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What is organic gardening?

Organic gardening is the art of growing plants without the use of any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. It is about more than just not using chemicals, it involves a belief system and philosophy around how and why organic gardening at home can be beneficial.

What does it mean to have an organic garden?

Having an organic garden means not using synthetic products, including pesticides and fertilizers. Ideally, organic gardening replenishes the resources as it makes use of them.

Does organic gardening mean you have to put up with insects eating your plants or unattractive flower beds?

Not necessarily. While organic gardening avoids synthetic pesticides, there are many natural methods to control pests and maintain attractive flower beds.

What are some tips for starting an organic garden?

Starting an organic garden involves planning your garden, choosing whether to use seeds or starts, and deciding on the types of plants you want to grow. It also involves understanding how to maintain your garden organically, such as watering, controlling pests, tackling weeds, preventing disease, and using organic amendments.

What should I do at the end of the gardening season?

At the end of the gardening season, it is recommended to pull all plants out of the garden, mulch and compost the healthy ones and discard any diseased plants. Add some compost or fertilizer to your soil in the fall so it has time to seep into the soil and add nutrients back in. You may also want to consider growing a cover crop.

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