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Questions About Organic Gardening

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 14, 2011

Q. Organic Indoor Potting Soil

I live at 9000 feet in the Colorado mountains and am trying to find a truly organic potting soil for indoor plants, as well as for outdoor vegetable garden. Your site says that any good gardening center will carry organic soil, but I read the ingredients on the organic soil in my area and only a small portion was organic. For example,  they had chicken poop dehydrated or pasteurized that did not say it was from organically fed and reared chickens. Another source came from Whole Foods compost, but Whole Foods has a large percentage of conventionally-grown food. I would like a truly organic product where ALL ingredients are organic. (I had good topsoil from centuries of mountain runoff but it seems to have been trucked off our land after we built a new house,  so I am starting from scratch now. ) Can you help with this?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 15, 2011
Certified Expert
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First, try looking for something that has been ORMI certified. These products have been thoroughly reviewed and accepted as purely organic. They also have a website you may want to check out for current product listings. I think it's http://www.ormi.org

Another alternative is to make your own. There are several articles on our site on making compost, which is about as organic as you can get, especially since you know exactly what is in it.

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Asked by
obxdude on
May 21, 2011

Q. How Do I Get Rid of Beetles in My Soil?

Have these small 1/4″ beetles in my soil. Need them to go, but would like to be green.

Answered by
Heather on
May 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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Try using Bacillus thuringiensis or milky spore on the soil. They should help with the beetles and both are organic.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 27, 2011

Q. Organic Pest Control

I used your recipe #2 on my vegetable garden the day before yesterday. The next day they looked horrible. All the leafy green veggies have white spots all over them and seem to be dying! I measured the baking soda, oil dish soap and water. Can you help me? My garden was doing well until I spayed the organic garden pest control recipe #2.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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I am very sorry about that. I am not sure why that occurred, but I am wondering if it was perhaps a dish soap that contained bleach. Some have started adding that, so I am going to note on the article that this should be watched for. I am very sorry that you discovered this the hard way and I apologize. I would water the garden from above liberally. This will help wash off the dish soap and dilute what is there.

The very best organic pest control I have found is neem oil. Very effective and safe for beneficial bugs like bees and lady bugs. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 2, 2011

Q. Flies

I have new flies, hundreds, on my flowers. What is the most natural way to make them leave?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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Could you describe the flies? What color are they, etc.? This will help us to better determine the best course of action, as some types (like hover flies) are actually beneficial to plants. You could try neem oil, which is effective against many bad pests but safe for good ones, and us.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 3, 2011

Q. Controlling Chickweed/What Encourages It to Grow

I have an abundance of chickweed in my backyard every summer. I make efforts to pull it all up by hand, but that’s near impossible. I have dogs that go out in the backyard, so I am hesitant to use harsh weed controlling chemicals. I would like to know what seems to encourage it to grow, as I did not have it prior to having three small dogs that go outdoors to do their business. I clean after them regularly – but winter seems to have a build up until spring melt. I also have bird feeders out all winter. Please let me know the best organic method of controlling this mad weed!

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 19, 2011

Q. Slugs

I’d like an organic snail control.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 20, 2011
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Answered by
roseman on
June 20, 2011
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It really does work. I use old pie pans and put a little beer in them, the slugs slither in, get happy and die. Beer also works to help feed the moss on moss covered rocks.

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Answered by
jjandkimmysmom on
June 19, 2011
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I know it sounds wierd but I live in maine and it is raining and wet all the time and I have asked this question to several of my friend and they told me to go get a 6 pack of any kind of beer has to be in cans leave about a 1/4 can amount of beer in the bottom of the can and place them on there sides open part of can down and the beer attracts the slugs and they get stuck in the can it accually works

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 23, 2011

Q. Powdery Mildew Sprays

Could not find any recipes for organic sprays, such as the one using hydrogen peroxide. Where do I get that information?

Answered by
Susan75023 on
July 24, 2011
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1 gallon of water
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid

Mix the ingredients together and add them to a spray bottle. Spray your plants weekly, preferably on overcast days to prevent it from burning the foliage.

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