Organic gardening means growing fruits and vegetables using only natural fertilizers and soil enhancers. No chemicals are used whatsoever in organic gardening and one can use this method of gardening even to grow flowers, trees and lawn.
Usually organic gardeners do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides to grow healthy plants, fruits and vegetables. Instead they rely on compost, and manure to nourish the soil so that the soil has beneficial bacteria and protozoa that can break down nutrients and make them available for the plants.
Organic gardening in CA is quite a rage and the state, especially the northern part, is known for different organic gardening methods. Some of the organic gardening products used in CA are as follows:
- Some organic gardeners use vinegar control weeds naturally. However, in scientific studies, vinegar use has given mixed results so it cannot be said for sure that it is effective in controlling the growth and spread of weeds.
- Mycor root builders are used to encourage the growth of mycorrhizal fungi, which attach to the roots of plants and help plants to absorb organic chemicals from the soil. Mycor root builders are composed of endomycorrhiza, ectomycorrhiza, scleroderma, kelp, zeolite and humate.
- Natural insecticides are used to get rid of pests that attack fruits, vegetables and other plants. Most of these insecticides are citrus-based and are highly effective in killing pests like cut worms, caterpillars, snails, slugs, aphids, beetles, earwigs, mites, scales and adult whiteflies. Other ways of tackling pests in organic gardening is using companion planting methods to ward off bugs and insects.
- Corn meal is used to get rid of soil fungi that attack many vegetable and fruit plants and trees. It also helps to get rid of weeds and acts as a deterrent to snails and slugs
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