Organic Gardening Tips
Start composting now for next years garden!
Combine food scraps and leaves for the best carbon/nitrogen ratio.
Build up your soil to encourage healthy microbes and other soil microorganisms. Healthy soil means healthy plants that are better able to resist pests and disease.
New beds require plenty of compost – 40% compost!
Maintain with an inch layer of compost annually.
Make compost tea by mixing equal parts compost and water. Pour this liquid directly onto the soil around plants. Dilute this to four parts water to one part compost for smaller seedlings.
Don't use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. They kill the microbial balance and the soil's regenerative ability.
Healthy soil produces healthy plants, which are better able to withstand disease and insect damage.
Companion planting is an excellent way to improve your garden. Some plants replenish nutrients used by others, and some keep pests away.
Rotate your crops each year to help reduce pest and disease problems, as well as correct nutrient deficiencies and excesses.
Attract ladybugs to your garden with plants such as parsley, dill, and fennel.
Bats feed on insects and eat more than birds and bug zappers combined.
Use botanical insecticides – they can be more powerful than synthetic insecticides. They also break down rapidly and do not bio-accumulate as synthetics do.
Once a seed sprouts it must be kept watered. If it dries out, it dies. They may need to be sprinkled with water once or twice a day to keep them moist while young.
Water in the morning to help avoid mildew.
Water deeply and thoroughly. Frequent, shallow waterings train your plants to keep their roots near the surface, making them less hardy and more susceptible to drought.
Avoid using plastics by saving and using milk cartons for cultivating seedlings.
Don't use treated wood and railroad ties in or around your compost bin and vegetable garden; the chemical preservatives are toxic and harmful.
Milk jugs, soda bottles and other containers make great mini-covers to place over your plants and protect them from frost.