I’m sure you’ve heard about organic agriculture before. Years ago, organic farming is tied up with hippies and tree huggers only. Now, almost everyone prefers organic foods from chemically-processed ones, especially with the recent heated discussion of the dangers of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Environmental Benefits of Organic Gardening
First and foremost, having a garden will add plants that will absorb carbon dioxide which is toxic to the atmosphere and aggravates climate change. Organic gardening also values the health of the soil. It does not use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides in fear of permanently damaging the soil. It also practices crop rotations and inter-cropping which promote replenishment of soil nutrients.
Organic gardening is also good for water. Since it does not introduce toxic chemicals to the water system, it helps in maintaining a healthier source of water. For example, farmers in France and Germany are highly encouraged to switch to organic farming to hamper groundwater pollution. The use of organic fertilizers such as animal and green manure also enhances the soil structure, which in turn promotes infiltration of water.
Further, organic farming promotes holistic growth of biodiversity. Fauna and flora species thrive in organic gardens because organic fertilizers and pesticides do not harm them the way synthetic chemicals do.
Overall, it has a positive impact to ecology as it promotes healthy ecological processes such as water recycling, carbon sequestration, soil conditioning, nutrient cycling, predation, and habitats.
Organic Gardening for Your Home
But organic farming is not just for traditional farmers who have their own farming land. You, a home owner, can also have your own organic garden right at your home. You can turn your concrete backyard into an organic garden with just a few steps:
1. Demolish your concrete backyard. You can do this on your own or you can hire demolition contractors such as those at Proven Contractors. Hiring professional demolishers is definitely easier and faster. You can also hire excavation contractors here so that unhealthy soil will be removed and the remaining soil will be properly exposed and tilled.
2. Cover the area with sand and soil. Add a layer of sand as a foundation of the soil you will add later. Leave this for a couple of days, and then add a good quality top soil about 2 to 2.5 inches thick. Level the soil and leave it for one to two days.
3. Water the soil and keep it moist. Next, water the soil and make sure it stays moist. This is to ensure that grass will grow in it. Leave it for about one to two weeks until you see some grass beginning to sprout.
4. Keep the grass. Watch out for the growth of the grass. If after a month the grass height reaches 2 inches, that means the area is now healthy for planting.
5. Plant away! When your backyard is fully covered with green grass, you can now start planting! Make sure that you check out proper techniques in organic farming so that your garden is healthy both for you, your family, and the environment.