5 Reasons to Make Your Garden Organic

This is an updated post (2024) with information to help our pollinators. Several years ago I wrote about what to do to help bees, Make Your Garden A Haven For Bees, and butterflies, 5 Steps for a Butterfly Garden. Does it seem strange to write about gardening in February? No, now is the time to dream and plan. Forget the snow, and imagine a spring day.

Organic gardening can mean different things to many people.  Really it’s just about growing plants without synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Most people know instinctively that  pesticides are harmful to the environment and our families.  One of the main reasons I hear for not going organic is “it costs too much.”  I’m retired now but when I was growing up, everything was grown without modern insecticides.  My friends and I say “It was all organic back then.”  Was it that expensive in the 1950’s to have a more eco-friendly garden?

Today I give you 5 great reasons to grow a more organic garden.

  1.  You and your family are not exposed to harsh chemicals. For all pesticides to be effective against the pests they  control, they must be biologically active, or toxic. Because pesticides are toxic, they are also potentially hazardous to humans, animals, and the environment. The plus of no pesticides is that the birds, bees, and butterflies are not killed by the poisons.  Who doesn’t like pretty butterflies?
  2.   There’s lots of information supporting a more natural approach to gardening available in your own community and online on so many wonderful blogs.  You have support and a community of gardening enthusiasts.  Most states and universities have classes on gardening in your community.   Local garden clubs provide information and support in your gardening efforts. I’ve made a reference list at the end of the post for some of the great gardening sites I’ve found. I’d be happy to add to the list if you have suggestions.
  3. Growing veggies and fruits means your family is eating organic.  Fresh, tasty tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, or whatever your heart desires can be ready for you to pick.  Now that’s eating local!  Adding a tree this year? Consider a fruit tree appropriate for your growing zone.  Did you know you can grow Shiitake mushrooms on logs?  According to Natural Society, the 10 plants easiest to grow are: Tomatoes, Pea shoots, Beetroot, Lettuce, Mint, Courgettes, Dwarf French Beans, Onions, and Strawberries. If you live in an apartment, put a tomato plant in a container on your balcony or porch.
  4. Composting takes a throwaway from the garbage  pail and makes it a high nutrient amendment for your garden. You can make your own natural fertilizers and soil additives.  Don’t buy bags of soil; add compost to your garden each spring.
  5. Growing your own vegetables at home can put money back in your pocket. If you have a bumper crop this year, learn how to preserve, pickle and “put away” for next winter. My favorite grower at the local farmer’s market grows blueberries. Each spring for about a month she has a load to sell. She also freezes for her family for the future. Now that’s smart!

Why am I writing about gardening in February? This is the time to dream, to plan, and to get ready for spring. For help planning a garden, see my garden planning guide with printables.

If you haven’t tried growing vegetables before, start small with the easiest vegetables. I like a large pot with a tomato plant. It even works on a balcony. See Growing vegetables For a Beginner for more information and suggestions.

This list is certainly not complete, but I hope you find it helpful. I am not a master gardener, and I am always trying to learn.  Wishing us a beautiful and productive garden this season!

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

18 thoughts to “5 Reasons to Make Your Garden Organic”

  1. Now is the best time to write about gardening. I am always looking for ideas and I’m just thinking about what I am going to do with my garden this year.
    I tend not to use chemicals or fertilizers. I take my chance and if things grow they do if not, there’s no great loss.

  2. Good advice in your post! I am looking through seed catalogues now. Gardening is an activity that gives me respite from troubles. SSPS #85

  3. These are great thoughts. I haven’t had a garden for 10 years (since moving here), but now that we have a fence and can keep all the deer and bunnies out, we’re going to give it a go. I hadn’t even thought about composting–I need to learn more about that. You’ve given me good things to think about! Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #27 linkup. Hope to see you next time, too. Have a great week!

  4. Love the gardening tips. We usually plant tomatoes and pepperss in containers. We don’t really have a garden space. But I may try a couple of other container veggies. We have/had a lemon tree that was doing great for the past couple of years. But I think this year’s really cold spell may have taken it out. We’ll see this spring I guess. TFS at #aclwcc Pinned.

  5. I don’t grow anything Carol. I’m a lucky guy. My neighbors around me have gardens and they grow so many things that they give me so many fruits & vegetables. I bake and I give my neighbors a lot back thanking them.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. What wonderful advice! I am definitely ready to “dream and plan. Forget the snow and imagine a spring day.” Thank you for sharing this post at You’re the Star Blog Hop! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures & Old Rock Farmhouse

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