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Top Eight Reasons Why Organic Gardening is Great for the Mind, Body and Soul
Submitted by TiffanyT on Sun, 04/26/2015 - 09:16
It’s that time of year again when we start to shake off winter’s chill and start reaching for hoes and spades. We glance toward the sun, revel in its warmth and think, “Bring It!” It’s time to get our organic gardening on.
A lot of us start off our gardening with good intentions. We buy organic compost, soil and seeds. We carefully water and weed and take pride in little seedlings as they begin to sprout. But, somewhere in the middle of our growing season, many people succumb to the darkness of weed killer and chemical fertilizers.
I know this because my mother has worked with plants for many, many years and she sees it all the time. Bags of organic soil and compost in one hand, RoundUp in the other. It’s sacrilege!
At America’s Best Organics we love organic gardening and we want all other gardeners and lovers of plants, and well, LIFE, to get into the spirit of going organic. We’ve created these top ten reasons why organic gardening is great for the Mind, Body and Soul to convince you to start and finish your garden the organic way.
Knowing where your food and flowers come from is empowering. Gardeners who plant their own seeds and care for them know they are growing healthy organic plants that are good for the body and the environment. No pesticides, insecticides or GMOs. Your food, your way.
Organic vegetables taste better…not just because you grew them. Many people want to grow their own organic vegetables because they taste better. The truth is they do! Have you ever enjoyed chemical-free heirloom tomatoes? Have you tasted that true tomato flavor? Or what about that beautiful sweetness in bell peppers… We are convinced that once you have, you might be motivated to start your own organic food market!
Give bugs a break. These critters need to thrive so we can survive! Growing a variety of plants will attract a wide range of beneficial insects to your garden. Insects like butterflies, lady bugs and earth worms are extremely important to our eco-system but are loosing their habitats because of widespread use of insecticides and pesticides. In fact, like bees, butterflies are extremely important for their role in cross pollinating plants. The Ladybug is one of the most effective insects known for feeding on soft-bodied pest insects like aphids (they can consume up to 50-60 per day!), scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, and mites. Earthworms are the key to great soil. They burrow into the soil creating pores through which oxygen and water can enter and carbon dioxide can leave the soil. They also play an important role in breaking down organic matter the helps create soil rich in nutrients.
Start an organic garden and lead by example. Growing your own organic food helps fight against the GMO movement. You may think that organic gardening is such a small act in our fight for our Right to Know, but together, we can all do small things that make a big difference.
Gardening may just transform your life. Organic gardening can send its roots into all aspects of your life. It opens a can of worms so to speak. You think you are just going grow a few vegetables and herbs, but pretty soon you’ll be finding ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose everything. Getting back in touch with nature seems to have that affect!
Help reduce your carbon footprint. One great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to start a compost bin for your garden. Instead of putting food and garden waste into the trash, put it into a compost bin. Think of it as saving money and helping the Earth. Every bit of vegetative waste goes into the compost bin. Your eggshells never go into the trash. The garbage disposal hardly gets used. Thrash weighs much less. Your garden loves you for it too!
Find a new art form. Gardening is an artistic practice. Determining what to plant and where you will plant them creates a sense of place. You are a designer. Choosing to express yourself beyond the plants makes you an artist. Recycle broken glass and rocks that might have otherwise been thrown away by creating something new. Turn that old water trough into a raised planter. Take the old bike out of the garage and put flowers in the basket. The possibilities are endless!
Gardening will make you smile. Take pride in knowing that you grew something in a way that benefited you and your environment. Knowing that you are giving back to nature, practicing an art form and growing plants that will provide you with its bounty will surely make you smile. And smiling is good for the planet.
We love to garden at America’s Best Organics which is why we want to support sustainable, organic gardening efforts for everyone! We have partnered with Botanical Interests to offer organic gifts that contain beautiful organic seeds and have also included an option to add organic seeds to every gift order at checkout. Make sure you check out America’s Best Organics organic gift offerings.