Want to Save the Planet – Choose Organic!

by Keith Woolley

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.

Because it digs deep into the ground and aerates the soil, the earthworm is another helpful creature as this brings various minerals to the surface and also provides better drainage. The casting left behind by this long pink colored creature is, according to experts, five times as rich in nitrogen phosphorous and potassium. You will be able to buy this from almost any gardening store or garden center.

Unwanted guests including army worms, crickets, gypsy moth caterpillars, slugs and squash bugs make organic gardening a challenge. In an organic setting the best weapon is the toad which is known to eat more almost every type of insect despite the fact that at one time people used fertilizer to kill them. If you have caterpillars or spiders lurking in the garden, get a bird because this is not in the toad’s diet.

As long as you set the ideal environment for them, you don’t have to buy a toad or a bird from the pet store because they may come in to your home. If you can put up a bird house or a small pond, within days, you will have some new occupants protecting your garden. Insect killers such as the preying mantis and the ladybug, mark their territory and eat anything that dares enter their domain so they will do the job.

Your vegetables can also be protected by plants: Crop rotation is seen as the best way to keep the soil fertile, despite all the flowers and creatures that nature has to offer. If you planted this kind of vegetable for this season, change it with another and the return to the first after this one is harvested. As the principles behind organic gardening are very simple, all that is required to harvest the vegetables you have planted weeks ago is practice.

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