The effects of conventional gardening
To the environment, conventional gardening is not without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Fertilizers tend to decrease the overall nutritional value of vegetables -- B vitamins, Vitamin C and beta carotene being the most affected nutrients. Pesticides on the other hand although purposely kill harmful insects that disrupts the growth of vegetables, they also kill other harmless insects that act as pollinators.
To the public, eating conventional vegetables may prove harmful to the body over a long period of time. Research has it that chemical pesticides are linked to countless diseases like breast cancer, prostate, Parkinson’s and damaged brain functions just to name a few.
Urban organic gardening is no hype
Almost all your staple vegetables can be grown in your backyard – tomatoes, ampalaya, okra, string beans, eggplant and onions. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to grow these vegetables; if yours is a place with limited space, then you may try the vertical gardening structures instead. Consider the benefits urban gardening can give you:
Savings: Because a lot of vegetables have a growing cycle of at least 30 days, you will almost never run out of supplies. This means less travel to the grocery store to buy your produce, which is of course more expensive.
No pesticides and chemical fertilizers used: Because you will only have a small vegetable garden to maintain, you’ll have enough time to care for it without danger of being infested. Because of this you no longer need to use any harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers. In fact, you can make your own compost to add nutrients to your soil.
Taste: One thing is for sure your freshly-picked vegetables will taste better than vegetables bought in any local market or grocery store. The healthy plant, the trace elements in the soil and the water contribute to a flavorful produce.
Improved healthy diet: You will no longer have excuses not to try out and serve a vegetable dish to your family once you already have an organic garden of your own.
Here are a few pictures of organic home gardening to keep you inspired . . .
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