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Above all, chemicals such as pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides have become a way for farmers to strip the the free will of plants to grow naturally along with their surroundings. Sure, you have a growing garden, free of insects that would ruin your product, but did you take waterways into consideration? Chemical run-offs go into nearby streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and coastal areas. Algae can block progressing waterways and, once decomposed, remove oxygen from water. These areas known as “dead zones” can drive away multiple underwater creatures. Once some of those fish have become diseased, they can cause humans to be ill. These illnesses include typhoid, cholera, liver damage, arsenic, and more.

The solution? Use natural compost, natural materials, and crop rotation. Using organic ways protects groundwater supplies and causes less dead zones. If you’re really struggling to bring up your pH levels, just add lime to the soil to increase its acidity and put the fertilizer down. The one thing you should keep in your garden is native plants. They are accustom to the natural surrounding climate and ecosystem, so adding fertilizer really isn’t necessary. As a result, native plants require less money, time and, most importantly water; but don’t skimp out just because it doesn’t need as much as others. Another benefit of theirs’ is that they provide  nectar that attracts more native species, aka bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, that can also help improve the garden.

Without a doubt, there will be people out there who don’t know these things (or do them anyway) and waterways will stay corrupt. That’s not important. What really matters is that one person can make a difference and that can be you. Conserving water and helping it is best for all farmers and beginners. Therefore, keeping natural plants around and not using an excessive amount of fertilizer is the key message here.