Organic gardening can sometimes be intimidating. How do you know what will work? Will your garden look as good as you’d like it to? What will you need to sacrifice in order to have a “green” garden? Is it more work?
The good news is that gardening organically is simple and when done properly, will result in an oasis that reflects nature as it was meant to be. It may be more work initially and it may not, that depends entirely on your situation and the conditions of your garden.
Tackling organic pest control is a good example. You can practice the preventative measures outlined in the last post, which will cut down your work load noticeably. Natural characteristics of certain plants make them a big help in your beds.
But when the damage is already done and the pests are making a comfortable home in your garden, it’s time to turn to homemade remedies for help. Source out a good reference book of organic pest control recipes or search online. Always try out a solution in a small spot first, to test the effectiveness and strength of the mix.
For pests such as aphids, spider mites and caterpillars, try this pantry pepper spray.
- 1 litre of water (rain water is best)
- 1 tsp tobasco or hot pepper sauce
- 4 garlic cloves
In your blender, mix together all of the ingredients and blend well. Strain through a cheese cloth and pour into a spray bottle to apply onto your plants.
Or try this one for a natural, homemade fungicide.
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
- 1 gallon of water (rain water is best)
Add the vinegar and molasses to the water. Mix well and spray onto your roses (or other susceptible flowers) in the early morning, before the heat of the day comes.
Organic gardening is practical and simple once you get the hang of it. In the end you’ll have flowers with brilliant blooms and fabulous foliage free from bite marks and black spots. Just the way nature intended it to be.