Wise Gardener
A Vegetable Gardening Guide for the Organic Grower
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The information I've put together on this site is geared toward the organic gardener; however, it is intended to benefit all gardeners growing vegetables - regardless of your philosophy or methods used.

Vegetable Gardening - It's Good For You!


Organic VegetablesUnemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. - Orson Scott Card

I never understood the organic scene until several years ago when I signed up for a garden share with a local, organic farm. Each week I'd pick up a fresh batch of produce from a farm less than 30 miles from where I live (see Community Supported Agriculture).

Everything grown on the farm tasted far better than what I was used to. The produce I bought there was bursting with flavor, even the zucchini and squash tasted great! It was like the mass-produced vegetables I bought at the supermarket were in grainy black and white and these local organic veggies, which were grown without using pesticides or insecticides, were in Technicolor (see Organic food: Is it worth the extra money?).

I liked eating the fresh produce so much that I invested in a handful of organic garden supplies from an online company that was recommended to me and started growing my own vegetables. It's something I take great pride in. Originally, I did it purely for my own benefit, but eventually it became a labor of love. It's good for the planet, it's good for me, and it tastes great, too. Read more about growing vegetables organically here.

It's good for the planet since I'm not putting long-lasting, toxic chemicals into our soil and watershed, or spraying everything in site in a quest to wipe out garden pests. In fact, I'm improving the land by enriching the soil with additives like organic compost and creating a healthy, more diverse ecosystem in my backyard by introducing beneficial insects and other forms of natural pest control.

I find my organic vegetable gardening extremely rewarding. Not only do I get to savor the fruits of my own labor, but I know that the food my family and I are eating is grown without pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic chemicals. As for exercise, I have never been so fit, nor so relaxed, as when I spend the days in my garden. There's no therapy quite like horticultural therapy.

If you are an avid gardener (and even if you're not) I recommend taking a look at these other nifty sites. Chock-full of information about tomato gardening, beneficial insects, and home composting... it's no wonder they're some of my favorites. Enjoy!

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