Nature is truly magical, magnificent, mysterious and so much more all rolled  into one. I love the sunrises, sunsets, fall colors, spring blossoms, summer fireflies, sparkling snowflakes…I love all she has to offer. This said, there is perhaps one part of nature that probably intrigues me more than any other though. I love how things grow, especially the garden.

This year marks a milestone for me. Although I have always been in the garden, the truck patch, the fields, it was five years ago that I took a serious look at our food supply as a whole and how I was contributing with my little piece of earth that God has entrusted me with. It was then that I decided to have a garden that was all natural, from fertilizing to controlling weeds.

I prefer the words “all natural” instead of organic. That word, the big O, has been the subject of a lot of controversy in recent years. There is no middle of the road when it comes to organic. On one side of the fence are those who will always go the extra mile and always search out organic for their food supply. They pay the extra price to try and do better when it comes to what goes into their bodies.

On the other side of the coin are those that think organic is just a bunch of hype. Their argument is that we have survived for hundreds, literally thousands of years, without worrying about how we grew our food. On that note, for hundreds of years we didn’t farm with chemicals that eventually found their way into what we eat. As the demand for higher yields increased, the use of chemicals to provide that yield also increased.

As with discussing any methodology, there are those people who give organic its bad rap because, even though they say they are using all natural products, in reality they are not. Thus, the naysayers contend that folks pay the higher price for something they are not getting. But, as the saying goes, don’t let a few bad apples ruin the whole barrel.

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