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Organic Fruit And Vegetable Boxes

Organic Fruit And Vegetable Boxes

Organic fruit and vegetable boxes are gaining in popularity as consumers become increasingly alarmed by the dangers of pesticide residue. Organic fruit and vegetable boxes are not available in every place, but some places have wonderful programs that accept standing orders.

In London, organic fruit and vegetable boxes are delivered weekly. It’s a great way to get nutritional organic fruit and vegetables without relying on a local market. A typical box delivered in May might contain fresh organic fruit and vegetables such as broad beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery, lettuce, loquats, onions, pears, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, and tomatoes.

London organic fruit and vegetable boxes offer families a range of fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Box contents change from week to week, and from season to season. Organic fruit and vegetables that are at their peak locally are chosen. If certain produce cannot be grown locally, imported organic fruit such as bananas, for example, are included.

London organic fruit and vegetable boxes are sold according to family size. Small boxes of organic fruit and vegetables suit a couple; medium boxes feed 3 people; large boxes feed 4.

Customers simply go online and order the size of organic fruit and vegetable boxes they want. They may then add extra organic fruit and vegetables. They tell how many weeks they want to receive boxes, and give a name and address. The boxes are delivered automatically as many weeks as they wish.

Some organic fruit and vegetable box shippers in Great Britain include the option of organic items such as eggs, cheese, jam, and salmon.

After finding 7 London organic fruit and vegetable boxes, we found many more throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.

Other Organic Fruit and Vegetable Programs

The organic fruit and vegetable boxes of Great Britain are not alone in offering shipment of organic fruit and vegetables. Other companies are also providing fresh organic fruit and vegetables with the convenience of delivery. Many offer weekly or bi-weekly deliveries that you can start, stop, or hold at any time.

Organic fruit and vegetable boxes may contain a vegetable or organic fruit that you have never prepared. Most of these companies take that into consideration, and offer online recipes. Some organic fruit and vegetable box delivery companies also invite subscription to a regular newsletter.

Here are a few organic fruit and vegetable box shippers we found in other English-speaking countries. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.

1. Australia: Organic fruit and vegetable boxes in Australia and New Zealand make it easier for customers in the country areas to have fresh organic produce, even if they themselves can’t engage in organic gardening. We found regular delivery of organic fruit and vegetable boxes in Perth and western Australia – in Melbourne and Victorian areas – and in the Sydney area.

2. Canada: from British Columbia eastward to Ontario and beyond, many Canadians also enjoy home delivery of organic fruit and vegetable boxes. We found a great place in Ontario that named their box sizes, small to large: Harvest, Family Harvest, and Super Harvest. Like others, their box contents change weekly due to seasonal changes, but you can visit their website to hear what’s in your box ahead of time. If you don’t like an organic fruit or vegetable that’s scheduled, you can make substitutions. Another great option offered by the same company is the opportunity at sign-up to indicate items you never want to receive!

3. New Zealand: Organic fruit and vegetable boxes from Auckland are delivered across New Zealand’s North Island in a plan similar to those found in Great Britain and Australia. On New Zealand’s South Island, customers can order organic fruit and vegetable boxes from shippers in Nelson and the Canterbury area. A 5-year old in the Nelson, New Zealand area summed up the fun of getting surprise organic fruit and vegetables in a box each week: “I like your veggies that come in the box. Thank you.” Lara.

4. United States: Organic fruit and vegetables from Texas are available online for shipment to various parts of the U.S. On most websites, you type in your zip code to see if delivery is available in your area. Organic fruit and vegetable boxes from Texas feature a wide variety of produce. Climate makes these boxes available year round. Organic fruit and vegetable boxes from California, Oregon, and Florida are also plentiful. You can find shippers that ship to all 48 contiguous states, usually with next-day delivery.

Suggestion

If you are a member of a group that would like to help a family in need, you could arrange weekly delivery of organic fruit and vegetable boxes to the home or office. To be truly helpful, do it anonymously.

© 2007, Anna Hart. Anna Hart invites you to read more of her articles about organic fruits and vegetables at http://www.organicspringtime.com. Anna is posting new articles regularly on that site, each article focusing on some facet of organic gardening. If you want information for yourself or someone else on how to grow tasty organic fruit, you will want to read Anna’s article on the subject.

