Welcome to the seedsorganic.net about page where you will learn a lot about what organic means and what it means to grow it. The word organic is often used in connection with food and gardening today, but let’s take a closer look at exactly what that means.
First of all, labeling something as organic will depend on the context. In reference to gardening and farming, it can be said that to grow organic means to grow plants and raise animals in harmony with nature, without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or other such products that upset the balance of the ecosystem.
This may sound pretty straightforward, however, for farmers or commercial growers, it can be very complex. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began setting national standards for food that could be labeled organic. These standards were enforced whether the food products were imported or grown in the U.S. These regulations were fully implemented in 2002 and state that “organic food must originate from farms or handling operations that are certified by a State or private entity that has been accredited by USDA.”
Of course, you can always grow your own food in your backyard or in a flower box and create the freshest and most nutritious ingredients for your meals, possible. When you plant your own organic seeds at home you are engaging in a practice that is much more than organic gardening, whereby, you simply avoiding synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
In fact what true organic gardening is, is the observation of nature’s processes and the emulating them in your garden as best you can. The best way to do that is to understand the makeup of the soil you’re planting in and give it what it needs. Basically, when you want to go organic, feed the soil, not the plant and you’ll be more likely to have a very successful planting.
Composting really is a very important part of organic gardening especially, when you are growing plants at home. Composts are a decomposition of organic matter that has developed microorganisms and many nutrients. The garden itself can be a source of ingredients for the compost. Throw in grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells, horse or cow manure or even dead leaves in fall. However, items you don’t want to add are dog or cat droppings, or any dairy or meat products. They may contain pathogens and attract nasty insects to the compost.
Plants get their nutrients and moisture from the soil, so high quality soil helps to ensure a healthy plant. However, choosing the right plant for the right environment is also part of organic gardening. It means growing plants that are accustomed to your region and suited to the conditions in your garden, so they don’t need a lot of extra care to grow.
Plants that have adapted to the environment they are in are not stressed. This means the plants are much better equipped to withstand insect infestations or other invasions. Additionally, diversity in our planting helps keep all of the plants healthy. All of one type of plant makes things easy for the bugs and insects. By planting different plants within the same soil region forces bugs to redirect their feeding route.