Saturday, April 01, 2006
I'm not a true organic gardener. I have no qualms about moderate use of nonorganic fertilizers. I like the slow release type like Dynamite or Miracle grow. I do a lot of organic stuff like composting and manure additions, but I'm no purist. This is not a place where rocks are breaking down into fresh soil...rather, this is a place of sterile quartz sand. Go to a Florida beach, pick up a handfull of sand...that's my soil. A soil test comes back with near zero in most of the nutrient categories. Sixty-five inches of rain leaches away nutrients as fast as you can add them.
What I do not use, is any type of inorganic pesticide, fungicide, or herbicide in my garden. Mostly I don't even use the organic kinds. One of the big farces of our time is the idea that if you put the word "NATURAL" or "ORGANIC" on a product label, it's automatically safe, or good for you and the earth. What a crock.
So my plants get little extra protection against bugs, etc. I do pest patrols and squish or feed caterpillars to my chickens. In my garden are lots of little toad and lizard habitats to encourage natural predators of the garden enemies. The anoles are really good at bug patrol.
The first snowpea, eaten on the spot after this picture was taken about 2 weeks ago.
My favorite garden guardian is Flounder. Not much of a bug-getter, but he will occasionally bark at the deer.
He's obviously a type of bird dog...here we see him in his nest.
Posted by R.Powers at 7:10 AM