from our soil over the years. When you are dealing with soil that has been abused and neglected you have poor soil, but it actually doesn't take much to help revitalize it. The same things that we do in organic gardening with composting is done on an industrial level called bioremediation. In bioremediation, you can have a large site where the soil has been mistreated and they actually aerate the soil, they put microbes that you would find in a compost pile in there. They aerate the organic materials so the same systems that help compost materials breakdown can also clean chemicals out of it. So if you had a site, a farm, for example, that was conventionally used for years, you can have a lot of nutrition depletion and you are going to have a lot of salt built-up because chemical fertilizers are salt based. By adding organic material, which is really what you put into a compost pile, it is truly the life blood of the soil. If you put in organic material, in time it is eventually going to turn that soil from a dead soil to a living soil just by feeding the soil and letting the microbes get back in there. If you did all these things to polluted soil, in two years you could be farming on it again. In fact, in order for somebody to grow certified organic crops, there is a three year period in which you have to wait from the last time they used a chemical fertilizer until you can start getting your crops certified organic. In that three years, you could revitalize almost any soil. So, yes, there is hope.

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