An organic garden doesn’t rely on fungicides, pesticides, or strong chemical fertilizers. Instead, an organic garden uses biology to create a living soil and healthy plants. Plants that grow in living soil thrive and are much less prone to disease and pests. Not that pests and disease suddenly disappear, but a plant gorwing in living soil is more disease resistant. It’s simple: When your soil is alive, your plants are healthy. When plants are healthy, they resist disease. Feed your soil with a selection of quality compost, amendments, organic fertilizers and mulches.
Take a close look at your soil. If it’s healthy, you should see all manner of life crawling around- pill bugs, earthworms, beetles. You should see the structure of passageways that these and other microscopic organisms have created. Such tunnels are vital for air and water to access your plants roots.
If you look at your soil and just see hard dirt, don’t worry. We can help you transform your dirt into living soil. Try applying Actively Aerated Compost Tea, mycorrhizal fungi and compost. These products add life back into the soil and the root zone of your plants. Living soil breaks down organic matter, feeds plants just what they need when they need it, opens up the soil so water and air can penetrate, filters and cleans water, helps surprress disease and allows plant roots to go deeper into the soil Your plants will be healthier, need less fertilizer, and less summer watering when they are growing in living soil. Simply adding living compost to your garden such as Diestel Compost or Garden Compost enriches your soil with food and life.
When planting, water Actively Aerated Compost Tea into the root zone. The root zones of plants also benefit from the application of mycorrhizal fungi. This is best done during the initial planting. You can also add the soluable mycorrhizal fungi to the Actively Aerated Compost Tea and water into the root zone of existing plants.
All this life in the soil needs to eat. Good foods are Diestel Compost, Vermi Green Compost, Worm Castings, and Organic Fertilizers. Apply a 1/2" layer of compost in the fall and let the winter rains and the life in the compost work down into your soil and start to open the soil up so come spring your garden is fed and happy.
Now that you’ve introduced all this life to your soil, and fed it you need to protect it. We have a large selection of mulch to choose from. Mulch is vital for maintaining a healthy soil- it keeps the soil from drying out, limits weed germination, channels rainfall into the ground, and provides food for the organism in the soil. Be sure and keep the compost and mulch away from the base or crown of all plants by a few inches.