Organic Gardening Tips

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Organic gardening eliminates the use of fertilizers and chemicals by caring for plants in a natural way. Get organic gardening tips from a professional gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from In this segment we are going to learn some organic gardening tips. I have tried to be an organic gardener and I really believe in organic gardening. We need to get away from fertilizers and pest controls and insecticides because most of the time we don't need any of those things. We can live with the plants we have. We can live with the bugs that we have and most of the problems. If your plant is not doing well, fertilizer is not going to help it. Most of the time it is not enough sun or it is not enough shade or there is not enough drainage. So, before jumping to use any kind of chemicals, a good organic gardening tip is just to move your plants. If they are not getting enough color or if they are not getting enough sun or if they are reaching for the sun, don't give them fertilizer, move them to a sunnier spot or add some compost on top of them. Give them some more nutrition. A lot of times it has nothing to do with fertilizer. Another tip is learn to live with bugs. It's about all we can do. This is my beautiful, cute little eucomus little pineapple lilly. I love it, but as you can see, it looks like the slugs are loving it too. As we talked about before, I don't even like to use slug bait because I don't know how a caterpillar would know the difference and I just think that you would be killing a lot more insects than just the slugs. My easy organic gardening tip is, if you've got spots, just cut them out. I just pretty much keep cutting out the leaves that have damage or just deal with the damage. I just kind of cut out the ones that are the most damaged. As the season progresses, I notice my slugs are not nearly the problem they were in early summer. If I keep cutting out a lot of the leaves that are damaged by the slugs, eventually they do grow nice luscious leaves. Even by trimming the plants around the bottom, so the slugs have nothing to grow up against, that helps a lot too. Putting a layer of bark dust I found makes all the difference, or some compost, or just selecting plants that don't seem to be affected so much by the slugs. There are a lot of plants that will do well without chemicals, without fertilizers and insecticides. It is kind of a learning experience. So, go out, take a bunch of plants, let them grow naturally. The ones that are having the worst time, pick them out and invite more of the plants that are doing well in your yard without chemicals and you'll find that you will have a gorgeous garden, organically.