Ever wondered how modern gardening came about and how we parted from the practices of organic gardening? Well, this infographic does a great job of thoroughly explaining how we went from organic farming to modern farming, and how we are heading back to organic.
This is crazy but all farming was organic until World War II. So it can be said that organic gardening was the norm since man began gardening. The new, modern “conventional” methods of farming are actually quite new. Petroleum-based products have led to individual farmers being able to produce more food, but they have also led to more problems and consequences.
While modern farming techniques produce more food in some regards. They come with heavy consequences such as soil erosion, pesticide run-off, chemical resistant weeds, as well as potential health risks associated with the use of petro-based chemicals.
The history of agriculture is thought to have begun around 8500 BC when we begin to see evidence that early man was using farming methods to produce grains. It wasn't until 4000 BC that agriculture is thought to have spread to Europe.
The 16 produce with the most pesticide residue are apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, blueberries, lettuce, and kale.
There are 8 produce varieties that grow easier than others, these are; sweet potatoes, strawberries, bush cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, kale/collards, spinach, radishes, and lettuce.
Look, there are a bunch of ways to build up your soil organically such as using cover crops, and adding organic materials to the soil such as leaf litter and compost.
Look, organic gardening is something that anyone can do. But it takes a little elbow grease to get in there and make it happen. This infographic is from NorthCarolinaHealth.com check them out for more great gardening info. And while you are at it, save some time on your lawn care so you can spend more time in your organic garden by hiring a lawn care pro at GreenPal.
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