What is the Future for Organically Grown Foods?

What is the Future for Organically Grown Foods?

When it comes to the future for organically grown food, we are just now at the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more in store for this than most people realize. Right now you may have heard so much about organic food that you assume it is everywhere. Yet there are still many markets that don’t offer it.

Only about 2% of the food sources out there right now are organic in nature. Still, that is about a million annual business which is nothing to push aside. Many experts have projected that within the next 10 years more than 20% of all food out there will be organically grown. They also anticipate that it will be an industry that easily makes millions of dollars annually by then.

There is no doubt that the future for organic foods is very bright. Many countries throughout the world are involved in it and trying to change over farm land to this method. That process takes up to five years though so you can be sure that they are doing the best that they can. Better methods for growing organic food continue to evolve and more consumers are asking for such products.

In regards to the pricing, those will drop as well in the future as better methods are introduced and there is more competition. If the governing bodies of the United States and other countries will offer the same subsidies to these entities as they do to those engaged in conventional methods of farming then the high cost that they incur and pass along can be significantly reduced as well.

Many people don’t realize it but a farm area of land has to be free of all chemical use for at least three years before it can begin the certification process to offer organic products. There are quite a few hoops to jump through including record keeping, soil testing, and surprise inspections. The USDA has strict guidelines in the USA for organic food labeling. The laws pertaining to this vary by country.

One area of organic foods that we will see significant changes in though is the area of animals that are consumed or that produce foods. The way in which they are raised is very different for organic food than for conventional methods. With organic food sources they don’t get any antibiotics or hormones. They have fresh air, clean living areas, and they are fed organic foods themselves.

There are quite a few organic foods that come from these animals including meat, milk, cream, yogurt, and eggs. The demand for them is starting to be much higher than for organically grown fruits and vegetables. This is because people have learned that the elements given to conventional animals can be passed to humans when they consume food sources they offer.

Organic food is here to stay, and the value of it is just starting to really be known. As more research is conducted that shows the value of eating these foods and of protecting the environment the choice will be evident to buy such food items. Those that are involved in animal rights also see the more humane ways in which these animals are fed and housed when they are used for organic food sources.

You can be certain that your selection of products that contain organic food products will also grow. Consumers are going to be able to control this by putting pressure on manufacturers. The results can include healthier people as well as an environment that is less polluted and those are things we can all be a part of.

Organic food becomes a good choice by more and more people. The Organic Grocer is an online organic food Sydney based retailer. They provide fresh organic fruit and vegetable. They delivery organic food penrith and organic food blue mountains.

www.howdini.com How to buy organic produce – Organic foods Looking for organic produce, but not sure you’ve got the real thing? Anna Lappe, organic food expert, tells you the simple ways to tell whether produce is organic or not. First, let’s explain what organic produce is: Produce that is grown organically has not been produced with sewage sludge, it hasn’t been irradiated, it doesn’t include genetically modified foods, or most man-made chemicals. How can you tell whether a piece of produce is organic? If you’re in a store that has an organic section, obviously head for it. But if there isn’t an organic section, you have to do a little bit of extra work. * The first thing you should do is look for the USDA certified organic label. If they don’t have that, look for the PLU number on most fruits and vegetables. You’ll find this on a small label that’s been stuck to the fruit. * If the PLU number is four digits long, it’s not organic. * If it’s 5 digits long and begins with the number 9, it is organic. * You can also look at the fruit. Unfortunately, nonorganic fruit tends to be shinier and more perfect looking than organic. Why buy organic produce? It’s healthier for your body. It’s healthier for the environment, since it doesn’t require pesticides. It’s healthier for the farm workers who handle the crops. Babies and small children are especially vulnerable to residues of toxic pesticides and other chemicals. Keywords: how to buy organic produce how to buy organic food
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Square-Foot Gardening: Grow a Lot in a Small Space

Square-Foot Gardening: Grow a Lot in a Small Space

Throw out the idea that vegetable gardening can only be done in long rows with a minimum of an acre to work in. For anyone who wants to have a productive garden but doesn’t have the space, welcome to square-foot gardening.

Square-foot gardening is a concept that has been around for quite a while. What is it? This method of gardening uses space as economically and efficiently as possible and became popular in the 1980s by Mel Bartholomew.

