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8 Tips for Keeping Your Organic Garden Free of Insects, Weeds, and Disease

8 Tips for Keeping Your Organic Garden Free of Insects, Weeds, and DiseaseOrganic gardening is a fabulous trend that is hopefully here to stay. Plants or food that are considered organic are grown without using pesticides or chemicals. The plants or seeds themselves are not special in any way other than they grow free of insects, weeds, or disease with a little bit of help from their owner.

Here are a 8 Tips for Keeping Your Organic Garden Free of Insects, Weeds, and Disease:

  1. Mulch around the plants - Use grass clippings, leaves, newspaper, compost, or store-bought mulch to keep the weeds away.
  2. Rotate crops – Planting the same plant in the same space every year weakens the soil and makes it susceptible to disease. Try not to repeat the same plant in the same space sooner than every three years.
  3. Deadhead/prune often – Cut off any dead leaves or flowers often to avoid disease and to encourage further growth and bloom.
  4. Water plants at the ground level; avoid spraying overhead. When water lays on the leaves, especially overnight, it can cause disease.
  5. Keep birdhouses, feeders, and baths nearby – They attract birds to your garden so that they can eat the insects.
  6. Floating row covers (used on vegetables) – These look like giant rolls of gauze stretched over rows of vegetables. They keep insects from landing on plants to eat them or lay eggs.
  7. Put a border of scented plants around your garden – Plants like chives, basil, rosemary, coriander, dill, catnip, hyssop, mint, lavender, marigolds, onions, or garlic have strong scents that will keep insects away.
  8. Sprinkle pet hair around your plants – Again, the scent will deter the insects and other animals.

By following these tips, you will be able to keep your garden organic and free of insects, weeds, and disease.

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