Why Organic Gardening is Good For You AND the Environment

A Deep Dive Into Pesticide Contents and Environmental Effects

three vertical vegetable gardens growing a variety of different herbs in a greenhouseNo matter if it’s your first time starting a garden or you're a seasoned plant parent, learning more about organic gardening is a great way to help the environment and live a healthier life. As life-long gardeners specializing in organic growing, we’re here to walk you through why you should replace pesticides and chemical fertilizers with organic vertical vegetable gardening.

The Environmental Impact of Pesticides and Chemical Fertilizers

Understand the Origins of Inorganic Gardening

a person spraying harmful pesticides in the gardenChemical fertilizers and pesticides are nothing new—they’ve been around for hundreds of years. Created from oil and natural gas, this gardening agent will leave you with less nutritionally-dense harvests, unhealthy soil, and even a loss of biodiversity. When you’re in the market for fertilizers, here are some chemicals to look out for:

  • Nitrogen: After learning how to separate this element from the air, it became a popular way to fertilize crops. The process takes a significant amount of heat, however, meaning that companies use a large amount of fossil fuels to create this fertilizer.
  • Phosphorus: After this element is mined, it’s mixed with various other chemicals, including sodium carbonate. Mixing sodium with soil is a no-go, making this fertilizer a terrible addition to any garden.
  • Potassium or Potash: The way potassium is extracted is incredibly harmful not just for soil but also for the environment in general. When this element is mined, companies will typically pump the ground full of a variety of chemicals to extract and recrystallize it. This in turn damages essential soil microbes.

    While there are many other harmful additives commonly used in traditional, in-organic gardening, these are some of the worst in our opinion. Now that we know what not to use, let’s learn how to garden without relying on these toxic chemicals!

    Learn About the Organic Alternatives to These Toxic Additives

    Begin Growing With Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden

    a closeup shot of cilantro and rosemary herbs being grown in a Garden Tower 2While toxic fertilizers harm the soil and interfere with beneficial ecological relationships, there’s a healthier alternative available: organic gardening. There’s never been a “bad” time to learn more about this style of gardening and how it can help the planet, your health, AND your wallet. If you haven’t started your organic education yet, now is the perfect time!

    First, let’s start with what constitutes an organic garden. Simply put, it’s growing plants without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or any other artificial additives. Instead of harming your body and the environment with these non-organic agents, you can enjoy nutritionally-dense, natural herbs and vegetables by switching to organic gardening. The transition itself is incredibly easy, as there are a variety of natural ways to fertilize your plants and keep pests away. Keep reading to learn more about how you can implement organic gardening into your life!

    Implement a Sustainable, Organic Plan Into Your Vertical Vegetable Garden

    The Easy Transition to Organic Gardening

    multiple green, organic peppers being grown at the top of a vertical vegetable gardenInterested in going organic after learning about the effects of in-organic agriculture? Let’s get started. When you’re growing with a Garden Tower 2, fertilizer is a breeze. While high-quality, organic fertilizers can be purchased for any garden, our product includes a built-in vermicomposting tube to give you larger, highly nutritious harvests without the extra cost. By placing organic waste in your Tower’s designated tube for worms to eat, you’ll receive FREE organic fertilizer that your roots can reach within weeks.

    If you’re worried about controlling pests without insecticides, don’t fret, as organic pest control is simple with our Tower! By simply adding plants that naturally repel pesky insects, you can successfully control pests in your garden without harming the soil OR your plants. The best part? Adding these naturally repelling plants in your garden allows for great companion planting which creates an even healthier harvest. No matter how you look at it, organic gardening is the way of the future. With no harmful chemicals, you’ll receive better results without any health effects.

    Your new, organic garden is calling your name—are you ready to ditch the pesticides for a healthier, more sustainable alternative? Whether you’re growing in one of our Towers or in a more traditional garden, we have a wide selection of educational resources to help beginners and experts alike. Visit Garden Tower Project today for organic tips and tricks to help your garden THRIVE this year.

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