All about Organic Gardening

Many people know that there are a lot of health benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that have been grown organically. However, not all of them eat organic food regularly, in part because of the price. Many organic vegetables are more expensive than conventionally grown ones.

The good news is that anybody with even a modest organic vegetable garden can grow healthy vegetables for a much lower cost than they could buy them off the shelf.

Nevertheless, some people avoid growing their own vegetables because they are running short on space, time and the know-how to tend a successful veggie patch. However, organic gardening isn’t as difficult as many people think. We’ve compiled a list of great articles to help you on the way to living a healthier lifestyle with an organic garden!

Organic Gardening Lets You Know What You’re Feeding Your Family

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

By growing your own organic food, you ensure that you and your family are eating the best food possible. Organic gardening makes this doable. A great fertilizer for organic gardening is fish emulsion. Your garden plants will be laden with beautiful, nutritious fruits and veggies, more than any synthetic fertilizer could ever deliver.

Gardeners around the world have used fish emulsion in their gardens for centuries. It nourishes them like no other, making a huge contribution to the success of organic gardening. The results aren’t limited to veggies either. Flower beds thrive, producing tons of fragrant, colorful blooms that attract handsome birds and stunning butterflies.

But organic gardening means a lot more than just a natural way to feed the family. Organic gardens are an example to your community, showing them how to grow their own food too without any harm done to the environment. Huge farms that mass produce chemically laden crops will inevitably be brought to their knees, and they might even rethink how they do business. With open eyes, they’ll see that their use of synthetic fertilizers is harming the world, and their own soil.

Organic Gardening Tips – What You Don’t Know May Hurt You

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Organic gardening tips can help you to keep your productive garden healthy and ensure that you are rewarded for all your hard work with beautiful and bountiful little crops of food and flowers. Beginning with your soil, a good tip to promote healthy soil for good plant growth is to dig in lots of leaf mold and garden and bark compost. Then, spread it over the surface of your soil.

The worms and the weather will then work on it and the quality of your soil will improve. Known as one of the best, or most important, organic gardening tips, this work will ensure that any dry soil you have will be enabled to hold on to nutrients and moisture whilst the drainage will be improved.

You can make your own, excellent, compost in a compost bin by filling it with a mixed variety of pruning, dead flower heads, tea bags and leaves, old newspapers and grass clippings. The tip here, is to make sure that it is mixed with brown and green organic materials. Putting only green material into your bin will produce just a smelly slimy sludge.

For Healthy Plants Try An Organic Liquid Feed.

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

An organic remedy for sickly plants is to feed them with a liquid feed directly onto their leaves or roots. These organic liquid feeds can be rich in the elements the plants might need like nitrogen or potassium and can provide a quick boost to their systems .

A way of using animal manures or compost to make a liquid feed is to dissolve out the nutrients with water. The solid material is put into a permeable container such as a cloth bag or even a sock or tights, and this is hung inside a bucket or bin and water added. The liquid should be stirred frequently and covered over for one to two weeks before it is ready to use.

The strength of the feed may vary with animal manure being weaker than chicken manure. As a rough guide drain off some fluid and dilute one part with forty parts water.

Pressing dry plant material such as comfrey leaves or stinging nettles over a period of several weeks will give rise to a thick liquid that can be used as a base for a liquid feed. Alternatively just soak the material in water for a week or two. The liquid feed is strong in nutrients and suitable for greedy feeders such as cucumbers, tomatoes, or peppers.

Organic Fertilizer Is The Only Way To Go!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Nature didn’t give us chemicals to nurture our lawns and gardens. Nature gave us some excellent stuff to keep our vegetation healthy and organic fertilizer has forever outdone itself. Fish emulsion, in particular, has been used by our ancestors for centuries. Someone somewhere had some bright idea that chemicals were the ticket to green lawns and red tomatoes, but they obviously didn’t think the idea through to the finish. Well, this is the finish and organic fertilizer a brighter idea.

The best fish by-product to use for an organic fertilizer comes from the Menhaden fish. Menhaden meaning “that which manures”. Such a great name since manure is an excellent fertilizer too. The Menhaden fish is an organic and renewable source, serving North America for centuries as an extraordinary organic fertilizer. For centuries our ancestors used the Menhaden fish to make crops grow incredible yields?way before synthetic fertilizer was a twinkle in anyone’s eye.

Fish emulsion’s prime advantage is that it provides the user instant gratification. Though other organic fertilizers are good for your lawn and garden, they are usually slow acting. Not fish emulsion. Your plants benefit immediately upon application instead of waiting for other organic fertilizers to decompose. Since fish emulsion degrades so quickly, it should be stored at room temperature so it doesn’t work its magic before its time.

Is Organic Food Better? 4 Reasons To Say Yes!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Ever since I started eating and growing organic food, people constantly ask me “is organic food better?”. I truly enjoy to give them the answer “yes it is”!

