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Questions About Organic Gardening

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Anonymous on
April 24, 2011

Q. Compacted Soil-What to Use (Organic)

There is an organic (?) solution to compacted soil. I have forgotten what it is, but you basically spread it over the soil in compacted areas and it helps to ‘break up’ or aerate the soil.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 24, 2011
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Answered by
mezleona on
May 14, 2011
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Gypsum i believe, but there is debate about tilling to incorporate compost
What I do is mix compost vermiculite,compost, and gypsum and them incorporate everything, I also add osmocote?? lol you know the fertilizer that is little balls and wont burn your plants. I guess it depends how compacted is your soil. My backyard is black clay, gumbo and god only knows what else.
You can also (this is for next season it will take a year to compost but is worth it) Put down all the leaves you collect and grass clippings next goes all the card board you can get your hands on, news paper(no glossy stuff) last cover it will a thick layer of black plastic. Mine is going right now... And next season you uncover it and it will nice to plant in the spot! weeds free and good soil!!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 27, 2011

Q. Non-Organic Plant versus Organic Plant

When buying vegetable plants for the garden (starters), what is the difference in buying a plant that says organic vs. one that isn’t. Is it the potting soil the plant comes in? They charge more for the non-organic. I will only eat organic and use organic methods. Just want to understand the difference.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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It can mean one of two things. The most likely is that the non-organic was grown in potting soil that had chemical fertilizers and possibly were treated with a chemical pesticide. Organic would not have been. The second possibility is that the organic seedlings were grown from organic seeds, meaning the plants the seeds were harvested from were grown organically.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 30, 2011

Q. Caterpillars

How do I keep caterpillars out of my box garden? Trying to keep as organic as possible.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 2, 2011

Q. Pet Friendly Weed and Feed

I want to weed and feed my backyard but I have a dog that uses this area daily. What can I use to kill weeds and fertilizer that won’t hurt my dog?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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Natural products for fertilizer include compost or well-rotted manure. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 7, 2011

Q. Killing Aphids Naturally

I have found (during weeding) what seems to be aphids. How do I kill them organically? I need something soon because I have many plants that need to go in this place.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 8, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
May 8, 2011

Q. Is Milky Spore Safe for Pets?

Is Milky Spore treatment safe for pets who may accidentally get on your lawn?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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Milky spore is safe for animals, so they should be fine.

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Asked by
staceyhowell on
May 11, 2011

Q. Pesticide for Fruit Trees

What is a good organic pesticide to use on fruit trees?

Answered by
Heather on
May 15, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

I like neem oil myself. It is organic, safe for people, pets and beneficial bugs and is also a fungicide. This article has more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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