Everyday new gardeners put spade to ground to begin their lifelong journey with Mother Earth. Myriad questions besiege these newbies. The hope of bountiful harvests vie with the 'quick fixes' promised by chemical pesticides. How would you advise them?
Expert gardeners and landscapers employing organic practices as the status quo still may not be aware of new findings and promising research. Just last week I met with some of the folks Rodale Institute and was surprised when Coach Smallwood told me I could dumpster dive my neighbors’ grass clippings that use chemicals and add them to my compost without introducing chemicals into my garden! There are definitely myths that even the most experienced gardeners apparently don't know about growing organic.
The twofold goal of this week's #Landscapechat is: first, to supply the reasons behind why every new gardener should grow organic, and second, to provide interesting news, facts, research and articles to supply organic information for those expert gardeners and landscapers who want the latest trends and information.
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Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman, media relations specialist @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic: Organic Gardening for Garden + Landscape. The live chat begins March 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.
There are five key takeaways that will be covered during the live chat:
Common myths about growing organic (too expensive, smaller yields, hard to control pests)
Getting Started - What does it take to make a garden organic? How to find organic seeds, testing the soil, buying soil and amendments and more
Why should people grow their own produce organically? Studies relating to health, GMOs, success
Planning and Planting – Organic Practices including companion planting, rotating crops, raised beds vs. in-ground, till or no till
Compost and Mulch – Composting Tips and Cautions
Organic Pest Management – grow thriving, productive gardens without the need for toxic chemicals
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If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the Live Chat, which will include all the information and links shared during the discussion.
Come join us for this organic topic to learn more and chat live on #Landscapechat!