Small Scale Organic Gardening

Organic little bits

By Bridget Orman

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Benefits of Organic Gardening

  • Chemical free food + exercise
  • Awareness of wider environmental issues
  • Practical recycling of materials
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Reduction of pollution
  • Working with nature rather than against it

Cost cutting tips

  • always recycle or reuse materials
  • use locally available organic matter
  • prevention of pests/diseases is cheaper than the cure
  • Use mulches green manures, &continuous cropping to conserve soil fertility& moisture
  • Save seed
  • Encourage wildlife to fight pests for you
  • Work with nature & natural cycles
  • Strive to improve and pass your knowledge to minimise costly mistakes
  • Keep records & learn from past experience

Principles of Organic Gardening

  • Working with natural systems to produce a well balanced fertile soil
  • Feed soil not the plant build up soil organic matter
  • Avoid chemical fertillisers & pestisides
  • Maintainence of biodiversity
  • Encouragement of natural predators
  • Avoidance of genetically modified organisms
This page was added by Bridget Orman on 17/04/2010.