Myth: Organic gardens cost more.
Fact: Organic produce definitely costs more when you buy it from your local grocer, but this doesn’t apply to your backyard garden. In fact, organic gardens may actually cost you less than gardening conventionally. Chemical fertilizers tend to cost just as much or more than natural fertilizers, and at less than $2.00 for a packet of seeds and $3.00 for a bag of mulch, you'll be making a major return on your investment by gardening organically in lieu of purchasing organic produce from the store. Here are some ways to save money and resources in your organic garden:
Fact: Organic gardening can be more time consuming and labor intensive because you’re doing the work instead of the chemicals. It takes time to remove weeds manually, to work the humus from the compost pile into the soil, to research and plan the best crop rotation and to plant cover crops. But the extra time spent in the garden will probably be enjoyable, and your body and the environment will thank you.
Myth: You have to be an expert to have a successful organic garden.
Fact: There are lots of ways to learn to do something new, but sometimes the most effective way is to learn by doing. You know the basics that a garden requires: seeds, soil, sun, and water. Pick a sunny spot in your yard, clear it of grass and weeds, loosen the dirt by digging and turning with a shovel, stir in some compost or purchased topsoil, plant your seeds according to directions on the package, add water, and wait. There are a myriad of books, websites, magazines, and videos on gardening. If you’re overwhelmed, just take it slow. Chances are though, when you take a bite of your first home-grown tomato, you’ll be ready to dive right in.
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