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Many conventional gardeners may argue that the traces of pesticides left on the food they grow are minimal, but Barbara says she follows a different train of thought. "If you can grow a fruit that doesn't have any parts-per-million of any toxic pesticide, wouldn't you rather have that?" she asks.

Suzanne agrees and says organically grown food may be more nutritious too. "Many organic gardeners feel that organically grown foods are higher in nutrients, at least in part, because organic soil amendments contain minor nutrients and trace minerals that many synthetic fertilizers don't," she says.

No matter your reasons for wanting to grow an organic garden, Barbara says you should give yourself credit for taking the first step toward a more sustainable lifestyle. "If you have an organic garden the first year, then maybe reduce the amount of spraying you do on your lawn too," she says. "It is the right direction to go."

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