what are the most common organic gardening problems?

Geoff asks: what are the most common organic gardening problems?

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Answer by Adrian
Imbalance. If you do not get the balance of beneficial and bad bugs right, you lose to much of your crop. The best way to get the balance right is to accept some losses in your first year, as this gives the beneficial insects time to build up their numbers. Any spraying, even of organically acceptable controls is likely to kill beneficials as well as baddies.

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  1. Fertilizer – it’s hard to give plants (especially vegetables) all they need using only organic materials. Composted horse manure is great if you can locate some (I found it free on Craig’s list). And a compost bin (or 3 🙂 is a must for a natural gardener. well fed healthy plants don’t suffer from insects like sickly plants do, and the pests that do show up can be picked off by hand most evenings (that’s when they come out). Snails and slugs can be held at bay by surrounding plants with crushed oyster shells by the way -works great!

  2. Pest control!

    We forget with the enhancement of technology how to live in a world without it. The same can be said for pest control. We have forgotten that pest control on farms and in home gardens used to be organic. We invented “better” methods for pest control when we began spreading pesticides over our crops. This method of pest control was supposed to save us time, save our crops, and help us produce more food, but as luck would have it this method is dangerous. The pesticides can be toxic to more than just the bugs. It can harm people and the land. It should come as no surprise to most people that organic garden pest control has been around for centuries. In fact the first crops ever placed on a farm had organic pest control.

    People from the past taught us what types of bugs were harmful to crops and what types of bugs could eliminate these pests. Today many farms are going back to the organic garden pest control method in order to kill the pests and save the humans and land. We are demanding organic foods not only because they taste better, but also because we don’t have to worry about toxic substances hurting us or our family.

    Organic Garden Pest Control – http://www.perennial-gardens.com/flower-articles/organic-garden-pest-control.htm

    As part of organic garden pest control, you should take care of the soil in the garden and make sure it stays fertile and healthy throughout the year. You can do this by working on your garden throughout the year by adding compost and rearranging your plants. You should make sure that all the planting is done when conditions are not conducive for the growth of pests. Another useful strategy is to allow the growth of bugs that eat pests in your garden. This is where the use of chemicals can be disadvantageous as the bugs that are useful can also get killed.

    More on Organic Pest Control – http://www.perennial-gardens.com/flower-articles/organic-pest-control.htm

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