Oct 17

The Process Of Cleaning And Disinfecting A Greenhouse

If you own a commercial greenhouse or have a private greenhouse with a large number of plants and vegetables to protect, learning how to properly plan to maintain the hygiene of it is a vital part of its success. Putting in place a clear plan and process for the cleaning and disinfecting of a greenhouse should follow a few simple steps, and be completely achievable with help from a few detergents and cleaning chemicals and equipment that can help secure a high level of biosecurity at all times within your greenhouse.

For any greenhouse or potting area, without a regular cleaning regime there can become inherent problems that assist in a premature rot on roots and cause other diseases that can destroy your plants and plans. From gnats and root rot, to the accumulation of infectious microbes and algae, there are a number of things to be aware of and that you can try to prevent with the correct approach. Cleaning out your greenhouse and potting areas as early as possible is the sensible approach, cleaning and disinfecting between planting and crop cycles to improve sanitation and reducing the potential for pest populations to grow. It is much easier to do this between crop cycles due to the greenhouse and other areas being empty. You are starting from a clean base, providing a solid and hygienic foundation from which to grow from.

Cleaning a Greenhouse

 

The cleaning process within a greenhouse typically involved removing all weeds from the surface, any debris and extra soil. This should be conducted throughout all surfaces, as well as any equipment that is stored in the greenhouse. It is important to perform this step as any soil and residue from organic matters can be a barrier when you then try to use disinfectants at the next step of the cleaning process. Soap and water is a simple method, but it does help to remove greasy deposits, however there are greenhouse specific cleaning detergents that can be purchased to thoroughly perform the task at hand. Start from the top of the greenhouse, sweeping any dirt and residue down to the floor, cleaning out any irrigation systems also.

Disinfecting a Greenhouse

 

There are a few areas on a micro level that require disinfecting to thoroughly cleanse the greenhouse and leave a blank, hygienic slate from which you can grow new plants, fruit and vegetables safely. Dust particles may have fallen, causing fungi and bacteria to grow. As thorough as you have been during the initial cleaning process, a high quality disinfectant is the only way to know that this type of problem has completely been removed.

Disinfectants offer you a higher level of control over plant pathogens that can cause long-term problems for your greenhouse plans. A healthy disinfectant regime can also help to manage algae and prevent the growth of gnats and shore flies, which can be devastating to a greenhouse.

Cleaning and disinfecting your greenhouse when empty, and doing the same with all containers and equipment that will be used in the up-coming cycle will provide you with the best chance to have successful growth and to reduce the chances of crop failure through infection or disease.

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Jul 09

Can Garden Roofs Combat Global Warming?

Green Roofs Are Winning The Battle Against Climate Change

Find out how garden roofs full of green vegetation help to both insulate and cool our buildings whilst reducing the acidity of rain in our cities.

New research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US suggests that the answer to combatting climate change might lie at the tops of our houses. Traditional roofs are usually black and made from substances such as tar. These types of roofs absorb heat which make the buildings beneath them even hotter. During the summer months some of these roofs reach temperatures of 70C and an entire city of black roofs can mean that local temperatures are raised by a degree or two.

Yet a solution can be found with the introduction of garden roofs, which are also known as green, cool or living roofs.

What Is A Garden Roof?

A garden roof is one which is covered in vegetation. Typically they consist of a base layer of felt which must be strong enough to retain water and feed the plants and grasses on top of it. The felt is then covered with about an inch of soil which is commonly made up of substrates such as clay and porous shales. The vegetation then completes the top layer of the garden roof.

Heating And Cooling Benefits

By covering your roof in greenery, you will benefit from a cooling effect during the summer months and will need to spend less money on air conditioning systems in order to enjoy a pleasant room temperature in your building. However, during the winter months a green roof adds an extra layer of insulation to a property which means that fuel bills for heating also go down. On a personal level, this means that you will save money on monthly energy bills throughout the year. However, if everyone committed to covering their roofs in vegetation then it would also have an enormous impact on climate change at a global level. This is particularly the case as plants remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

A recent study by scientists in the Maryland and Michigan areas of the US, measured carbon levels from 13 rooftops over the space of 2 years. Their findings proved that if an urban area with approximately 1 million inhabitants was covered in green roofs, then an estimated 55,000 tonnes of carbon would be removed from the environment. This is the equivalent to eradicating 10,000 trucks from the road over the same period.

