Comments On - Be an Organic Gardening Success

Sarah, Marathon, ON
Posted: 5/16/2014 12:37:03 PM
If your plants have pests on them then they are unhealthy. Healthy plants have healthy defense mechanisms fostered by healthy soils. Look up "biological gardening" as an emerging science that goes beyond NPK and ph.
Thom, Colbert, WA
Posted: 4/7/2014 8:57:08 AM
Organic is fine, but I worry about the costs of getting certified and corruption that I hear is leaking into the system. When I speak to local farmers at the market I am concerned with 1)NON-GMO plants and 2)chemical-free growing
Andrew, Columbus, OH
Posted: 12/22/2013 8:01:11 AM
I am much more interested in finding out where my food comes from and how those folks grow my food than I am about the label 'organic.' Too often, it doesn't mean what we think it means. It has already been co-opted by marketing and big business into a simple window dressing for a label.

I would much rather know that the farmer that raises my food followed good, sustainable and cost-effective methods to renew the soil and reduce pests.

In my own garden, I love the fact that I don't have to spend money on chemicals that I don't want to eat or on fertilizers that I will have to keep buying at ever-rising costs. Doing things naturally just makes sense; ecologically, ethically and financially.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 9/4/2013 8:21:41 AM
The only thing I dislike about the organic label is that people who havent put the time in or go through the steps to get organic certified are calling their crops organic at our farmes market. Then they get mad when you ask about their certification. If you do not have it don't say you are.
Jeremy, Le Mars, IA
Posted: 8/19/2013 12:17:44 PM
Every bit of effort going the organic way is worth it!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 8/12/2013 1:01:55 PM
Lorna, Poplarfield, MB
Posted: 8/4/2013 10:41:04 AM
Great article! Healthy plants start with a healthy soil. Build up your soil to decrease disease and pest problems.
Lori, Pueblo, CO
Posted: 5/15/2013 5:50:58 AM
Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 3/2/2013 7:48:46 AM
Sounds great!
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/17/2013 11:51:55 PM
This is one of those articles I am going to read over and over because there is so much good stuff in it! Thank you!
Jenna, Hugo, OK
Posted: 10/5/2012 10:11:45 AM
Thanks for the tip on the "tea"! Been looking for a simple recipe.
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 11/19/2011 2:07:19 AM
Great info!
Chris, Kannapolis, NC
Posted: 8/11/2011 4:49:55 AM
I am so pleased to finally find a place to go when I have a question about gardening. I am trying to learn how to garden naturally. I was finally persuaded to plant squash, onions, garlic, beans and melons after a trip to the grocer! I could not buy a water melon for $6.00 after raising my own at home in Florida. If I wanted a water melon at home, I paid a $1.00 and this was for a huge one! I completely agree with the author, Every one can grow a chemical free garden and have fun. I love it. I am excited about trying the lasagna garden, it will be the first thing I do when the growing season ends.
Linda, Clarksville, TN
Posted: 8/10/2011 1:34:41 PM
I agree with Bruce. The better the condition of your garden soil the better your garden harvest will be. The soil is a living thing and without life in the soil due to artifical fertilizer it's difficult to grow anything with nutrition. So much of our wonderful farm land in the midwest has been damaged because of modern day farming practices. I applaud those that go against the trend and use the farming/gardening methods of generations past when we first settled this country.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 8/8/2011 6:50:39 AM
Makes sense and cents!
Melissa, Hollidaysburg, PA
Posted: 3/4/2011 4:11:47 AM
Sounds like a bit of propaganda to me.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 1/26/2011 10:32:17 PM
It has been my experience that the only way to actually grow anything here in the desert Southwest is to first grow your soil, second feed your soil and then third amend your soil. After that, you yields become greater, your garden produce stands up to the heat better and your water bill goes down. Simply adding chemical fertilizers or other unnatural amendments does nothing to enhance plant resistance to disease or pest infestation. Good, healthy soil full of microbes and plant matter and earthworms does. The healthier the soil, naturally, the healthier the plants are. And it has been my personal experience that the healthier the plants are the higher the yields are. Produce tastes better and costs less. I'm trying, but I just cannot find a serious reason to put my garden on chemo when it's not sick.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 1/19/2011 9:20:39 AM
Finally, a good informative article that can combat all those stigma's about us organic farmers. :)
Georgia, Jacksonville, AR
Posted: 1/13/2011 7:45:34 AM
great information
Kristin, upper sandusky, OH
Posted: 12/9/2010 4:35:53 PM
My current urban farm consist of one heirloom cherry tomato plant growing in a tipsy turvy container but hey everyone has to start somewhere. I'm moving down the street to location that actually has a little backyard. I plan on expanding my vegetable garden quite a bit. It should be a fun learning experience since I have practically no gardening experience or knowledge ;)
Angela, Ventura, CA
Posted: 8/29/2010 2:17:26 PM
I am about to activate my gravity feed watering system. I've been working on the system for a couple months and the first test went really well. Now all I need to do is get the distribution tank in place, pin down the water tubes, program the automatic shut off valve, and see what happens.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 7/22/2010 1:25:44 PM
Detox Diet has helped me with disease prevention. Last year almost everyone was plagued with bottom rot on their tomatoes. I piled lawn grass clipping mixed with fall leaves on my raised beds in the fall. By Spring they were well into decomposition. I covered this decomposition with eight inches of composted yard waste from the city. My plants never had a single tomato with bottom rot. I harvested 175 tomatoes from three plants while others were complaining about the disease problem they were having. I'm a firm believer in stong healthy plants will ward off disease and pests.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 7/20/2010 6:44:21 AM
Here in Nebraska we have had near 20 inches of rain in six weeks. That's double our normal rainfall for this area. I have three raised beds that I filled with eight inches of compost. The plants are thriving wonderfully well I believe because of the ability of the compost to regulate the moisture to the plants and not drown them out. I'm a firm believer in compost and raised garden beds.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 7/19/2010 5:46:56 AM
I am going to try the natural organic fertilizer. I like anything natural or organic better than artificial or commercial.
Jo, Muscle Shoals, AL
Posted: 5/27/2010 12:52:06 AM
Good advice. We use a small greenhouse to start most plants.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 5/26/2010 11:06:21 PM

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