Gardening The Natural Way
What is Organic Gardening?
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What is organic gardening? It is gardening using materials and or matter that comes from compost, manure and other living matter.
It is also a way to garden without using pesticides, insecticides and other harmful ingredients.
Organic gardening is an excellent way to grow your trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and plants. Start Spring color for your garden
Organic composting comes from worms, food waste, grass clippings and old leaves. If left alone in some type of tumbler or rotating container it will eventually be consumed by bacteria. You can then use this type of "Compost" to amend your soil for your gardening needs.
Humus comes from composted vegetable matter. You can make your own organic compost using a Compost Tumbler.
Mulching is another form of organic or natural gardening. Mulch is added to the top layer of any gardening bed, tree, or plant thus keeping moisture in and suppressing weeds from growing.
This helps in eliminating harmful herbicides and or insecticides into the environment.
Organic fertilizers are cottonseed meal, blood meal, Fish Emulsion manure and sewage sludge.
Many of these type of fertilizers are high or low on the three types of nutrients needed for your plants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potash.
Be sure to read labels before purchasing.
In my opinion fish emulsion is the best and easiest to apply. You should also be aware that some organic fertilizers may burn the roots of plants.
Manure the fresher the better over time this type of fertilizer will weaken, but do not overuse as it can burn plants. Yea I know it stinks but it works.
Cottonseed oil is the safest but is normally used for acid loving plants.
Blood meal comes from cattle blood after they have been slaughtered. Be careful not to overuse blood meal as it can also burn plants. It is high in nitrogen and good for green foliage.
Organic Spray to use for organic gardening
Insecticidal soap is sodium or potassium salts combined with fatty acids. If you use soap, it must come in direct contact with the insect and it must be wet. It is no longer effective once it has dried.
The fatty acids in the soap penetrate the insect's outer covering and cause the cells to collapse. This is one of the safest organic pesticides to use because there is no residue, it is non-toxic to animals, and you can use it on your vegetables all the way up to harvest.
Be cautious, however, soap can burn or stress plants, so don't use it in full sun or high temperatures.
Bacteria spray is also commonly known as Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). There are more than 80 types of Bt used as pesticides. It is a stomach poison that releases toxins in the stomachs of insects that causes them to stop eating and starve to death.
It is generally available in powdered form that is sprinkled or dusted on a plant. It must be eaten by the targeted insect. Bt strains are very host specific and will not harm people, pets, birds or bees, but it can be very slow acting taking days for the insect to completely stop eating and die. It can also kill some of the beneficial insects in your garden.
Neem is a spray that is derived from the seed kernels of the neem tree fruit. It is sprayed onto the plant's leaves which will upset the insect's hormonal system and prevents it from developing to its mature stage.
Neem is most effective on immature insects and species that undergo complete metamorphosis.
Use caution with Neem as it can be damaging to pets, so keep them away from freshly sprayed leaves until the liquid dries. Neem is non-toxic to humans.
Horticultural Oil is highly refined petroleum oil that is mixed with water and sprayed onto foliage. It coats and suffocates insects or disrupts their feeding.
There is a low toxicity to humans, pets, and birds and does not leave behind any toxic residue.
Be careful you don't burn the leaves of your plants when you use this oil.
Rotenone and Pyrethrum are most readily available ones and are often used in combination. They are derived from the roots of tropical legumes.
It generally comes in powder form that is dusted onto the plant. These will inhibit the cellular process thus depriving insects of oxygen in their tissue cells. This is a broad spectrum pesticide and can be used with many types of pests.
If you are concerned about the environment then "Organic Gardening" is the way to go or should I say grow.
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