Organic gardening has practically reached cult status in many communities, especially as we learn more about the potential dangers of fertilizers and pesticides. And, as we take an interest in growing our own food, our family’s health and well-being is very much on our minds.
If you’re ready to try incorporating some natural strategies into your yard and garden, read on for some helpful hints!
How to Use Organic Principles in the Garden
When people talk about gardening organically, they usually mean following safety and sustainability principles. This approach offers the health benefits of avoiding pesticides and fertilizers that can be harmful to our health. It also offers many environmental benefits.
When used carefully and appropriately, many types of pest management and fertilization products can be safe and effective. Unfortunately, overuse causes chemical runoff that can infiltrate storm sewers and groundwater.
When you think of using organic products in the garden, you probably think about simply replacing chemical fertilizer and pest control products with ones that are natural. But truly, it’s much more.
At its most elemental, this approach is about creating a micro-environment that encourages beneficial insects and microorganisms while discouraging the unwelcome types. In a perfectly balanced environment of this nature, plants will grow and thrive using the natural resources around them.
A Natural Approach to Controlling Pests and Diseases
Integrated methods of pest control use natural predators to keep potential threats at bay or under control. You can control mites, aphids and caterpillars with ladybugs, for example. Beneficial nematodes are another powerful natural pest control method.
You can control weeds and disease in a similar way. Using mulch in the garden discourages weeds while keeping moisture in the soil. Citrus oil and chamomile tea are both powerful yet natural ways to keep fungus and harmful bacteria from damaging plants.
A Better Way to Fertilize Your Garden
When you spray or scatter chemical fertilizers, these products typically take a shortcut to increasing the size and yield of your plants. What they don’t provide is any benefit to the soil. In fact, in many cases, they degrade it to the point of killing off critical organic matter. You can boost both your soil’s quality and your plants’ health by choosing an organic method instead.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the quality of your soil is to start your own mulch pile. You can reduce the amount of waste you send to the dump, and at the same time, improve the condition of your garden soil. The goals, of course, are to eliminate the need for chemical fertilization and produce beautiful, healthy fruits, vegetables and flowers from your garden.
Millcreek Gardens is the Salt Lake City area’s premier garden center. We offer plants, trees, shrubs and gardening supplies of all types, for both indoors and out. If you would like more information about taking a healthier approach in your yard, stop by today and let us help you learn more about organic gardening.