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Already Planning Your Spring Garden? How to Keep It Organic and Pesticide Free

While spring is still weeks away, it’s never too early to start planning your vegetable garden. Growing your own veggies is a great way to enjoy some time outdoors and fill your pantry with healthy, organic options. In order for your garden to be truly organic, however, you’ll have to avoid the use of pesticides and other chemicals. This can be difficult (since bugs, weeds, and other pests are a constant nuisance), but it can certainly be done. Here are five organic gardening tips to keep in mind as you plan your garden for the coming spring.

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Make Your Own Compost

 

You can avoid buying chemical fertilizers just by using your food waste from the kitchen. Composting is a great way to reuse all those apple cores, potato skins, and carrot shavings that otherwise would get thrown in the trash. Using the compost in your garden will enrich the soil and encourage your crops to grow.

Use Natural Fertilizers

 

Beyond composting, there are plenty of ways to fertilize a garden without abandoning your organic ethos. You can buy fertilizers, such as seaweed-based infusions, which contain ample nutrients to support the growth of your plants. You should stock up on these fertilizers as you wait for planting season to arrive.

Use Natural Weed Killers

 

Weeds are certainly a pain, but you don’t have to turn to chemicals to control them. Try using a non-selective systemic weed killer to keep the weeds in check. While it’s hard work, you might have to do some weeding with your own hands, as well.

Grow a Diverse Range of Plants to Combat Pests

 

If your garden includes a lot of one single vegetable, you’re inviting pests who enjoy that particular plant to move in and chomp away to their hearts’ content. Use the winter months to brainstorm some other vegetables that you could add to your garden. With a diverse selection of plants, you’ll at least limit the damage a single pest can cause.

Control Pests By Attracting Natural Predators

 

The best natural method for combating pests is to encourage predators to come and control the insect population. Try growing dill and other blossoming plants to attract predators. You can also leave out small amounts of water, thereby encourage lizards, frogs, and other predators to move in.

 

The winter weather might be keeping you out of our garden, but that doesn’t mean you can’t strategize about your future plans. By following the advice above, you can create a flourishing organic vegetable garden.

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Author Bio:  Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

 

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