Of all the recent new-age trends to hit the masses this past decade, it’s safe to assume organic eating, being and thriving sits somewhere near the top. And while a major bulk of the followers tend to flock towards Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods repeatedly, you could say the most fervent organic fans treat organic gardening as a religious experience in and of itself.
Organic gardening is the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants minus added preservatives and pesticides for protection and growth. Built upon principles of conservation, soil building and preservation, the key to organic gardening lies in the plants cyclic, holistic nature.
Why dictate how plants produce and thrive, when they can simply provide those means themselves?
Granted, while conjuring up a quaint backyard garden might seem a good idea in theory, organic gardening can present its fair share of challenges. The kinds of chemicals associated with traditional forms of gardening are horticulture staples for a reason, as they allow gardeners the ability to cultivate their crops, minus any nagging pests or dismal numbers.
While organizing your perfect organic garden will require a bit architecture, tool and bed research, there are a few perennials, produce and plants you can count on to get the organic gardening process jump-started.
1. Sweet Asylum
Sweet Asylum, a delicate plant with a uniquely feminine feel, is a natural attractor for predatory bees and wasps. Should your selection of sweet asylums be well-taken care of, these insects should have no trouble keeping those annoying aphids at bay. To enhance your organic gardening selection, pair with potatoes or plants for the best results.
Zucchini, a deliciously adaptable produce plant, is a summer squash that will continue to grow and produce until the winter’s first frost, making this plant an invaluable addition to your long-term organic gardening plans.
3. Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard, commonly used in Mediterranean dishes, are known for being one of the most nutritious kinds of greens. In terms of its organic gardening benefits, the green sheds its exterior leaves every month or so, making the plant continually tender (should you water it adequately).
Borage, commonly referred to as the star-flower in light of its unique shape, is known for its nutritious seed oil. When grown in an organic garden, the flower can aid in warding off hungry tomato worms.
Mint, a uniquely fragrant herb, is a fairly easy plant to cultivate in a home garden (so long as it’s contained in a sunny, warm environment). And what’s more, the plant’s flavor is a natural repellent for several pesky insects, making mint an extremely sustainable herb for starting organic gardening.
Agave, a notably dagger-like plant, does extremely well in partial sun and somewhat-moistened soil. However, agave is a warrior of sorts, adaptable to a more than a few kinds of weather conditions.
7. Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes, a sort of “gateway” plant for beginning an organic gardening venture, are one of the easiest kinds of produce to grow. And what’s more, cherry tomatoes remove a sizable bulk of the workload for gardeners, as one seedling can sprout a plethora of tiny baby tomatoes.