Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What Does "Organic" Mean?

Ok, so all this “blog talk” about “organic” gardening and I’ve never explained what it really is. So, from

Or-gan-ic (adjective)
Pertaining to, involving, or grown with fertilizers or pesticides of animal or vegetable origin, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals: organic farming; organic fruits.
a substance, as a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.

So basically, organic gardening is like regular gardening, but instead of using chemicals to help grow your garden, you use animal or vegetable based products (such as sea vegetables, which are used in many of our Happy Gardener products).

When you buy “organic” fruits and vegetables in the store, they must be certified organic by the USDA. Getting organic certification is a pain staking process and one that is not taken lightly by farmers. When your produce says it is “certified organic”, it really is chemical-free when it is harvested.

Unfortunately organic farmers don’t receive all of the federal subsidies “regular” farmers do. There is a lot more labor involved in organic farming and typically organic farms are smaller than standard “non-organic” farms, so the organic farmer does not have the benefit of volume. All of these reasons are why sometimes organic food costs more than regular non-organic produce by the time it gets to the grocery store.

With economic times the way they are today, it is at times cost-prohibitive to buy organic products in the store. And this, in a nutshell, is why more and more families are starting their own “organic” food gardens. When working an organic garden, there is no worry about chemicals getting into your system when you spray them; no worries about the kids picking the tomatoes because there are no pesticides on them; no worries about the pets eating the grass because the fertilizer is strictly animal or vegetable based and won’t harm them. This is why “The Happy Gardener” is so successful.

We offer a complete line of “Happy Naturals” organic products. Made from sea vegetables, these products will not harm you, your family, pets or the environment. What are sea vegetables you ask? Sea vegetables are wild ocean plants, or marine algae, that receive nourishment from the water. They are non-toxic, non-polluting, products of nature rich in minerals and trace elements, including copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and at levels much higher than those found in land vegetables. These are all healthy minerals that your body needs and can be found in any daily vitamin. And, most foods such as our Happy Naturals Foliar Feed only need be applied once a month rather than weekly like most plant foods. This food is applied directly to the leaves, making it super easy to feed your plants once a month!

Check out The Happy Gardener today at If you have questions on any of the available products, please email me. If you’d like to order, send me an email as well with your contact information. I’ll be happy to help you!

Happy Gardening!


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