What Is Organic Gardening?
In simple terms, growing organically could be described as growing in harmony with nature, without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or other such products that upset the balance of the ecosystem.
Happily for gardeners, organic gardening at home is a personal choice, so it’s a lot more straight-forward – and much more fun.
“Organic gardening is more than simply avoiding synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. It is about observing nature’s processes, and emulating them in your garden as best you can. And the most important way to do that is to understand the makeup of your soil and to give it what it needs. If anything could be called a ‘rule’ in organic gardening, it’s this: feed the soil, not the plant.”
To feed the soil, gardeners must restore the resources their gardens consume, by adding organic matter. That includes adding compost, and possibly growing cover crops – so-called green manure – that are tilled back into the soil. You can use compost as a replenishing additive, to make both clay and sandy soils more plant-friendly, or as a mulch on top of your garden beds.
Compost is the microorganism- and nutrient-rich soil produced from the aerobic decomposition of organic matter. The garden itself is the source for many of the ingredients in compost, including grass clippings, plant waste, and shredded leaves in fall. You can also add kitchen waste such as vegetable and fruit scraps and peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells, and dead houseplants to your compost pile, and, if you wish, chicken, cow or horse manure. (Don’t add dog or cat droppings or dairy and meat products, however, as they may contain unwanted pathogens, or attract pests to the pile.)
Plants that aren’t already stressed are better equipped to withstand insect infestations, too. That doesn’t mean there won’t be damage to your plants. Organic gardeners generally allow for a certain amount of pest damage, because they understand that they are all part of a natural system that includes wildlife – even bugs.
Getting our plants off to a great start.
All of our plants are started with ProMix.
A complete peat/compost based growing mix formulated with natural ingredients, its biological growth enhancer Mycorise® promotes better plant growth and ensures strong plant establishment.
We then begin to feed our plants with Dr. Earth.
The nutrients are released quickly, but continue to feed for several months. 100% organic and natural, it contains no GMO’s, chicken manure or sewage sludge and is people and pet safe.
We don’t do this because we have to, we do this because we want to. Getting you the best plants possible is what we strive for.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions about how we grow.