Natural beauty deserves natural care
Protecting our gardens from pests used to mean relying on the use of chemicals that have proven to be harmful for us and for our environment. The benefit of planting an organic garden is that it allows you to grow produce that is safe for your family and safe for our world, free from exposure to chemical toxins. Once you get your garden going, you'll discover a world of new flavors on your plate – nothing tastes quite as good as food you've grown yourself.
What to Plant in Your Organic Garden
When looking for seeds or seedlings to plant in your garden, be on the lookout for seed packets marked "organic" or "untreated." This certifies that the fruits and vegetables the seeds were taken from were not treated with chemical pesticides. Starting your garden with organic seeds and seedlings guarantees that your vegetable garden will remain organic. As organic vegetable gardening is becoming increasingly popular, more varieties of fruits and vegetables have become available. There are few seeds these days that you cannot find available organically.
Organic Pest Control and Fertilizer – Caring for Your Organic Garden
Like any garden, organic gardens struggle with harmful insects that threaten to destroy what you've grown. However, keep in mind that not all garden insects are harmful. There are helpful insects, like ladybugs and nematodes, which promote the health of your plants and eliminate harmful bugs.
Chemical pesticides are environmentally and physically harmful to use, but there are organic options available. Botanical insecticides are derived from plants and will effectively wipe out an insect infestation – both good and bad, so be cautious.
Made from plant, animal or mineral sources, organic fertilizers such as compost and manure do the same work as chemical fertilizers without the chemical contamination. It takes time for these fertilizers to work, but that is because they actually change the structure of your soil, promoting biological health instead of leeching its nutrients away with chemicals. An organic root stimulator works in much the same way, helping to prevent shock in newly transplanted plants through the use of an organic solution that protects the health of the plant and its surrounding soil, as well.
Beyond Gardens – Organic Lawn Care
Take the skills you learn for organic gardening and use them on your lawn. Fundamentally, there's little difference between maintaining the two. Replace your chemical treatments with organic ones and watch as your lawn and soil flourish — naturally.