An organic garden is basically farming without using any chemicals or pesticides. It should be grown only by natural compounds. Though it’s the principle that is followed to grow fresh and healthy products that outshines everything else. In our quickly modernizing world and the start of plentiful of GMO, monoculture, genetic engineering in various products these now seen as standard practices. That’s why organic products, become more and more attractive. So what’s the use of organic garden? What positive changes does it bring us? Could we rely only on organic gardening in the future?
The year of 1942 was the start of the organic gardening. It has started with the small group of people from English nobility class that was interested in process of farming. Soon enough this tradition and knowledge were spread around and became wildly known. Quickly, it was a way of life. It was common for women to keep kitchen gardens on their side and backyards. The important products of women’s domestic labor were consumed by their own families and also taken to the market to be sold. The time passed and until our parents started to work the only chemicals that were used was to keep weeds out of the harvest. An organic garden should be made for people and environment’s benefit. Farming is working with nature without hurting it. For our health, we need to revise our decisions and start contributing to the process. It’s safe to say that plants help us get the most essential thing- oxygen. We also receive a benefit of receiving way fresher food, high-quality products with extra nutrition than what you would get by store-bought chemical sprayed ingredients, not to mention the cheaper price, keeping the high water quality, topsoil, and energy saving. It is not the end of the positive qualities as a person’s barefoot walking on the ground, is said to help relieve pain, improve your sleep, and enhance your well-being. The use of gardening activities as vocational treatments for people with illnesses and disabilities has recently become increasingly popular, several directing principles characterize organic farming. They include biodiversity, integration, sustainability, natural plant nutrition, natural pest management and integrity. Each of those principles needs to be understood, respected and well applied in order to perform a real organic farming. For organic gardening there’s not much needed, you just need to start mulching the soil. It will improve fertility and moisture of the land, giving enough materials for the seeds to grow. While mulching, we are trying to make as natural environment as possible. It’s better to use natural products like to cut down grass, leaves or hay. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be possible to feed all the world with only organic gardening. There is impressive potential when only the most productive are considered as an illustration of what could be produced; as it is currently practiced, only a fraction of potential production is happening; and for urban self-provisioning to meet its potential, a major increase in the area and skills is required.
In conclusion, the organic garden gives us a lot of positive effects and change that is needed in our environment. Though we can’t completely rely on it, we should keep searching for new ways to upgrade it.
Article and photos by Liudvika Šmaižytė