The Benefits of Having Your Own Organic Garden

It seems today, a new eating fad pops up every year.  It becomes popular to try the new diet guideline.  Not all diets are for everyone, and by and large it is trial and error to find what works for you.  But the foundation of every diet (or eating habit) is the quality of the food you’re intaking. That’s where organic comes in.

I think we can all agree that it doesn’t matter the diet guideline, if the food you’re consuming isn’t quality, it just isn’t capable to give you all the nutrients it claims.  With hundreds of years using the same soiled grounds it’s difficult to maintain those nutrition facts as it is, it is worth it to try to give back to the soil so it can produce the best produce for you as possible.

What is Organic

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No one says it best than the food people themselves – The USDA:

“Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods.”

What are the approved methods?  Well there’s a lot of them.  As with any government agency it’s imperative that every T be crossed and every I be dotted and if something comes up later, there will be an amendment for it.  

USDA guidelines really matter if you’re trying to sell your food.  In that case, you’ll want to follow all the rules. For everyone else just eating and maybe growing a few tomatoes in our backyard, this is what really counts:

“Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances,” – USDA.  And there’s even a resource for what their approved substances are too, if you’re curious.  

How It’s Different

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It’s as simple as what you use and less of how you use it.  Feed the soil, not the plant with composters to create natural fertilizer.  Read more about composters here.  

Stay away from chemicals for weeds, control them naturally with mulch and hand weeding.

Keep pests (the bad ones, quite a few will help your garden – do your homework!) at bay with natural remedies like naturally derived pesticides, instead of harmful, synthetic sprays.

It may take some getting used to, and may be a little more tedious – but if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right!

Getting Started

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If you’re not a gardener, or even if you are, growing organic may seem a bit daunting, and no doubt your research alone may tell you you’re not wrong.  But if you think of gardening in general as tending and providing consistent care to your produce, organic gardening is no more or less consistent care.  It’s just a different kind of consistent care, and with everything, after some homework, repetition, and trial and error, it will most certainly come naturally.

As we have grown up as a species, we have created more conveniences than doing what may be a little more tedious but better for us, and others, in the long run.  When growing a garden the convenience of weed-and-feed soil comes in handy, sprays that get rid of all bugs and weeds… perfect.  But have you ever thought that those bugs are supposed to be there, and those weeds can be rid of naturally.

Organic is just thinking, what is in this product, how will it hurt the ecosystem, and is there another product or solution I can use in place of it that will provide the same outcome, but a safer, long-term effect.  

Finding those alternate solutions are not hard, you just have to know where to look.  The editor from Organic Gardening Magazine was quoted as saying, “Organic gardening is more than simply avoiding synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.  It is about observing nature’s processes, and emulating them in your garden as best you can,” – Burpee.

Why it’s good for you, and everyone else too.

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We’ve touched on the basics, better quality food means more nutrition, flavor, and enjoyment for you.  Have you ever cooked a meal?  Really cooked a meal?  Listened to the chop of the knife, and the sizzle of the pan?  And then at the end, taken your first bite and enjoyed it until the very end?  The better your food the better it is from harvest to digest.  

We all know the benefits of nutrition.  The better you eat the better you feel, the longer you live, the happier you live.  Quality food will do all of that for you.

From the clay in the ground, to the birds in the sky – organic gardening is good for it all. It’s better for the water table and the animals that sneak in at night.  It’s better for the bugs, and the trees, and the even the air we breathe. 

Let’s not forget the financial aspect, everything at the store has been marked up, everyone has to be paid.  Growing it yourself, you not only have the satisfaction of completing a project start to finish (how many times have you heard, “these peppers came from our garden” from someone smiling ear to ear with pride?), but also a little extra money in your wallet.  

There’s so many more benefits, but we all know how good gardening is for your health.  Being out in the sun, getting into the dirt, breathing in nature, and doing some real for yourself, that isn’t instantly gratifying – mentally, emotionally, physically you’re gonna reap the rewards.

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Timothy Moore is the lead editor of Back Yard Boss and is a lifelong backyard enthusiast. He grew up immersed in the outdoors, camping every weekend and tending to the backyard with his family. He spends most of his days (and even nights) lounging on the patio while firing up the grill and admiring his handiwork around the property. He spent most of his life watching his father do wood working and is a self-taught landscaper, doing it mostly as a hobby. Now he uses his vast experience in the field to write fun, but informative, articles for you good people!