Acid Rain 

Green roofs also absorb more rainwater which reduces the water run-off and wastage that is associated with black roofs. In fact, some people also build blue roofs, which collect water to reduce flooding. However, the greenery also manages to filter the rainwater to make it less acidic. In a densely populated urban area such as New York City, the rain falls with a pH level of approximately 4.2 which is quite acidic. However, precipitation that has been filtered through a green roof comes out as 6.2 which is significantly more alkaline. The cooling effect of the rainwater which has been evaporated from rooftops also reduces the local temperatures by 2C.

It is clear that garden roofs provide benefits to both the homeowner as well as to the environment. If you are considering looking into converting your roof into a garden in order to save money and affect climate change for the better, then always make sure that you get in touch with an experienced roofer who has adequate roofing insurance to complete your job safely.

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Nick Watson is the Chief Operating Officer of BrokerPower.co.uk, which provides pub insurance to UK public houses and bars.

Nov 07

Which Solar Panel Is Right For Your Home

Solar power is big business now and solar panels have evolved tremendously over the last few decades. Notoriously expensive during the 1980s and 1990s, solar panels for homes are now easily accessible even for the average homeowner. They promise to lower electricity bills and require almost no maintenance. Modern solar panels can be installed on almost any type of roof or in your courtyard, and they are effective in any area of the country.

The solar panel market in the United States is huge. There are literally hundreds of solar panel models, accessories, materials and systems available. This is why choosing a solar panel system for your home can be overwhelming, particularly if you have no experience in the field. Which is why we recommend hiring an expert, such as the guys at Bob Heinmiller Solar. However, here are some basic things to look for, such as the type of material, your roof type and your home’s geographical location.

Here is a short guide that will help you choose the right solar panel for your home:

  1. Canadian Solar CS6X-305M

Canadian Solar is a leading solar systems company founded in 2001. It offers solar energy products and services to more than 50 countries and is considered a leading innovator in the industry. Its flagship solar panel model is the CS6X-305M, a powerful panel that has excellent ratings for power, visual appeal, and durability. Its shape is rectangular, making it ideal for almost all roofs. Thanks to its intelligent mount design, it can be installed at any angle.

Its solar efficiency is rated at 15.9 percent, one of the highest figures in the industry. The 305M line of models is perfectly suitable for any climate, being able to handle up to 120 pounds of snow per square foot. It has a warranty of 25 years with a guaranteed power efficiency of 80 percent.

The 305M is easy to maintain thanks to its innovative self-washing surface. Many customers confirm that even when installed at a small angle, the surface is easily washed by light rain, thus increasing its power efficiency and lifespan.

 

  1. 2.     Kyocera KD315 line

 

Kyocera has often topped the list as being one of the best producers of solar energy systems in the world. Its flagship model, the KD315GX-LPB, is widely regarded as the best solar panel on the market. It has the best solar efficiency, at 16 percent and it is easily adaptable for any type of roof. The product has a five-year warranty,  the manufacturer guarantees a 95 percent efficiency for the first year and a minimum of 80 percent for the next 25 years. Kyocera’s engineers guarantee that their panels can withstand a beating by hailstones up to 1 inch in diameter, winds of up to 51mph and won’t break under 120 pounds of snow per square foot.

The installation process is extremely simple. Although the manufacturer recommends you hire a professional, you can install them by yourself in less than 3 hours, with just a simple set of tools. Kyocera solar panels are easy to clean – they require only occasional cleaning with water and detergent, plus annual check-up.

 

  1. Sharp ND line

Founded in the 1910s in Japan, Sharp has a long history in the electronics market. Its foray into the solar energy and solar panel market started back in the 1950s and is now one of the leading manufacturers in the world. Its ND-R250A5 model is made of poly crystalline silicon and has a top efficiency of 15.2 percent. The model comes with a ten-year full warranty and a 25-year performance warranty. They are particularly sturdy, being able to withstand winds of up to 62 mph and up to 140 pounds of snow per square foot. 

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Flaviu Mircea is a homeowner and freelance writer who has recently become interested in green living. He enjoys sharing his tips and findings into a solar energy home. If you would like to learn more about Flaviu, you can check out his Google+ profile. 

