Recently, the need and benefits of adopting organic gardening have been emphasized. As a result, most homeowners and people willing to take on the challenge have embraced organic gardening. But, as you carry out your gardening duties, do you ever wonder whether organic gardening benefits the environment around you. This content piece seeks to unravel how organic gardening helps the environment.
Organic gardening means not using chemical fertilizers to strength your soil quality. Instead, you rely on traditional gardening practices such as; intercropping and crop rotation. These are useful soil strengthening practices that have been forgotten, or gardeners are too busy to implement them. Crop rotation and intercropping boosts soil structure, formation and encourages soil flora and fauna to create more stable gardening conditions. Energy and nutrient cycling improve, water and nutrient retention abilities are boosted to eliminate the need for mineral fertilizers. Capacity to retain nutrients means that your soil’s productivity has been enhanced. Crops export essential nutrients through crop rotation.
Native plants are plants that grow naturally in your area. This means that they can withstand the harshest weather conditions within your location. So, they need minimal maintenance, watering as well as fertilization. Since they grow naturally in a given area, they get along with other native plants and benefit from each other. The beneficial dependence boosts biodiversity and wildlife attraction.
Leaves from native plants decompose to provide crucial soil nutrients and are great weed suppressors. As such, you will not need to use fertilizers to boost soil quality and harm the environment in the long run.
Climate and air change
Organic gardening reduces or eliminates the need for agrochemicals that require high fossil fuel to be produced. Through sequestering carbon in the soil, organic gardening mitigates global warming and the greenhouse effects. As mentioned above, land management practices implemented in organic gardens like crop rotation and use of cover crops increases carbon return to the soil, favors carbon storage and boosts productivity.
Rain gardens are designed to collect rainwater runoff from your driveway or roof. The collected water is then soaked into the ground. Rain gardens should contain native plants that are adaptive to wet and dry areas. Such plants tend to have deep roots that can pull water from deeper grounds. So, utilizing the soaked water would be easy. Rain gardens prevent soil erosion, flooding as well as water pollution.
Some of the ecological services enjoyed as a result of organic gardening include; soil forming, conditioning, nutrient cycling, soil stabilization and waste recycling just to mention a few. Organic gardening also reduces the amount of air and environment pollution.
Organic gardening is the way to go for people looking for fresh and healthy garden supplies. But, it is also wise to ensure that every gardening decision you make benefits the environment and the crops around them. We all have a duty to preserve the environment around us. The greatest benefit offered by organic gardeners to the environment is not using chemical pesticides and fertilizers.