At home, where the issue isn't maximizing
productivity, organic gardening techniques are fine. In our organic soil-based
garden we mulch, use organic fertilizers (composted manure) and compost to
amend our soil. We plant garlic, chives, and marigolds around our vegetables
which helps with pest control. Ladybugs and lacewings also help to control
pests. We rotate crops. We do not use inorganic pesticides. In fact we use no
pesticides. But we are using considerably more water than with our
hydroponically grown crops. And we are spending much more time maintaining our
garden. And our yields are less. And we are dealing (somewhat ineffectively)
with pests. And we really don't know if our soil and microbe environment is
optimal. But we do the dance anyway. We are not only comparing traditional
agriculture with hydroponics, but we are embracing a connection to the earth.
In essence we are embracing a future while not throwing out the past.
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