Sep 22

Technologies That Will Help You Survive A Climate Apocalypse

Changes in climate and Earth’s behavior have been anticipated. However, scientists did not expect for it to be as incredibly fast and huge as what is currently happening on different parts of the globe. Evidences show that humanity is a step closer to a catastrophic climate apocalypse. What’s even worse, there is no going back. All that can be done for now is to prolong the world’s life through many environmental activities.

But in case that we failed to extend the life of our beloved Earth, everyone should prepare for the upcoming whipping from Mother Nature. There are some technologies that exist nowadays which can help us survive the spine-chilling mishap that may happen in the near future. Before we tackle each breakthrough, you may want to think first of the possible apocalyptic scenarios, so that you can think of the best defense to use and eventually be one of those who will live to tell the tale.

Super materials that reduce heat

If you claim to have air conditioner and refrigerator at your home, those are not enough. Even the latest cooling technologies in the consumer market won’t be able protect you and even itself from a sudden heatwave. Nest Thermostat and spray foam insulation are some small inventions that were produced. In the succeeding years, no life-changing cooling technology and we managed to live on for some time.
But now that the Earth’s heat is constantly increasing, humankind needs tremendous help especially for the years to come. Fortunately, two new technologies are coming in to the rescue. One is the magnetocaloric refrigeration which can reduce heat of water-based fluid for about 80°F with the use of developed magnets that were made from nickel-manganese alloy. On the other hand, use of Polythene nanomaterials can deflect light away from establishments, vehicles and other things that you want to keep cool. It contains special qualities to reflect the sun’s heat. Once it has been mass produced and sold to the market, buildings can be easily kept cool without too much energy use and reflect the sun’s heat and UV to the space.

Environmental sensors

Environmental sensors have hit big in the consumer market.  As more and more catastrophes are arising from different parts of the world, humanity may rely heavily on such devices. These sensors can receive real-time updates, track air pollution, determine the amount of radiation and even measure the amount of water degradation. Most popular sensors that you can purchase are Tzoa, iGeige and Lapka Environmental Monitor.

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Wearable tech

Another innovation that can be of great benefits to man is climate-controlled clothing. As not everyone can afford air conditioning, developing countries such as India and Brazil can make use of this technology. Dharma Innovations from Hyderabad, India produces jackets and vests with lithium polymer battery system and embedded electrical circuits. This allows the wearer to adjust the temperature from 77 to 113°F.

Smart Green Houses

Safeguarding food supply apart from protecting the human body is also crucial. As such, humans also require the technology that can protect different resources from primary damages. Smart Green Houses is a very sensible solution to this problem. It can shelter a garden full of crops and vegetation from disasters such as drought, typhoon, flooding and heat wave.

Synthetic Biology

One of the most difficult challenges during climate change and catastrophe is its effect on health of living things on earth specially humans. Increased levels of radiation, pollution, ultra violet light and many more are set to launch more cancer cases. Luckily, science and information technology was able to come up with a very effective solution to this kind of disease – synthetic biology. This is a controversial and fascinating breakthrough that manipulates the DNA to create new bacteria that detects and eliminates cancer within the body. In the case of vegetation, genetic modification can help its produce to endure harsh climate conditions that may soon become a necessity than being a luxury.

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Jensen Carlyle is a freelance business and technology writer currently working on JobTraQ, a business management solution used in the pharmaceutical and energy industries.

Mar 28

SETTING UP AN AQUAPONIC FARM

In a world where everything is done on the run and more and more people complain about their lack of time, starting a new activity seems as a way of social suicide (you will have less time to see your friends and your family). This is why many people are quite reluctant in giving their precious time away on new activities, especially if that new activity is gardening. Yet, what I want to propose you is something simpler, which even though is a way of growing crops, has nothing else to do with gardening. It is called aquaponics and it is the easiest way to have fresh food on your table.
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Aquaponics is a system which involves growing fish in normal tanks and using their water, filled with bio-nutrients in a system similar with that promoted by hydroponics. The best thing about aquaponics is that you will not have to take care of the plants, as the fish will offer them enough food to grow and develop properly. You will just have to take care of your fish, which will also take less time as you will only have to monitor the water and feed them. There is no need to change or clean the water as this is something which your plants will do.
This symbiosis between fish and plants is the one which will save you lots of time and will give you the opportunity to take on this activity without compromising your social or professional life. Few minutes each day will be enough for you to make sure that both your crops and your fish are alright! In fact, growing plants and fish with the aquaponic system is so easy that your entire family will be willing to help you with that. Because it involves no dirty hands, bending and digging in the ground, you can even let your children help you. It will not take long so that they will not get bored and you will get to spend some moments with them.
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Aquaponics is the easiest way through which you can have tasty, fresh and healthy vegetables on your table each and every day. There is no need to be afraid to start such a new activity as this is one of the best steps you can take for you and your family!

