Do’s and Don’ts of Organic Gardening

Do’s and Don’ts of Organic Gardening

Do’s

DO manage the whole garden organically. Organic methods can be used for every area in the garden, edible and ornamental

DO keep a regular watch on your garden and get to know what goes on so problems can be caught early.

DO get to know the useful pest-controlling creatures. They do a valuable job that is often unrecognized

DO create habitats for wildlife. A bird box, a pond or a heap of wood will shelter wildlife, helping pest control

DO use crop rotation for vegetables. This makes better use of the soil’s fertility and helps prevent the build up of pests and diseases

DO grow flowers that will attract and feed garden friends. Many of these useful creatures need to eat pollen and nectar to supply energy for egg laying

DO grow a mixture of plants whenever possible. Pests and diseases are then much less likely to get out of hand

DO recycle kitchen and garden waste through a compost heap. The compost will give healthy, fertile soil

DO collect autumn leaves and make them into leaf-mould, which is easy to make and very useful

DO apply bulky organic materials like compost, leaf-mould and manure to the soil to improve its structure

DO feed the soil’s living creatures with organic manures and fertilizers so that they in turn can provide plants with a balanced food supply

DO keep soil covered with plants or mulched with organic material. This will improve soil structure and keep weeds under control

DO use hand weeding, hoeing and mulching to keep weeds under control. Leave those that are not causing a nuisance; they can provide useful habitats

DO cut grass only when necessary and leave mowings to feed the lawn whenever possible. This encourages healthy growth and reduces the need to feed


Don’ts

DON’T grow fruit and vegetables organically and then resort to chemical methods on non-edible plants. The whole garden environment is important

DON’T ignore what is going on because problems are then much more likely to get out of hand

DON’T assume creatures are pests. They may be harmless or even beneficial

DON’T tidy up every area of the garden; excessive neatness can drive away garden friends

DON’T grow the same vegetables in exactly the same place every year. This can lead to a build up of persistent soil pests and diseases that are difficult to control

DON’T use sprays that might harm natural predators and parasites. Most sprays kill beneficial creatures as well as pests and diseases

DON’T grow large areas of one type of plant only for this may encourage the quick spread of pests and diseases

DON’T throw away kitchen and garden waste. Its disposal causes pollution of our environment

DON’T burn autumn leaves if at all possible; bonfire smoke pollutes the atmosphere

DON’T harm the soil structure by digging or working it too often, or by walking on it in unsuitable conditions

DON’T use artificial fertilizers. They can encourage growth that is attractive to pests and inhibit the activity of the soil’s inhabitants

DON’T leave soil bare for months on end, especially over winter. This allows the goodness to be washed out and the soil structure to be damaged by rain

DON’T use weedkiller sprays because they can be harmful to other creatures and plants, not just to weeds. There are also many beneficial weeds

DON’T cut lawns too short or too often; this prevents the grass growing strongly and allows weeds to take over


27. January 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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