How to Become an Organic Household

Becoming an Organic Household

Converting your home and garden to an organic one may be easier than you think. Can you do these four things?

1. Most important of all, recycle all garden and household waste for compost and re-use

recycling organic household A household and garden that puts valuable material into the dustbin is throwing away hard-won fertility. Anything that has ever lived can be converted back into fertility.

Composting is at the heart of every organic household. It is the accelerated rotting down of once-living things, converting waste into a soil-like material that is pleasant to smell and use, is a perfect plant food and in a form readily available to their roots with no risk of overfeeding or imbalance compared with that caused by chemical fertilisers. Moreover, the vast numbers of micro-life that have broken down the compost go on to inoculate and colonise the soil once the compost is added, further aiding fertility. Using compost to grow crops ensures their health, and that of the household.

2. Stop using all soluble fertilisers, all herbicides, most fungicides and nost insecticides

Although they are not allowed under most organic standards per se, the best way to dispose of existing stocks of chemical fertilisers is to use them. Once diluted down to a very weak solution, as for houseplants, they can be watered on to grass sward during spring when the nutrients can be rapidly taken up and converted to clippings for use elsewhere, with little danger of run-off. To dispose of unwanted chemical herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, contact your local authority for advice. Please do not pour them down the drain.

3. Consume wisely and save nature

Stop using peat from important wildlife sites, don’t buy ecologically unacceptable plants, such as imported wild bulbs and mass bedding plants. Use materials from renewable sources, such as managed woodland, and avoid plastic if natural alternatives are available.

4. Use wit, cunning and companion plants to grow healthy plants and out0manoeuvre pests and disease problems

Follow the advice given in Ten Methods for Reducing Garden Pests and Diseases to maximise the natural checks and balances in your garden by growing a wider variety of plants, especially more trees and shrubs. This helps create more habitats, especially if water is supplied in the form of ponds and pools. Add habitats such as piles of rubble or rotting logs hidden under evergreen shrubs or at the base of a hedge. These will soon be colonised by many forms of wildlife.

25. January 2011 by admin
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