A Conscious Lifestyle: Why Organic Gardening?
I’m an artist. Gardening is my graffiti. I grow my art. I use the garden soil like it’s a piece of cloth, and the plants and the trees, that’s my embellishment for that cloth. You’d be surprised what the soil can do if you let it be your canvas. – Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener
Are you one of those who got interested in gardening during this pandemic? Did you start gardening to deal with the pandemic stress? Do you find gardening therapeutic? Or did you start it because you find it a revolutionary act?
There could be many reasons for picking up gardening. But choosing organic gardening as your go-to method makes a statement of its own.
Looking back at 2020 and up till now, the pandemic has irrevocably changed our lives and lifestyle.
We have let go of many things and embraced new ones too.
It has also pushed some of us to try new avenues for better mental health. The lack of social interactions with our family and friends has impacted our well-being deeply.
And, in these dire times, gardening has provided respite to many.
The thing with initiating gardening for the first time in life can be pretty daunting. Among the myriad of questions and concerns that one encounters regarding gardening, one essential one is the choice of gardening method.
Do you want an organic garden or a conventional one?
What does this mean?
The answer is simple: Do you intend to use synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides for the growth of your plants and prevent them from diseases?
Organic gardening is a delightful and obvious choice for organic lovers or those who believe in living in harmony with nature.
Let’s look at how you can incorporate minor changes to keep your garden free of synthetic chemicals and grow Organic Food – the buzzword of the food industry.
What are the essential components for organic gardening?
Two essential components for organic gardening are:
1. Soil Preparation
Make sure that the soil is well prepared.
Healthy soil rich in nutrients are essential for plant growth.
Adding ‘organic matter’ to your garden is essential to restore balance as the plants use the soil nutrients as they grow. This can be done by adding greens available such as fallen leaves, grass clipping, and other plant waste.
Our kitchen wastes are also valuable for compost, such as vegetables and fruit scraps and peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells, and dead houseplants.
You can also use livestock manure.
You can buy a testing kit to examine the quality of your soil.
2. Pest & Insect Problems
Usually, in the organic method of growing plants, a certain amount of pest damage is allowed to build the plant’s resistance.
Avoid any kind of synthetic chemicals to keep your garden organic.
You can also choose disease-resistant plant varieties as per your garden’s conditions.
Choose seedlings that are grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
What are the benefits of organic gardening?
1. Synthetic chemicals free: Keep your garden free of synthetic chemicals to improve soil texture and rest assured that organic fertilizers are safe for the environment.
2. Healthy organic food: Grow healthy organic food free of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Organic food is said to provide a richer source of nutrients.
3. Pollution control: Reduce pollution by not letting chemicals spread in the surrounding areas
4. Soil health: Improve soil quality by adding healthy compost and creating a healthy environment for soil fauna
5. Water retention: Increase water retention capacity of the soil by maintaining healthy soil
6. Promote biodiversity: The beneficial environmental impact of organic gardening helps promote biodiversity by creating a favorable environment for flora and fauna to grow.
By joining hands with fellow organic food lovers, you can be a part of this growing revolution, too – a revolution to eat organic food for good health and save the environment from the detrimental impacts of farming.
Organic garden can be your garden of choice.
Author: Somrita Ganchoudhuri
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