The Benefits of Organic Gardening
There are many advantages of organic gardening. An organic garden produces tasty produce high in vitamins and minerals. Organic gardeners also reduce their family’s exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides while caring for the earth in a natural way. In addition, gardening improves your mental and physical health.
Many gardeners are discovering the benefits of organic farming while learning how to care for and cultivate the land without artificial aids. Once you start organic gardening, you’ll never regret the decision.
Organic food contains none of toxic chemicals found in chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. These chemicals build up in the human body, causing a variety of physical and neurological complications. With organic gardening, you get a chemical-free harvest.
This is especially important if you have children. Children’s growing bodies absorb more pesticide residue than adults. According to a University of Washington study, children who eat organic food have pesticide levels six times lower than kids eating a “normal” diet.
Taste and Nutrition
Anyone who has ever bitten into an organic tomato right off the vine knows home-grown vegetables and fruit taste better than anything you’ll find in the grocery aisle. Conventionally grown food producers focus on appearance more than taste. Organically grown produce may not grow as uniformly as commercial produce, but nothing compares to the taste of home-grown.
You’re not just pampering your taste buds when you grow organically. The Soil Association reports organic foods have higher levels of vital vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Easy-to-grow vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, spinach and potatoes showed consistently higher levels of minerals when compared to their conventionally grown counterparts.
Organic farmers tend to be environmentally conscious. We understand the earth cannot give endlessly unless we give back in turn. Composting and proper organic gardening methods add vital nutrients back into the soil without lacing the earth with unwanted chemicals.
Relaxation, Satisfaction and Exercise
Organic gardening gives you a sense of satisfaction and pride. You’re working with nature, not against her. And as many gardeners now, the very act of gardening can relax and invigorate you mentally. There’s a feeling of peace when you work with the earth — a meditative quality so relaxing that mental health experts recommend gardening as a form of therapy.
Gardening is also a physical activity, a fact we often overlook. Like any physical habit, gardening improves the body’s health while reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke — all diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.