Organics and Recycling
Organic gardening – what does it mean? One answer is that organic gardening means not using synthetic/chemical products, including pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, and working with the materials nature provides us, such as compost, mulch, and natural predators to nurture plants and control pests and diseases. Many organic gardeners use compost from their kitchens to enrich the soil and beneficial insects to control pests.
Many companies now offer organic products to consumers who want to help protect the environment. Johnson's features many products that achieve the organic goal and encourages the use of renewable, sustainable garden products and practices.
We have beneficial insects like lady bugs and praying mantises to fight pests like mealy bugs, aphids, and moths. Products such as Bumper Crop® and LeafGro® are soil amendments that aerate compacted soil, improve water retention, and provide a healthy environment for microorganisms. Milky spore is a biological control of pathogens and microorganisms to control grubs in lawns. Corn gluten meal is a powdery by-product of the corn milling process. This natural protein is very effective for lawns and gardens as a plant food as well as a weed suppressor and offers a non-toxic, effective alternative to traditional, chemical-based weed and feed products. The Espoma Company has many natural organic products that work with nature to grow beautiful lawns and gardens. Safer and Bayer products are lines of natural pest and disease control sprays that are not harmful to children and pets.
Many of the products we sell are plant-based. Pyrethrin is a natural organic compound that is contained in the seed cases of an African Chrysanthemum called Pyrethrum. Pyrethrum is grown commercially to produce Pyrethrin for use in insecticides. It is effective in killing all kinds of insects like fleas, bees, wasps, ants, cockroaches, and beetles and is a good tool to fight bedbugs, ticks, mosquitoes and other bloodsuckers. We also carry products that contain citrus oils that kill many flying and crawling insects on contact by destroying the waxy coating of the insect's respiratory system. Neem, a plant grown in India, has natural abilities to control pests. Neem-based products control a wide variety of insects and can be used both indoors and outdoors on plants such as houseplants, herbs, vegetables, nuts, fruit, flowers, trees, roses, lawns and shrubs. Diatomaceous earth, an abrasive powder made from the fossils of diatoms, cuts open the exoskeleton of crawling insects such as slugs, earwigs, millipedes, centipedes, silverfish, cockroaches and ants. We also sell non-toxic mosquito dunks, which you can add to a rain barrel or water feature and are a natural way to kill off mosquitoes before they get to buzzing around your yard.
Compost is what you get when yard and garden debris, kitchen scraps and other organic materials have completely broken down into a rich, dark, crumbly material. We sell products that make composting easy so you can build up healthy soil and make your plants thrive. We also sell rain barrels to collect and store rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams so you can water your garden.
We carry environmentally-friendly biodegradable plant containers made from natural items such as coconut fiber and peanut shells. Coconut fiber pots, made from coconut husks, are a more environmentally-friendly replacement for peat pots. Peat is a finite resource while coconut is infinite. The husk of the coconu t is typically thrown away, so coconut pots make good use of material that is typically considered waste. These pots are mold resistant, and absorb water more effectively than peat pots. Coconut pots will last till time to replant, at which time the entire pot is planted in a bigger container, or simply placed in the ground, pot and all. We also have biodegradable pots that are as stylish and nice to look at as they are friendly to the environment. These pots are made from a mixture of straw, peanut shells, bamboo, and rice hulls. They come in a variety of colors and styles, and last for several years indoors.