Unfortunately, our world is getting more and more polluted and we all suffer the consequences, some more some less, depending on the area we live in, type of work we do, food we eat, water we drink and air we breathe.
What is even worse, there is very little that we as individuals can do to change the global situation. However, that does not mean that we should sit tight and do nothing.
Doing something about our closest environment is something that is achievable and a chemical free garden is well worth time and effort invested. Here are several tips on how to achieve this.
Why is this so important?
Pesticides and herbicides used do not affect only pests and unwanted plants, they are very lethal for useful insects, as well as numerous birds, not to mention a danger to your children and pets. Furthermore, they are also severe soil polluters and washed away by rain end up in rivers, lakes or seas creating further damage to the environment. Therefore, the less used they are, the healthier our lives will be.
Pick a spot
If possible, it would be best if your garden was away from the road, to avoid additional exposure to dust and especially exhaust gases.
If not, make sure you clean you plants regularly, a simple solution of water and baked soda will do wonders in getting rid of all the dirt that comes from the roads.
Prepare the soil
Well prepared soil is a very important factor in making the chemical free garden sustainable. It can be seen as a foundation of a house, the better it is the more stable and durable the entire house will be. Therefore, supply it with organic matter and compost and a balance of useful minerals and you are up to a good start. The more the merrier in this case, your plants will cherish all the help they can get. Furthermore, properly nutritioned soil will have a better structure as well. Compost is beneficial for microorganisms that live within the soil, they digest the organic matter creating glue along the way that keeps the whole soil structure compact.
After you secured a proper foundation, you are ready for the next step. Properly chosen plants are necessary to make use of all the benefits a good soil provides. Pests attack weak plants and easily thrive on them, slowly expanding to healthy ones ruining your garden in the end.
Therefore, because you will not be using any chemical pest fighters it is important to choose disease resistant plants in the first place, suitable to your native growing conditions.
For example, if you live in cloudy area, trying to grow plants whose proper development requires a lot of sunshine is bound to fail.
Also, do not forget to water your plants regularly, to allow them to live up to their native potentials. If your garden covers a large area, Rapid Spray tank management services may be the most suitable solution that will make sure all your plants receive sufficient quantities of water every time. Adding organic nutrients to water is another beneficial thing.
Since your garden is void of chemicals, you will need to get rid of all unwanted weeds manually, using garden tool when required. Do not forget to remove their roots as well, otherwise they will grow again. Also. keeping your garden tidy will make your battle against pests easier. For example, Removing dead leaves and various piles deprives snails from food sources and shelters, and at the same time prevents rotting of vegetation making fungicide use redundant.
Horticultural oils and insecticide soaps are very effective non toxic means of fighting pests like crickets, mites or caterpillars while coffee grounds are very successful in deterring slugs.
Also, install bird houses around your garden and invite these valuable allies in your fight against insects.
To sum up, a reminder of why you are doing this in the first place. You wish to make your life healthier, contributing larger along the way.
Every individual action counts and if each of us makes our personal world a better and healthier place, sooner or later the global world will feel the benefits.
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Diana Smith, the author of this article is a full-time mom of two beautiful
girls. Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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