Organic Gardening

Pest control is a very hot topic in the gardening world, and one that is debated regularly. Environmental and health concerns are very emotionally charged topics in the area of integrated pest management, organic pest control practices, and in the area of the philosophy of the sustainable gardening, for both commercial farmers and to the home gardener.

Integrated pest management is a method that is based on decisions of information that is systematically collected by integrating economic, environmental and social goals. It applies to any situation, agricultural and urban and has the flexibility to accommodate for the changing demands of agriculture, commerce, and society, not leaving out the use of chemical means of pest control.

Organic pest control methods also have their drawbacks. Some of the natural pesticides are more harmful than some of the synthetic brands on the market. The number one thing that is important to remember is that pesticides all contain poisons, organic or synthetic. The difference is that organic pesticides are poisons that are derived from the earth, it's deposits or plant life, and synthetic are designed by chemists in a laboratory. The use of pesticides, even organic, will kill off beneficial insects as well as the pests.

Organic gardening, attracts the attention of most when talking about eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are healthy for you, but are you familiar with sustainable gardening. Sustainable gardening is a way of gardening in harmony with nature and not against it, contributing to the earth, rather than taking from it, and at the same time creating a habitat that attracts wildlife to control pests naturally in your gardens, along with the planting of plants that grow without depleting natural resources or contributing to pollution of any kind, air, soil or water.

Anyone can practice sustainable gardening, and it is easy to do. It just requires though and a little planning. Limiting the size of your lawn and gardens, improving soil structure with organic matter, creating a habitat for wildlife, both in the soil and around your yard. Feeding the soil so it can feed plant life naturally with compost, kelp, rock phosphate or seaweed. These are all thoughts that are all important in planning a successful sustainable gardening practice.

 When thought through and planned properly, sustainable gardening is a way of gardening that is as natural as nature itself. Creating an environment that for the long term will provide a healthy and productive crop for years to come and benefit the natural ecosystem at the same time.

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