Organic Gardening Washington DC

Local resource for organic gardening in Washington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to organic vegetables and pest control, as well as advice and content on garden supplies.

Natural Resources Design, Inc.
(202) 489-6214
402 Boyd Avenue
Takoma Park, MD

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Johnson's Florist & Garden Centers - Washington
(202) 244-6100
4200 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC
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Annuals, Aquatics, Bulbs, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Ferns, Florist, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Supplies, Groundcovers, Hand Tools, Herbs, Horticulture Companies, Irrigation Supplies, Landscape Architects, Landscape Contractors, Lawn Care Services, Mulch, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Portable Irrigation Systems, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Vines, Wire Services

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The Apple House & Garden Center
(703) 998-9077
1721 North Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA
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Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

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Hyattsville Kmart
(301) 853-3102
6411 Riggs Road
Hyattsville, MD
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Vegetables

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Greenbelt Kmart
(301) 552-4990
8829 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD
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Vegetables

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Purple Mountain Organics
(877) 538-9901
7120 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD

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American Plant Food Company
(301) 656-3311
5258 River Road
Bethesda, MD
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Blue Iris
(240) 603-9239
2225 Washington Ave
Silver Spring, MD
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Groundcovers, Perennials, Plants, Shrubs, Trees

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Campbell & Ferrara Nurseries
(703) 354-6724
6651 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, VA
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Meadows Farms - 7 Corners
(703) 538-3100
6461 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA
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Organic Gardening | Tips to start an organic garden

Tips to start an organic garden

Millions of home gardeners all over the world use organic methods to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and various other botanicals without the use of pesticides. There are many reasons to "go organic" in your backyard garden; you'll decrease your family's exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides and chemicals, enhance the wholesomeness of your food and improve the environment.

Soil Conditioning for Organic Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening is perhaps the most popular application for organic methods, because so many people are concerned about pesticide residue on their food. If you're new to organic gardening methods, you may not realize that the key to pest prevention in organic vegetable gardens is to ensure that your soil is in top-notch condition.

Many soil conditioners and fertilizers contain non-organic materials, so consult an organic gardening book if you need help selecting the right substances to use. Some favorites include fertilizers containing fish, crab, bone or blood meal, bat guano, or manure. If these organic gardening supplies sound too icky, there are plant-, seaweed- and mineral-based fertilizers that also work well, without the smell or ick-factor.

In addition to these options, you may be interested in learning more about the organic gardening tip of composting, which involves saving certain kinds of household scraps. Over time, these scraps turn into a nutritious soil-like substance that plants love.

Organic Gardening Pest Control

The big question on many people's minds when they first contemplate organic gardening is how they will control pests. It turns out that chemical pesticides are truly unnecessary in gardens because there are so many natural pest control agents available.

The simplest organic pest control substances to use are multi-purpose organic sprays. These sprays, which contain a mix of herbs, oils and minerals, are formulated to work on most common pest species....

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