Unadulterated organic gardening requires that you plant and care for your garden without the use of growth enhancers, pesticides, or artificial fertilizers of any kind, among other things. Some folks believe that using just small amounts of chemical preparations still qualify them as organic producers, but this is not true. Now let’s look at some of the other misconceptions and issues surrounding organic gardening.
Remember, organic gardens are not those that you plant and just leave to nature to cultivate. You will need to add fertilizer and pest management if you want to reap a harvest. The difference is that the techniques and materials used are of the organic type.
Organic gardeners definitely need to use fertilizers on their plots, but these must come from animal or plant sources, not be chemical or petroleum based as is found with commercial synthetic fertilizers. Compost and manure, etc provide special nutrients plants need to thrive, grow and produce are added to the soil. Such naturally derived fertilizers do not damage the soil in the same way synthetics can and contribute to a healthier planet.
Organic growers always tell beginner organic gardeners to maintain the health of the soil. Studies have shown that when soils are not treated with synthetic or chemical herbicides and fertilizers bring about plants that do not attract as many pests. They will also tell you to protect the soil. They accomplish this by covering it with mulch or vegetation that prevents it from being exposed to the harsh sun, wind and rain as well as erosion. The living organisms needed by plants are all in the top layers of the soil.
There is no question about it; organic gardens are beset by various types of pests, like worms and aphids that can destroy what you have done, so you must provide quality support to fight these off. Alternatives to chemical fertilizers vary and some can even be found in your kitchen. This is convenient to be sure.
Common pests are often warded off with sprays containing peppers and garlic. Flower devouring pests stem bores, and leaf eating pests can be controlled by extracts from the neem tree. It is vital that you understand that some insects in your garden are your friends. These include spiders, lacewings and ladybugs because they are natural predators that target worms, aphids, larvae and others. Be sure to treat them with respect.
Thinking ahead is another way to manage garden pests. For instance, planting natural insect repellant plants, like marigolds alongside vegetable or ornamental plants effectively controls nematodes.
Everything you do in your organic garden should be focused on nature.
It is a good thing to consider organic gardening as a way you can contribute to protecting the earth by minimizing the harmful effects of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Every effort can have a positive impact. That might be using organic methods for caring for a flower garden, your lawn and shrubs, or it could mean the way you grow an organic vegetable or herb garden or fruit orchard. You can help create a better environment for future generations by incorporating organic techniques.
Remember, organic gardening is a technique that emphasizes the interaction of all living organisms. For best results you will have to internalize the elements described above when you start an organic garden of your own.