Organic gardening

Organic gardening is commonly used to describe cultivation systems which make minimal use of manufactured chemical substances. These are practical elements of a broader philosophy which takes a holistic view of gardening, emphasizing the interdependence of life forms.

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An organic method of controlling cabbage rootfly with a barrier

Quick facts

  • Many pest and disease resistant varieties of fruit and veg are available to gardeners
  • The 'no dig' method is suitable for organic growing
  • An organic garden relies on good soil health
  • Most 'conventional' gardeners can find ways to cut back on using pesticides

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