Can I use a recently emptied chicken yard for my organic garden site?
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.
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.
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: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
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?
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.
I am currently building a new veggie garden. Can you please suggest the best way to prepare the soil for winter veggies?
This article will help you:
I'm trying to find organic ways to control weeds in my veggie garden.
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.
I need to kill some grass quickly (one week). What's the quickest and safest for pets?
These articles will offer some suggestions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/how-to-kill-grass-naturally-kill-unwanted-grass-in-your-yard.htm
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?
These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/natural-home-pesticides-organic-garden-pest-control.htm