Eco friendly gardens and organic gardening is the practice of gardening without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides in your garden.
Instead, you can harness the power of nature and natural elements to help construct and sustain a beautiful garden with a bounty of vegetables, fruits and flowers.
You will likely feel better about your garden hobby and your body will thank you as well. After all, it has enough pollutants to contend with throughout the day. The last thing your body needs is an extra dose of pesticides with your dinner salad just before heading to bed!
One of the first realizations that budding gardeners have is that just like that now famous movie phrase, 'if we build it they will come', if you invest your time, sweat and energy into building a beautiful garden, the bugs will come. Some of those bugs will simply pass through and enjoy your creation. Others will come time and time again for regular meals. These are the ones you may not want around on a regular basis.
But getting them to stay away may be an unpleasant and toxic venture for everyone involved. If you go the conventional route and spray your beautiful garden with pesticides and herbicides, you will certainly get rid of those unwanted buggers. However, the side effects of those sprays may not be something you or the environment had bargained for when planning your garden.
Luckily there are many natural alternatives which will rid you of plant eaters and other unpleasant bugs while getting you the stunning results you are after. When you are choosing a natural insect repellent, some of the things to look for are plant-based ingredients and special attention focused on keeping beneficial bugs alive.
There are certain types of beetles and bugs that are great for your garden. For example, lady bugs are one of nature's special garden friends. Because ladybugs dine on smaller bugs called aphids, Colorado potato beetles (egg stage) and other insect pests which can invade your garden.
Here are some effective organic pest control ideas and products to keep your garden pest-free, naturally:
Before you embark on pulling those pesky weeds from your garden you may want to consider a few natural benefits of certain types of weeds. Not only will some weeds supply your garden with bugs that naturally protect your garden, but some weeds have amazing herbal health benefits. Here are two of those well known weeds and their benefits:
Now that you know some of the benefits of particular weeds, there is still a variety of weeds that you would rather not have around. Here are some natural weed control methods to try:
When you begin your gardening project you will find that 'the right tool for the right job' is definitely true in order to make your job smooth, simple and fun. From garden shovels to gardening gloves, the gardening world has gone green. Eco friendly gardens created with eco friendly tools. Whether you are cutting grass or planting zucchini, you can choose and earth friendly option. Here are some eco friendly lawn and garden alternatives to get you started on your green garden:
Also called "liberty gardens", during WWII the state of affairs created a scarcity in the country that forced certain staples to become limited. The government began rationing foods such as bread, butter and meat and coffee.
During this time, fresh produce was also difficult to come by due to transportation issues. So, the government called on citizens to help themselves by planting personal and community gardens. By 1945 there were said to be roughly 20 million victory gardens producing about 40 percent of all American vegetables.
Many of these gardens were found in surprising locations such sites as the strip between a sidewalk and the street, town centers, and even the land around business structures.
Today, though are no specific shortages in produce availability, individuals are discovering new ways to save money during these tough economic times. The "victory garden" has seen resurgence all over America, even on balconies in urban environments where open space is limited.
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