Hello Gardeners — As you know, when we signed on to be part of the community garden we agreed to grow organically.
The following products are acceptable.
If you find an organic garden product not on this list, let me know and I will add it.
Espoma Organic Products – Carried by Hewitt’s Garden Centers. Purchase only the organic product line.
Pro-Gro – A North County Organics general purpose fertilizer. Visit their website http://www.norganics.com
Fish Emulsion – Hewitt’s Garden Centers carry Neptune’s Harvest.
Serenade Garden – http://serenadegarden.com/ – Non-toxic to bees yet provides protection against common fungal and bacterial garden diseases. From their website: “SERENADE Garden is made from a unique, patented strain (QST 713) of Bacillus subtilis. Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713 penetrates and destroys the disease pathogen, but does not harm beneficial insects or wildlife.
“SERENADE Garden suppresses the following plant diseases: Anthracnose, Botrytis blight, Botrytis leaf blight, Botrytis lesion, Downy mildew, Gray mold, Head and leaf drop, Leaf spot, Pink rot, Powdery mildew and Sclerotinia stem rot.”
Sluggo – Helps control slugs and snails. Contains iron phosphate which when consumed by slugs causes death. Best if used sparingly on moist soil.
Acceptable Products to use on Pests and Diseases:
It is always wise to know what is wrong with your plants before you set out to purchase an insecticide, even an organic one. If you have the insect identified, you will be able to select the most effective product as the labels will list the insects it kills.
Always use the most harmless method first. For example, remove the insect by hand, flick them into a container of soapy water or spray with a soap and water mix. If necessary use the following.
Insecticidal soaps – check the label to be certain it is organic. The OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) seal is consider the gold standard for choosing a product.
NEEM Oil – Read the label. This product has some anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.
Bacillus thuringiensis better known as Bt – Look for this as an ingredient in organic insecticides if your garden is bothered by tomato hornworms, cabbage worms or other leaf- and needle-feeding caterpillars.
And always follow label instructions.
If you are looking for an online source for organic pest and disease controls, go to: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-222-pest-and-disease-controls.aspx
The Following May NOT be used:
Fertilizers that aren’t organic.
Any Chemical herbicide or pesticide including: Sevin, Rotenone, Methoxychlor, Diazonin and slug baits that aren’t Sluggo.
The foundation of our garden is Booth’s Blend Compost. When we built the garden, this was what was used to fill the raised beds. And there is a mound of compost at the garden entrance for gardeners to use to top off their plots this year. For those who have asked about purchasing this compost for their home gardens, the number for Booth’s Blend Compost is (518) 695-6784.
To make this guide easy to access during the growing season, I’ve added a page in the menu bar titled “Acceptable Garden Products.”