Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April is Organic Gardening Month!

Hooray, spring is finally here! Every April, Toxic Free NC celebrates the return of warm weather and garden fun with Organic Gardening Month. We're here to help you improve your backyard or community garden, protect pollinators, and enjoy more delicious, organic foods with your family.

All month long we'll be promoting our hands-on resources, including in-depth fact sheets on organic garden pest control for common NC pests, educational gardening videos and additional garden tips and seed giveaways throughout the month.

Pesticides can be dangerous for gardeners, children and animals, and can also kill off the "good bugs" like bees and butterflies that we all want to find in our gardens. But many gardeners think they’re a necessary evil. We’re putting out this info at the start of the season to give gardeners the tools they need to reduce their use of pesticides, or stop using them altogether.

In 2012, Toxic Free NC published ten brand new, in-depth fact sheets on organic pest control for several common pests found in gardens in NC. The fact sheets include safer pest control advice for:  aphids, cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, Colorado potato beetles, cutworms, Harlequin bugs, Japanese beetles, June bugs, slugs, snails, squash bugs, squash vine borers and tomato hornworms.

Through the month of April, Toxic Free NC will share organic gardening tips, post educational videos and give away seeds on its Facebook and YouTube pages and via Twitter here:  @Fawn_ToxicFree, @ToxicFreeNC.

Want to learn more about organic gardening strategies? Toxic Free NC is available to provide hands-on workshops for community gardens! Please contact Lynne Walter at 919-833-1123 or to schedule a workshop.

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