Organic Gardening

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  1. Using Empty Chicken Yard for Garden
  2. Pesticide for Gardens That Are Not Toxic
  3. Sluggo
  4. Preparing Soil for Organic Veggie Garden
  5. Home remedies or suggestions for controling weeds
  6. Best Way to Kill Grass Quickly
  7. New At Gardening
Asked by Anonymous on March 6, 2011
Using Empty Chicken Yard for Garden

Can I use a recently emptied chicken yard for my organic garden site?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Ideally, you would want it to sit unused for a year. If it was more recently emptied and you HAVE to use the space, I would recommend making sure to work in lots of organic material and water it several times before planting there. Chicken manure is very "hot" and needs time to mellow. If you do not have time to let it mellow, you will need to offset the effects of the chicken manure with the steps I put above.

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Asked by gloria on March 21, 2011
Pesticide for Gardens That Are Not Toxic

Would like to learn of pesticides that are not toxic to humans. I hate using so much poison on our gardens to just get a few vegetables.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

We like neem oil. It is non-toxic to humans and animals, including beneficial insects. However, this organic pesticide has been found to be quite effective in eliminating numerous insect pests. This article will provide additional info: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 22, 2011
Sluggo

Do you consider Sluggo acceptable for controlling snails in an organic garden? It’s supposed to be listed by OMRI, but apparently there is some limitation–compliance with 205206(e). Can you tell me what that means?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Several years ago, they had an ingredient that kept it technically off the acceptable organic list. They have since changed their formula and it is now considered acceptable for using in an organic garden.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 25, 2011
Preparing Soil for Organic Veggie Garden

I am currently building a new veggie garden. Can you please suggest  the best way to prepare the soil for winter veggies?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by gloria415 on April 13, 2011
Home Remedies or Suggestions for Controling Weeds

I’m trying to find organic ways to control weeds in my veggie garden.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

One of the best ways to keep the garden weed free is to place some type of weed barrier around plantings and within pathways such as plastic or fabric sheeting, or moist newspaper followed by a layer of mulch. Good options for mulch in the veggie garden include shredded bark or straw.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 20, 2011
Best Way to Kill Grass Quickly

I need to kill some grass quickly (one week). What’s the quickest and safest for pets?

Asked by Anonymous on April 22, 2011
New at Gardening

I am new at gardening and want to grow organically. What type of soil should I use, and what should I use as my organic pesticide? I’d also like to know what I can do or use to limit shock to my plants when transplanting to the garden?

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