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The Top 5 Myths about Organic Gardening
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Love this article. I’ve been gardening organically for years and there is nothing greater for you than eating fresh food from your own garden. More gardening articles please. It’s great exercise and so healthy so our fellow SPARKlers need some encouragement.
I started my organic garden this spring.
Excellent website. A lot of useful information here. I'm delivering it to some buddies and also discussing in delightful. And of course, thanks in your sweat!
It would have been nice to see a real comparison of the nutrient content of organic produce over conventional. It would also be nice if the article had addressed the subject of produce safety.
Sorry, as for the time issue. I have done gardens in the back yard, renting the tiller, ammending the soil A LOT, and WEEDING constantly. I have done a small amount of weeding, scraping the top of the soil with my fingernail when I noticed plants coming up. So I spend no time turning soil or weeding.
I expect I will have to be more vigilant for pests in the spring/summer garden when those pests will be plentiful. So far, I've only seen a stink bug. i expect and extra five minutes might be needed to squash a bug or caterpillar if they eat too much parsley. I'll probably plant more of that and dill for the Eastern Swallowtails.
I'm not understanding what the extra work is involved for the organic garden from the previous commenter or the author. Quite frankly, if I had to do all the garden prep of a traditional garden, it wouldn't have happened.
I started four 4 x 4 square foot gardening boxes this fall. I spent quite a bit of money for coarse vermiculite, peat, and 5 different composts to blend. I will never have that expense again because all I need to do as one crop is harvested and I plant something else is add my own compost to that 12 x 12 inch square. So I have 64 squares in production. Sugar Snap pea plants are taller than me and getting ready to put out another harvest. Another couple of days and they will be fat and juicy. Delicious out in the garden. This week, I bought a pkg. of sugar snap peas at the store while waiting for this harvest. I couldn't eat them raw, and they had very little flavor when steamed.
I have a salad every day with a huge variety of lettuces and not one leaf is ever rotten. Red Salad Bowl is absolutely gorgeous and I've never had that variety before. I have other varieties that I have no idea what they are.
So the variety that is possible with this method is amazing. Also, I put some transplants purchased at the garden store in my raised bed, Mel's mix; and some out in my flower beds. Broccoli, leeks, and tomatoes all withered and died. All plants have done well in my raised beds except the acorn squash. And I don't think anything inorganic would have helped it. The plant didn't survive our 2 nights below 32 degrees. My mom thought I was silly. That I would be eating a $50 head of broccoli. I have already saved the cost of the mix in salad greens, squash bossoms, peas, green beans and basil.
But the best thing is, I am eating vegetables now, and I know they have nothing on them that could harm me. Was it worth it? I can't wait to get up in the morning to go out and pick my salad leaves and water.
It is very hard to wait for the onions, garlic and shallots. I'm 64 and never eaten a shallot before.
Variety in my healthy organic garden is definitely the spice in my life.
So to disprove the "myth" that organic gardening takes more time, the argument is that the extra time is well spent? How is it a "myth" if it is true????
Perhaps it's a more of a "misconception" that organic gardening *will feel* more time-consuming than conventional. It is a good idea to point out that sometimes the "slow way" of doing things (such as making foods from scratch) can be more satisfying, nutritious, and the best option.
I'm by no means trying to be critical of the information in this article, just how it's being presented. Don't call it an apple if it's an orange! =D
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