However, that’s not likely a response that appeases either the contemptuous or the concerned inquirer. We must have more information here!

Nutrients There are plenty of studies showing that fuits and vegetables that are grown organically contain more nutrients. The reason for this is likely to be the fact that these vegetables grow more slowly, and consequently can accumulate and compound more of various kinds of nutrients. These include antioxidants as well as vitamins and phytonutrients.

Less chemicals In conventional farming a lot of chemicals are used to fight pests like bugs, fungi and micro organisms. These chemicals are of course meant to be toxic to these pests, but, unfortunately, they are toxic to many other organisms as well, including humans. And there are so many chemicals going around, creating a not-so-healthy cocktail in our bodies, having effects that no one really knows what they are. There is no way that you can stay totally clear of chemicals, but at least you can avoid some of them by eating organically grown food.

Keep Your Garden Bug Free: 5 Easy Steps to Organic Garden Pest Control

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Organic gardens are not without some of the drawbacks that every garden has. One of these drawbacks are various kinds of pests.

In a conventional garden you fight these pests in a different way than in your organic garden. In an ordinary or non organic garden strong chemicals are regularly used to fight the pests. These chemicals harm every living thing, including plants, good bugs (yes there are plenty!), your soil and you and your family, as well as accumulating and trickling down into the ground water.

Tips 1 for Your Organic Garden Pest Control: Handpicking For bugs big enough to be seen and picked, this is by far the most easy and least costly way. Enjoy your garden in the early morning and in the evening, and while doing that scrutinize your plants and remove all the little fellows you can see that are doing harm to your plants. Drown them in soapy water or just squeeze them.

Step 2: Organic Garden Pest Control with solutions to spray A simple way to fight bugs is to suffocate them with soapy water. Just mix 1 dl of natural soap with 1 liter of water, then pour into a spray bottle and spray away at your plants. Make sure you cover the whole plant with the mixture, and repeat now and then to get rid of the bugs that subsequently hatch.

Adding Organic to Your Landscape

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Soil is the gardener’s bread and butter, much like dough is for the chef. Without good soil all the effort in the world can come to naught, just as poor dough can lay to waste even the most extravagant culinary effort. Soil varies by area into three broad categories, and also varies in quality from area to area. The categories that soil falls into are claylike, sandy and silt. Ideal soil contains a good mixture of the three types, and is called good garden loam. Clay soil possesses the greatest water-holding capability, while sandy soil possesses the least.

Humus is an organic substance that helps bind soils together. It also makes the soil more receptive to water, actively absorbs light from the sun and fertilizes and improves the texture of the soil by pulling beneficial compounds from plants. Humus can be found in organic fertilizers such as manure and compost heaps, and can also be purchased as a stand-alone product.

Like the grass, trees and plants that take root in it, soil is a living thing, composed of millions of organisms. The four key ingredients needed to maintain an optimum soil health are sunlight, water, food and bacterial activity. Save for the sun, the other three elements can all be added to the soil through organic fertilizers.

Organic Gardening Tips

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Gardeners with limited space for gardening have found the key to growing plants using containers. Nevertheless, even those with unlimited space enjoy the flexibility of using pots for growing plants. Brightening of patios and decks may be achieved through colorful flowers, vegetable growing and creating rooftop gardens. To ensure that plants capture sunlight, the pots should be moveable although after an increase in the intensity of the heat, the plants should be moved to a shady area. People that are neighbors with wildlife have no option but to use containers for the growth of their plants in decks, which require enclosures to avoid wildlife inhabitation.

Most nurseries have huge selections of plastic pots, ceramic and terracotta, although container gardening offers the ideal opportunity of recycling anything that can act as a container from the basement or garage. Spatterware bowls, watering cans, kitchen canisters, cowboy boots and tires can all serve as planters. An important consideration though, is the amount of adverse weather conditions the pot is capable of handling. The size of the plant should also determine the nature of the can to be used due to holding of adequate water and allowing the development of roots.

An Organic Vegetable Garden Makes It Easy to Eat Healthfully

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Many people know that there are a lot of health benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that have been grown organically. However, not all of them eat organic food regularly, in part because of the price. Many organic vegetables are more expensive than conventionally grown ones.

The good news is that anybody with even a modest organic vegetable garden can grow healthy vegetables for a much lower cost than they could buy them off the shelf.

Nevertheless, some people avoid growing their own vegetables because they are running short on space, time and the know-how to tend a successful veggie patch. However, organic gardening isn’t as difficult as many people think.

Organic gardening is simply growing plants without the use of conventional chemicals to discourage pests or fertilize the crops. Instead, natural methods and materials are used in an attempt to improve soil health and strengthen the local ecosystem, producing better, healthier food.

Why is organic gardening such a good thing? Organic gardeners will tell you that the quality of the vegetable is nutritionally superior to anything you can get in the supermarket because the soils are kept nutrient-rich with natural materials. Not depleted and artificially fertilized. And the flavor is amazing.

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