Gardening is a great hobby for a wide variety of reasons and for a wide variety of people. However, organic gardening may even be a more interesting hobby. Organic gardening is the process of integrating the entire landscape into your gardening design and to garden in as healthy a manner as possible. This includes using non-synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides. It is designed to help promote the health of the soil and the environment.
There are many aspects of organic gardening that make it a worthwhile and even fun hobby. The first is the physical exercise. Any type of gardening is going to require a lot of physical labor. Organic gardening is no different. Organic farmers prefer to do much of the work by hand, foregoing the pollution of gas powered farm equipment.
As a result, you will be hoeing a lot of land, removing rocks, hand picking weeds, digging seed holes, planting seeds individually and picking the fully grown plants. A good organic farmer often ends up losing a lot of weight and increasing muscle mass. Improved muscle mass also helps contribute to weight loss, as muscle burns more calories than fat.
The health benefits of organic gardening go beyond increasing physical fitness. Gardening is a strenuous process that actually often causes the mind to relax. Strenuous exercise focuses the mind more on the physical nature of performing the exercise. This helps create a relaxing environment and mind set that can benefit people who suffer from anxiety and other mental problems. Organic gardening exercise is no different from regular exercise.
Another, perhaps more controversial health benefit is eliminating the chemicals from pesticides and fertilizers. Many people argue that eating too many plants grown with commercial fertilizers or pesticides can cause health problems. Others think that the benefits gained from eliminating these chemicals are exaggerated. If you are interested in eating less chemicals, organic farming is one way to help.
Growing your own food also offers you the benefit of supplementing your diet with much cheaper food. It may take longer to prepare home grown, organic food but in the long run it will be much cheaper than buying food from a store. The inflated prices of commercial food is understandable, given the costs of growing it, paying people to pick it and shipping it. However, eliminating the middle man in this method is still a great way to save a lot of money.
Organic gardening also helps eliminate a lot of pollution that would otherwise occur by using chemicals on your food. These chemicals can seep into the soil and infect water sources. They can also kill other animals they weren't meant to kill, such as small mammals. Insects can also build up immunity to pesticides and fungicides over time, leading to worse infestations in the future.
Try out organic farming if any of these benefits appeal to you. Purchase natural fertilizers and use natural pest killing methods, such as water buckets with bait to begin organic gardening today.