Organic gardening has been around for thousands of years! Despite this fact, changes in agriculture since the 1950’s have caused many people to view organic gardening as a “luxury” or an “alternative.” Fortunately, more and more people are learning of the dangers associated with “modern” methods of lawn and garden care. Every day, more people make the switch to organic gardening, after realizing the current situation has got to change!
- The average homeowner uses 10 times more chemical pesticides per acre than the average farmer.
- Chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides run off during the rain, polluting our rivers, lakes, and streams.
- The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) warns that the chemicals found in synthetic fertilizers may be harmful to your nervous system, skin, eyes, and may be cancer-causing agents.
- Chemicals from fertilizers are made from non-renewable resources and petroleum products.
Organic gardening combines a variety of techniques learned from Mother Nature. Organic gardening is all about working with the land to build healthy soil and plants. Think of organic gardening as a system that combines all aspects of gardening: soil, water, plants, animals; even insects! When plants are naturally strong, they will be able to stand up to pests and fight disease. Unlike chemical treatments that deplete the land and ultimately make plants weaker, organic gardening gives back to the earth as much as it takes.
- Soil Building It starts with soil building. Not all dirt is created equal. Have your soil’s pH level professionally tested and make the proper adjustments. Nitron A-35 is an excellent soil conditioner that will bring out the best in your soil and organic fertilizer. As far as organic fertilizers go, nothing has been more time-tested than our Fish Meal, an organic fertilizer made from fish products. People have been using fish products for fertilizer since ancient times, as a natural source that is extremely high in nutrients.
- Soil Maintenance Once you’ve established good soil, keep it that way! Use an organic fertilizer, such as Luscious Lawn and Garden, and begin a compost pile. Composting is a cheap, easy way to add organic matter back to your soil.
- Plant Selection Scientific studies have proven a theory that is centuries old: certain combinations of plants provide benefits unique to that combination. This is known as companion planting. The benefits that some plants provide for one another include shade, use of space, pest control, and protection. A few proven winning combinations:
- Roses and garlic
- Tomatoes and cabbage
- Corn and beans
- Radishes and spinach
- Cauliflower and dwarf zinnias
- Weed Control There are several methods that are incorporated into organic gardening for controlling weeds. The thing to remember with organic gardening is that patience pays off. If you remain persistent at fighting weeds, your garden will be able to do this on its own in the long run, which will ultimately save you money and time, and you will not be dependant on chemicals for a temporary job. For more tips on weed control, check out our Garden Center.
- Pest Control Organic gardening means working with nature to grow plants, and pest are part of nature. It may seem easy to remember this until the day you spot one of your plants under attack! The best pest control measure to take is the preventative one. Pests are less likely to attack healthy plants. Be sure you do not keep your plants too wet, too shaded or too dry. Grow a variety of plants in the same area. Some natural predators of pests are ladybugs, birds, frogs, and lizards. Finally, there are products such as Diatomaceous Earth that will get rid of pests naturally.