Organic Gardening- A Unique Business Opportunity
Organic gardening is the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants, simply by following the essential principles of organic agriculture in soil building and conversation, pest management.Double digging, vermi compost, mulch, cover crops, compost, manures and mineral supplements are soil building mainstays that distinguish this type of farming from its commercial counterparts. Thorough attention to good healthy soil condition is a prerequisite – it’s expected that insect, fungal or other problems that sometime plague plants can be minimized. Pheromone traps, insecticidal soap sprays and other pest control methods available to farmers are sometimes utilized by organic horticulturist.
Organic or natural pesticides can be very effective and usually are less toxic to wild life, pets and humans rather than synthetic pesticides. Many organic controls can target specific problems such as using Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) a type of bacteria, which kills caterpillars but not much else. Thus you need to ensure that you know what the problem is before you treat it and that you always follow the label instructions.There are many organic pesticides available, but one needs to ensure first that there exists a problem and that you know what it is and that you can live with it. Some insects like the 4 lined plant bug do their damage and then move on for the season.Continue Reading
Source: The Economic Times