What is an organic garden?
An organic garden is grown and maintained using only natural fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides. No chemicals are used in any way. Organic gardening also considers the land and the environment. One should strive to replenish and nourish the soil.
What are the advantages of planting an organic vegetable garden?
* the food is fresher and tastes better
* is better for the environment
* is healthy and does not contain harmful chemicals
* is cheaper than buying organic products from your local market
What is compost tea and how does it benefit my organic garden?
* Compost tea is an organic vegetable food
* It is obtained by macerating the water-aged compost
* Fights a variety of plant diseases including mold, wilt and downy mildew
* It is a great way to control insect infiltration
* Create a healthier plant environment by helping to grow beneficial bacteria in the soil
* Diluted compost tea can be used as a foliar spray.If you plan to buy compost, make sure it is not too new. If the compost is too fresh it can burn plants.
What are some great natural pesticide and fungicide recipes?
* Garlic and onions: crush the garlic and onions and mix with vegetable oil. It works great as a fungicide and kills soft body insects * Chillies – mixed with garlic spray, it does a great job keeping rabbits away. It also kills soft body insects with the force of acidity
* Canola or vegetable oil – Pesticides must be heavily diluted with water or will burn plants (3/4 cup / gal H2O)
* Alcohol – The pesticide must be diluted drastically with water (1-3 Tbls / gal H2O)
* Apple cider vinegar – works as a fungicide and a mild fertilizer (1-2 Tbls / gal H20)
* Corn flour: works as an antifungal when inserted into compost tea
* Compost Teas – mild fungicide and helps control disease
Cloves – works as a flying insect repellent (4-5 Tbls ground cloves/gal H2O)
* Mite Dish Soap – can paralyze insects in direct contact. Collaborate with compost teas creating a sticky surface (1-2 cups/gal H2O
Some facts about organic gardening that you may find useful:
* Organic farming involves the use of insects to keep other insects and pests away. Ladybugs in early spring, for example, will help you get rid of mites, mealybugs, aphids, whiteflies etc.
* Plant diseases can also be easily eliminated if organic products like ecological oil are used, this will help you keep insects at bay and get rid of those annoying insects.
* Studies have also shown that pesticides can be very harmful to young children and can lead to long-term health problems in both children and adults.