Learn how to add some compost and compost tea to organic plants instead of fertilizer.
More in Outdoors
There are four types of diseases that effect plants: fungus, bacteria, viruses and nematodes. All of these are treatable with synthetics, but the organic gardener has to try to prevent them.
There are only a few fungicides and bactericides available to organic gardeners, and these are often more damaging than helpful. Some common types are Bordeaux mix, copper sprays, lime-sulfur, streptomycin and sulfur. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before using any type of chemical treatment, organic or synthetic. The best way to fight fungus is through prevention and cleanliness in the garden.
Viruses, especially potato mosaic virus, can run very quickly through a garden, especially one that's full of plants. If you see an infected plant, pull it out immediately. If you wait to see what happens, it can spread to other plants. Infected plants have distorted and discolored leaves and seem to be stunted.
Open House at the Dollar House (00:02:30)
Ceramic versus Porcelain Tile (02:30)
Cabinet Door Inserts (01:00)
Laminate Countertops (01:00)
Stylish Tile Porch Floor (00:05:21)
Espaliered Vine Disguises Wall (00:01:00)
Make Your Own Cedar Shutters (00:01:00)
Budget Laundry Room Makeover (00:04:12)
Warming Up With Earth Tones (03:12)
Painted Upholstery (02:00)
7 Budget Backsplash Projects 7 Photos
How to Host a Brunch Wedding Shower 28 Photos
How to Add Outlets 8 Photos
Container and Small-Space Gardening 10 Photos
Fantastic Bathroom Makeovers 20 Photos
Blog Cabin 2012: February Update 14 Photos
© 2014 Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.