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3 Tips for an Organic Garden

Right Plant, Right Place
Gardener planting seedlings in soil

Native plants or plants adapted to your area are acclimated to your soil, climate and other growing conditions; there’s a reason gardeners in the rainy Pacific Northwest don’t grow a lot of cacti. Native plants grow well and thrive without gardeners having to resort to extreme measures and lots of chemicals to keep them alive. Learn your USDA hardiness zone.

Pay Attention to Soil Health
Gardener mixing amendments into soil

Healthy soil leads to healthy plants, and healthy plants have a much higher success rate at warding off pests and diseases. Aim to increase soil health by adding compost and other soil amendments to your existing soil. Use cover crops in your vegetable garden to till back into the soil, and compost as a light mulch on the soil’s surface around your plants. Learn about types of soil.

Be a Regular Visitor to Your Garden
Gardener scouting for pests on a pepper plant

Visiting and working in your garden allows you to be more familiar with it, so you’re better able to spot potential difficulties before they blow up into big problems. Learn to recognize which bugs are good and which are bad, and hand-pick the bad ones off your plants. Pay attention to signs of over and under-watering so you can quickly adjust your irrigation. Spot weeds that are popping up before they take over your squash and roses. Learn how to identify insect pests in your garden.

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