8 Organic Gardening Tips

8 Organic Gardening Tips by FlowerChick.com

What does it mean to garden organically? At its foundation, organic gardening simply means working with nature, rather than against it.

Organic gardening often conjures up images of hard, intense labor in an age where chemical weed control and fertilization appeal to instant gratification and ease of use.  Take the healthier route for the sake of your family and pets.

Natural alternatives can be far easier to use in gardening and lawn care than you may imagine and can be made inexpensively from ingredients that you already own …

Create an outdoor lifestyle that welcomes your four-legged friends, while also providing a beautiful and safe environment in which you can relax and enjoy nature together. You and your pooch can go greener with spectacular results!

8 Easy to follow organic gardening tips…

1. Proper Plant Selection: Organic pest control begins with plant selection. Select healthy, hardy plants that are well-suited to your local climate and soil type. Sickly plants are a magnet for pests since their natural defenses are weakened. Examine plants carefully and read the care tags before purchasing online or at your local nursery.

2. Practice Basic Garden Hygiene: Pick up dead or dying plant material promptly. Large amounts of rotting leaves and stems create perfect places for harmful insects and parasites to thrive. Deadhead plants regularly and inspect for insects.

3. Don’t Water Too Often: Excessive watering causes soggy soil resulting in root rot, which can weaken your plants and lawn. As plants weaken, they become susceptible hosts for pests. Read here for more watering tips for outside plants …

4. Use Plants That Beneficial Bugs Like: Many non-predatory adult phase insects are drawn to sweet-smelling, nectar-rich flowering plants. Include these plants in your garden, and these beneficial insects will come to drink the sugary syrup, mate, and lay eggs. A very natural way to controlling bug problems!

5. Rotate Your Crops: Do this each year to help reduce pest and disease problems as well as correct nutrient deficiencies and excesses. Yields are higher when a crop different than the preceding crop is grown. This also improves soil health.

6. Encourage Earthworms: Earthworms are extremely beneficial to the soil and plants, increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do everything you can to encourage earthworms in your soil!

7. Make Compost Tea: Make compost tea by mixing equal parts compost and water and let it sit. Pour this liquid directly onto the soil around healthy, growing plants. Dilute this to 4 parts water to 1 part compost for use on smaller seedlings.

8. Pull Those Weeds The Old-Fashioned Way: No matter where you live, you’ll still get weeds. Pulling them by hand may sound like hard work, and it can be, but it also can be good exercise, and gets you outside in the fresh air.

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Organic Gardening by FlowerChick.com

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