Pesticides don't only destroy our own garden's natural eco system, they are a serious danger to the people who administer them, the people and animals who consume them, and the foods that are grown with them, while simultaneously contaminating our water sources, soils and damaging our earth and community as a whole. Awareness is key and knowledge is power. Please join us on this organic journey to get back to our roots of simple, pure foods and a beautiful healthy mother earth. inviting you to our
Simple and Organic Strategies
There are simple and organic strategies that can decrease the amounts of unwanted bugs with long lasting results, simultaneously building and supporting an organic eco system. Instead of hurting nature with chemicals, let's start finding what nature provides and work with it.
The first sign of a "bad bug" isn't always necessarily a "bad thing", so...WAIT, don't grab the spray bottle, don't even go mix some homemade soapy solution...wait. Unless the infestation is already completely out of control (to which I would have other organic recommendations for), there are many organic methods that could remedy your problem, while also building a more organic environment. This in turn will result in a long lasting, healthy growing environment...which in turn benefits your family with an abundance of pure, pesticide free foods, while supporting our earth's natural eco system. YAY! Pesticides are only a temporary solution that in fact is a chain reaction to a weakening, unbalanced, eco system, making it more susceptible to bug infestation and crop failure.
Tips and techniques on how to avoid an unbalanced ecosystem and "bad bug" overload.
Create your own garden soil amendments and composts at home using nature's resources and organic waste whenever possible. You will lessen the likelihood of bringing in unwanted pests when using your own composts which is only exposed to your growing environments and the insects already living there. In addition, you will create the freshest, richest soils to provide for your garden which is KEY to a healthy balanced eco-system, and means less "bad bugs". As a plus, you are reducing the amount of waste you produce, saving money and travel time, while reducing your carbon footprint!
Soils and Fertilizers
Use organic, clean soils, fertilizers and composts. When you don't have your own materials to make soil, buy bagged soils or fertilizers from sustainable, local companies. Always pre-inspect for bugs or infestations, especially when using any products in bulk or open containers. I personally prefer buying bagged soils instead of bulks.
Stay away from chemical pesticides. They are highly poisonous and toxic to your plants, animals and family.
They might kill that little nightmare that's destroying your precious plants, but they will also kill every beneficial bug and destroy your entire organic eco system. This can destroy your garden's "immune system", creating a domino affect that will cause many more problems. More seriously, these chemicals go deep into the soil and are soaked up by the plant's roots and end up in your food and body. They also can potentially make their way into the waterways, poisoning animals, fish and wild plants.
Use Water Sprays. Early morning or early evening water is best. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. Medium pressure water sprays on your plants (pressure depends on plant size and maturity) can make a serious impact to keeping bugs and larva from infesting your plants.
My First Line of Defense!
Hand pick those little critters off the plants yourself (yuck, I know) and let your chickens help you!
THE BENEFITS OF AN ORGANIC GARDEN ARE IMMENSE AND THE REWARDS ARE PRICELESS!