Organic gardeners seek natural solutions to gardening challenges. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Step 1: Start a compost pile Start a compost pile. Layer it with equal parts of brown matter -- for example, straw and dry leaves -- and green matter, such as grass clippings, kitchen scraps, and manure. Keep the pile wet, and turn it occasionally.
Step 2: Build your soil Build your soil. Add compost and amend it with organic fertilizers like fish emulsions, seaweed extracts, and bone meal.
TIP: Continue to add organic matter to your soil on an ongoing basis.
Step 3: Remove pests Remove pests by hand or by blasting them with water, before they have a chance to multiply. If pests do get out of control, try using soapy water or a blend of pepper and water.
FACT: According to the National Gardening Association, the average American family that tends a vegetable garden grows about $600 worth of vegetables per year, while spending only $70 on the garden itself.