Feb 07

Steps You Can Take At Home For A Greener Future

In the Bible, God gave the Earth to Adam and Eve for them to look after as His stewards and caretakers. He entrusted it and the things within it to them to care for, and make responsible use of. Regardless of whether you hold such things to be true, what is certainly known is that we are responsible for the places we live in, and the Earth is no different. As scientists warn of the increasing burdens that our lifestyles are having on the environment, the question arises: what can we do to lessen the impact we have on it?

There are steps you can take at home for a greener future. Believe it or not, you have more power over the state of the world today than you may realize. While things such as acid rain, deforestation, melting ice caps, and increasingly wild weather seem big and frightening to some, the truth is it is the little things that make the difference.

If you are worried that you are too small to make that distance, consider that one man in India managed to plant his own rainforest over the course of thirty years. He did this even while trying to maintain a small household and feed his family. Imagine what you could do then if you set your mind to it, having access to greater resources and spare time. To start you off, though, here are some small steps you can take to help make your home a little greener.

#1 Switch the Lights Off When Not in Use

This is a very simple yet effective way to cut down on energy use – switch lights off whenever a room is not in use. Doing so can quickly save you a small amount of money in energy costs by doing so, usually just under $1 a day depending on what types of bulbs you use. While it may seem small, that adds up to quite a bit over the year and can become even larger if every house in a given neighborhood does the same. Very quickly, you can make every home green.

So get into the habit of going through the house to make sure all the lights are off in rooms where they are not needed. During the day, open up the curtains as well to let in more natural light. Do the same for other electronic devices as well. Switch TVs and PCs off rather than leaving them in standby mode, and feel free to turn the microwave oven or the radio off at the socket as well to save further energy.

#2 Wash Clothes in Cold Water

There is a use in using hot water for your laundry: it breaks down stains faster and more efficiently and thus presents more effective cleaning power for your clothing. However for everyday laundry, it is actually a needless waste of electricity. Ordinary laundry that just needs freshening up is cleaned just as well if you use cold water rather than hot water.

So by all means, use warm water if your kids come back from the playground caked in half an inch of mud. However, if you are just picking clothes up from the floor that are otherwise rather clean, resist the urge to put them on a hot wash.

#3 Use Showers Instead of Baths

Baths use up much water. An average tub is capable of holding around 60 gallons/270 liters of water, all of which is likely to be heated, although most only ever use half to three-quarters of that amount. Meanwhile, a quick six-minute shower to freshen up in the morning or after work would use only around 27 gallons in comparison. So taking a shower each morning is a very good step towards a green home.

#4 Install Solar Panels as an Alternative Energy Source

It is tempting to think nowadays that you must use energy off the central grid if you want to power your home. While that may have been true twenty years ago or so, the case no longer applies. Solar energy in the last fifteen years has made many leaps and bounds in the technology it uses, making it more efficient, smaller in size, and cheaper to buy. As a result, many people wanting a home fit for a greener future have taken to installing solar panels on their roofs as a new source of energy for their home.

Solar panels work throughout the year, and while they do benefit most from sunlight they are capable of operating even while overcast. Installing them will immediately save you energy (and money) on your electricity, allowing you to power your homes without causing damage to the environment. The technology is still pricey, but what you save in electricity bills each year will soon pay it off. Furthermore, the wide availability of this technology means local contractors like Bob Heinmiller Solar Solutions can take care of the installation for you.

#5 Use Local or Homegrown Produce

Most of the food in your store has traveled a very long way to get to you, whether it is tropical fruits from the Caribbean or freshly ground coffee from Bolivia. This has two problems. First, its transportation has left a huge carbon footprint mark in air travel. Second, you do not know how it was acquired. The industry is driving South American beef, for example, is responsible for extensive deforestation of the Amazon rainforests, as well as methane emissions that contribute towards global warming.

