I guess that to begin it would be worthwhile to define “organic”, because it's a termthat is subject to interpretation. In the commercial world it simply means non chemical, which in my opinion isn’t saying much. Sure you are going to avoid the nasty pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides that are used in commercial agriculture and you may even be avoiding some types of GMO, but in the long run commercially available “organic” products are often produced and packaged in ways that are anything but non chemical. A permaculturalist will tell you that organic means not only chemical free and derived from natural processes, but also sustainable, “what was taken was returned in an equal or greater amount” so to speak. This takes the definition a step further and allows for a continuity which purely commercial approach does not. I personally agree with the latter definition.
There is a relatively steep learning curve to gardening, and sorting through the mountain of information available can be an overwhelming task in and of itself. And oftentimes in the end it all comes down to good old trial and error to be able to find out what is actually best for your specific situation. In truth when I think about all the work that really goes into having a successful garden, this article might as well have been titled “Why bother to start organic gardening”. And I guess that is the point I’m trying to make.
If you are going to start organic gardening it is necessary to have a good reason, a mindset that will carry you through the many inevitable problems and setbacks that you will encounter. In my experience, organic gardening is not just about growing plants, it's about growing ourselves. In learning to care for the health and well being of our plants we learn to do the same for ourselves. There is so much to learn about soil composition, types of composting, mulches, companion planting, individual plant requirements, ph levels, seasons, rainfall, temperature, dispersed shade systems, watering and irrigation, native and heirloom varieties, homemade fertilizers, pest deterrents, beneficial insects, microbiology, nurseries, grafting, rooting, planting transplanting, and on the list goes. But the journey is as enriching as it is long. You not only learn about the beautiful and intricate natural world, and what it takes to produce food that is truly nutritious. You also learn patience and acceptance, and get to relish the feeling of pride and accomplishment. You begin to see so many parallels between the interactions in your garden and the interactions in everyday life, and begin to understand more clearly what it takes to build an environment that cares for your every need, mentally physically and emotionally. You develop a clearer sense of what your own personal traits are, and which traits of others strengthen you and which weaken you.
So why start an organic garden? Because organic gardening in its true sense is a sustainable activity. That means it returns to you in equal or greater amount everything that it receives. It gives exponential yields in your quality of life. So give it a try. It doesn’t matter where you start, one plant will lead to two, deficiencies will lead to fertilizers, sickness will lea d to remedies, weeds will lead to compost. Spend all the time in your garden that you want because because in nature nothing goes to waste.