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What is Organic Gardening?

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What is Organic Gardening?

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Many gardeners wonder what exactly organic gardening means. The simple answer is that organic gardeners don’t use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their plants. But gardening organically is much more than what you don’t do. When you garden organically, you think of your plants as part of a whole system within Nature that starts in the soil and includes the water supply, people, wildlife and even insects. An organic gardener strives to work in harmony with natural systems and to minimize and continually replenish any resources the garden consumes. Organic gardening, then, begins with attention to the soil. You regularly add organic matter to the soil, using locally available resources wherever possible. And everyone has access to the raw ingredients of organic matter, because your lawn, garden and kitchen produce them everyday. Decaying plant wastes, such as grass clippings, fall leaves and vegetable scraps from your kitchen, are the building blocks of compost, the ideal organic m

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– This means growing things in harmony with nature–using naturally occurring materials to add to our soil and as plant fertilizers that are safer to our environment.

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Video Transcript What is Organic Gardening? This is Steve for Expert Village. Today we will be talking about organics and inorganics. One of the main things is that when you use organics you are helping feed the soil and the microbes in the soil help breakdown the different amendments you are putting into the soil to help feed the plants. With inorganics you are actually feeding the plants with chemicals that are broken down quickly so the plants may grow more quickly but the taste and the damage to the environment will be the sacrifice. With organic nutrients you want to look at what their derived from. You’ll want to look at and see are they derived from different kinds of compost. Fish meal, seabird compost, kelp meal, rock phosphates, bone meal, they have different binding agents for their N, P and K. They will use carbonates rather than nitrates and sulfates which are chemically derived nutrients. For instance, you’ll have potassium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and calcium carbo

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