A greener future can be acquired simply by shopping for locally grown produce, where you can see for yourself the conditions in which it is made. Growing vegetables and fruits at home in your backyard, likewise, is a very efficient and economical means of acquiring your creature comforts without risking damage to the environment.

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The writer, Christian Mills, is currently studying engineering and is learning how important efficiency is to our future. To help supplement his income, he writes on the side about green energy technology and solutions.

Nov 15

New Way to Cut Fuel Consumption and Emissions

 

The price of diesel and petrol is stressing everybody. Availability and price was already an issue In Karl Benz’s days. His early customers had to buy petrol in small quantities from pharmacies that sold it as a cleaning solvent. Henry Ford designed his first cars to run on hemp gasoline, because he believed in organic power. We are coming closer to his dream.
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The gasoline and motor manufacturing industries have been in a symbiotic relationship from the beginning. Conventional engine efficiencies are no threat to oil markets. Automotive fuels generate surplus heat that wears engines out. This was never intentional. Things just panned out that way, and 7motorists are continuing to foot the bill.

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Apr 08

What to Expect From A Commercial Cleaning Service

It always pays to be neat. Having an establishment or being a manager of a company, you should always keep in mind that obtaining a clean and neat environment is important. Costumers would always want their surroundings to be clean and fresh. Buildings that are clean attract more customers. Once an unsatisfied customer complains about an untidy establishment, it would always spread to other people. This could ruin your business so make sure to always have a clean environment.

There are varieties of cleaning services available in every town. You can search on them online to know the different services a commercial cleaning service offers. You can also look up what kind of quality of service they give. Here are some basic things you should expect from them:

  1. Of course an excellent service is highly expected. Every commercial cleaning service should give you a quality service worthy of what you paid for. Those services should be guaranteed and insured.
  2.  Floor Cleaning Services. These are not the typical swipe and wipe floor cleaning that anyone can do. Proper equipments are used in accomplishing this deed. This machine cleans your floor until it is sparkly white. They also provide floor waxing services to help your floor looks spotless and brighter.
  3.  Janitorial services. Having someone to maintain the cleanliness around you, emptying your trash, taking care of the carpets, mopping, dusting and polishing furniture and vacuuming. Some services also include cleaning inside glass windows and doors up to cleaning the kitchen areas as well as any kitchen appliances. Dusting air vents and ceiling fans and cleaning and sanitizing restrooms are all part of the job. Restrooms are hourly monitored for everybody’s convenience. Well, nobody likes a dirty restroom.
  4.    Window Cleaning Services. It is important to maintain clean windows inside and out for it is where people see you from the outside. Window cleaning service includes working at the top most part of the building. And did I mention, working at the top most, outside, hanging out of the building. This job can be dangerous so it is required to just leave it to the professionals.
  5.  Commercial carpet cleaning. This includes soaping your carpet, washing it and carpet dry cleaning. It also includes using machines to clean you carpet more effectively.
  6. City Maid Services. These services are made especially for homes. Having so much work to do and not having any time to clean, this might just be the answer to your prayer.

Some things are just not really free. As any successful business man says “you just have to spend a little to gain more”. It may be nice to do it by yourself but there are some things you cannot do all by yourself. It might have cost you a little but it sure did save so much of your time and especially your effort. Commercial cleaning services are carefully monitored to ensure the quality of their service.

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Mark long is a regular office manager. He had always had trouble cleaning his carpet, so he usually calls some commercial carpet cleaning service to do his job. Mark used to go to a carpet dry cleaning shop but he just found out that it  is more convenient to call services than bringing it there himself.

 

 

Mar 13

5 Ways To Stay Green In Austin, Texas

In the 21st century, most people have recognized the value of going green. Whether they want to do their part to save the planet or simply want to gain the economic benefits of going green, almost everyone is getting in on the act. For homeowners in Austin, there are many ways they can save money and benefit the environment by going green. Here is a look at five excellent ways to stay green in Austin.

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1. Recycle

This is the first thing that most people think about when they think about going green. In this day and age, homeowners can recycle nearly everything they buy. For organic waste that cannot be recycled, homeowners can add it to the compost pile to reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill. When recycling, keep in mind that some things can be recycled for cold, hard cash at the recycling center. Large loads of metals like steel and copper are particularly valuable.

