Keeping your growing area in good health, rather than just pest and disease free, is at the heart of organic growing. Creating a diverse and vigorous growing system, good hygiene, and close observation all help prevent problems.
To achieve a healthy growing area, you should:
- Keep your soil in good condition.
- Source healthy plants which are well suited to where they will grow.
- Be observant – often problems arise from failing to spot the first signs of disease. Frequent and early intervention prevents problems from escalating.
- Practise good hygiene.
In this chapter of The Principles of Organic Gardening - Maintain a healthy growing area, we look at:
- Keeping plants and soil in good health
- Sourcing plants, seeds and bulbs
- Cleaning tools, greenhouses and polytunnels
- Healthy growth in pots and other containers