The White House is set to have it’s first organic vegetable garden since the Roosevelt administration, the economy (and resulting inflation) is causing people to rethink the way they spend their food budget and the increase in home food gardens are reported as on the rise. And then there is the simple, “back to easier times” joy of getting your hands in the dirt, nurturing and watching something grow and visiting a vegetable garden every afternoon to pick what to serve for dinner. Doesn’t that sound great?
Organic home gardening is on the rise and here to stay. And we are jumping on the bandwagon. What better way to use the super-rich soil we get from our composter?
Within that, we are borrow some necessary elements from my in-laws to get us started. Or so I thought. They come from a different era, and have used products that we know to be if not outright unsafe, at least less-than-desirable for exposure to our kids, pets, selves and our overall environment.
Fertilizer: conventional fertilizers are full of chemicals that can leach into not only food that you grow, but lawns that you walk on. Organic alternatives can provide long-term money-savings, and increased vitamin and mineral content in your soil, among other benefits.
I found an organic fertilizer on this site that will fit our needs perfectly. Let’s just say that finding something like this at your local hardware store isn’t likely.
Bug spray/pest control: non-organic options are full of man made chemicals and poisons. Organic pest control products are based on safe alternatives to the damaging ones found in their conventional counterparts. Knowing that they’re safe is just part of the benefit.
Saferbrand.com offers an insect-killing soap that is based on safe and natural ingredients, and will give us both peace of mind and bug-free plants and vegetables!
Let’s just say that my in-laws are not growing an organic garden. Although, they have been interested in learning how we live our lives in a green way. I’m hopeful that we can help them learn more about organic gardening!
For more information, you really should check our Saferbrand.com. A particularly good place to start is their Gardening 101 section.
Also, If you are serious about going “Green” in your yard, do not miss Designing Spaces’ host Jodi Dombrowski and Woodstream Corp’s Karolyn Warfel in this very informative 5-minute segment.
Wish us luck as we embark on our organic gardening mission!