Organic and Sustainable

Natural Weeding Techniques

Got too many weeds competing with your garden or fostering problem insects? Tackle them — and keep your garden chemical-free — with these natural weeding techniques.

9 Essential Practices for Organic and Sustainable Gardeners

Work compost into soil to increase soil’s ability to retain water and nutrients. Compost also supports beneficial soil microbes that help spur healthy plant growth. Avoid planting large blocks of the same crop, which offers an easy target for pests. Protect soil from compaction with wide rows or raised planting beds. Permanent footpaths also prevent… Read more »

Partner with Nature

Most organic gardeners don’t try to eliminate pests entirely, but instead aim to keep pest populations below damaging levels. By doing this, they’re able to attract natural predators, which help kill pests. Predators include: spiders beneficial insects, such as ladybug, green lacewing, praying mantis, and certain wasps birds toads lizards certain snakes It’s worth the… Read more »

How to Prevent and Solve Problems Organically

Because organic gardeners usually want to avoid using pesticides of any type, they grow plants in ways that help prevent pests and diseases from gaining a foothold. These techniques work in any garden—organic or not. Right plant, right place. Give plants the most ideal conditions possible, and they’ll grow healthy and strong—and better able to… Read more »

Feeding the Soil Feeds Your Plants

Organic gardening is dynamic, with few hard and fast rules. But one “rule” in organic practice is to feed soil. Soil is the basis of everything you grow in your garden. If the soil isn’t healthy, the plants won’t be, either. In an organic system, feeding the soil is a primary way to help nourish… Read more »

Organic and Sustainable Gardening 101

Most people think organic gardening is about growing plants without using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. That’s just one aspect of it. Organic gardening is about trying to work in harmony with nature to cultivate an ecosystem where beneficial insects, natural predators, and soil microbes flourish alongside plants to encourage balance and health in the garden…. Read more »

Get to Know Predatory Beneficial Insects

When you discover insects on your plants, don’t reach for a pesticide until you know what you’re facing: beneficial insect or true pest. Learn to identify common predatory beneficials, and you’ll know which insects to battle—and which to coddle. Look out for these predatory beneficials: Ladybug Also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, these familiar… Read more »

Organic Mulch: A Gardener’s Good Friend

Organic mulch covers the ground, acting like a tidy, beneficial blanket in your veggie garden — call it the Silent Gardener. Common types include compost, pine needles, fine bark, and wheat straw, among others (see list below). Mulch does many things: 1. Mulch Gets Plants Through Weather Extremes. During dry spells, mulch can save plants…. Read more »

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