Organic vegetable gardening lets you grow delicious, fresh vegetables without chemical fertilizers or dangerous pesticides. Organic vegetable gardening is easy and very rewarding. An organic garden can give you a steady supply of tasty vegetables, help you stay fit, and help you relax.
Why choose organic vegetable gardening? The first, and most important reason for organic vegetable gardening is to protect your health and your family’s health. Organically grown vegetables are free from chemical residues. We don’t know all the effects of these chemicals or how they will interact in our bodies, and many others have been proven to cause major health problems.
Organic vegetable may even be more nutritious. Studies have found higher vitamin C concentrations in organically grown leafy green vegetables, potatoes, and oranges. Organic fertilizers help plants to take in trace minerals our bodies need.
Organic vegetable gardening starts with the seeds you choose. From seed to harvest, you control what goes into your vegetables. After the harvest you can save the best seeds, compost the plants, and prepare for the next planting. All while protecting the environment and increasing your own health. Gardening is relaxing and has been shown to help reduce stress levels.
Gardening organically also offers the opportunity to grow amazing varieties of vegetables. From modern varieties to traditional, heirloo, varieties, you’ll be able to choose from an unbelievable variety of fruits and vegetables you’ll never see in a store. Rather than choosing varities for how tough they are and how far they can be shipped, you can choose the tastiest varieties. There is a reason you remember better-tasting tomatoes from when you were a kid – the older varieties were often more flavorful than the rocks that pass as supermarket tomatoes today.
Organic vegetable gardening is also easier despite the initial learning curve. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants. Naturally healthy plants are naturally resistant to pests and disease. Healthy plants grow bigger and shade their own roots which helps retain water and helps prevent soil erosion. Bigger plants help to prevent weeds from taking hold so you can relax and enjoy your garden.
Composting your kitchen waste and garden scraps also helps to protect the environment and build healthy soil. Turning these items compost returns the nutrients to the soil instead of sending it to a landfill.
You can even grow edible flowers without chemicals. Add beautiful color with bright orange nasturtiums or purple pansies. Your salads will really stand out.
Gardening without chemicals produces healthier plants. It will also save you time. Healthy plants thrive with less effort, less water – and have fewer problems with pests and disease. Be sure to give organic vegetable gardening a try. You’ll love having fresher, tastier vegetables and you can feel good about helping yourself, your family and the planet.
Julie R. Holland is the editor of Gardening it Easy. Claim your free organic gardening report at http://www.GardeningItEasy.com and find more articles like this.