June 12, 2009, Newsletter Issue #154: Organic Gardening

Tip of the Week

Organic gardening is environmentally friendly and promotes sustainability. Once you start gardening, using organic gardening supplies such as organic compost and organic fertilizer will help you produce nicer looking flowers and produce and studies have shown that organic produce is healthier because it contains more nutrients than conventional produce. You will also find that an organic garden takes less work and resources to maintain than a conventional one. Beneficial insects are attracted to organic crops. You can purchase beneficial insects to release into your garden, or simply wait until they come. Beneficial insects help take care of the bad bugs eliminating the need for pesticides. Instead of spraying when you do find an undesirable bug in an organic garden, it is best to remove the bug by hand. There are numerous organic fertilizer products on the market, everything from bat guano to kelp. Before choosing an organic fertilizer it is wise to get a soil test done so you know if you need to treat a soil deficiency or simply maintain the health of your soil. Organic compost is a great way to start amending the soil you have. Simply choose a container and add items such as leaves, weeds, grass clippings, wood ashes and kitchen scraps such as vegetables, fruits, egg shells, tea and coffee grounds. Do not add meat to a compost pile. In the fall you can simply pile these items on your garden and let them rot. The rest of the year you will need to find a spot to make a compost pile. Be sure to turn it weekly for the best aeration.

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