I came across this article by Andrew Bicknell who is a keen organic gardener. In his introduction he extols the benefits of organically grown foods as having more vitamins and minerals than crops grown with chemical fertilizers. While not everyone agrees as to the extent of the health benefits of organic produce, the general principle of working with nature rather than just using more and more chemicals and pesticides is clearly sensible.

Organic gardening is much more then just avoiding the use of chemicals on your garden. For many people it is an outlook on living using nature’s laws to grow their fruits, vegetables, and other plants naturally. This is usually a personal choice made in light of much research done into the importance of diet as it relates to our health and longevity.
Studies have shown that organically grown foods have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals then those grown using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Organically grown fruits and vegetables are not only better health wise but they also avoid the accidental exposure to those chemical agents that are used in large scale commercial farming that is so common in today’s world.
Here are 10 key components that are a fundamental part of organic gardening.
1. Healthy Soil – This is probably the most fundamental aspect of any organic garden. Healthy soil that is replenished naturally will grow healthy food stuffs year after year. Organic fertilizers such as manure and composted garden, yard, and kitchen waste are easily recycled back into the earth creating nutrient rich soil that will grow all manner of healthy plants.
2. Avoid all chemical or synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. This will not only ensure that your soil stays naturally organic but it also relieves the worry of harm to your family and pets should they come in contact with these dangerous chemicals.
To read the full article head over to Andrew Bicknell’s page.

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