All About Organic Gardening: Health Benefits, Rich Soil, and Maintenance
Organic gardening has a wide variety of benefits, including for health and the environment. No matter what way you look at it—growing your own organic food is better for you and your family’s health in addition to being beneficial to the planet by cutting down on pollution. Some people may not know where to begin with organic gardening, however, due to there being an overwhelming amount of information on rich soil, maintenance, and health benefits. That’s why here at Garden Tower Project, we’ve created this comprehensive guide on the benefits of organic gardening and how to maintain an organic garden.
Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods Grown in Rich Soil
Greater Nutrients and Better Public Health
Growing your own organic foods in rich soil is undeniably amazing for you and your family’s health due to their elevated nutrients and lack of insecticides. With less toxic pesticides to keep garden pests and weeds out of your garden, your family will be healthier, especially young children—kids are especially sensitive to toxic repellents used on non-organic foods from the grocery store. Additionally, thinking on a bigger scale, public health also improves from the integration of organic foods into our grocery stores. Other families will be able to reap the health benefits of organic gardening as well as farmers won’t come into contact with these synthesized, toxic chemicals.
Not only will organic vegetables improve public health, but organically raised animals are generally healthier and have a more natural body composition. For example, researchers found that cows fed with a 100% organic grass-fed diet produced more nutritional milk and had healthier beef when butchered. No matter how you look at it, organic eating improves the quality of life and health for members of your community as well as the world as a whole.
Environmental Impact of Organic Food
Growing Your Own Veggies, Creating Rich Soil, and Educating Children
Organic foods have less of an impact on the planet for a wide variety of reasons—it supports biodiversity, improves soil quality, and is more ecologically sustainable than non-organic alternatives. With conventional growing practices, synthetic pesticides harm the soil and interfere with beneficial ecological relationships, hindering growth, in addition to erasing the biodiversity in that area. Biodiversity is a major key to environmental health, as it supports productive ecosystems and cleans the air/water.
By choosing locally grown produce or by growing your own foods, rather than buying alternatives tarnished with detectable levels of pesticides in the grocery stores, you’ll be supporting the environment as well as your own health, both in the sense that you’ll be ingesting less harmful substances as well as less energy is used to produce/transport the food to the stores and by you to drive to purchase food. One of the most convenient ways to grow your own organic produce is the Garden Tower®, as it allows people in urban areas and small homes to grow their own food in less space. If you have children, not only is growing your own food beneficial to their health, but it’s also a great way to teach them about the importance of caring for the environment. No matter how you look at it—a fully organic growing system is achievable and would help public and environmental health.
Maintaining an Organic Garden: Keeping Pests Away Without Additives
Understanding Pest Management With Organic Gardening
Something that many people have questions about when switching to organic gardening is how to manage different pests. There are several pests that you need to look out for, including beetles, caterpillars, and spider mites. Despite these pests, there are many natural remedies to drive them away, including other bugs as well as understanding companion planting. Some bugs are actually your friends like ladybugs, spiders, and lacewings, as they are natural predators and will eat the pests that are looking to eat your produce.
Along with this, there are also companion plants that will help naturally keep pests away. For example, rosemary will keep bean beetles, carrot flies, and cabbage moths away from your garden without any synthetic pesticides. Homemade remedies are also a popular option with many different variants, including things you already have in your home to repel bugs in your garden. No matter which way you want to get rid of pests, understanding that synthetic pesticides aren’t necessary to any garden will help you break into the organic gardening scene.
Caring for Your Organic Garden: Rich Soil, Sun Requirements, and More
Creating an Environment for the Biggest Vegetable Yields
One of the most important parts of getting bigger yields with your organic garden is through rich soil—a good potting soil or growers mix is absolutely essential for a successful container garden, especially when you’re growing in a Garden Tower®. A good potting soil will optimize drainage, water retention, and aeration for plants and compost. A light and fluffy organic soil is the best way to ensure that your plants will grow healthily and give big yields.
Knowing your yard’s light patterns is another way to ensure that you’re placing your garden or Garden Tower® in the correct spot for the types of plants that you wish to grow—by tracking where the sunniest and shadiest parts of your yard are, you’ll be able to find the right fit for all of your plant’s needs. Finally, planning ahead and knowing what you want to grow next to each other is a great way to fight pests and get the most out of your Garden Tower®. With our Planting Planner, you can have your entire Tower planned out before you even buy the plants, making gardening a breeze. When you stay informed and plan ahead, you’ll have a beautiful organic garden in absolutely no time.
Overall, there are so many personal and public health benefits as well as environmental benefits to growing organically. Whether you’re growing in a Garden Tower® or choosing organic options at the store instead of their non-organic/conventional alternatives, you’re helping your family and your planet. Planning ahead and learning how to get the best results when you grow organically with rich soil is an excellent way to improve your health and eat more fresh foods. If you’re interested in growing organic foods in a sustainable way, learn more about Garden Tower Project and the ways you can improve your sustainability efforts through organic gardening.