The benefits of gardening without the aid of toxic pesticides and herbicides seem very obvious to me, yet it was only about 10 years ago that I stopped using chemicals to control insects and weeds.
I was recently reminded of some of the reasons why I stopped using herbicides and pesticides on my lawn and in my gardens. My neighbor was applying lawn spray to her yard and the smell of the chemicals in the overspray that blew into our yard as I was tending my garden was overpowering, to the point that I almost couldn’t breath. I had to quit my outdoor chores and go inside to get away from the overpowering odor. I kept our dog inside for as long as possible after she finished spraying so that he wouldn’t be exposed to the spray too, since most lawn chemicals are toxic to animals as well as humans.
Here are some reasons for choosing to “grow organic.” I’m sure there are many more, but these are my own personal motivators.
10 Reasons to Grow Organic
- No exposure to toxic chemicals for humans and pets
- Don’t need to worry that toxins aren’t totally washed off before eating produce
- Less expensive
- Builds soil quality year after year instead of degrading it
- Encourages beneficial insects (and subsequently birds) in my gardens
- No contamination of runoff into sewers
- Reduces waste in landfills – compost used to build soil encourages recycling of kitchen and yard waste
- Organic (heirloom and non-hybrid seeds) can be harvested for next year’s crops
- Food tastes better
- Teaches kids to take care of the environment
I’m interested in hearing what motivates you to grow organic – or why you choose not to. Please share your comments.