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The basic tenets of organic gardening is to us nature as a guide to keep us from disturbing the environment any more than possible while providing for our own livelihood and food, and to avoid using techniques that post a threat to people or environment.

Even if you are not yet ready to do a complete change to organic gardening, many of the practices of organic gardening will be helpful to you.

Organic gardening uses preventive techniques and tricks to avoid problems and to treat any pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies using natural methods and not synthetic chemicals.

Organic Gardening
Organic Gardening

Compost Compost Compost is the number one rule of organic gardening. Provide organic patter to the soil and reduce the amount ofgarden waste that flows into landfills and dumps. The basis of organic gardening is good soil. Have it tested and adjust the ph as you need to, using organic fertilizers to improve your soil structure by incorporating compost, manure, and other organic matter.

Prevent erosion by using mulch to cover.

Learn a bit of tolerance. Organic gardening and gardeners don’t strive for perfection in form and function.

Cosmetically it probably won’t be perfect, and if there are some pests that are essentially harmless, learn to let them go.

Plant good companion plants, use certain plants to encourage the growth of others, or to repel or attract insects. For example, plant peanuts among your squash to help them both grow well, or plant basil in your ornamentals to prevent aphids from coming around.

Organic Gardening Pests
Organic Gardening Pests
Elbow grease!

Hand picking will often be the best way to organically remove some pests from your garden. Pluck them off, squash them and leave them in the garden where very often they will discourage other invaders.

Lure in the beneficial insects such as bees lace wings and lady bugs, by planting food sources for them, so they will enter the garden and be predators to those which are detrimental to your plants. Plant asters and goldenrod which spiders like to use for their web sites, and leave a patch of plant debris in a garden corner where the spiders can winter over and help again next year.

Keep your garden clean by removing infected plants and autumn debris where disease can proliferate, and wash your tools in grain alcohol to disinfect them.

Organic gardening isn’t for everyone, and it is in fact a lot of work, however what you save in environment and provide for the health of your garden and your family is more than worth the extra labor.

If you are interested in organic gardening and would like to learn more about it, pay a visit to Mother Earth News.

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