2. Installing Energy Star Appliances

One of the best ways to go green in Austin is to reduce energy usage. One of the easiest ways for homeowners to do this is to change out their old, inefficient appliances for new, energy-efficient models. Energy Star appliances will save homeowners a ton of money on their energy bills. This not only put money in their pockets, but it greatly reduces their carbon footprints as well.
3. Change a Light Bulb
It is hard to believe that doing something as simple as changing a light bulb will save money and help homeowners to go green, but it is true. Up until recently, homeowners were recommended to switch out their old light bulbs for CFL bulbs that are 75 percent more efficient. However, the new recommendation for homeowners in Austin who want to go green is to use LED light bulbs. These LED bulbs do not have the toxic mercury that CFL bulbs do, and they are ten times as energy-efficient as incandescent bulbs.

4. Reduce Water Usage

As much as people are currently worried about the rising price of fossil fuels, the rising cost of water could be an even bigger concern as the 21st century rolls along. Homeowners can do their part to lessen the threat of a water crisis by reducing their water usage. The best ways to do this are to install low-flow toilets and showers, avoid watering their lawns and take shorter showers.

5. Make Green Eating Choices

Another important way Austin homeowners can stay green is by eating green. The best way to do this is to eat local. Buy organic fruits and vegetables that are raised by local area farmers. Make sure to only eat meat that has been raised in a humane manner. Reducing the amount of meat they eat is a great idea because it takes a lot more resources to bring meat to the table than it does plant-based foods.
If everyone works together to do their part, before long the planet will be in much better shape. Staying green means that homeowners need to make conscious choices to do the right things for the environment, and it has the added bonus of saving them money.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design company. Zane is glad he’s pretty green in his lifestyle.

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Mar 09

Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is the exact same as regular gardening except that no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are used. This can make certain aspects difficult, such as controlling disease, insects, and weeds. Organic gardening also requires more attention to the soil and the many needs of plants.

 

Biological Apples

 

Organic gardening starts with the soil. Gardeners must add organic matter to the soil regularly in order to keep the soil productive. In fact, compost is essential to the healthiness and well being of plants grown organically. Compost can be made from leaves, dead flowers, vegetable scraps, fruit rinds, grass clippings, manure, and many other things. The ideal soil has a dark color, sweet smell, and is full of earthworms. Some soil may need more natural additives than regular compost can give, such as bonemeal, rock phosphates, or greensand. A simple soil test will tell you the pH balance and which nutrients you will need to use.

 

One thing that makes even gardeners that are very serious about organic gardening reach for pesticides is insects on their plants. The best way to defend plants against insects is to take preventative measures. One thing that can be done is to make sure plants are healthy and not too wet or dry because insects usually attack unhealthy plants and if healthy, they can often outgrow minor insect damage. A variety of plant types is a good idea to keep pests of a particular plant type from taking out the entire garden.

 

Perhaps the best way to defend against insects is to make your garden enticing to insect predators, such as ladybugs, birds, frogs, and lizards. You can do this by keeping a water source nearby or by growing plants that attract insects who feed on nectar. Other ideas are sticky traps, barriers, and plant collars. There are some household items that prevent against insects too, like insecticidal soaps, garlic, and hot pepper.

 

To avoid plant disease in organic gardening, choose disease resistant plants and plant them in their prime conditions. Many diseases will spread because of constant moisture and bad air circulation, so the site of your garden and the way it is watered can help ensure against diseases.

 

Weeds can be an annoying and frustrating part of organic gardening. Organic mulch can act as a weed barrier, but for even better protection put a layer of newspaper, construction paper, or cardboard under the mulch. Corn meal gluten will slow the growth of weeds if spread early in the season before planting, as does solarization. There’s also the old-fashioned art of hoeing and hand pulling that always works. Your best bet in weed prevention is persistence. Mulch well and pull and hoe what you can; after a few seasons you can beat the weeds for good.

 

Organic gardening is an excellent way to assure that your plants will be free and clear of all pesticides and, if taken care of properly, will be as healthy as possible. Organic gardening may take a little more time and care than regular gardening, but after gardeners get the hang of it and figure out all the quirks of their garden, it is definitely worth the extra time.

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