A remarkable number of gardeners had switched to organic farming. Many agricultural farmlands had been certified as organic and their products are planted on organic soil. Using all-organic agricultural inputs, the harvests are organic foods that are too beneficial to the health of people consuming them.
In several surveys, it had been disclosed that there is an increase in the number of gardeners using natural soil additives. Even backyard gardening had turned organic. Recycling is encouraged and the wastes that would otherwise go to landfills are converted into organic fertilizers in the form of compost. Even garden centers now sell organic composts and organically-amended soil for immediate use. The readily available commercial products are bought despite the high price because of the long wait in making one’s own compost.
The long wait in composting and the expensive cost of commercial organic compost are disadvantages in the use of organic farming land. But come to think of it, why do people still switch to organic gardening? The reasons are based on the benefits derived from natural products of plants planted in a soil that was made organic.
The organic soil is nutrient-rich.
Organic land promotes successful farming and good products. This is because the soil is nutrient-rich. It contains the necessary NPK nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Natural soil has carbon from the green components of the compost and this is a big factor in the growth of gardening-friendly micro-organisms. The organic matter in the soil, as contributed by the compost, prevents plant diseases.
Because of the additives to make the soil organic, soil particles are bound together thus inducing water or moisture retention. This is very beneficial if the structure of the soil is sandy. The compost makes the soil more compact. If the soil is clay-like, the compost can loosen the particles to allow the nutrients to flow and be properly distributed.
Contrary to the effect of chemical fertilizer, the organic composition of the soil does not burn the roots of the plant. The roots are able to penetrate the soil to siphon necessary nutrients. The release of nutrients is slow, just as needed by the plant.
Reducing soil contamination
Another big benefit is attributed to the absence of toxic substances that brings the harmful effects of chemicals. When compost or organic fertilizer is added, the soil is free from pesticide and chemical fertilizer contamination. Furthermore, the organic kind of soil eliminates contamination to any preservatives. The soil is now able to neutralize the effects of hydrocarbons and heating fuels.
Growing healthy food
The use of organic soil produces healthier food which enables men to have a healthier diet. In comparing healthiness of vegetables, a study was found in tomatoes raised in natural soil and inorganic soil. The antioxidant, flavonoid, in the organically grown tomatoes is twice those that are planted in the conventional soil. More antioxidants are beneficial in cancer prevention. Furthermore, there are no chemical fertilizer and pesticide residues on foods grown on the amended soil.
The benefits in the use of organic soil had been reported and they are amazing. The cost of organic fruits, vegetables and other products may be a bit pricey today but with the awareness of farmers on the benefits from organic agriculture, you can expect the price to go down. The supply of organic agricultural products can go up, a factor for downtrend in price.