Organic Gardening Is Not as Expensive as You Thought

Home and Garden

Recognizing home and garden as one living unit is a life saver and cost saver. Global warming and climate change has created awareness among all players in the mission to protect local environments. Creating a vegetable garden, even on a small plot, greatly reduces a home owners’ carbon footprints.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden

Most home-based gardeners are aware of the cost savings incurred through protecting their environment. But there is still a need for education in regard to creating a healthy environment for the garden’s soil. Beneath the soil are organisms which can carry diseases and affect the soil’s salinity. Awareness needs to be created in the other life-giving microbes which combat these disease-carrying vermin.

David Vaughan

David Vaughan is a recognized arborist. An arborist is less commonly known as an arbor culturist involved in the study, cultivation and management of trees, shrubs and woody plants. Vaughan is highlighting the need for gardeners to devote an equal amount of care to the cultivation of the soil throughout their yard as they already do with their vegetable gardens.

Year of the Soils

While most conservationists are well aware of the importance of protecting soil, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 as the Year of the Soils in order to raise greater awareness in proper soil management. This critical need for awareness is directed to both large-scale industrial and rural farmers who have often ignored this component of responsible and environmentally sustainable farming.

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy, a soil scientist, published Building Soil through Cool Springs Press. Her book is a guide to help home-based gardeners understand what’s happening beneath the soil in their gardens. She remarked that recognizing the soil as a living organism is necessary to create healthier gardens and a healthier environment.  Ms. Murphy laments the ignorance of humankind’s abusive manipulation of the soil.

200 Billion Bacteria

David Vaughan mentions that just one cup of healthy soil contains over 200 billion bacteria which feed and protect plants so that they too, can survive. Other inhabitants of this small universe include protozoa, arthropods and earthworms; the soil’s bacteria and microorganisms leave breathing space for water and air to move freely in the soil.  

The Micro Community

Bacteria, Vaughan says, attach themselves to particles so that they are not washed away. Fungi also enter the fray and counter arthropods’ feeding patterns.

Microorganisms work well with plants by depositing vital nutrients and minerals into the roots of trees. In return, tree roots produce complex carbon sugars which are fed directly to the bacteria and fungi.

What Gardeners can Do

There’s a lot that gardeners can do to protect their soil. Using expensive chemical fertilizers should be avoided at all costs. Costly tilling of the soil should be carried out sparingly.

Damaged soil can be repaired by feeding it mulch, leaves and recycled raw food materials. When the soil’s health is restored, leave them to do their work. It’s that easy.

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