It is called Grow a Chemical Free Garden
A "why and how" to wean yourself from using chemicals in your garden to control pests and disease.
It is all too easy to think "I'm just using a little" or " just this one time won't hurt".
I can admit to thinking that way as well, not so long ago.
However ... I had to start thinking about the welfare of the gorgeous Goldfinches and other birds we invite into my garden with seed stations ... they were not only eating the seed.
They were helping keep the bug population in check for me .. almost as a thank you for the seed.
OK ... maybe they love eating bugs and it supplemented my meager offerings in fact ?
So ... I had to do a full stop on all and any chemicals when my conscience kicked in (this was quite a few years ago mind you) ... and think about how to control the nasty factor in a natural way with gardening.
The first step, as in the article, is to nurture your plants with as much compost and organic matter to make them as strong as possible to ward off disease and bad bugs.
Not so hard right ? we do that step as second nature for gardeners ..
Next is another no brainer .. plants that entice good bugs ... we all want good bugs right ?
Such as the butterflies that lay eggs for the next generation of pollinators .
I have been thrilled with having the egg to caterpillar stage, go to chrysalis stage, to the actual butterfly.
It is something you have to witness and follow, to feel that amazement with such a tiny, yet totally impacting and profound event on the environment.
Plus ? an added benefit, the dill I plant wards off bugs that can plague my roses.
Where ever I have roses they are always guarded by dill and other herbs .. bad bugs do not enjoy the same scents that we do.
See little stars below where I have some for the climbing roses.. yes, they are climbing .. eventually!
Aphids ? get your hose out to blast those little creeps .. it is almost a stress buster when I shoot them off plants.
All in all it is possible to have a great garden without the chemical factor .. use what nature has given us to combat the "bad guys" and save the "good guys" and the environment from man made chemicals.
Read the article ... read the magazine in fact ! ... well worth the time and effort !