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How to Grow Your Own Organic Food in Small Spaces

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You probably know already that organic foods are good for you. The major problem most people have with organic food is the expense. However, there are several different ways to radically reduce the cost of your food.

Growing your own is probably one of the best, and can be extremely satisfying. I am convinced that growing sprouts is more practical and useful for most people and takes less space and time but it will be a bit longer before I am able to provide a comprehensive article on how to do that.

In the meantime anyone, regardless of space allowance, can also produce their own food. If you have a back yard, you're blessed indeed. But apartment dwellers can also grow fresh produce. Alex Mitchell's book The Edible Balcony is an excellent resource.

One of the major benefits of growing your own food is that you have complete control over the end product, from soil composition to chemical exposure.

Whereas a conventionally-grown garden might include the use of chemical fertilizers and potentially toxic insecticides to protect the crop, an organic gardener will forgo the chemicals and feed the soil with natural fertilizers and insect barriers.

The same goes for weed control. While a traditional gardener may apply synthetic herbicides to control weeds, an organic gardener, just like an organic farmer, will use hand weeding and cover crops with mulches to control weeds. For every toxic solution, there's usually an equally effective non-toxic alternative.    

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