Jerseys From China Tips for a Healthy Sustainable Organic Garden

Healthy Nova Scotia Ban

"We are making it easier
for the people
of this province
to limit
their exposure to
unnecessary chemicals."

Minister of Environment
announcing April 1, 2011
sale and use
pesticide regulations.

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Together, let's make
BC pesticide free!

All Insects Pesticide Target

"Pesticide use kills
beneficial insects
as well as
targetted insects."

Gardening for pollinators

Thompson Shuswap
Master Gardeners

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.
Tips for a Healthy Sustainable Organic Garden
1.  Educate yourself about "Green Washing"
When selecting plants, fertilizers and other gardening products, be aware that "natural", "organic" and "green" products are not necessarily free of chemicals.

Chose "certified organic" products as these will have been reviewed for toxic ingredients.  Look for the OMRI label (Organic Materials Review Institute).

2.  Choose the right plants
Chose plants that are native and hardy to your area.

You want pest and disease resistant plants suitable to local growing conditions . . . and not grown in chemical nurseries and trucked across the continent.

3.  Plant in the Right Location
Think before you plant.  Select the best growing location with appropriate sun and soil requirements . . . dry and sunny vs wet or shady.

Re-think where you are growing your plants and vegetables.

A sunny front yard may be a better location for prized tomatoes than a shady backyard.

4.  Create and Maintain Healthy Soil
Like a healthy lawn, a healthy garden needs good organic soil and drainage.

Use the many available resources to educate yourself on how to create and maintain healthy soil . . . to start, see "Healthy Soil is Needed!" top right sidebar. 

Be wary of municipal compost
. . . this is likely toxic from lawn and garden waste containing cosmetic pesticides.  Heat, biological decay and time do not "kill" these concentrated toxins.

If your municipal compost (and any other source) is not tested and certified organic, don't use it. Make your own compost - you'll know it's not contaminated!

5.  Mulch
Mulching prevents weeds – layer organic material to cover soil, smother weeds and retain moisture. Use leaves and grass clippings.

6.  Minimize Insect Damage
The most common garden problem is insect damage.

A well-prepared soil, correct pH, good drainage and air circulation minimizes insect damage and you having to clean it up.

You can knock insects off with a stick and collect them as they fall.

To prevent the spread of disease (especially moulds), remove diseased plants (and their droppings).  Put in your garbage – don't compost as that can spread disease. 

7.  Rotate Your Produce
Practice “crop rotation” as recommended for your plants to minimize disease and insect infestations.

8.  Encourage Beneficial Bugs
Grow plant species that attract beneficial bugs, insects and butterflies.

9.  Water Wisely
Think about what is needed when. Use soaker hoses rather than sprinklers.

New plants and annuals need more watering than established shrubs or trees.

Overwatering, or watering too frequently, encourages shallow roots and weak plants that are prone to disease and pests.

Water early in the morning to avoid evaporation.

10.  Recycle your Hazardous Waste
Pesticides are a hazardous waste – they are a danger to human health (check the container’s label).

Take your containers to an authorized recycling depot.


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Healthy Soil is Needed!

"A lawn or garden
rich in
biological diversity
has proven,
time-honored methods
for feeding itself
and clearing itself
of pests and diseases.

The use
of pesticides or
some chemical fertilizers
will kill
these micro-organisms
and actually
makes more work."

Maintaining Healthy 
Lawns & Gardens 
Fact Sheet #2
Greater Victoria
Education Centre.

Get "SOUL" in Your Yard

The Society
for Organic Urban Land Care
promotes and
organic practices
in BC communities
workshops, certification
and standardization.
Get "SOUL" in your 
yard and garden 
and use their 
three free ebooks . . .

"Practical Tips for
Organic Gardeners",
"Products for
Organic Gardeners"
"Soil Testing for
Organic Gardeners".
For more on this
"grown in BC" organization,
click here

Gaia's "Cultivating" Events

BC's Gaia College 
wants to get 
our lawns & gardens 
off chemicals 
and help BCers practice
organic land care.

2013 courses on 
organic land care,
master gardening  
growing food "in the City"
are available
throughout BC . . .

including Burnaby,
Duncan, Qualicum Beach, 
Tofino, Vancouver
and Victoria.

For details,
including new on-line
organic soil, turf and
tree management courses,
click here.  

To include your community,
contact Gaia
and help "cultivate" 
an organic, 
pesticide free BC!