Phytosanitary products of chemical synthesis are now prohibited in the garden.
The opportunity to learn new habits for weeding and cultivating.
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Since January 1, 2019, "the sale, possession and use of synthetic chemical plant protection products have been prohibited for non-professionals," recalls the Ministry of Agriculture. Herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, fertilizers, slug repellants, mole repellents ...
The list is long: Roundup and company, nearly 200 products are concerned.
If you haven't already, you will have to do without. Products of natural origin remain available to replace them, but it is also an opportunity to change habits in the garden as in the vegetable patch by adopting a more ecological approach that promotes biodiversity.
How? 'Or' What ? First with some elbow grease and a few tips! For weeding, nothing like the hoe, which removes weeds but also helps aerate the soil and makes it more permeable. To avoid back pain, it is best to opt for a model with a long handle. A two-handled spade, the grelinette is also effective, as it allows you to prepare the soil by ridding it of unwanted plants without plowing deeply and thus preserving the lives of the gardener's best allies: earthworms.
In the aisles, you can pour boiling water on the weeds or, better still, the cooking water of potatoes or rice because by sticking to the plants, the starch deprives them of light and they die. naturally.
Associate the species
A good observation of the ground is essential in order to obtain good results while working. Is it clayey, silty, sandy, acidic, limestone or basic? In the garden center or on the internet, there are simple tests to do yourself to better understand your soil and adapt the plantings according to its nature.
According to the principle of permaculture, the association of species can achieve positive results. Vegetables, flowers, small fruit trees interact in a virtuous way. Here are a few examples: lemon balm, by its smell, repels pests of the vegetable garden, as well as the chervil against slugs or nasturtiums that attracts aphids and therefore keep them away from fruits and vegetables. Just like the larvae of ladybugs placed on fruit trees, some local communities distribute them for free in spring. Without forgetting the advantages of vegetable mulching to cover the soil and compost to fertilize it.
Visual credits: Earthworm: © Claus Mikosch - stock.adobe.com Capucines: © Ruckszio - stock.adobe.com