Organic gardening is
really about a state of mind.
We canít control the
pesticides and herbicides that are used so freely around us.
But we can take charge of our own gardens.
And it isnít as
complicated as you might think.
The first thing to
bear in mind is that plants that grow naturally in your own area
will thrive in your garden. They will give you the least amount
of trouble and will be relatively disease free.
It may seem rather
simple to point this out but its surprising how many people
The bottom line with
organic gardening is this simple rule: donít try to grow
azaleas in a dry sunny place. Go for succulents instead!
Climatic Conditions of your
The next rule is to
take stock of your gardenís climatic conditions. If you
have a damp shady garden you will need to use plants that thrive
in damp shady places such as ferns and rhododendrons.
If you have a dry,
sunny garden use drought resistant plants and flowers that
thrive in sunny conditions.
The condition of the
soil is a very important aspect of organic gardening. Enrich
your soil naturally by using leaf mould and grass cuttings and
Try not to use
artificial fertilizers as used incorrectly, these can often
upset the natural balance of the soil.
The aim is to
get a rich friable soil with lots of micro-organisms. This
is best achieved the natural way with compost and manure.