What is Organic Gardening?

Simply put it is welcoming the natural world into your garden by maintaining healthy soil, controlling pests and diseases without synthetic chemicals and making and using your own compost.

Healthy Soil

Develop a living system of worms, fungi and microorganisms which transforms decaying plant material into rich soil
Maintain soil fertility by adding compost, manure and mulches
Use no-dig methods to improve soil structure

Controlling pests and diseases

Net to protect crops from flying insects and birds
Control slugs by night controls
Detect early signs of caterpillars and remove
Keep plants strong and healthy

Making and using your own compost

Compost: make and use your own
Use lawn mowings, leaves, kitchen and garden ‘waste’
Improves soil structure, retain moisture, encourages beneficial insects and worms
Adds nutrients which feed your plants
Grow strong, healthy plants resistant to pests and diseases

Welcoming the natural world into your garden

Leave areas to grow wild
Provide habitats which feed the birds
Build a pond
Choose native and bee-friendly plants
Leave nesting places for birds and insects
Don’t be too tidy!

Organic gardening is climate-friendly

Keeps carbon in the soil, trees, plants
Avoids fossil-based products
Doesn’t use peat
Recycles waste materials
Crops in your garden have zero food miles

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