Organic gardening has been around for years and has never been more popular. If you’re thinking of starting a garden, you may be wondering if organic gardening is right for you.
What exactly is organic gardening? The basic definition is gardening without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. But the bigger picture is that it encompasses a holistic approach to gardening. It’s paying attention to the soil, natural processes, the earth and not just the plants.
The biggest drawback is that it can take more work to grow organic. Controlling pests and keeping plants healthy can be harder and more time-consuming without synthetic products. Working with soil amendments and finding the right balance can take a lot of time and effort.
However, the benefits are well worth it. Organically grown food is better tasting and healthier. Organic gardening has a better impact on the earth and is more sustainable. Being more involved in the processes and learning about them can be very satisfying and give you a deeper sense of connection with nature.
Publisher, editor, author and entrepreneur J.I. Rodale is considered the grandfather of the organic gardening movement. He was inspired by the writings of Sir Albert Howard. In 1940 Rodale and his wife bought a farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, on which they could experiment with organic growing. He subsequently published Organic Gardening & Farming magazine, followed by Prevention magazine and the Rodale Institute was on its way.
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