By: Wyatt Page, Gill Landscape Nursery
“Organic gardening” is a broad term that in its simplest form means caring for your garden or landscape without the use of synthetic fertilizers or harsh pesticides, but for many of us, it means so much more.
Organic gardening is a lifestyle that involves looking at how things interact as a system, knowing the steps you take to “go organic” play a key role in that system. Let it be a bad bug, fungus, or even watering issues, there are organic solutions that are safe and work with nature. One of the biggest steps is creating and maintaining healthy soil.
Plants start from the ground up and having good soil is a key factor for healthy plants. You can work organic material into your garden like compost and organic fertilizer to help the soil.
Our soil is living and has all types of beneficial microbes and fungi living in it. While using a synthetic fertilizer may give the plant some of the nutrients it needs, it does nothing for the soil. Using an organic fertilizer and compost to amend your soil gives living organisms in the soil the nutrients they need to thrive.
If your soil is thriving, your plants can thrive as well. A healthy soil and a healthy root system make for a stronger, healthier plant that will need less water and less maintenance.
Having an organic garden encompasses a healthy more sustainable approach to the way we live; our homes, community, and world! Organic approach is made of small factors that play a big role in a system that keeps your plants healthy and not only that… it keeps us healthy!
Remember, put good in and get good out!