I'm sad that I can't write about anything now, because of your small or bigger problems of winter time and frost in many of your areas We have not a winter. So I was inspired by a friend in New Mexico to look at the fact why we growing organic?
I can't imagine this hasn't been addressed here before, but I don't remember it and couldn't find an old thread. It would be great to hear as a new thread :why we all do this thing called "organic gardening/farming".
I am an organic gardener/farmer for:
* health for me, my children, the future
* environmental/ecological concerns- to help protect the soil, our water supply, beneficial insects. Keeping our Mother Earth safe, vital and healthy.
* living in harmony with Nature and our Earth
* economic- we can't afford to destroy the Earth
Not to mention it is cheaper when I don't have to buy chemicals, pesticides, etc- just gather and recycle leaves, garden debris, kitchen scraps and an occasional load of manure.
Organics is a way of life for me.
Sometimes I make my way carefully through my land. Dragonflies and moths fly up in a flurry. Honeybees buzz from blossom to blossom. Part the leaves and I see insects, spiders, frogs, lizards, and many other small animals bustling about in the cool shade. Moles and earthworms burrow beneath the surface.
This is a balanced crops-field ecosystem. Insect and plant communities maintain a stable relationship here. It is not uncommon for a plant disease to sweep through this area, leaving the crops in these fields unaffected.
And now I look over at the neighbor’s field for a moment. The weeds have all been wiped out by herbicides and cultivation. The soil, animals, and insects have been exterminated by poison. The soil has been burned clean of organic matter and microorganisms by chemical fertilizers. Often, I see gardeners and farmers at work in the fields, wearing gas masks and long rubber gloves. These lands, which have been farmed continuously for over 1000 years, have now been laid waste by the exploitative gardening/farming practices of a single generation.
With the best organic greetings, ThaiGer.