Within the Gardening Help web site, there are several areas for information on organic gardening. The following list discusses these resources and provides links to the specific information.
IPM - Integrated Pest Management
These web pages discuss diagnostic and control measures for 170 of the most common insect, disease and environmental problems encountered in Missouri. Recommendations for control are listed in order from simple, safe organic controls to chemical treatments. The photographs in Beneficial Insects will be especially helpful.
Updated Pesticide Information
The following pesticides are minerals, biologicals or synthetic versions of biological pesticides. They are generally considered acceptable for pest control by organic gardeners.
Hortline and Kemper Factsheets
- Specialty-Natural Ingredients
- Corn Gluten Meal
- Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
- Oil Sprays
- Soap Products
- Mach 2 (Extended Season) (synthetic molting hormone )
- Iron Phosphate
- Animal Repellents
The following Hortline and Kemper Factsheets pages contain information on various organic gardening techniques.
- Organic Disease Control
- Beneficial Insects
- Insecticidal Soaps
- Horticultural Oils
- Botanical Insecticides
- Using Copper and Sulfur for Pest Control
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Soil Solarization to Control Plant Diseases
- Aphids or Plant Lice
- Making Compost
- Composting Leaves
- Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil
- Using Wood Ashes
- Mulches for the Home Garden
- Composting Yard Waste
- Green and Sustainable: Water Conservation Options for Home Gardeners
- Sustainability: Ways to Go Green in Your Lawn and Garden
The University of Missouri Extension web site has the following publications on organic gardening.
Right Plant – Right Place
- G6749, Natural Lawn Care
- G6959, "Don't Bag It" Lawn Care: How to Recycle Your Grass Clippings, Leaves and Branches
- G6956, Making and Using Compost
- G6958, Grass Clippings, Compost and Mulch: Questions and Answers
- G6960, Mulches
- G6220, Organic Gardening Techniques
- G6955, Improving Lawn and Landscape Soils
- G6202, Disease Prevention in Home Vegetable Gardens
- G7273, Least-Toxic Control Methods to Manage Indoor Plant Pests
Choosing a plant that is suited to your area’s climate and your specific location will result in a healthy plant less susceptible to pests and disease. That will result in a decreased need for pesticides – both organic and inorganic. The following websites will help in making these choices.
- Featured Plants with Expert Comments
- Plants of Merit
- Kemper Factsheets