Organic Gardening Doesn’t Have To Be Intimidating

The purpose of One Stop Organic Gardening, as the name implies, is to give you a single, simple to understand, source for your organic information and gardening needs.  If you knew nothing about gardening and wanted to give organic gardening a try, you will find this site a great resource of information, tips, and the gardening tools that will make your organic garden a success.

What is Organic Gardening All About?

Growing your own herbs, vegetables, greens and fruit can be both incredibly rewarding and delicious.  However, many gardeners rely on pesticides, herbicides and fungicides not to mention chemical fertilizers to help their garden grow.  That’s not only unnecessary, it’s also unhealthy. All those nutritious veggies pack a much healthier punch if they’re sans harmful chemicals.

Reduce your use of commercial fertilizers and reduce the amount of phosphates, nitrates, and other chemicals that end up polluting our waters. Combine the algae blooms that occur because of these high nutrient waters with warmer weather and you read about widespread fish kills on a regular basis.

Whether you go completely organic or just supplement your garden fertilizing by composting…every bit helps.  Of course, if you go completely organic, that also involves not using chemical pesticides that are not natural.  When I was a kid, I remember sprinkling sulfur in our vegetable garden to keep the bugs away and going out nightly and sprinkling salt on snails and slugs.  You can also introduce natural pest controls, such as lady bugs and praying mantis to replace insecticides.

By eliminating or at least reducing commercial fertilizers and insecticides, loaded with unhealthy chemicals, you provide your family with healthier produce.  There is even a growing interests in getting back to natural plants or heirloom plants, versus the commercial hybrids and genetically altered plants that dominate the market.  The problem with genetically altered seeds is that while they may be more pest, drought, and disease resistant, we do not know what the long-term effects upon us may be.  There are some indications that while they may increase food production in the short term, they may do long term damage to our own DNA and/or reproductive systems.

And, of course, if you extend this to include genetically altered animals or genetically altered feed that is fed to animals that will eventually enter our food supply as eggs, chicken, pork, or beef, you can start to understand why the interest in organically grown foods is a growing trend.  The great thing about organic gardening is that you know your produce is free of these additives and healthier for your family and you.

Don’t stop at Organic Gardening

People who are interested in organic gardening are often the same people who are concerned about the environment in general.  There are additional things you can do to help stop or minimize our impact on Mother Nature.  Something as simple as a rain barrel collection system can lower your water usage and accompanying bill, not to mention provide fluoride and chlorine free water for your fruits and vegetables.  Over the course of a growing season, you might only save 500-600 gallons of water, but what if we all used 500 gallons less water each year?

While not part of “organic gardening” as such, electric mowers and trimmers can be a relatively painless way to help reduce your carbon footprint. As a matter of fact, the next time you’re out and having to fight to get your gas mower started, spill gas while refilling the mower, or having to deal with the smell on your hands and clothes, you may start to think of other benefits of going electric.  With gas prices rising and talk of possible $5/gallon this summer, its easy to see that going electric may pay for itself.

Well, this should give you a better understanding of where I’m coming from and why I have created this website.  I have done the homework for you and selected a number of products that represent some of the best in each category, so you don’t have to.  While the primary focus of this site is to help guide you in your organic gardening,  I think you’ll agree that saving natural resources, money, reducing our carbon footprint,  and saving time is just as important.

I hope you find One Stop Organic Gardening a helpful resource in making your organic garden fun, easy and a tasty success.