Ensure you avoid or minimise harm to yourself, the soil, the water table, insects and other wildlife. Instead of chemical fertilisers, add organic matter such as compost to the soil to replenish it. This matter is produced daily from your lawn, garden and kitchen. Grass clippings, vegetable scraps and leaves can be composted and added to the soil to create a healthy garden. You can also purchase organic registered garden inputs, which are made without the use of synthetic chemicals. With organic gardening, beneficial insects such as ladybirds are used to control pests in place of harsh pesticides. Mulch can also be used to control weeds and fertilise the soil as it decomposes. Companion planting can be used to help plant species support each other. For instance, tall plants provide shade for shorter plants that are sensitive to the sun. Some plants, like onions help to ward off pests, while others can help lure them away from your target plant. Other plants attract animals that feed on commons pests. As an example of companion planting, many organic gardeners plant garlic with roses as the garlic repels common rose pests. It’s important to choose plants that are well suited to your climatic and soil conditions. Not doing so will increase the need for external support. As an organic gardener, you can nurture a healthy and bountiful garden without the use of harmful chemicals. If you’re growing fruits, vegetables or herbs, you can enjoy them safe in the knowledge that you won’t be ingesting artificial chemicals.