Organic gardening, what is it?

Pathway to organic gardening

Organic gardening means applying to gardening the principles of organic agriculture.

The main difference with organic agriculture is that gardening, which is a leisure activity, doesn’t have the same economic imperatives as does commercial agriculture.

Needless to say, organic gardening is getting more and more common, and results now exceed expectations of even the most seasoned gardeners.

What is organic gardening?

Compared to conventional gardening, the main differences relate to

  • Eliminating chemical inputs: pesticides, herbicides, mite-killers…
  • The organic way of thinking should aim to reduce expenses to the bare minimum, essentially a couple tools and seeds. A dedicated gardener may even succeed in producing the needed seeds without any outside help!
  • Normally, to conform to current regulations regarding organic agriculture, the seeds should be sourced from certified organic sources.
  • To fertilize your growing beds, compost is the prime solution, which translates into collecting all residues from managing the garden and recycling leftovers and cooking throwaways (cut plants, vegetable peelings… except whole bones, which can be crushed).

Moderate watering helps preserve our environment

Water is a resource that is getting harder and harder to access on our planet, and it is very important to conserve it.

Well-designed plantations protect nature

When planting trees and shrubs at the right time, you enhance root development and thus ensure proper settling in of your plant.

Your tree or shrub will be more vigorous, you won’t need to follow-up with as much water, fertilizer nor will you have to treat against diseases or parasites.

This all contributes to reducing your environmental footprint.

Fermented stinging nettle tea – great organic fertilizer and an effective tool to fend off parasites.

Using compost is an excellent way to recycle your plant waste, but is precious for the plants themselves, too.

Organic treatment of diseases and parasites infecting the garden

codling moth, fruit worm
Fruit worm
cherry fly
Cherry fly
tomato tomato pinworm, leafminer
Tomato pinworm
fruit fly
Fruit fly
weevil larva
Black weevil
Mealy bugs or scale insects
Mealy bugs
allium leaf-mining fly
Leaf-mining fly
powdery mildew
Powdery Mildew
rose tree diseases
Rose diseases
Leaf rust
downy mildew
Downy Mildew
Fruit rot
Fruit rot
Tomato diseases
Tomato diseases