I was reading the Happy Acre Farm website the other day and came across this great phrase – “We prefer to be plant positive rather than pest negative.” Their approach is to provide optimum conditions for healthy growth to fend off pests with sturdily-growing plants instead of chemicals. It’s like the old Chinese approach to medicine – the most important job of a doctor is to keep his patients healthy in the first place, not treating diseases that have been allowed to develop.
Most home veggie growers know that their plants will grow best given the right soil, the right amount of sun or shade, and the right nutrients. All the chemicals in the world won’t compensate for poor growing conditions – it might look like you’re doing well in the short term, but in gardening a long-term strategy is needed. And that means building a healthy soil to nurture bumper…
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