Lifestyles today are much faster-paced than ever before. Up and coming urban centers are filled with high-rise buildings, endless strings of traffic jams and millions of crowds. With this scenario, it is no surprise why organic gardening is a growing hobby. The rapid urbanization that affecting many countries and cities around the world has opened doors for a kind of lifestyle that people are now starting crave. People crave a lifestyle that’s healthier, more natural, and less toxic.
This clamor for a healthier lifestyle has given rise to organic gardening. In the simplest terms, organic gardening is gardening without the use of artificial and man-made fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides. Organic gardening involves being able to grow plants in an ecosystem that fully nourishes them through complete use of materials straight from the earth. Plants grown in an organic garden can range from flowers and herbs to fruits and vegetables.
Organic gardening found its beginnings centuries ago. In particular, organic gardening is a more modern version of agriculture and traditional farming. What we now know as organic gardening actually began as forest gardening, which is also a full-fledged system where food is harvested and made naturally in the prehistoric eras. Agriculture has since then flourished all over the globe, accompanying the rise of villages, towns, and civilizations.
However, the practice of agriculture declined as the world ushered in the industrial revolution. As machines became the centerpiece of an era that valued faster production methods and cheaper alternatives for mass production, inorganic methods of food harvesting and production followed suit. This exposed many serious side effects both on people and on the environment. The environmental footprint still very much evident until today.
This gave way to an organic movement that began in the 1940’s. Then, people saw a movement that stimulated a negative response towards synthetic chemicals used as fertilizers and pesticides. This was called the Green Revolution, and the campaign encouraged the widespread use of hybrid plants and control in the use of chemicals. A decade later, sustainable agriculture became a revolutionary idea in the scientific community. Since then, the movement has lead to many studies revolving around the harmful effects of chemical, man-made pesticide and food-growing mechanisms.
Today, organic farming has shifted focus. Before, organic farming technologies meant mechanizing common agricultural practices and exposing the disadvantages of using manmade chemicals. Now, organic farming’s focus is on genetic engineering and finding new ways to make agriculture more natural. Organic gardening today saw a humble start, with only a limited number of sellers and buyers interested. However, changes in the lifestyles of people today amidst this fast-paced world has changed all of that.
Understanding what organic gardening looks like is easy. When it comes to organic gardening, the first priority is usually the soil. Nourishing the soil is highly important in being able to grow a variety of plants organically. This means that great care must be taken in order to provide the soil’s nutrition through organic sources. This is usually done through creating organic compost, a type of natural-sourced fertilizer that is made from the breaking down of organic matter. The organic matter that make up the compost can come from sources as close as your own back yard. You can use your household and kitchen waste, animal feces, and dead plant parts. Gardeners mix all of these components in a compost bin and then add it into the soil regularly to keep the soil healthy.
Because your organic garden thrives on a balanced and all-natural ecosystem, the plants you choose to grow in your garden must be suitable for your climate and the type of soil you have. After all of these have been set, you’re now good to go. You are on your way to your first organic farm.
Many studies and much research have actually been conducted about the benefits of organic gardening. Aside from the fact that it promotes a healthier diet for you, studies have shown that organic gardening (and an organic diet) has led to decreases in risk of diabetes. Organic gardening also reduces heart-related problems like heart attacks and even some forms of cancer. This is because organic gardening makes use of one hundred percent natural soil fertilizers instead of commercialized chemicals that lead to increased risks of health issues. These include breast cancer, damaged brain function, Parkinson’s, prostate cancer and many more. Having an organic garden in your own backyard might just save you a lot of time, money and effort in dealing with issues like this in the long run. Organic gardening helps increase your intake of healthier food options that contain less preservatives and toxic pesticides.
Aside from its health benefits, organic gardening also increases Vitamin D in the gardener. Staying in the sun for a few minutes a day thanks to your garden helps reduce joint and muscle pain, risks of heart attack, and more.
Owning and tending to an organic garden can also provide good avenue for fun exercise and reduced levels of stress. Hitting the gym won’t be as much of a necessity in order to stay active because tending to an organic garden helps you stretch your muscles in an enjoyable way. Being around the outdoors, some fresh air and nature does wonders for your stress levels.
The last and perhaps one of the more obvious benefits as well of organic gardening is that it’s an affordable, alternative food source. Being able to have your own organic garden means that you have access to a smorgasbord of fresh, straight-from-the-farm produce. They also come at prices that are much cheaper than regular commercial counterparts. You also save yourself the hassle of going to the grocery only to pick up a few fruits and vegetables.
Overall, organic gardening is not a totally new phenomenon. In fact, the basic principles behind organic gardening came into the world many centuries before. Today, just as much as centuries ago, food production is still a topic that generates a lot of buzz. This is most especially evident with changing times that allow for cultures, climate, population, and a multitude of trends, to also change. Now more than ever, organic gardening is made easier to do right at home. Now more than ever, growing your own all-natural, all-healthy produce in your backyard has been made more possible than ever before.