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Organic Gardening in Canada: Nurturing the Movement from the Ground up

by Growers Lane Admin on July 15, 2019

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Over the last few decades, organic gardening has become an increasingly popular concept. Plenty can be said for the numerous benefits of reducing the number of synthetic substances going into our environment. Without the right tools, though, taking chemically enhanced growth agents out of the picture can mean sacrificing crop yield and quality.

At Growers Lane, we’re committed to fostering organic gardening in Canada. We give gardeners the resources they need to succeed in their goals of taking potentially harmful substances out of the equation.

 

Looking at the Bigger Picture

Farming techniques first began to take shape more than 14,000 years ago by some historical accounts. In the beginning, growers drew from the land alone to produce their fruits and vegetables because they had no other choice. Those who were fortunate enough to live in more fertile regions enjoyed bountiful harvests while those in less conducive environments were forced to get a bit more creative with the process.

Still, organic gardening was in full force since synthetic fertilizers and pesticides simply hadn’t been invented yet. Over the centuries, balance was lost to climate change, over-farming and increasing demands from a growing population. Science stepped in and created those man-made products so popular in today’s agricultural landscape.

Unfortunately, even though those chemical-laden growth enhancers aid in growing bigger plants and generating higher yields, they create plenty of problems of their own. They’re responsible for a detrimental cascade effect on the environment. These products serve their purposes by ramping up the amount of nitrogen in the soil.

In turn, once this excess nitrogen reaches freshwater sources, it promotes the growth of aquatic flora. Those water-based plants choke out fish and other aquatic creatures while boosting algae growth. At the same time, the entire process strips soil of its natural balance, leading to future difficulties in growing crops and an increased need to turn to synthetic fertilizers to mitigate the problem. It’s a vicious cycle but certainly not an unbreakable one.

Our team at Growers Lane sees the bigger picture and is dedicated to helping you nurture your gardens, flower beds and lawns from numerous angles. We’re passionate about supporting the organic movement. For this reason, we offer a range of products specifically geared toward the diverse needs of Canada’s organic gardeners.

 

Benefits of Organic Gardening

Numerous benefits can come from organic gardening. For one, there’s a certain amount of satisfaction in returning to the old ways of working with nature rather than against it. Of course, that’s only the beginning.

  • More Nutritious: Organic fruits and veggies have a far higher nutrient content than those constantly bombarded with synthetic fertilizers. They’re healthier plants equipped to feed a healthier population

  • Safer: When synthetically enhanced growth boosters and pesticides are used in gardening, they also make their way inside fruits and veggies. Those potentially harmful substances can be washed off the surface, but what’s inside them can’t. Once we ingest them, those chemicals can lead to a wide range of negative health effects, such as an increased risk of cancer and other conditions.

  • More Environmentally Friendly: While organic gardening compounds increase the amounts of nitrogen and other helpful elements in the soil, they do so in a natural, more balanced way rather than creating an excess. This means they don’t upset the balance of nature.

On top of those key benefits, you simply can’t beat the taste of organically grown vegetables and fruits. Once you’ve had the pleasure of eating organic foods, those grown in soil overloaded with chemicals just have no flavour. Flowers grow more beautiful and vibrant, and lawns become greener and thicker over time. If you have any creeks or waterscapes on your property, you may even notice an improvement in their appearance as well.

 

Digging Deeper

Despite the many advantages of organic gardening, those choosing to take this route face a wide range of challenges, including reconditioning poor soil, preventing future soil depletion and cultivating gardens that consistently flourish. Organic gardening in Canada requires a truly sustainable approach, one that begins taking shape deep within the soil long before seeds are even planted in the ground.

Crop yield and quality depend on a number of elements. Quality of the seeds being used, planting techniques, weather patterns and ongoing care all play a role here, but underneath it all, the soil is the true deciding factor. If the soil is unable to hold the right amount moisture and allow oxygen to reach plants’ tender roots, it won’t provide a suitable growing medium.

On top of all that, soil severely lacking in nutrients doesn’t have the capacity to sustain plants. Even if the right nutrients are present, the soil must be able to adequately transfer them to plants’ root systems. Creating a more beneficial and productive growing environment requires an effective, high-quality soil builder like the ones we’ve developed.

 

Building a Solid Foundation for Your Plants

Fertile soil fully optimized for growing is comprised of numerous components. Worms, insects and bacteria fall into the category of living organisms. They help aerate the soil for adequate oxygen flow and produce waste, which becomes part of the next vital element: decomposing organic material. This matter is made up of all the plant and animal material in the soil in various stages of decay.

In addition to those elements is humus. It’s composed of completely decayed organic matter. One of humus’ components is humin, which helps improve soil’s composition and is rich in nutrients. That being said, plants can’t easily absorb those nutrients because some necessary elements are still missing.

 

Bringing Humic Acid into the Mix

This is where humic acid comes into play. It holds all the nutrients of humus and serves to foster organic gardening in Canada on several levels. When you add humic acid to your organic garden as a natural soil builder, it provides a variety of benefits.

  • Improved Water Retention: Humic acids can transform even the most arid soil into a dark, moisture-rich vessel for growing fruits and vegetables, flowers, trees and grass. Through a complex chemical reaction, humic acid boosts soil’s cation exchange capacity, greatly improving its ability to hold moisture. In turn, moisture is more readily available to your plants.

  • Enhanced Nutrient Transfer: In some cases, plants are unable to take in nutrients from soil even if they’re there for the taking because those vitamins and minerals bind to the soil. Humic acid’s unique chemical reactions free up the nutrients so they can more easily reach roots and be absorbed into the plants.

  • Increased Microbe Growth: As is the case in the human body, plants need certain beneficial bacteria in order to remain healthy. Soil builders containing the right level of humic acid to promote healthy microbe growth. Those bacteria then support the decomposition process in the soil to help feed plants.

  • Reduced Soil Toxins: Chemicals and other man-made toxins have permeated the soil in many areas over the decades. These harmful substances are primary culprits in stripping nutrients from the soil, negatively affecting plant health and greatly reducing crop yields. Humic acids bind to those toxins and draw them away from plants, so they’re unable to have a harmful impact.

Overall, humic acid improves soil structure as well as moisture, nutrient and healthy bacteria content. This boosts crop growth and yield. It’s also one of the reasons organic fruits and veggies have higher vitamin and mineral content than their chemical-laden counterparts.

 

Catering to Organic Gardener’s Needs

At Growers Lane, we bring organic gardeners a broad range of humus-based soil-building compounds and other tools. Our products include the humic acid so necessary for growing healthy, bountiful crops. We also provide a variety of formulas designed for specific needs, such as lawns, vegetable gardens and flowers.

In addition to our products, we offer a number of resources to help Canada’s organic gardeners make the most of the growing space they have available and get optimum yields for their efforts.

 

Growers Lane Is Here to Help Further Cultivate Canada’s Organic Gardens

Dozens of growth stimulants and soil boosters are on the market right now. Some don’t meet the requirements for true organic gardening in Canada whereas others have high nutrient contents but fail to condition the soil to ensure it delivers those reserves to plants. Very few are designed to mimic the qualities of the naturally rich soil in which plants thrive best.

At Growers Lane, we’re committed to sourcing high-quality humus-based products. We fully understand the many challenges organic gardeners face, and our products are created with those issues in mind. Feel free to browse our product lines and contact us online or by phone with any questions you may have.

The future of sustainable growing is in your hands, and we’re proud to help you keep Canada green and healthy.

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