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Try These Organic Gardening Tips & Tools This Spring

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These Tips & Tools Are Great Ideas To Consider!!

Growing organic comes with its challenges, but they are not insurmountable. It is best to keep up to date with the different ideas that other gardeners employ to address the myriad of challenges we gardeners have to confront on a regular basis.

It is fun discovering new ideas and seeing them work. It is even more fun sharing these experiences with others. Do not get discouraged if you are struggling to cope with a pest, or getting a particular vegetable to grow. The solution is there somewhere just keep asking and searching, it will come.

In the article below Ivory Harlow shares some great ideas, any gardener would do well trying them out.

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Going organic this spring? Tips and tools to help you grow

Most people know organic gardening rejects synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, but that’s not all there is to growing organic.

Organic gardeners plant organic seeds, support plant health using sustainable methods and employ eco-friendly techniques to control diseases, insects and weeds in the garden.

Organic seed

You may have noticed “OG” annotated next to some of the listings in your favorite seed catalog. OG designates seed as USDA certified organic. Certified organic seed is harvested from organic parent plants. Unlike non-organic seed, OG seed is free of synthetic residue. Although you can grow non-organic seed using organic methods, certified organic seed is required to grow a 100% organic garden.

Support plant health

Composting turns waste into food for plants. Applying compost adds organic matter to soil, replenishes soil nutrients, and promotes soil microbial life. Many organic gardeners use compost in place of artificial fertilizers.

Cover crops restore soil nutrients and insulate the ground after the growing season. They can be used to revitalize soil nitrogen after heavy feeding crops. Cover crops also protect valuable topsoil by preventing erosion and compaction. Tilling cover crops into the ground before spring planting improves soil structure.

Control plant diseases, insects and weeds

okraCrop rotation entails not planting members of the same plant family in the same place for 2-3 years. Rotating crops prevents plant diseases and pests from establishing a home in soil and returning to wreak havoc over multiple seasons.

Organic gardeners can further enhance their crop rotation plan by rotating plants that fight diseases and pests in place of those affected. An example is planting sweet corn where last season’s tomatoes were located to hinder nematodes.

Companion planting puts two or more…

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