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What is organic gardening?
Organic gardening is a hot trend this year. In a nutshell, organic gardening is the simple practice of nourishing soil and the plants that grow in it with living microorganisms.
Organic gardeners recognize that soil is a living part of the garden and add organic matter through the application of compost, mulch, manure, etc. These ingredients feed microbes and earthworms living in the soil, creating an environment rich with water, air and other nutrients essential for growth.
Soil that is not cared for with organic materials will ultimately die. It becomes depleted of nutrients and unable to support plant growth.
Why Should I Garden Organically?
There are numerous environmental benefits to gardening naturally:
How Do I Start Gardening Organically?
If you want to make the switch from chemical to organic fertilizing methods, there are a few important points to consider.
First and foremost, understand that initially your plants or lawn may not appear as beautiful as you’d imagine. If the garden has been treated with chemical fertilizers, the soil is not in optimal condition. After a year or two of organic gardening, your plants will flourish, but you will need to be patient while the soil gets healthy.
Throughout the season, there are many natural practices you can adopt to keep your lawn and gardens weed-free and healthy:
If you encounter a problem that needs aggressive attention, keep in mind that there are all natural pesticide options available which are less damaging to the environment. But remember, organic or not, they are still pesticides and need to be used according to the label and treated with respect.
Organic gardening is a great way to maximize the beauty of your garden while protecting our planet.
For more information, call or visit Skillins Greenhouse at 422 Bath Road, Brunswick, 442-8111.