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Basic Components in the garden

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Chemicals are unwanted in an organic natural garden. We don’t want to poison ourselves, our family, customers or the productive world around us. Some components though are considered allowed.

However, providing an exhaustive and detailed full list of allowed components in organic gardening can be challenging as regulations and standards vary by region and country. Additionally, the list can be extensive, including various natural substances and products.

However, we can provide a list of commonly allowed components used in organic gardening, based on general organic gardening principles. Remember to refer to your specific country’s or region’s organic certification standards and guidelines for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Commonly Allowed Components in Organic Gardening:

1. Soil Amendments:

  • Compost (from plant and animal matter)
  • Manure (composted)
  • Worm castings (vermicompost)
  • Peat moss (sustainably harvested)
  • Coconut coir (coconut fiber)

2. Natural Fertilizers:

  • Bone meal (from animal bones)
  • Blood meal (dried animal blood)
  • Fish emulsion (from fish waste)
  • Feather meal (from poultry feathers)
  • Alfalfa meal (from dried alfalfa plants)
  • Seaweed and kelp extracts

3. Minerals and Mineral-based Amendments:

  • Rock phosphate (naturally occurring mineral)
  • Greensand (mineral-rich sediment)
  • Gypsum (calcium sulfate)
  • Azomite (mineral-rich volcanic ash)
  • Dolomite lime (calcium and magnesium source)
  • Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)

4. Pest Control:

  • Neem oil (extracted from neem tree seeds)
  • Pyrethrin (derived from chrysanthemum flowers)
  • Diatomaceous earth (silica-based powder)
  • Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) (bacteria that targets specific pests)
  • Copper-based fungicides (e.g., copper sulfate)

5. Weed Control:

  • Corn gluten meal (pre-emergent herbicide)
  • Mulches (organic materials to suppress weeds)

6. Microbial and Biological Inputs:

  • Mycorrhizal fungi (beneficial fungi that aid plant nutrient uptake)
  • Beneficial nematodes (predatory nematodes that control pest larvae)
  • Compost tea (brewed compost infusion with beneficial microorganisms)

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is intended to provide a general overview of commonly allowed components in organic gardening. Always consult your local organic certification agency or gardening authorities for specific guidelines and regulations in your area. Following the approved practices ensures that you maintain the integrity and certification of your organic garden.

As a result, it’s essential to consult the specific organic certification standards and guidelines relevant to your location. These standards will outline the permitted inputs, substances, and practices allowed for organic gardening in your region.

For a comprehensive list of allowed components in organic gardening, I highly recommend referring to official resources such as:

  1. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) Standards: The official standards for organic agriculture in the United States.
  2. European Union (EU) Organic Farming Regulations: The regulations governing organic farming practices within the European Union.
  3. IFOAM – Organics International: An international umbrella organization for the organic movement, which sets global principles for organic agriculture.
  4. National Organic Programs or Certification Bodies in Your Country: Your country or region may have its own specific organic certification program with a detailed list of allowed components and practices.

By consulting these official resources, you can access accurate and comprehensive information about the allowed components in organic gardening specific to your location and ensure you are following the appropriate organic practices for your area for the health of your environment, your customers, family and yourself!

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