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5 Tips on Organic Gardening ...

By Aprille

Growing a garden using organic methods is an excellent way to help the ever declining environment of today. The less toxins humans put into the soil, air, and each other, the better things will be. If you are interested in trying your hand at using this method for growing flowers and veggies, then here are 5 tips on organic gardening you might like.

5 Avoid Using Any Type of Chemical on Your Plants

Pesticides and herbicides are the main culprits in the addition of toxins to a garden, but even some types of mulch are treated with chemicals. When in doubt, don’t put it on your plants. Make your own mulch out of leaves or hay, instead of buying bark or wood chips that have been sprayed with chemicals.

4 Use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap to Keep Pests Away

Dr. Bronner’s soap is 100 percent biodegradable and made with organic oils. Insects that damage plants don’t tend to like peppermint oil at all. You can mix some peppermint soap with warm water and spray your plants to get rid of insects that are trying to damage the plants.

3 Keep a Constant Supply of Compost on Hand

Instead of relying on fertilizers, add some homemade organic compost. You can create a compost pile with dried leaves, grass clippings, and food scraps from the kitchen. Make sure to keep all meat and dairy products out of the compost pile though. Mix the contents of the compost pile at least once a week to keep it aerated and decomposing evenly.

2 Utilize Plants to Control Pests Naturally

Garlic, onions, lemon balm, spearmint, peppermint, and chives are just a few plants that naturally repel most pests. Marigolds also repel bothersome insects and they are easy to grow in almost any type of soil.

1 Grow Plants Native to Your Region

When it comes to planting flowers, sticking to regional plants will help to eliminate a lot of your pest control and proper plant growth problems. Plants that are native to your area most likely are able to resist the local pests and can withstand the climate conditions. This means you’ll have a lot less work to keep your organic flower garden maintained.

These organic gardening tips have helped me keep my gardens free from harmful toxins that could potentially make my family or pets sick. I also like knowing I’m doing something to help the environment, even if it is only a small part. Do you have any organic gardening tips you’d like to share with other gardeners?

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