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Use an Organic Garden Fertilizer
Finding organic garden supply products is challenging. You can make your own organic fertilizer recipe and organic insecticide from organic ingredients. Organic garden fertilizer helps your garden grow.
If youve started organic fruit and vegetable gardening at home, you may be struggling with finding organic garden supply items including fertilizer and insecticide. Keeping your soil nourished and your crops free from insects organically are two of the struggles that face anyone who wants to go organic.
Nonetheless, understanding that organic food is better for you, your family and the environment will help you make the extra effort to 'go green'.
So what are some of the easy ways to fertilize the soil and fight insects naturally?
Organic Insecticide: Bug-off Tea
You can make an excellent pest-control tea at home quickly and easily. This tea will have to be re-applied to your garden after a good rainfall, but its a great, inexpensive organic insecticide.
This deters a variety of critters (have you ever noticed how the tomatoes are often left untouched in your garden while everything else gets nibbled?). If you dont have fresh tomato leaves, use fennel as an alternative. In dry form youll only need about 1/8 cup.
If you're struggling with fleas or beetles, add a cup of onion and mint to this blend.
Organic Garden Supply Treatment for Mold, Fungus, Mildew
Insects aren't the only problem in an organic garden. What if you get hit with things like leaf curl or other molds, fungus and mildew. New research indicates that milk mingled with water and boric acid can do the trick (20% boric acid, 80% milk/water).
People with outdoor pets should not use this, however, as it's harmful to cats and dogs.
An alternative to boric acid is 25 drops grapefruit seed mixed into a cup of water or 1 tsp. baking soda in a quart of water.
Organic Fertilizer Recipe
Ok youve tackled the bugs and managed to stave off common garden maladies, so what about feeding your soil? In putting together components, you want the majority of your fertilizer to be seed meal as this puts potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen into the soil.
Alfalfa is one good choice that can be found as a certified organic crop. In addition to seed meal, you need lime in order to balance the acidity that comes from the meal. The proportions to use are 2 parts meal to ½ part lime.
Two other key components for your mix are rock phosphate (1/2 part and kelp meal ¼ part). These ingredients give your soil phosphorus and potassium among other things. On average you need five pounds of organic fertilizer to 100 square feet of garden.
Along with this blend, you can certainly add in any compost youve prepared, along with manure.
Note that depending on your locality you may need special permits for composting or compost containers.
Always check local regulations before you begin your project.
Organic Garden Supply - More Ideas
If you're reading this article, then you know that there are a lot of recipes out there for organic insecticide and organic fertilizer. Read over some of the alternatives suggested by people who are, like you, experimenting to find what works for their soil and weather.
Make-it-yourself isn't an exact art - it's a little more like alchemy. Be patient and pay attention to the signals your garden gives you.
One thing you may find very helpful is keeping an organic garden supply diary where you note where you found the best supplies, what recipes you tried (by date) and what results you obtained. Over time this diary will become your guidebook for successful organic efforts.
Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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