Tips for Going Organic
Beginning and maintaining an organic program can save a lot of time and money down the road. Organic lawns and gardens require up to 40% less water and are generally healthier and hardier than non-organic.
Use an organic fertilizer 3 - 4 times per year. One of the advantages of an organic program is that you can use an organic fertilizer any month of the year.
On average, most organic fertilizers apply at 10 - 20 lbs. per 1000 square feet, but always read the recommended rates.
Water in the morning to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity.
The longer the growing season the more compost is needed in the soil. A longer growing season requires more nutrients an organic matter in the soil. Good Natured™ Texas Compost and Mushroom Compost are high quality products.
Coffee grounds make excellent mulch around acid-loving plants
Avoid using railroad ties or treated lumber in or around your vegetable garden; the chemical used as preservatives is toxic and harmful.
Less than 2% of the insects in the world are harmful. Most are beneficial.
When watering, try to water deeply and thoroughly. Frequent, shallow watering trains your plants to keep their root systems near the surface, making them less hardy and more likely to suffer when deprived of water.
Earthworms are extremely beneficial to the soil and plants, increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do everything possible to encourage earthworms in your soil.
For an organic approach to pest control, build up your soil to encourage beneficial microbes, other soil microorganisms and earthworms. Healthy soil means healthy plants that are better able to resist pests and disease, reducing the need for pesticides.
Hit the ground running with some Good Nature organic fertilizers, molasses, soils amendments and composts for your yard and gardens.
Release ladybugs and other beneficial bugs to help fight the bad bugs.
Continue adding life to the soil through molasses, compost and other minerals. Mow and pull the garden weeds or spot-treat with Good Nature 20% Vinegar. Just be careful, as vinegar acts as a nonselective herbicide.
Use high quality Good Natured™ Compost Tea for spraying. Control grub worms using the Good Natured™ Beneficial Nematodes. Seeing any fungus or disease? Use Good Natured™ Corn Meal or Garlic Juice to help your soils.
Replenish the nutrients in a tired soil with high quality Good Natured™ fertilizers.
Rake leaves and get compost pile kicking in high gear. Apply Corn Gluten to combat fall weeds. Re-apply native mulches to areas that need it.
Cover and protect plants that need it. Bring the potted plants indoors or in the greenhouse. Get a nice rest and start planning your Spring garden!