Archive for May, 2010

Chemical Free or Organic Gardening

Thousand of chemicals are used every year in gardening which helps contaminate our environment. Another thing is millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted in growing plants. Ok, most of this happens by large agricultural producers, but many of us are still doing it in our personal gardens. This means that you too can make a difference simply by changing some of your gardening practices. Some large agricultural producers have made the changes needed, and if they can do it you too can make changes that help your own garden, and the planet.

 Organic Gardening Pull weeds. Yes I know we are all naturally lazy and are looking for the quickest and easiest way to safely get rid of weeds without chemicals. But the good old fashioned way is still one of the most effective ways. Just take a little time every day to pull some weeds, that way it doesn’t seem like a lot of work. You might even get the kids involved, just be careful how you do it so you don’t spread the seeds around.

Plant some natural repelling plants. You don’t need to rely on poisons to keep away garden ruining pests. Many plants produce chemicals that repel these critters naturally. By planting them around in your garden, you can control pests with little effort and no chemicals. You can also use these plants to make products to keep pests away from you too.

If you don’t have room to plant these natural repellent plants in your garden, you can use them to make sprays you can use on your plants without harming them or adding artificial chemicals to your garden. Herbs like vanilla, hot pepper and lavender can help repel insects from your garden.

 Organic Gardening Pick appropriate plants. Not all plants are appropriate for the area you live in. While we would like to we can’t control the temperature, humidity, and rain conditions in our garden. Don’t get me wrong we sure try but If you pick appropriate plants for your area, you may be able to avoid using fertilizers and saving on water too. We all try to expand our environment as much as we can, don’t we? But if we research which plants are native to our surrounding area and plant them in our own garden then they will be much more tolerant and grow without all the chemicals.

Crop rotation. Farmers all over the world use crop rotation as a way of naturally fertilizing. The idea is to change what you’re growing in a certain field each year. You see plants use different nutrients and put other nutrients back into the soil. When you rotate crops that replaces the nutrients the other plants used. This way you will have to fertilize less. This same concept can be used in your garden by rotating where you put specific plants in the garden or planting different plants every year.

After you’ve made all these changes of using less water and being chemical free the next important thing is to pass it on! Yes one garden can make a difference, but more can make an even bigger difference. So help your friends and neighbors to make the same changes. Teach your kids, and teach your kids friends! Every little bit will help make this a better world.

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