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Will diatomaceous earth hurt the earthworms in my garden

It appears that earthworms will not be harmed by it. "Diatomaceous Earth will not harm warm-blooded animals or earthworms Earthworm farmers use it to treat their worm beds for parasites, fungus gnat ...
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I noticed spots being eaten from my rhubarb,what should I plant to prevent them from being eaten?

Step one - if the holes are not particularly large/numerous, ignore them, you don't eat the leaves anyway unless you have a death-wish. Step two - identify the pest - often a quick trip at night with ...
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How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes to prevent disease/blight?

They should all be 3 feet from one another, the tomato plants and the potatoes. Its not to prevent blight, but to prevent disturbing the roots of the tomatoes if you dig up some potatoes nearby, and ...
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How should I care for my multi-variety apple and pear trees?

You definitely need to do some pruning. Before you start pruning a tree, you should find all of the graft points. Since you have multi-graft trees, there should be one graft at the point where each ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Hand picking them at night is a great way to get a large population under control. After you have reduced their numbers you could try a few things. If you have mulch around your plants you may want ...
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Should we use glyphosate (or other non-ecological chemicals) in our gardens?

Glyphosate is a blanket herbicide. It's not used in gardens. Weeds are controlled in gardens by proper tilling (very little), mulching (carbon for walkways, compost near plants), and pulling. No one ...
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Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides

Mulch is commonly used to control weeds, as it sounds like you've discovered on your own. Since you have a bad infestation you could use cardboard (or layered newspaper) with wood chips on top to ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

I've tried everything in the above answers. I detest killing. BUT, the only way I was able to make a difference in my garden was to get a flashlight and go out at night while slugs were out of their ...
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Best way to combat Rosemary Mites?

There's a type of ladybug that specializes in spider mite control. It's called a spider mite destroyer lady beetle, or Stethorus picipes. They work well, but regular ladybugs just fly off. However, ...
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Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides

IMPE, the main problem with hand-weeding an 8 foot by 50 foot bed (I did a 5x50 myself once) is that there's way too much in one bed - and the middle is hard to reach. I have re-bedded and shrunk my ...
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How were estate lawns cared for prior to the popularization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides?

It boils down to sheep, cattle and manual labour. This website gives a good introduction and some links to "estate keeping" in Great Britain at Jane Austen's time. Let me extract the major points: ...
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Can hydroponic/aeroponic produce be organic?

This is debatable. So there is no clear answer and lots of opinions. You can theoretically derive hydroponic fertilizer from 'organic' sources and not synthetically produce them (from chemical ...
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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

If you have a household, you can generate enough waste to start some Bokashi bins. You can purchase these from Green Zone Egypt. These create compost in buckets but the process needs to be finished ...
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What is the name of the French pioneer of organic/sustainable farming?

The berms of branches and twigs practice is referred to as Hügelkultur The technique dates back a few centuries in Germany and Eastern Europe. In the 1960's it gained new life when Sepp Holzer (an ...
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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

Depending on how big your area is, vinegar (acetic acid) could be a option. You can test household vinegar in a small area to see how well it works; however, since wild strawberry is a perennial, you ...
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How do I change this to a butterfly garden?

It's true about host plants - but they might not always be ones you actually want. Nettles are a host plant in the UK for two different butterflies, but I can't say I'm all that thrilled at having ...
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

According to this site, urine contains 2/3 of the phosporous expelled from the body and it is also high in nitrogen: In a healthy population, just dilute and distribute, if there are infections (UTIs ...
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Get rid of weeds from my raised garden bed - without pesticides

You can use black plastic to cover everywhere the plants aren't. Some people use boiling water to kill weeds and weed seeds (this may kill good bacteria in the soil, too, though, which may be ...
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Is it possible to kill a large area of weeds organically/naturally?

Newspaper works also: put down some newspaper, spread mulch on top, wait a bit and rototill it all in. Newspaper ink is soy based now so it's fine; prepare the soil and plant.
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How were estate lawns cared for prior to the popularization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides?

Here's another link that might be of interest: https://www.planetnatural.com/organic-lawn-care-101/history/ Basically, as already said, sheep were used, but from the 17th century onwards in Britain, ...
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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

In my experience, composting in place in a pot does not work well. I would recommend against that option. Given that you don't have space for a compost pile and will be growing in containers, I ...
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Planting non organically grown plants in organic garden

Really all plants are organic (and by the way also few fertilisers and pesticides). The definition is about using product produces (by humans) with chemical synthesis. On your garden, you know how ...
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Why are some of my pumpkin plants wilting, and showing what looks like stem rot?

From the images and description, this most likely represents an infection by Fusarium solani f. sp. cucurbitae. The first symptom usually noticed in the field is wilting of the leaves. Within ...
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Using own hair and nail clippings as fertilizer?

Best not used directly as fertilizer around plants, but its fine to add both as a component of your compost heap. Both take a while to break down, and large quantities might cause problems, because ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Here in coastal Maine the nonnative, invasive slugs and recently, snails, are serious pests in my garden. I've tried numerous approaches to control them, and beer did not kill them. I was disconcerted ...
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What is the best organic way to defeat slugs?

Sluggo is highly effective, and it is now OMRI listed: Sluggo gets OMRI seal of approval - aka organic.
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Can I use sweet potato leaves as a dynamic accumulator?

No, it wouldn't be the same, Sweet potato simply isn't a dynamic accumulator. That doesn't mean you can't grow it, its a useful crop plant, and then add the plants to your compost heap, you can, any ...
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Best way to combat Rosemary Mites?

Do you not suffer with Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana) in San Francisco? Maybe not, we have it here in the UK. Otherwise, just a word about Rosemary Oil - it's expensive because it's difficult ...
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