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How to Grow Your Own Organics

Growing food organically isn't difficult or complicated. Just remember that these are the techniques a lot of farmers have used a lot longer than modern chemical farming.

Of course, how and what you grow is going to be limited greatly by the climate where you live and how much space you have to work with. Don't get discouraged if you don't have much of a yard (or even no yard at all). Even with just a few containers, you can get a start with organic gardening.

Regardless of the specific plants you are growing, there are a number of excellent organic techniques you will want to use to get the most out of your garden without any added chemicals.

Firstly, you will need to add natural fertilizers. The best option is either compost or aged manure. You can usually purchase large bags of manure at a garden supply shop if you don't know anyone nearby with a barn full of it. Sometimes you can buy compost but it's more of a do-it-yourself kind of product.

To create your own compost, get a compost bin (or even just a pile in the back corner), and add all your natural kitchen scraps to it. Vegetables, fruit, flowers, coffee grounds and eggs shells can all be added to the pile along with any yard waste. Give it a stir a few times over the summer and you will have excellent organic fertilizer the next growing season. Just mix it in with the soil as you are planting your seeds.

Next, you will have to contend with the bugs. A large insect population can ruin a harvest in a matter of days, so this is not a small part of your gardening plan. There are several excellent organic products on the market that you can use to kill and repel bugs. The best ones will have a Pyrethrum-based formula, which is an all-natural chemical that comes from the chrysanthemum and kills insects very effectively. A home-made spray with water, garlic and a touch of natural dish soap can also do wonders for repelling bugs organically.

You won't need any herbicides for the weeds either if you use a layer of natural mulch (wood chips, straw or landscape fabric) between your plants.

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