What is Organic Gardening?
The term organic gardening is one of the most controversial in gardening circles today. It can be hard to know exactly what true organic gardening actually is. Some define it strictly, prohibiting the uses of pesticides, while others are a bit more lenient. The true definition of organic gardening is gardening without the use of synthetic fertilizers or non-natural pesticides. Still, for a lot of organic gardeners the term means even more.
The Organic Gardening Lifestyle
Organic Gardening is a surefire way to produce the healthiest vegetables possible for you and your family. Vegetables grown in high quality, organic soil will not only be healthier for you… they’ll also taste better! Organic gardens are much better for the ecosystem than chemically grown ones, and they're much more sustainable. Of course, organic growing also cuts down on pollution. When it rains, chemicals from pesticides can be pushed from your garden to a variety of places, potentially causing great harm to the environment. With organic growing, you don’t have to worry about any of that.
For many, organic growing is a lifestyle. It’s a commitment to gardening in a way that benefits the entire environment. That means considering the soil itself, the fertilizer you use, and how it impacts surrounding plants and wildlife.
Our Super Compost is mature compost, which means it has been composted long enough to add beneficial nutrients and microorganisms to the soil. It is used to enhance soil quality and therefore the plants that grow in it. There is one other type of compost, immature compost, which is compost that hasn't composted long enough to add beneficial nutrients and microorganisms to the soil. This process normally takes 9-12 months with proper aeration.
Organic fertilizer is fertilizer that comes from the waste products of organic creatures. This includes earthworm castings, lobster shells, manure, kelp, fish meal and more. Anything that comes naturally from the environment can be used in organic soil. Our Bumper Crop, Neptune Harvest fish emulsions, and Fox Farm fertilizers are organic, to name a few.
Some insects can pose a threat to your organic yard and garden, unfortunately. Still, there are plenty of methods you can use to minimize the number of pests to prevent them from doing any damage. Encouraging beneficial insects and pest predators like spiders and toads will work wonders.
There are some ways to naturally encourage beneficial insects, like spiders, lady bugs and praying mantids, to your yard or garden. For example, if you provide a shelter, either from an organic compost or empty flower pot, spiders will come and manage the pests levels.
We also carry several beneficial insects that you can add to your garden to repel harmful pests. We offer lady bugs, praying mantis, beneficial nematodes, lace wings and earthworms. These creatures will help you keep your garden safe from many natural threats.
Get Your Organic Garden Started Today!
Organic gardening requires careful planning and a commitment to protecting the environment. Our gardening experts can get you started on your organic journey, so feel free to give us a call or visit us with any questions you may have.
Look for the USDA organic logo on select seed packets
and vegetable plants at our store!
Want to beat garden pests the natural way? Try ladybugs, praying mantids or nematodes! Need a boost for your plants? Mason Bees are excellent early-spring pollinators and, because they tend not to sting, are great additions to any garden.