What Makes Organic Gardening Better?
One thing that all of us want is for our food to be healthy. You can eat the healthiest possible diet in theory, but the truth is, if you don’t know exactly where your food is coming from, there’s always some element of doubt about whether what’s on your plate is what it claims to be. Certainly, you could shop at your local farmer’s market as much as possible, but if it’s an option for you, doing your own organic gardening at home is the best choice for a number of reasons. If you’ve been pondering starting a garden or taking your existing garden organic, the following might convince you to give it a try.
Vegetables and fruits that you grow yourself will always taste far better than anything you buy, whether at the grocery store or a farmer’s market. The reason is very simple: you’ll eat the produce you pick from your own garden much sooner from the time it’s been picked. Like nutritional value (more on this later), produce almost always tastes its best right after being harvested. The less time it takes your fruits and vegetables to get to your table, the better it will be. Of course, eating the literal fruits of your labors is also an intensely gratifying experience, which also adds to the appeal.
You also have total control over what you grow. You can grow heirloom varieties of vegetables or fruits which you prefer and you can affect their taste – taste, like nutritional content, depends to a certain extent on the amount of water the plant receives, how much sun the plant gets and the mineral content of your soil. There’s a lot of room to fine tune your organic gardening practices to get produce which tastes exactly how you want – and that’s yet another argument in favor of organic gardening.
Since you’re in control of everything (well, almost everything) in your garden, you can make sure that your vegetables and fruits are as nutritious as possible by giving your plants the nutrients they need in your soil. You’ll also be helping to make them more nutritious by avoiding chemical pesticides and herbicides, which can inhibit the ability of your plants to absorb nutrients from the soil or to work with beneficial bacteria in the soil to synthesize them. The result is better tasting, healthier food without the potential health risks that come along with conventionally grown produce – and that, after all, is what everyone is looking for.