Organic gardening means applying to gardening the principles of organic agriculture.
The main difference with organic agriculture is that gardening, which is a leisure activity, doesn’t have the same economic imperatives as does commercial agriculture.
Needless to say, organic gardening is getting more and more common, and results now exceed expectations of even the most seasoned gardeners.
What is organic gardening?
Compared to conventional gardening, the main differences relate to
- Eliminating chemical inputs: pesticides, herbicides, mite-killers…
- The organic way of thinking should aim to reduce expenses to the bare minimum, essentially a couple tools and seeds. A dedicated gardener may even succeed in producing the needed seeds without any outside help!
- Normally, to conform to current regulations regarding organic agriculture, the seeds should be sourced from certified organic sources.
- To fertilize your growing beds, compost is the prime solution, which translates into collecting all residues from managing the garden and recycling leftovers and cooking throwaways (cut plants, vegetable peelings… except whole bones, which can be crushed).
Moderate watering helps preserve our environment
Water is a resource that is getting harder and harder to access on our planet, and it is very important to conserve it.
- Check all our great tips on how to water your plants while reducing the impact on the environment
Well-designed plantations protect nature
When planting trees and shrubs at the right time, you enhance root development and thus ensure proper settling in of your plant.
Your tree or shrub will be more vigorous, you won’t need to follow-up with as much water, fertilizer nor will you have to treat against diseases or parasites.
This all contributes to reducing your environmental footprint.
- Find all of our tips on planting shrubs
Fermented stinging nettle tea – great organic fertilizer and an effective tool to fend off parasites.
- Refer to our guidance on preparing your own fermented stinging nettle tea
Using compost is an excellent way to recycle your plant waste, but is precious for the plants themselves, too.
- Refer to our guidance on how to make and use your own compost