If you are planning to use a more organic maintenance in your garden, you are thinking more ecologically; in other words, the more native and natural material you are using, the more on long-term will your garden function with minimum maintenance and replacements. If you need inspiration and information on beautiful South Florida native plants, explore www.wilcoxnursery.com, where they also have organic gardening supplies, or go to www.afnn.org to find a Native Nursery or Garden Center in your area.
Plants only have a limited lifetime; although in the “real” world they are continuously replaced with younger material on a yearly- or other recycling-periodic basis: this is how wonderful it works in a functional eco-system. However, in a limited ecological area, such as a regular garden, the possibilities are still unlimited to create a miniature world of its own; the secret lies in working with the Natural Forces in the area, instead of trying to change any of them: because that is a lot more work.
Thus, there are tricks for everything, and all tricks are good except for the bad ones. For example, by observing where the “Destructional” Forces are at work (e.g. insects,) we can perhaps also see why. Besides, since we know the insects like undisturbed “cozy corners”, and the plants like a fresh shower: we can always hose those insects away and make the plants happy at the same time; although, beware of over-watering.
Additionally, using insecticides is a short-cut and not a long-term solution. Instead, make sure your plants have a balanced and equal branch-distribution: and do not have crossing branches which are creating wind-free corners for the insects to thrive. If the plants are properly trimmed this way, you will have at least 60% less insects thriving on your plants. Using plants that can adapt to the natural conditions in your garden, will also help the plants in keeping their natural “immune”-systems strong, and to show fewer weaknesses where the “Destructional” Forces can take hold.
Furthermore, if your plants are going from green to yellow, or other colors: the plant is hungry! Here too, using chemicals is a short-cut and not a long-term solution However, some plants grow faster than others, and some plants are expected to produce a higher yield: those plants might need more food than is locally available for the moment. Many plants are hungry plants, not only the tomatoes: therefore, sometimes we have to add something to get something.
Although, if we cannot make a compost, and do not have access to burned ashes: instead, perhaps we can find some Muriel of Potash as a natural Potassium replacement, and Blood-meal or Castor Powder as a Nitrogen-source. As well as we can use Bone-meal or Rock Phosphate on a long term for flowers and fruits; if we want to avoid the Sodium in chemical fertilizers that also make the soil more acid.
Growing organically or “ecologically” has many benefits to it: besides living in a more vibrant and healthier surrounding, it ensures our long-term health and survival as well. If you would like to know more about “Restoring nature from backyards to ecosystems” go to www.BiosphereNursery.com; or if you have a plant-growing question or -problem: e-mail your question to RitaGlantz@yahoo.com, or go to firstname.lastname@example.org You can also read my earlier articles about plant-maintenance, or #“When the plants are hungry”; in addition to click the subscribe-button to get more tips and info about plant-maintenance and plant-news.