Thursday, May 6, 2010
Who would think that Companion planting vegetables and herbs would become such a necessary part of creating an organic garden?
Understanding the art of Companion Planting is a journey we will embark on together.
How did Companion Planting come about?
Taking a few steps back to examine the second half of the 20th century, we discover that the modern advances in agriculture are both astounding and destructively frightening. After the second world war and the with the advent of the “Green Revolution” the everyday use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers became common place.
Many people came to accept that the only way to be agriculturally productive was to use the modern methods of food production. These modern methods include the use of heavy machinery, mono-cropping and the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer in order to produce bumper crops. This certainly did yield amazingly for a while, but the soil soon became eroded and depleted and could no longer sustain the abuse of modern agriculture. (Scarily it still goes on today.)
As more and more people developed cancers, diabetes and food allergies, coupled with the fact that the environment is being degraded, the more earths' people realized the need to eat pure fresh food. Now there is a large movement of humans wanting health giving food.
What can you do about eating more healthily using Organic Gardening and Companion Planting?
Now you can grow food that is organically and naturally grown – in your own space. The way to achieve the best organic garden is to get knowledgeable about Companion Planting. Learning about organic gardening is the first step to creating healthy food on your doorstep.
Well what is Companion Planting actually?
Companion Planting is a way of combining plants, in order to get the optimal yield, using natural means of pest control and soil improvement. It is a kind of soil and garden alchemy. Get to know which plants to grow well together, which are antagonists.
Learn what plants do to the soil. Use plants that keep harmful pests away and create playgrounds for beneficial species. Improve your precious living soil by growing soil improving plants.