organic gardening



Organic gardening is the practice of not using synthetic pesticides and fertilizer in your garden. Instead, you harness the power of nature to work with you to create healthy, vibrant plants, fruits and vegetables.

Like a person, so it is true with plants when they are healthy to begin with disease is less likely to invade. Starting with ones soil is the very foundation of a healthy garden. Time spent on creating the healthiest soil will lessen the chances your plants and vegetables will become diseased and infested with insects.

Control or management of pests and not eradication is the goal in an organic garden. More and more gardeners are becoming aware of the damage to our water sources due to run off of an easy fix called "Pesticides" Homeowners spend much money and time on keeping grass green and the lawn weed free using chemicals which run into our water supply and effect drinking water and wildlife.

Organic Spray Recipes

As it stands right now when we see insects in our gardens we spray, spray, spray. This is the conventional method of pest management. Sad results are secondary outbreak of aphids or spider mites because beneficial insects such as lady beetles and other predators are also killed

(Debbie Roos,Cooperative Extension Agent
Chatham County Center.)

teaches an organic approach: enhance habitat for beneficial insects to increase predation and parasitization, reduce stress on plants, use adapted varieties, and use non-chemical methods to control pests (By hand-picking,row covers,alternating plants and planting dates,trap crops,etc.)

Insects as Allies

Over 1 million insects in the world with 10,000 species discovered each year.

insects
  • the vast majority of insects and other arthropods are beneficial or neutral with respect to crop production-fewer than 1% of known insects species are considered to be pests.
  • Insects and other anthropods provide valuable ecosystem services:
  • Decomposters
  • pollinators
  • natural ememies(and food for natural ememies)
    This information is taken from Debbie's information sheet from the workshop, if you want to learn more about this subject you can visit her website www.growingsmallfarms.org

    Debbie Roos,Cooperative Extension Agent
    Chatham County Center.