This may be the latest I’ve ever been with various garden tasks because of the difficulties Bill and I have been experiencing. However, I’ m not daunted by it. Several reasons account for that.
- The weather being cool has worked for me. It’s way too early in my garden for hot weather crops like cukes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants to really take off.
- I do have seedlings started although they’re small. And, I’m starting more peppers, eggplants and tomatoes today. They’ll easily catch up with earlier planted ones once the weather turns.
- I know from experience that a little each day will take me a long way and is certainly better than not doing anything.
And besides, (and most importantly),
- if Bill and I want to eat (nourishing food) I HAVE TO garden.
So no matter what the circumstances I have to find a way. (I realize that’s easier said than done sometimes, but we can all do more than we think we can do if we focus on what we CAN do rather than our limitations. AND if what has to be done is of great importance to us.)
What’s the Big Advantage to Having a Healthy Organic Garden
Any product of industrial agriculture has residues of toxic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics, hormones, and/or growth promoters. And yes, FDA says they’re suppose to be harmless. (If you believe that after all the facts to the contrary, I have some ocean front property in Arizona that you may be interested in.)
If one does find one or two things that are harmless, they may not be so harmless when ingested with some of the others chemicals. And since there are literally thousands of these substances out there, chances are you’re ingesting many each day if you’re eating stuff grown by conventional/industrial agriculture.
Even organically cultivated food, although free from agricultural poisons, may not contain enough nutrients and minerals for good health.
I’ve not been surprised to read many statistics that show a vast majority of soils in this country (and the world for that matter) are deplete of minerals needed for healthy soil and thus healthy food.
Replenishing and building healthy soil is an ongoing process that we can’t neglect if we want to grow food that we know will nourish our bodies. And that’s what food is for – to nourish our bodies and keep us healthier. Once we understand that fact, a healthy organic garden becomes more important to us.
Your Main Goal
As you go through the season this year, remember that your main overall goal should be to build healthy soil which will in turn grow healthy plants that resist attack by pests and disease. It’s healthy soil that will solve almost every garden problem you have.
Think in terms of using everything nature has to offer you rather than some bagged organic fertilizer. Keep the big picture in mind. Don’t just exchange one type of chemical for another just because it’s considered “ok” for use in an organic garden.
A Reader Writes
Toni, a friend and reader in Oregon emailed me today. She’s really getting the hang of building her soil and is excited about the visual change. She writes that photos don’t do justice “to the wonderful thing I did per your advice. I wanted you to know I filled the paths of my garden with kitchen waste, straw, and pulled weeds. The resulting soil is amazing! It is such a rich, workable, dark soil! Nothing like the hard packed clay it covered last fall and over the winter. So delightful. I am most grateful to you for sharing the things that I need to grow such amazing food. I sure would love to hug you :)”
It gives me great joy when I hear how successful friends and readers have been and are becoming when they cooperate with nature by following my 3 simple Keys to Successful (Organic) Gardening.
And, to use the term that a reader’s 88 year old mom calls a hug sent over the internet, I send all of you a big e-hug and wish you a great growing season!
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