You cannot have failed to notice the rapid increase in the trend towards organic gardening over the last decade or so, that is unless you have been living under a rock during that time. It is becoming ever more popular with home owners, as they try to reduce their carbon footprint.
What is organic gardening?
To most people it is the concept of gardening with out the use of chemicals. However that depends on your definition of chemicals and how you are applying it in this situation. Personally I prefer to say that is a way of gardening without the use of “man made” chemicals, as there are plenty of good natural chemicals tat are needed in the garden, these natural chemicals can be provided easily by working in harmony with nature and not against it.
Why is organic gardening becoming so popular?
I believe it is gaining popularity for a number of reasons, over the last decade or so there have been a number of negative reports in the press and media etc into the bad effects these chemicals can have on our health. But probably most of the increase can be attributed to the negative impact these man made chemicals have on our environment and hence organic gardening has received a boost from the green movement.
Staying with the environment, many people are now starting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. It is then an obvious choice to go organic especially if they have small children.
There are a number of major differences between organic and non organic gardening. I suppose the biggest difference is in the philosophy of what is the best way to get a healthy plant, organic gardening says “feed the soil” while non organic says “feed the plant”. Another major difference is that organic gardening uses natural methods of pest control, e.g. using barriers, complementary planting and the encouragement of predator insects into the garden.
By using complementary planting and growing a range of different crops throughout the year, you are increasing the bio-diversity in your garden, which helps to improve the soil and to encourage wildlife into the garden.
One last thought on organic gardening and growing your own fruit and vegetables, in my personal opinion the taste is far superior to the taste of shop bought food.