5 Reasons to Create an Organic Garden

Author Bio:
Mackenzie Kupfer has been a lover of all things green since the age of six when she began gardening with her Nana. She is currently an online publisher for the tomato cage supplier, Avant Garden Decor. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys attending garden shows, hiking, and collecting ceramic tea sets.

Organic gardening has become increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why. Perhaps you would like to create your own organic garden but aren’t sure that you are up for the challenge. Even though it can be intimidating and may even seem pointless to even some of the most experienced of gardeners, the end results of organic gardening far exceed the complaints associated with it. You don’t have to start out by dedicating half of your yard to an organic garden to experience the benefits. Start small instead. Use outdoor plant stands to grow just a couple of small vegetable plants such as peas or radishes. As you become more comfortable you can dedicate more space to your organic garden.  No matter the size of your organic garden you will always be able to experience the benefits of having one.

More Nutrients

Eating organic produce from your garden means that you are eating the produce in its natural state with all of the nutrients intact. The nutrient values in produce peak at the point of ripeness which is when we are most likely to eat them. Non-organic produce is often picked before it is ripe and then shipped to wherever its final destination is. It is then treated to continue ripening so many of the nutrients are lost. Consuming produce treated with synthetic materials can also lead to an array of diseases and, in some cases, even cancer.

The Taste Test

The component of taste is obviously more significant for vegetable gardeners than for gardeners who focus mostly on decorative plants. Well-balanced soils produce healthy plants that are full of nutrients so there is no need or place for artificial flavoring in organic gardening. If you’re in doubt, compare the taste of a fresh organic garden tomato to that of a store bought one. The difference is astounding.

Environmentally Friendly

When you garden organically you allow your plants to grow without the help of synthetic chemicals. Pouring chemical cocktails into the earth leads to polluted crops and waterways. Just as ingesting chemicals is bad for you, it is also bad for wildlife and the environment. Avian and aquatic species are among the most at risk when it comes to being negatively affected by synthetic chemicals used for horticultural or agricultural purposes.

Pocketbook Friendly

Many people think that organic fertilizers cost a lot of money but in reality they tend to cost just as much as synthetic fertilizers. To cut down on fertilizer cost completely, you can create your own compost pile. Organic compost is the best natural fertilizer for your garden plus it helps to reduce waste in landfills.

Another way to think about it is to compare the actual cost of produce in the grocery store. A single bell pepper can cost up to a dollar but a whole package of organic seeds only costs a fraction of that and yields dozens of bell peppers.

Cultivates Your Physical and Mental Health

Organic gardening requires physical work and a lot of repetitive motions. In this way it’s a great form of exercise especially for those who avoid the gym like the plague. Lifting, kneeling, raking, and other activities burn calories and build muscles just like other mainstream forms of exercise.
There is also something about being outside and creating life that is good for the soul. Gardening is a useful relaxation technique and can help to pull you away from your daily grind. Plus, it gets you outside and lets you absorb some natural sunlight which will improve your mood.