Organic gardening is the process of growing produce without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or harsh chemical fertilizers. Organic gardening is the way nature intended vegetables, herbs and fruits to be grown. Organic gardening is sustainable, and is good for people and the planet.
Organic gardening yields fruits and vegetables that are healthy, nutrient-rich, and free from many of the pesticides and other toxins commonly found in produce grown with modern factory farm methods. True organic gardening, whether outdoors or indoors, can be more time-consuming than conventional methods, but organic gardening enthusiasts see the benefits of eating organic produce and avoiding the short and long-term effects of the chemicals used in most commercial growing.
The key to successful organic gardening is the soil. Each type of plant grown has an effect on the soil its grown in. Some plants take nutrients out of the ground, while others put nutrients back in. Soil management in organic gardening is a comprehensive system of soil preparation, composting, nutrient supplementation, and crop rotation and pairing.
Ancient farmers knew the value of working with nature to obtain consistent crop yields. Slash and burn farming and the “Three Sisters” method of planting corn, beans and squash practiced by indigenous Americans are two examples of these techniques. Modern science has allowed us to analyze some of these methods, so we can now understand the chemistry behind many of these practices and why they work, and improve on methods developed over thousands of years.
The Project Grow team has an extensive knowledge base of organic farming techniques. We offer seminars and other information sharing experiences in our local community.
Call Project Grow today to find out more about getting started with an organic garden.