As its name implies, you’ll want to create 12″ x 12″ squares when planting. Use this technique when planting directly into the ground. You can outline your square-foot beds using anything you want. Wood (don’t use pressure treated wood as the chemicals can leach into the soil), plastic, or even string works to mark the edges of the beds.

Or you can build square-foot boxes and create your own raised bed. What I like about that idea is soil control.

All gardeners want to have lovely, loamy soil that’s easy to work in. The reality for many of us is that we feel stuck with the soil we’re given. Not so!

If you choose to garden in a square-foot box (4 feet by 4 feet square is a perfect size), it’s up to you to add the soil and amendments. And as long as you keep the soil in good shape with minerals and compost, you should be able to use it for years.

This garden box technique is perfect for a first time homebuyer who doesn’t have a lot of extra money. If that describes you, you’ve just closed on your new house and may feel like your bank account’s bone dry. Square-foot gardening is a great way to infuse your garden with color without having to spend a lot of money on landscaping. And you can have fresh veggies your first year.

You don’t have to start plants from seed when you’re square-foot gardening. You can easily do this with plants that you buy at a nursery or home center. The whole idea behind square-foot gardening is growing a lot to in a small space.

Now, I admit you can’t grow absolutely everything in a one foot by one foot square, particularly if you’re doing it in a raised bed. For instance, zucchini needs lots of room to roam around and so do pumpkins. If you want to grow plants that like to spread out like cantaloupe, cucumber and beans, try growing them vertically on a strong trellis.

Trellises can be attached to square-foot garden boxes or can be anchored in the ground. In my very first square-foot garden in Marlton, New Jersey, I pounded pointed tomato stakes into the ground at the corners of the north end of the garden box. Then I strung some white garden netting between the posts and grew tomatoes, beans and flowering trumpet vine.

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Square Foot Gardening (SFG) is a great way to convert that boring suburbia grass lawn into a sustainable produce isle. Don’t have a lawn? That’s cool- SFG can be done practically anywhere. Mel was kind enough to send me this DVD which gives a quick intro into SFG. This method is great for the absolute beginner who might be a little overwhelmed by starting that first organic garden. For more information, including including Mel’s popular book & instructional DVDs, check out: www.squarefootgardening.com
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First Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic Flowers in Philippines

First Sustainable, Organic, Biodynamic Flowers in Philippines

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Our goal is to tread lightly on the planet. We are mindful of the acts we do in our Philippine Flower Farm, knowing that each act of tilling, growing, harvesting and packaging, can do damage or save the planet. One of the most concrete steps we do this is through implementing sustainable agriculture. When we grow or harvest our Philippine flowers, we remove some nutrients from the soil. If we do not replenish these, the land suffers and we can no longer use the soil for farming. Sustainable agriculture means replenishing the soil while minimizing the use of non-renewable resources, such as natural gas or mineral ores. We engage in concrete steps to ensure that our Philippine Flower Farm produces flowers indefinitely, without causing irreversible damage to the health of an ecosystem. This would entail redefining our practices and processes on the soil, to produce Philippines flowers and foliage that are not only profitable but also healthy. The second is socio-economic, where we enhance the quality of life of our farm workers. Sustainably grown goes beyond organic, as organic refers only to specific chemical and pesticide free practices. Sustainability embraces a much broader perspective and deals not only with production but also in environmental and eco-system issues, and social matters such as the farm’s workforce and community.

OUR GROWING PRACTICES

Sustainable Crop Production Utilizing Native Methods

We have been fortunate to work with and among Philippine indigenous tribes or natives. They have worked with us imparting the wisdom and heritage of their ancestors on Philippine flower farming. These include sustainable farming techniques that rely on natural methods handed down from generation to generation by the Talaandigs; the Higaonon; and Bukidnon farmers. Alongside their wealth of knowledge on natural methods, we have merged technology and science, to implement agricultural techniques that build our Philippine flower farm soil fertility, while protecting our air, water and wildlife. We have merged and developed a deeply rooted natural system of production, pest management, and weed and fungal control. Among these:

We practice natural methods on cover cropping, composting, and crop rotation;

