I am a firm advocate of organic gardening practices. Specially when you are growing plants that you will eat or use some part of it; it's important that you only use products that carry the USDA certified organic seal to threat and fertilize your plants. If it's all natural even better!
In science an organic material is composed by Carbon compounds. In gardening the term gets a little more loose. The "official" meaning of Organics, commercially speaking, means that no synthetic products were used, meaning it should be free of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, dyes, and industrial solvents in any element or step. When you buy a product with USDA organic stamp it means that the product must be compounded by 95% or more certified organic ingredients.
Because I care about my health and the health of the planet I use of organic gardening practices and products. It's not a big deal to be very honest and it's important not to make this a heavy process. Just understand the concept of it and you'll be alright.
It's already well known the harm that synthetic pesticides and fertilizers can do to us and to other beings. For instance, many of them are "known or probable" to cause terrible diseases in humans, such as diabetes and cancer. It gets worse! Children are the most prompt to be harmed by it and many of these pesticides can also cause reproductive dysfunction and birth defects.
I ain't spraying that s*** in my garden to feed my family and neither should you!
Besides, most of these pesticides are non selective, which means they kill all kinds of living beings they touch. That's causing a massive elimination of bees and other beneficial insects. The fertilizers and pesticides then are washed by the rain and absorbed by the soil, contaminating it, polluting the water and often getting far enough to pollute lakes, rivers and even the ocean!
That is enough reason to lead most home gardeners to an all organic and natural gardening style. And that doesn't even scratch the surface of how dirty these messed up chemicals can be. That's the reason I strongly advocate for organic gardening and it's as simple as that.
If you wish to start selling your produce with the certified organic seal there are several requirements you must follow and it can be quite complex. However, in your home garden going organic is not hard at all! Besides, by understanding the big picture you will see that it's really simple. If it's not safe for you it shouldn't be in your garden! That's all my friends, are we asking too much here?
Now, understand that certain things even though they are not chemically Organic they can be used in organic gardening. For example, if your plant has a fungal disease and you decide to threat it with copper, that will bring you no harm, if used in the right way. Copper is not an organic element; it's actually a heavy metal found in nature and it's approved for organic gardening. Organic and natural practices are all means to avoid toxic substances in our bodies and in the environment.
However, It's very important to notice that it's not because you are using a product that's organic that you can go crazy with it and use it indiscriminately. Copper for example, can actually be quite toxic if misused. You should at all times read product directions and if you are "DIYing" always do your homework before experimenting. Anything can be harmful if you misuse it. Even Oxygen can be deadly for that matter!
Going Organic gets easy when you go back to basics. Before not too long ago, everything was organic. Copying practices of our ancestors will bring us back to a more sustainable and simpler gardening. Thankfully today we have all source of information we need in case some of our familiar practices fail. For example, I had a method of eliminating ants in my garden that wasn't working in certain infestation one season. I had to do some research and ask my friend gardeners how they dealt with their leaf chompers. I had to try several methods until I fund one that did the trick. Organic gardening is very dynamic and each situation is a learning opportunity.
It requires patience, persistence and discipline and for that an organic garden is definitely more care demanding and time consuming than gardens that use synthetic products. The payoff is there'll be only pure nature's bliss growing in your yard. No poison added! Besides, the difference in quality is unbeatable. You'll can attest it by the much superior taste and fragrance of your plants. That's why organic produce is so much more expensive in the grocery store.
Interestingly enough its not more expensive to garden organically. If you are shopping for organic soil, compost and seed starters you will find the biggest difference in price compared to the conventional products, but nothing really obscene. Organic Seedlings and seeds are about the same price as the non-organic ones, so are organic fertilizers and pesticides. Those are really the only money I spend with my garden today: seeds and some specific organic pesticide when my homemade ones are definitely not working (which is really rare).
That's actually when it gets ridiculously easy. Almost everything you'll need for your garden can be done using things you already have in your home, or can be easily found in a grocery store. You can make your own compost with organic waste, use a recipe with different spices to keep bugs away, make a banana tea to feed your house plants, the resources are endless, you just need the right recipe!
My goal with this blog is to share all of my formulas, tricks, and secrets in organic gardening to make the process as easy as possible for you. I want you guys to succeed and to have a full productive organic regenerative garden. A garden that is beautiful, that regenerates the environment, heals the soil and provides for you, for your community and for the environment. Only with pure produce and harm free! I'll share everything I know and I encourage you guys to share your recipes too! Let's together free our land from harmful chemicals and assure a better future for all of us!