It’s understandable you want your garden to thrive and will do all it takes, but next time you reach for that store-bought fertilizer, think how much long-term damage it can make, and compare it to the seeming benefit it is believed to have. It sure will make your plants grow but it can also cause serious water and air pollution. What’s more, if it’s veggies that you’re growing, and for your own use, why would you chemically treat them when you actually have the opportunity to eat 100% organic food some people pay top dollar for.
Instead, turn to natural compost which is incredibly simple to get. Use your organic food waste to make it. Leave it in a tightly sealed compost bin and in one month you’re ready to go. It’s said to be even more efficient than the chemical fertilizers and absorbs much more water, so you’ll also use your water more efficiently. If you really need a fertilizer urgently, you can turn to earthworms for help, they’ve been known to speed up the process.
Once you’ve put so much effort in growing your beloved plants, you’ll definitely want to protect them from insects and other pests. However, just like chemical fertilizers, pesticides can harm the environment, especially water supplies.
So instead turn to natural options. First of all, try seeding the plants which are natural insect repellents, such as marigolds, chrysanthemums, lemongrass, or basil, garlic and mint. Also, try attracting birds and bats into your garden as they are natural insect predators. And finally, you might want to invite bees and butterflies to join as they spread the pollen and help your garden grow.
Of course, always weigh your options, but make sure you opt for “green” whenever it’s possible.
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