Our main source of soil fertility is legume cover crops, which provide nitrogen, micro nutrients and organic matter. We use nitrogen-fixing and leguminous plants that are native to our farm, that form symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia. These are plants that modern farming would have otherwise deemed as weeds. The natives have taught us to use these plants as a viable source of fertilizer. Also, the cover crops provide habitat for beneficial insects, keeping pests very low. Our farm prides itself with beneficials such as lady bugs;

Our farm has learned to rely on natural controls for soil-borne diseases and to ward off pests. Among these, we use natural insect traps, neem tree extract and beneficial bacteria and fungi to treat our soil;

We hope to eliminate the use of toxic and persistent chemicals found in industrial pesticides and herbicides. That way, we control pests and diseases with the least environmental impact, phasing in organic products over time; and

We have learned to follow the cycles and phases of the moon in scheduling our pest management and control, taking into account that the life cycles of these creatures that coincide with the moon’s phases.

We embrace these practices in our Philippine Flower Farm and adopt them in our daily tilling, growing or harvesting. By relying on the knowledge handed by those whom we believe are most in tune with nature and the earth, we build healthy and rich soils to produce Philippines flowers and plants that are healthy and thriving.

Resource Conservation and Energy Efficiency

Our Philippine Flower Farm encourages careful water use, energy saving initiatives, greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts and product packaging minimization.

Our Philippine Flower Farm infrastructure has been planned and built bearing in mind our carbon footprint. Our greenhouses are built using renewable resources or recycled material. Among these are bamboo, wooden pegs, stones, old tires, and similar materials;

We have designed and positioned our greenhouses to ensure that we use the least amount of energy for our crops. Our buildings use natural ventilation, and rely on the strength or gentleness of winds for its natural ventilation. Thus, we eliminate the need for energy-powered fans;

We rely on the forces of gravity for our irrigation, taking advantage of the gift of natural spring water, and use trickle- irrigation to conserve water and prevent erosion;

Our irrigation systems do not use more water from the natural spring than is naturally replenished; and

Our greenhouses are designed so we can harvest and utilize rainwater to irrigate our plants and treat our Philippine flowers.

Waste Management

We wish to have minimal or zero waste on our Flower Farm and encourage composting and recycling of our agricultural and non-agricultural wastes;

We recycle crop waste, weeds, twigs (almost everything!) and livestock manure for composting; and

Packaging materials to send flowers to the Philippines nationwide are recycled and reused over time.

Protecting Ecosystems In and Around the Farm

Because of our efforts to use natural methods and products, and our minimal use of heavy equipment or machinery, we protect the ecosystems around the Philippine Flower Farm such as rivers and streams.

Taking Care of our People

Your flowers are the result of the dedication and diligence of a handful of farmers in Bukidnon, a number of them natives. They are led by Toto, a native from Bukidnon, whose passion for growing flowers is quite infectious. Our women team are led by Dadang, whose green thumb magically turns every plant green. Our farmers harvest the flowers at their peak freshness early in the morning. We try to get all the flowers in for processing before lunch. Early afternoon, our farmers are able to go home to tend their own farms or gardens, or play with their children. Our Flower Farm prides itself in ensuring a safe, equitable and healthy work environment. We provide our farmers with access to the principal needs. We also support our farmers and their local community through preferential hiring, purchasing, infrastructure improvements and community problem solving. We believe in balancing work and play, having passion for what we do, and celebrating the fruits of our harvest.

Each Flower Depot bouquet is hand selected, carefully arranged, and shipped fresh from our Philippine Flower Farm, with the dedication and commitment to wholly move our farm from traditional and commercial practices to sustainable farming. We hope to transition to a sustainable, organic or biodynamic agriculture in the future. Our ultimate goal is to protect our environment and also enhance the lives of our workers, as they are free from unhealthy and toxic pesticides. By practicing sustainable farming, we hope to build a better and more sustainable future, and lighten our footsteps on the planet.

Our farm is a happy and vibrant ecosystem. In fact, our farm is home to birds, toads, earthworms, snakes, bees and and many many more. What does this mean for your flowers? Since our flowers are grown from vibrant plants, our flowers are also healthy with rich green foliage and bright brilliant blooms.

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Learn the Differences between Conventionally Grown and Organically Grown Products

Learn the Differences between Conventionally Grown and Organically Grown Products

You may be wondering when you go to the grocery store what the difference is between conventionally grown and organically grown products. It comes down to the way that these products are created from the time the soil is getting ready for them. In order to get the food to grow, conventional foods are sprayed with chemicals to enhance that growth process. Organic foods are helped along by the use of natural fertilizers. This can be in the form of compost.

