Why you shoul d consi der organ ic garde ning Organi c garden ing is one of the fastest growin g facets of garden ing, and more and more people are discov ering that it is possibl e to enjoy a beautif ul, thrivin g garden while still keepin g the use of chemic als and pestici des to a minim um. One reason to avoid the use of chemic als and pestici des is that long term use of such chemic als can deplet e the soil and leave it unable to sustai n further growth . In many cases beds of perenn ials sudde nly stop bloomi ng for no appare nt reason , and the culprit is often found to be the overus e of chemic al fertiliz ers, herbici des and pestici des. Concer n for the health of the garden er’s family memb ers, pets and the enviro nment as a whole is anothe r reason many people choose organi c garden ing metho ds. Runoff from many comm ercial pestici des and chemic al fertiliz er can leach into ground water, damag e wells, and cause proble ms with fish ponds and other parts of the landsc ape. In additio n, a well plante d and well landsc aped home interio r has been shown to improv e the value of the home, and when that garden is an organi c one its value is further enhan ced. A beautif ul organi c garden can be a great way to provid e a cost effecti ve enhan cemen t to any landsc ape. Pest control is one of the places where organi c garden ing can actuall y be superi or to chemic al metho ds. Instea d of using harsh pestici des to get rid of garden pests, it is often better and more effecti ve to use benefi cial insects to get rid of harmf ul ones. Harmf ul insects are often unable to compe te once more benefi cial insects have been brough t in to the organi c garden . One of the most comm on pests encou ntered by garden ers, and one of the bigges t reason s they use chemic al pestici des, is aphids . These comm on garden pests can be organi cally control led by sprayi ng the infeste d stems, leaves and buds with a diluted mixtur e of soapy water, then an applica tion of fresh, clear water. This techni que has been used by organi c garden ers for many years, and it is effecti ve even agains t heavy infecti ons of aphids . Selecti ng the right plants is also import ant to succes s as an organi c garden er. Choosi ng the right fertiliz er is an import ant consid eration as well, since there are organi c equiva lents for just about every type of chemic al fertiliz er. When choosi ng plants and fertiliz ers, be sure to resear ch the best plants and organi c fertiliz ers for your own area. If you have an organi c garden ing club in your area, you may want to join in order to swap tips about the best types of plants and fertiliz ers. One great eleme nt of any organi c garden landsc ape is a good ground cover. Plantin g ground coveri ng plants in areas where grass has a hard time taking hold not only enhan ces the beauty of your home, but it provid es better soil draina ge and water retenti on as well. Many homeo wners have discov ered the power of using native specie s as natural ground cover. Flower ing vines are anothe r popula r center piece of many organi c garden s. Flower ing vines are great for enhan cing the beauty of fences , walls, sheds and other structu res, since they can easily be trained to grow along these structu res. These any many other plants and flower s can enhan ce any organi c garden and make it the showc ase of the comm unity. Growin g an organi c garden is a great way to protect your home, your family and even the enviro nment .
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