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Quote of the Day: Organic Gardening

July 14th, 2013

“Organic gardening is not a system of rules to abide by or be punished for breaking. It is a way of looking at the world. The garden is a model of how we would like to live. We should all garden organically not because it is currently politically correct but simply because it is the most sensible and best way to make a good garden.”

Monty Don from Fork to Fork

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edible garden harvest 4
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preparing the onion harvest 4
Even though the word “organic” is being watered down by corporate interest, it’s good to see more and more people becoming aware of the dangers of chemicals/pesticides and leaning toward gardening more organically.

How many of the gardeners you know are organic?

7 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Organic Gardening”
  1. Jennifer Fisk on July 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

    All the gardners I know are “organic”. This doesn’t mean to the extent they could be MOFGA certified although many could, but that they eschew any chemical fertilizers or non organic pesticides. They might use manure from chickens who weren’t fed strictly organically or from pigs that got some restaurant waste.

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  2. Kay on July 14, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Unfortunately, not many. I live in an area where people would rather run to the store for their food.

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  3. Joan on July 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I really don’t know any gardeners who are not growing organically, or 99% organically anyway. I purchased onion seedlings that weren’t grown organically, but they have been organic since placed in the ground. And sometimes I’ll purchase non-organic seed. Everything else is totally organic.

    Most of us here in mid-coast Maine garden basically the same way.

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  4. whit on July 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

    We belong to a small group of sustainable farmers, and I could count on one hand how many aren’t buying the whole organic idea. Most of us are mindful of the seeds we purchase, of covering the ground when it isn’t in use. Three are raising pastured meats and working off of Joel Salatin’s models. 3 of us just marched in our community’s parade to educate the public about GMO’s in hopes of helping our labeling measure pass come election time. It’s amazing to have this resource here, especially being a new member of the community.

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  5. Andrew on July 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Just discovered this website. Love it. Great quote. This is the first season we decided to grow our own veggies. It was incredibly rewarding. And it wasn’t as hard as some people said. We wanted to know we were eating non genetically modified food. Got all our seeds from I wish I could upload pics of our garden.

    Have bookmarked your site and will keep checking back for more posts. Thank you for doing what you do. :) AM

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  6. Deb on July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I don’t know any but myself growing organically. My parents do somewhat but I get made fun of for eating non-processed organic food. Haven’t used anything that isn’t heirloom and organic for several years now and start my own seeds 99% of the time. Don’t spray the yard or garden and harvest herbs and weeds from the yard. Have had a ladybug nursery here this year. Was going to pasture some land but due to weather and not getting non-GMO and organci seed in time it grew up mostly in Lamb’s Quarter plants over 6 ft. tall. We discovered boillions of aphids and therefore millions of ladybug larva, didn’t see the eggs, so have left it grow. Don’t see very many so hubby will cut it today as we don’t want it seeding more as I want to be sure to have the seed for pasture later on and weeds aren’t wanted. All 3 sides of us is farmed and heavily sprayed. I would give most anything to have a heavily wooded acreage to get away from the spraying, barking dogs, racing cars, and such as we have in front of us. No other way to go for health than organic.

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  7. Jaye on July 16, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I’m ashamed to say that I know of no others. While the push is for organics in all areas (food, gardening, lawns, clothing, etc.), my fellow gardeners are all about convenience and ease. I don’t even see it as easier, I personally see it as the only option, so I embrace all of the challenges that come with organic gardening. I keep thinking that if all others before us (historically) managed, certainly, I can!

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