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Ready to grow a vegetable garden? The message is garden organically.
But isn’t that expensive and a lot of work? Actually no and in this article, we will highlight the benefits of gardening organically and why you should be considering it.
I get it, it’s the 21st century and there are now methods and tools out there that can shortcut the process of growing organic vegetables.
The use of pesticides and chemicals are popular, even in today’s strong messaging world that protests the use of them.
Truth is, people love to take shortcuts. Sometimes at the expense of their own health.
The use of pesticides and chemicals on your garden will probably catch up with you at some stage.
What Do We Mean By Garden Organically?
Before we look at the benefits of growing organic vegetables, let’s look at what garden organically actually means.
In a nutshell, to garden organically basically means the non use of pesticides, fertilizers which contain harmful chemicals and weed killers.
Instead, the use of organic products that do the same work as the above mentioned are used.
The produce you harvest is completely free of chemicals and pesticides. In non organic gardens, chemicals and pesticides are used in both the soil and on the plants themselves.
They are continually used as the vegetables grow from seeds to harvest to keep pests at bay. The truth is, people find it easier to go to the store and purchase these products rather than use the healthy alternative.
For example, weed killers will get rid of weeds in your garden but can also stain the quality of your vegetables. Why not simply use a little muscle and pull the weeds with your hands? That’s part of gardening organically.
Look For Harmful Ingredients On The Label
There are products available at stores and garden centers that are promoted as organic replacements to chemical enhanced pesticides.
And they work really well. Certainly consider using them but not before you check the label and make sure they don’t contain harmful chemicals.
Two products to watch out for are Malathion and Skoot. Malathion is considered safe in small doses but even washing vegetables treated with it won’t completely make it safe to eat.
Skoot is used as a repellent against harmful pests which discourages them from eating the produce. It leaves a bad taste. While considered harmless to animals, if it can affect an animal’s taste, don’t you think it will affect your taste?
Read the possible side effects that you could suffer by coming into contact with these pesticides. The list is long and scary.
So the bottomline is, to garden organically means letting the plant grow naturally, like it was meant to. Sure it’s slower but much healthier and safer than trying to speed up the process by using chemically enhanced and dangerous pesticides.
Money Saving Advantages Of Gardening Organically
So let’s look at the advantages of gardening organically. Two in particular are saving money and healthy eating.
To garden organically means you are in complete control of what you put in the food you are eating.
You avoid the chance of accidentally poisoning yourself by using dangerous pesticides.
While organic vegetables may seem expensive at the supermarket, you will save money in the long run by growing your own organic vegetables.
By using all natural products and methods, you save yourself money by not paying for expensive store bought pesticides.
More importantly, you won’t have to continually buy these products every month.
If you doubt this will save you a bundle in the long run, do a cost exercise the next time you go to the store.
Add up what these unnatural store bought fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides will cost.
Actually, choose the cheapest products if you like and then once you’ve added up the cost, imagine “forking out” this money each month just to keep your garden growing and producing.
Can you imagine the money you will save by avoiding this cost?
And then there’s the cost of gas for your vehicle in continually making trips to the store when you run out of these products.
Take it from an experienced gardener, these trips will happen frequently. Too frequently and your “hip pocket will be the worse for wear”.
Garden Organically For Amazing Health Benefits
Then there’s the health benefits. Your diet will improve by eating organic produce.
Whether you’re following a strict diet, detoxifying or cleansing, the use of organically-grown fruit and vegetables will benefit your overall health.
Eating organic vegetables will increase significantly the natural vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its best.
We suggest hitting a target of sixty percent of your meal intake with organically grown vegetables.
This was the target I aimed for and the eventual benefits included improved natural skin pigmentation and increased energy levels. It helped blood pressure and cholesterol levels over time and shedding unwanted pounds occurred naturally.
And more importantly, because my body was receiving the natural nutrients it needed to function efficiently, I ate less and felt less hungry.
That meant a huge cut down on unscheduled meal snacks between my main daily meals.
And finally, gardening organically had the added benefit of better tasting produce.
Organic vegetables taste much better than those treated heavily by unnatural chemicals.
The taste flavor of organic vegetables is more pronounced than those grown non organically.
You actually taste what you’re eating – naturally grown vegetables. Isn’t this why we eat? To enjoy the taste of the food?