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Want to Save the Planet - Choose Organic!

Sep 9, 2008
Besides sunlight and water, you can mix together leftover food, chipped bark, garden compost, leaf moulds and manure using a compost heap and then spread it throughout your garden to help the crops grow. Many people are grossed about by manure but you don't have to scoop this from the toilet because this is sold in stores and if you keep Chickens then they are great to have - just let them roam around in the garden. You can't put dead animals or meat products in the soil which is what some people use. However, leave them for a couple of weeks in the bin and maggots will soon appear which is what you use to help fertilize your garden.

The earthworm digs deep into the ground and aerates the soil bringing various minerals to the surface and providing better drainage, making it is another helpful creature. The casting left behind by this long pink colored creature is, according to experts, five times as rich in nitrogen phosphorous and potassium. Again, this can be purchased from almost any gardening store or garden center.

Organic gardening is a challenge because pests such as army worms, crickets, gypsy moth caterpillars, slugs and squash bugs are unwanted guests. The best weapon in an organic setting is the toad which, despite the fact that at one time people used fertilizer to kill them, is known to eat almost every type of insect. Caterpillars and spiders are not in the toad's diet so if they are lurking in the garden you should get a bird.

It isn't necessary to buy a toad or a bird from the pet store as long as you set the ideal environment for them so they may come in to your home. Erecting a bird house or a small pond means you will have some new occupants protecting your garden within days. The preying mantis and the ladybug are other insect killers which you can get to do the job as they mark their territory and eat anything that dares enter their domain.

For example, the rosemary, sage or thyme is an effective deterrent against butterflies whereas marigolds are effective against nematodes. The rotation of crops is seen as the best way to keep the soil fertile, despite all the flowers and creatures that nature has to offer. Change the kind of vegetable for this season with a different one and, after this one is harvested, return to the first one. you just have to be practice it so you can harvest the vegetables you have planted weeks ago.
About the Author
What does Organic mean? Keith Woolley is a Technical Advisor to Boots Herbal Stores and tries to follow an healthy lifestyle. He also recommends Solgar Online.
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