As the ground begins to thaw, many people begin planning their gardens. Whether it is traditional gardening or organic vegetable gardening, people look forward to planting seeds and enjoying a bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are many schools of thought considering organic foods and organic vegetable gardening. Studies are continually being done to determine the nutritional quality of organics versus traditional produce. Although there are arguments on both sides concerning the nutritional value, the real benefit of organic gardening is what you don’t get.
What Is Organic Gardening?
Organic vegetable gardening is the process of growing produce without the use of toxic fertilizers or insecticides. Gardening in this way relies on all organic and natural methods of feeding and protecting crops from pests. Gardening through organic methods not only produces a bountiful crop of great tasting produce but also feeds the soil naturally without the danger of toxic chemicals getting into the natural waterways.
Nutritional Benefits of Organic Vegetable Gardening
There have been many studies over the last few decades regarding the nutritional benefits of organic foods versus traditional growing methods. Although there are some slight differences in some vitamin content, the studies point to no superior difference between the two growing methods when it comes to nutritional value alone.
What Organic Gardening Lacks
Although there are no conclusive studies pointing to higher nutritional value, organic vegetable gardening does improve overall health by the things it doesn’t have. Toxic chemicals from fertilizers and herbicides leave a film on produce grown traditionally. Even after washing off produce before consumption, there are still traces of these poisons on the skin. Growing organically does not require the use of these poisons. Instead compost is used to feed plants and natural methods of companion planting and pest deterrent for pest control.
Is Organic Gardening More Difficult?
People often mistake organic vegetable gardening as more work. The truth is that although you will spend more time in your garden, the work itself is more enjoyable and not as much as with a traditional garden. When growing organically, you continually feed the soil which makes it less difficult to prepare the following year. Rich soil does not require chemical amendments to control acid or alkalinity. Plants that have lived their life, are often returned to the earth in the form of compost. Fresh produce even tastes better organically because you do not have the chemicals associated with traditional gardening.