Create a Healthy Garden
Create a Healthier Garden
The warmer weather just invites the gardener in us to get outside and get busy getting ready for spring's beauty!
This year I challenge you to work with nature to create the healthiest garden and yard in your neighborhood. All it takes is a little understanding and willingness to step aside and let nature do it her way. You will not only have a healthier yard for you and your family to enjoy, but you will also save money ~ so who could argue with that?!
As a bonus, your community and, ultimately, the world, will benefit from your choice of using nature's links to a better today and tomorrow.
All pictures and writing by Bev Lemley ~ All rights reserved.
How do you garden?
Do you use chemicals and fertilizers ~
Birds and Bugs do it well!
Let's start at the bottom. Bottom of the plants, that is, in the springtime. When things are leafing out, a little white or green bug about 1 millionth the size of a grain of rice is sucking the sap out of your growing plants. This insect is called an aphid and is truly a nuisance! And even harder to get rid of, if you don't know about nature's secret agent ~ ladybugs, praying mantis and lacewings, that is! They will take care of these damaging pests ~ and without you having to do a thing ~ except initially introduce ladybugs, praying mantis and/or lacewings into your garden. These are all cute, so that's a bonus!
Birds are great bug zappers, eating their weight in mosquitos and spiders. Check out the insect eating birds for your area to appreciate these in your yard!
Here is a fantastic opportunity ~ check out more info on organic pest control with natural means, from one of Squidoo's very own top organic farmers. Read more at Organic Garden Pests Insects ~ you will love what you find over there!
Organic Gardening ~ Getting Started... - Recap...
- Let nature do it's thing!
- Praying mantis, ladybugs, lacewings, and birds generally work for free!
- No chemicals involved!
- Only happy bugs waiting to eat the aphids and other harmful insects!
- Birds are great bug zappers of mosquitoes and spiders ~ they'll even go around your window sills and hunt for a tasty morsel!
Bugs For Hire! Will Eat Cheap!
These praying mantis will work for free for years to come to take care of your aphid and other insect problems, as a vital link in nature's food chain
Ladybug ~ you're home now ~ Eat!
PRAYING MANTIS, LADYBUGS, LACEWINGS AND BIRDS FOR HIRE!
Yes, for as little as $0 a day, these hard working links in nature's food chain will take care of your aphid woes!
As a bonus, the birds eat the spiders outside my window sills, break down muddauber nests, and eat ants before they can trail into the house ~ oh, yes, they eat their share of "water bugs," too!
You're putting WHAT into the soil?!
I won't bore you with how much fertilizer ends up in the waterways ~ but you can bet you will end up eating it eventually! Tsk Tsk! When there's an easier way, no less!
Let's do Soil!
Here are my favorite amendments ~ use a handful of each to each good size plant
- Black Kow! Nature's fertilizer, completely weed and smell free ~ use freely as a top dressing, as well ~ it's nature's gift!
- Permatil ~ helps aeriate the soil, and helps keeps the voles from gnawing your roots
- Mushroom compost ~ I am not exactly sure what's in it, but it's very rich soil ~ I have never found a stray mushroom!
- Soil conditioner ~ this is very fine, aged pine bark. You could probably do without it, just add some aged fine organic mulch
- Smart Soil ~ Just some good all around soil to augment your own.
- Don't forget worms! Worms are great for amending the soil ~ and they work dirt cheap!
Red Wigglers are recommended for best composting ~ and they work dirt cheap!
Help the soil ~ don't hurt the sea!
Compost it! - Learn how with this terrific series with Alison Reynolds!
Organic and Fertile Fertilizer
Again, do it naturally!
The nature of fertilizer is the more natural, the better! Alison Reynold's series on YouTube, shows with expert how to make and manage a compost ~ will turn trash into treasure!
In addition to compost, the Espoma brand organic fertilizers won't hurt the environment or you or your neighbors ~ or birds, insects, or water sources.
Go natural, live longer and healthier!
Some Organic Fertilizers
- Espoma products
- Worm casings
- Fish Emulsion
- Mulch and soil amendments from aged trees cut on your property
Fishy? Maybe! But nothing fishy about the benefits to your garden ~ ahh, how nice to not eat chemical residue!
Earthworms that worked dirt cheap now help improve the soil for pretty cheap!
Organic and Natural Fertilizer ~ Nature's Gift to You!
Do you still want to use chemicals and fertilizers?
After understanding more about organic gardening...
Oh, Deer! - And Rabbits!
The minute your garden starts to green up, here come your friends and foes ~ those oh-sooo-little-cute darlings that just want a couple of munches!
Soon enough you will wonder where your buds, blooms, leaves, stalks, and even rose thorns disappeared to. Well, those cute little critters and four-legged big critters might be a tad bit guilty with all those green leaves and stalks and flower buds gone!
Use forethought and spray with an organic spray as soon as you plant something or as soon as it starts popping up. If you see green, so do the deer and rabbits! The most effective deer repellent product, that is completely organic and doesn't smell offensive at all, doesn't kill things as you spray is "I Must Garden" brand Deer Repellent. They do not sell their product at the Big Box stores, only to local garden shops. Ask your local garden centers to stock some for you ~ they will have happy customers! To be honest, I am surprised it's on Amazon...
- Deer are just trying to survive!
- They love your garden!
- You will think they are the cutest thing yet!
- That is, until every last thing in your garden is GONE!
- I wonder why there are starving people in the world with the deer population!
Comes with a sprayer for smaller gardens
In mint, a natural deer repellent flavor, this concentrate is what I use for my bigger garden.
For best results spray once a month and mist lightly every week ~ without fail!
A dog is the best deterrent to keep deer away.
Please see my follow up lens How to Create a Lovely Spring Garden for info that will have you springing back to life with spring garden fever in no time!