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Organic Gardening Tips

Updated on November 22, 2012

Organic Gardening Tips and Ideas

Organic gardening is a safe way to garden without using harsh chemicals and treatments that may harm the environment or even you and your family. Organic gardening consists of using natural fertilizers, soil, pesticides, herbicides and other gardening products that are made of natural ingredients and compounds.

There are several ways to garden organically. Some of those ways include methods that are cheaper than your typical gardening costs, while others may be a little more expensive. You will find several organic gardening tips and ideas below to help you become a more eco-friendly, organic gardener.

Organic Fertilizers

Using Organic Fertilizers in Your Garden

One of the most important factors in organic gardening is the use of fertilizers. Non-organic fertilizers are one of the leading causes of adding chemicals to your plants including the fruits and vegetables you and your family will eat. One of the best methods of insuring rich nutrients in your soil is to start with organic compost.

Organic compost is created by naturally by Mother Nature. No chemicals needed. Simply add your composting materials and let it set. Learn more about composting at MHow to Make Compost

Aside from creating a rich, organic soil you can provide additional nutrients and grow beautiful, organic plants with fish emulsion and bone meal.

Fish emulsion is an organic fertilizer derived from fish parts and is high in nitrogen. It works great for encouraging new growth on plants, vegetables, potted flowers and bedding plants. Bone meal is another animal based products that is derived from ground bones and is high in phosphorous. Bone meal can also be used on in both flower and vegetable gardens.

When using organic fertilizers it is important to read the label and directions for use. The nutrients in organic fertilizers are usually lower than typical commercial, chemical based fertilizers. With that being said, just because it has a low content does not mean it can’t be overused. Using too much organic fertilizer can still burn your plants.

Composting Ideas

Here a few composting products to give you an idea of what you could use to build your compost. These composting ideas will help your build the perfect compost bed!

Companion Plants

Companion Plants Are a Great Way to Prevent Pests Organically

Grow Companion Plants to Prevent Pests

Instead of using chemical insecticides prevents pests by growing companion plants. Companion plants are two or more plants that complement each other well and one plant detours pests that would commonly be associated with other plants. For more information and a list of companion plants, check out Top Ten Companion Plants.

Organic Weed Control and Weed Killer

Kill Weeds the Organic Way

The most organic weed control is the old fashion way… your hands. Many gardeners don’t have the time or physical capabilities to be bent over in gardens all day pulling weeds. Luckily there are several organic weed control and weed killer methods available today as well as a few homemade organic weed killer recipes.

White distilled vinegar is the most comply used homemade, organic weed killer. Use a spray bottle or pump to spray weeds with regular, white distilled vinegar and allow it to set. Weeds should begin to wither away with in a few hours. The acid in the vinegar is the key. With that being said, some organic growers insist that it is not organic considering it is using the acid. Keep in mind that the acid is a natural compound created by the process of making vinegar.

Organic weed killers can be purchased online, some big name box stores and some garden centers. Do note that not all garden centers will carry them and those that do will carry various strengths. Do some research online prior to purchasing it to insure you are getting the best deal and that the solution you choose will get the job done.

Rain Water... The Organic Way to Water Your Plants

The best water source for any plants is a fresh drink of rain. If you want to be organic and ecofriendly you can collect rain water using rain barrels and later reuse the water to water your plants, garden and lawn. Aside from being organic and eco-friendly rainwater has several minerals and natural nutrients needed to produce quality plants and does not contain chlorine like city water supplies do. Chlorine can cause serious problems for many plants including inhabitable growth.

You can build your own rain barrels or purchase one fairly cheap.

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      5 years ago

      Remember to NOT kill the beneficial micro-organisms...I sure am glad I grow food instead of lawn. YUM! Why did it take me so long to awaken? Ya can't eat a lawn. Just be careful with the chlorine (and lead) they aren't good for the soil biology. I have a solution. Check out my first lens. I bet you can find it, and it's appropriate for gardeners who care.

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      It is so much easier to control your own garden than to rely on produce in teh store.

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      6 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens.


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