Most of us are not so confident with using rain water to irrigate our home-grown plants, especially that they are edible. There could be a couple of natural and artificial pollutants in the rainwater, but according to recent scientific studies, it is quite safe to use rainwater by using a rain barrel to water the plants.
Many countries and localities use rain barrel water for watering their organic gardens because of the climate or season in their place. For instance, they have long summers or droughts and drastically need to water the plants. For starters, here are a couple of ways and tips on how to effectively set up and utilize a rain barrel for organic gardening:
Know your Roofing Materials.
Make sure that your roofing isn’t made up of toxic materials or chemically treated to kill algae or moss, because this definitely means it will be toxic to plants. These roofing materials include wood-shake roofing, copper gutters and zinc strips. Continue reading →
Pests like aphids and cutworms are true enemies of your garden. They can annihilate your plans in a matter of a few days, sometimes it takes just a few hours if your garden is small.
The best way to combat pests is to treat your garden before they start infesting it. Most newbie gardeners plan their garden and they go into reactive mode once pests start to infiltrate their garden rather than using preventive measures from the get go.
So start your preventative measures first. Buy or use your own concoction and spray your vegetable garden with organic sprays that will deter pests from choosing your garden as their meal. Continue reading →