Now that Spring is finally here, it is time to get out in the garden. Whether you are a gardening newbie or if you have plant a garden each year, organic gardening is a great way to grow your own vegetables in a way that is safe for you, your family and the environment. By switching to organic gardening, it is a healthier choice. Organic gardeners use compost, companion planting,  biological controls, and organically acceptable sprays to grow plants without harmful chemicals. When used correctly, organic gardening methods can exceed the efficacy of conventional chemicals in your vegetable, flower, or herb garden. 

Organic gardening differs from "conventional" gardening mainly in the areas of fertilization and pest control. The organic gardener prefers to use natural and organic materials and methods, and avoids using practices and synthetic chemicals that may be detrimental to his health or environment.

A major basis for organic gardening is the use of abundant quantities of organic material applied to the soil. Usually, it is in the form of animal manures, plant manures, cover crops, compost, or mixed organic fertilizer. Using this type of fertilizer offers many benefits, such as improving the ability to hold water and nutrients as well as improving the condition and structure of the soil.

Suitable materials for growing vegetables the organic way are not always easy to locate. The "conventional" garden supply centers carry many products, especially seeds and equipment, which may be used by the organic enthusiast. However, for the difficult-to-find items, the gardener may have to order from specialty businesses dealing in organic gardening supplies.

Organic gardening is more than just a trend, it is a way of gardening that offers many benefits to both the homeowner and the environment. Learn about the basics of organic gardening, from what an "organic garden" is to what the benefits are of gardening organically.