Organic Garden – A Healthy Alternative
Many people are ‘going green’ and what better way to do this than to start with your food. There has been an increase recently in organic garden projects and it not only helps the environment, it also helps your body because there are no chemicals used when you make an organic garden.
If you have a space for a garden, this is a good thing, you can compost and garden on the soil that is already there. Composting is where you recycle food scraps and other waste products into the soil so that it helps to feed the plants. Things you would normally throw away such as eggshells, leftovers like meat, potatoes, tomatoes, cheeses, anything that you would normally eat can be composted into the soil to help it become rich in nutrients and help to feed the new plants. Even old coffee grounds will help.
If you do not own a plot of land, you can make a planters box on the roof, your balcony, patio or just about anywhere you have a small area to keep plants in, an old bathtub is perfect for a garden and will yield a nice harvest in the fall. For soil, you use the composting you start in a box of the tub and it will continue to grow. You can purchase soil or go into the woods and find more soil to add to it before the composting is completed.
You can go to the garden center and purchase organic plants and seedlings or seeds to start your organic garden. Make sure the service person knows you are planting an organic garden so they don’t give you anything but organically grown plants or seeds.
Some people are concerned about weeds. You should not use a weed killer. The soil is covering itself up with weeds because Mother Nature does not like exposed soils. The weeds grow to keep the soil safe from erosion and other dangers. If you have exposed soil, cover it up with some mulch, this will keep the weeds away and help to keep soil erosion at bay as well.
People wonder about pests and what to do about them. There are several flowers that are natural pesticides for rabbits and other predators, such as marigolds, rabbits especially won’t cross these pretty little flowers. Do some research and you could find all kinds of natural pesticides and flowers that critters who like to feast in your garden will not want to tamper with.
In these days of food source scares, it’s better to know where your food came from and to know how it was grown, so growing it yourself is the best way to protect you and your family from unknown and unwanted diseases on your food. The food you grow organically is better for you and will taste better.
All around, if you plant an organic garden, you will be helping your body, your family and the environment. And it’s less work than fighting the lines at the grocery store or getting sick from the latest contaminated vegetables to cross the boarders.