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why organic?

Why Organic?

The benefits of going organic in your lawn and garden are vast!


In addition to helping improve the environment and decreasing the chances of accelerated disease in your family, going organic can provide mental and physical benefits, long-term money-savings, and increased vitamin and mineral content in your soil, among other things.





The basic theory in organic gardening is that "nature knows best."


The organic gardener starts from the soil up, by feeding the soil, not the plant and creating a rebirth in the life and vitality of their lawn or garden. By rejecting the world of harmful chemical pesticides that put your plants and your family at risk, organic gardeners nurture the ground (and therefore all that springs above it) through techniques or systems that are found in nature. Those involved in the organic movement seek to live a cleaner, healthier existence and in a more earth-friendly way.




Soil & food benefits of going organic

Organic farmers and gardeners have a strong commitment to their soil.


If they do not abuse the land, it will provide for them and their families for many years to come. Organic gardening helps to prevent a loss of topsoil, toxic runoff, water pollution, soil contamination, soil poisoning, death of insects, birds, critters and other beneficial soil organisms, as well as eliminating pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide residues on food from synthetic fertilizers.


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Organic gardening provides for intense, realistic flavors in your food, as well as higher vitamin and mineral content. Increased soil organic matter reduces erosion, conserves water to give drought resistance, and feeds plants in time commensurate with their needs. Products such as Ringer® Lawn Restore and Concern® Weed Prevention Plus ensure your lawn has all of the essential nutrients necessary to keep your soil in top shape.





Increased nutrients benefit of going organic

The vitamin and mineral content in organic foods are higher than those in conventionally produced foods, thanks in large part to the nutrients and trace minerals found in nurtured and chemical-free soil.


The Soil Association conducted a systematic review of the nutrient information available comparing the vitamin and mineral content of organic and conventionally grown food. It was found that, "on average, organic food contains higher levels of Vitamin C and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium.


The independent review of the evidence found that Organic crops had significantly higher levels of all 21 nutrients analyzed compared with conventional produce including-


- Vitamin C (27% more)

- Magnesium (29% more)

- Iron (21% more)

- Phosphorous (14% more).

Organic spinach, lettuce, cabbage and potatoes showed particularly high levels of minerals (Cleeton)."


This research shows there is no substitution for organic as it pertains to your family's health. An organic approach is the way to get your garden or lawn "‘healthy!"





Mental & physical benefits of going organic

There are numerous mental and physical health benefits to going organic. Time spent in the garden working with the soil and plants, can be very meditative and peaceful; so much so, that organic gardening has made its way into the mental health industry in the form of Horticultural Therapy.


The practice of horticultural therapy is oganic garden therapy a process of utilizing plants and horticultural activities to improve social, educational, psychological and physical adjustment of persons to improve their body, mind, and spirit.


In 1973, the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) was created, recognizing horticultural therapy as a professional discipline in which Blair says "‘trained therapists work with other therapists and medical professionals to help treat physical injuries or disease, mental illness, conditions associated with aging, social problems, and substance abuse."


Looking to relax, get into your garden, your organic garden!


The principles of organic gardening go hand-in-hand with this approach by eliminating harmful synthetic chemicals, for safe organic solutions to problems in the garden. Tomatoes are a perfect example. Tomatoes are constantly under attack by insects and other pests, and using synthetic chemicals can harm your plants, as well as your family. Using an organic solution such as Safer® Brand Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer can eliminate the pest problem, organically. Leaving your plant safe, and most of all, your family safe.





Money saving benefits of going organic

A major bone of contention for consumers making the leap to the organic world is the misconception that organic products are more expensive.


While some synthetic chemicals are less expensive then organic, much of the difference is a result of higher quality raw materials and manufacturing process, in addition to the higher cost of organic raw materials.


Despite the higher cost of individual organic products, organic gardening can save you money in the long run.


The theory goes that by improving the health of the soil from which the plants grow, a better crop is yielded-fuller and all-natural, feeding a family for years to come. Thus, less money spent in the store for food and items to help your garden, means more money in you wallet. Considered to be more sustainable, organic gardeners use the concept of ‘feeding the soil, not feeding the plant.’ Using that approach keeps your soil free of chemicals, yielding a bounty of your own nutrient-rich vegetables.


The foremost money-saving technique in going organic is composting. Composting is the "usage of decomposed remnants of organic materials as a soil amendment and a seed starting medium in organic gardening, that reduces land-fill waste by recycling your chemical free grass cuttings and food scraps." Using a product like Ringer® Compost Plus Organic Compost Starter can help you get started and start saving you money!


Making compost is an easy process that uses "waste" from your lawn and kitchen to replenish nutrients to the soil and the organisms within it.


Composting also helps you do your part in reducing the waste that winds up in the local landfill. "‘One-third of the space in landfills is taken up by organic waste from our yards or kitchens." Land-fills are nearing their capacity for rubbish and new sites are getting increasingly difficult to find.


Liken composting to recycling—instead of cans, glass and newspapers, you are recycling your leaves, grass and food waste, returning them to the earth in a beneficial way.





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