How to be an Organic Gardener
I recently moved into a new house and I now have a glorious backyard that's lush, green and full of (wild)life. I have never had a green thumb (though the rest of me is green, I swear!), but I'm very interested in taking up gardening in my spare time. That being said, I stumbled across these wonderful tips for how to maintain an organic garden. I wanted to share it with you as I quickly learned the two important steps for organic gardening are eliminating pesticides and fertilizers. The full list can be found here, but I'm going to give you a brief overview.
What you can do:
*Select and maintain pest-resistant plants adapted to your area - native plants generally have few pest problems.
*Use organic gardening techniques - healthy soil building techniques, companion planting, herbal pest sprays, and crop rotation.
*Learn to recognize and care for natural pest controls, such as ladybird beetles, beneficial wasps of many sizes, birds, toads, parasitic andSidebar_certificate predatory flies, and many others.
* If you must use pesticides at all, use them with proper handling and safe disposal methods. Start with the least toxic type, such as an insecticidal soap. Steer clear of broad spectrum insecticides, such as SEVIN or DIAZINON. Contact with these chemicals will kill virtually any invertebrate.
*Control weeds through appropriate fertilization and liming, adjusting mowing height, and mulching.
*When you pitch your pesticides, dispose of them properly through a municipal or county toxics disposal program.