Holistic gardening goes beyond organic gardening to consider the interaction of all
functions of life and how they interact. Not only are you trying to grow the best
things you can to put on your families table but you are creating an ambiance where
sight, sound, smell and touch are in balance. It means working with nature to create
an area where plants, biology and animals are working together to provide the healthy
It goes back to the Birth, Growth, Death, Decay and rebirth cycle that nature intended.
The problem we have is that we are not putting back all we take out of the soil in
this cycle so we have to find ways to replace the nutrients to keep the cycle functioning.
It is a continuous ongoing process where balance is critical no matter what size
the ecosystem is. Nutrients are absorbed by plants and soil biology and in nature
returned to the environment in the same area. Even small changes can disrupt this
balance and stress your plants.
Along with nutrients plants need water, air and light in the proper amounts. Another
factor that enters into the equation is heat. Soil temperature is critical to beneficial
soil biology. Soil temperature below 50 degrees F. most biology goes dormant.
Without beneficial soil biology your soil cannot perform the task of growing healthy
plants that have all of the nutrients in them needed for a well balanced disease
It is also called holistic gardening, as it considers the interaction of every element
involved in the creation of a garden, from the pH of the soil to the spectrum of
grow lights. In holistic gardening, the gardener seeks to understand how all the
parts are interrelated and how changing one element will affect all the others. Understanding
all the elements and how they work together helps the gardener know what to do next.
The soil may need fertilizing or aerating, or certain plants may need more or less
This is the most earth friendly way to grow all types of plants.