When you first started gardening did you think that you had to use chemicals to be successful? It’s not a stretch to say that the majority thinks using chemicals is necessary for a successful garden.
Fortunately for me, I always knew that I wanted to garden by working with nature long before Bill and I had a place to garden. Even in spite of being told by just about everyone it wasn’t possible, I always knew it was.
How Using Chemicals Became the Accepted Way to Garden (and farm)
The idea of plants needing just NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash) that could be chemically supplied is/was a mistake by a German chemist that the chemical companies immediately found profitable. Even after that scientist acknowledged his mistake, there was no stopping the chemical companies. They had the funds to pay to convince the public the idea was true and they did.
After WWII, various companies made rich by manufacturing explosives during the war, started producing fertilize in an effort to market their surplus.
If you want more facts about how chemicals came to be considered “necessary” this post gives you some good guidance about where to start your research.
Using Chemicals Now Governs Current Conventional Agriculture/Gardening
What is/was promoted by the chem companies now governs current conventional agriculture. And this is in spite of the fact their products, promoted as a necessity for growth, kill almost all life in the soil. Minerals and soil life necessary for healthy nutrient dense food are gone from soils that are abused this way.
The Good News
The good news is that if we work with nature life can be restored to the soil we reign over. And it’s so very easy.
This website is filled with suggestions on how to accomplish that.
My next post will give you some simple examples and ideas from my spring garden on how to work with nature to improve your soil and thus, your garden’s success.
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