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Questions About Organic Gardening

Asked by
lamplighter14159 on
April 15, 2015
Northern California

Q. is pelletized 16-16-16 safe for pets

I have an 8-month lab and want to use 16-16-16 pelletized fertilizer on five fruit trees. Will this harm my pet?

Answered by
shelley on
April 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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Pelletized fertilizer is really only considered pet safe if you follow certain precautions such as being sure to give your grass a good long watering to allow the fertilizer to sink into the soil. Most websites advise waiting 24-48 hours after fertilizer application before allowing your pet back onto the lawn. I would recommend reading the instructions that came with your fertilizer for more specific information on how to safeguard your pets.

For more information on pet friendly fertilizer options:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/pet-friendly-fertilizer.htm

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Asked by
p.clarvis on
May 9, 2015
north lincolnshire

Q. safe weedkiller

I have pebbled my garden and have a bird table in the centre but the seeds that get dropped on the pebbles start shooting and producing lots of little weeds. I have a dog and don’t want to hurt her or kill the birds. Can you recommend a weedkiller that wont hurt them but get rid of the weeds?

Answered by
shelley on
May 9, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Here is an article on pet friendly weed killer that will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by
bubba777 on
July 3, 2015
oregon

Q. organic pest control

Trying to find Gardian Organic pest control. I don’t know how much water to add to the mixture to spray for bugs.

Asked by
LRutovich123 on
April 25, 2016
Enfield, CT

Q. Weed Killer

What can I use to kill weeds and grass growing in around my plants that will not hurt them or my animals??

Asked by
gc_ct on
December 3, 2016
06340 (but indoors)

Q. kill mites without harming green lacewing

I have severe mite problems, and green lacewings are not keeping up with them. I would like to use something in addition to the green lacewings that won’t hurt them.

Asked by
Michele17farrow on
March 27, 2017
30044

Q. Gardening topic

Straw bale gardening: 1st year and am still conditioning bales. I now have a small lawn of weed seedlings growing on top with all the nitrogen and water added! The\’re starting to heat up….can I expect the impending heat to FRY those unwanted seedlings?? They were quite easy to pull out the first couple of days, but not so much now, as it is a mat’o grass! Help! I did not intend to use plastic to help them heat up as I live in the Atlanta area and it is already heating up outside…..maybe black plastic for greenhouse effect will fry them?? Thank you!!

Answered by
Alisma on
March 27, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

If you have that many grass seedlings growing, you may have a hay bale instead of a straw bale- hay is harvested after it's gone to seed, so it can create a difficult weed problem. But, you can probably kill the weeds by solarizing them with plastic sheets, as you've suggested:
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html

The heat of the bales should kill some of them too.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 11, 2018

Q. Starting my own farm in UAE

I am based in United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and would like to start my own farm (Commercially). Since I am not from Agriculture background. I would like to have the best of the best knowledge and expertise technique and help from your side to know what crops can be grown in Climatic conditions and poor soil and lack of fresh water in the United Arab Emirates.

Since UAE does not have fertilised Land and all the food currently is imported, there is a big demand for local grown (organic food). Keeping this in mind I feel there it would be a great concept and profitable module to do agriculture in UAE.

Kindly share your thoughts on the same.

Thanks & Regards
Mr. Manish Hathiramani

Answered by
BushDoctor on
April 11, 2018
Certified Expert
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This would be best discussed with local agricultural administrations. There may be laws on which practices may be deemed acceptable or not that may differ greatly from our region. In the meantime, this collection of articles will get you started: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/

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