Eco-Friendly Gardening isn't just about gardening without chemicals. It involves the whole life cycle of Nature that has been precisely designed for us. We, the gardener, the landscaper, the designer or the architect, must work with nature to help develop an ecosystem that's sustains life in our landscapes.
Learn and encourage healthy bugs like ladybugs, lacewings, and other predatory insects to come into your garden and feed on your pests. You will be amazed at how little sprays and pesticides you will need to use with these great bugs at your side. You can introduce plants like fennel, dill, allyssum, ammi majus, - "Queen Anne's Lace", and cumin.
And don't forget the soil. This is the life blood of your plants. Add as much organic matter as you can in order to feed the soil organisms. These organisms will break down organic matter and will eventually feed your plants. Try to make your own compost. Not only does compost nourish the soil, but reduces kitchen and garden waste immensely!
Finally, learn to tolerate a little bit of damage by insects here and there. If you wipe out all your pests, what will the ladybugs feed on?
Everyday, we try to educate ourselves about new information in the gardening field so that we can pass this information on to you.
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