Whether you have a small balcony or patio, a family garden, an allotment or a rolling parkland to look after, most of us will have the opportunity to do some gardening, at least when the weather is fine. As with all other areas of our lives, this involves making choices about how we go about it. For those of us who want to live as sustainable a life as possible, this will mean following organic principles.
So what does organic gardening involve? Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity, has set out 5 principles:
Build and maintain soil health
Use resources responsibly
Avoid using harmful chemicals
Maintain a healthy growing area
Over this series of articles, we will be looking at each of these principles, giving more details about what they mean for you, and giving you lots of tips and hints as to how to put them into action.
We would like to give a special acknowledgment to the Garden Organic organisation, who provide a wealth of information and advice on their website, and in their publications. It would be great if you could support their work by becoming a member or making a donation. Visit the Garden Organic website to find out more.