Organic Gardening -
A Beginner's Guide

How can you describe an organic garden?  One easy way to look at it is a commitment to using all natural products in your garden, whether it’s plants, soil amendments, fertilizers or pest management, and then following through.  No synthetic compounds or chemicals are used on the plants or in the ground and herbicides are replaced by good old-fashioned weeding.   Non-genetically modified plants are grown, keeping the gene pool in its natural state, something that is rapidly slipping away.

Organic gardening isn’t new, it’s just being ‘re-discovered’ in the wake of an over-chemicalized, over-engineered society.   Modern agricultural methods have been a boon to the world food supply in many cases, but the intensified farming methods used today have given rise to problems.  More and ‘better’ chemicals and genetically modified plants seem to be the only answer that agribusiness finds, with considerable encouragement from the chemical and seed growing industries. 

The result?  High yield crops with less work for the farmer, but low nutrient, genetically modified food with dangerous residues for the consumer.  There is a better way, and many who are interested in healthy, sustainable living and going green are turning to organic gardening.  You can join them and start your own personal ‘agricultural revolution’ right in your own yard or neighborhood, or on your balcony or roof.   

START WITH SOIL

Organic gardening starts from the ground up.  The soil is where your plants derive nutrition, while it’s true that plants eat rocks, synthetic chemical compounds are not the natural order of things.  There are many natural products you can use to improve the soil in your organic garden that will not harm you or the environment.  Let’s look at some of them next. 

Next: How to Choose Fertilizer for the Organic Garden

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