It’s time to throw out that “Miracle Grow”… If you’re serious about making your garden healthier and more organic, by reducing (or completely eliminating) the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers, then here’s a secret “brew” that literally anyone can make at home to take their organic gar
Butterfly Puddler. Make your own butterfly puddler by filling a small bowl, dish or flower pot bottom with sand. Add water until the sand is soggy. Make sure the bowl is at least 16″ wide or you will be adding water to it often as it evaporates. The larger size will also allow for more butterflies. Add a tbsp of composted manure or mushroom compost to the sand Add river stones as well as some flat surfaces such as clam shells for the butterflies to sun bathe on.
Toil In the Soil When it is time to garden, amend your soil by adding organic matter such as finely shredded pine bark, peat moss, mushroom compost or leaf mold before setting out plants. Loose, fertile soil will encourage root growth on new plantings and allow them to become established quickly. Clearly define your turf and bed lines.
Low-Allergy Plants for the Garden. Keep lawn cut short or eliminate lawns & hedges which trap pollen & mold spores. Use a lid or plastic sheet to cover compost system. Avoid organic mulches or mushroom compost due to fungi & mold. Wear a hat & remove it before coming inside, same with shoes & clothes. Wash your hair to rid of pollen especially before bed. Don't garden at dusk or early morning when pollen count highest.