There are many types of animals and insects out there that like to feed on the foods being grown. To reduce this conventional foods get sprayed with pesticides. This also helps to prevent various types of disease from occurring with them as well. Organically grown foods use traps and other methods to get the same results but without the risk of the pesticides remaining on the food or getting into water. They also allow birds to come in and to feed on certain things.

Weeds can become a huge problem when such foods are being grown. They have to be destroyed so that they don’t take vitamins and nutrients from the soil that the foods need to grow properly. Conventional methods allow the use of herbicides which are chemicals to kill them. With organically grown food this is avoided. Instead the location for the crops is rotated so that the soil is able to stay healthy. They also will remove the weeds with a machine or by hand.

It may surprise you to learn that not all organic foods are grown in the ground. This meaning can also pertain to types of animals that are regularly consumed. With conventional methods of raising them on farms and ranches these animals receive forms of medication to prevent diseases. They are also given hormones to help them grow faster.

With organically grown animals those methods are avoided. Instead they are fed only organic forms of feed so that they are healthy as they can be. Their housing is carefully cleaned too so that there is less of a chance of any kind of disease spreading out there. They animals are closely monitored in their environment to make sure they don’t get assess to things that they shouldn’t eat or that could make them sick.

Many people will tell you that they don’t taste much of a difference between conventionally and organically grown fruits and vegetables. However, they love the fact that they are feeding their family what is best for them. They also enjoy the fact that they are doing something positive for the environment. Many people will tell you that they can taste a difference with organically grown meat though and it is much better.

One significant difference you will notice is that conventionally grown products are less expensive than those which are organically grown. Most consumers don’t mind paying extra for something that is better for them and for the environment though. You can discover which foods are organically grown due to the sticker on them that says they have successfully met the USDA requirements though.

Now that you have the right information you can feel good about the decisions that you make. Educating yourself about such information is important so that you know exactly what you are paying for and why. It really comes down to a personal choice about what you want to have for your family. Some people really would prefer to buy organic products but due to the economy right now they are struggling just to buy what they can that is conventionally grown.

Organic food becomes a good choice by more and more people. The Organic Grocer is an online organic food Sydney based retailer. They provide fresh organic fruit and vegetable. They delivery organic food penrith and organic food blue mountains.

European potager themed vegetable garden. Naturally, sustainably, and organically grown heirloom vegetables, fruit, flowers, and herbs on a 2300 sq ft plot. No synthetic fertilizers used, 9 years of compost added annually. Includes raised bed Square Foot Garden, wildlife habitat, vertical structures, grafted tomatoes, low tunnel cloche, & companion planting for a four season harvest. Produce donated to Ozarks Food Harvest. Part of the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. You’re invited to stroll through the garden during park hours to observe, learn, and enjoy! If you’re inspired to try something different in after watching this video, please don’t hesitate to email to tell me what you’re trying! Gardener Hotline: 417-862-9284 Kitchen Garden Newsletter: cli.gs Like What You See? Contact: NatGreeneVeg{at}gmail.com
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Gardening Organic: The Connection Between Organic Gardening And Your Health

Gardening Organic: The Connection Between Organic Gardening And Your Health

Gardening organic is an ever-increasingly popular trend – and for good reason. Through gardening organic, you help improve your health as well as the health of the environment in general.


Perhaps the greatest benefit is the reduction of chemical exposure. In the process of normal farming, a number of pesticides are sprayed on plants in order to kill bugs that may destroy the crop. These pesticides, however, are not good for humans or for the environment. Eating foods that have been sprayed with these chemicals means you are ingesting these chemicals as well. In addition, the chemicals gets into the air and pollutes it. Similarly, it runs into the water and causes water pollution as well.


The same holds true with artificial fertilizers. While these fertilizers may help yield large crops, they are not healthy for humans to ingest. By gardening organic, you avoid using these unhealthy chemicals and find ways to help the plants grown healthy and strong while remaining bug free.


An area of organic gardening that many people overlook is the lack of hybridization. Genetic engineers have discovered methods for manipulating plants in ways to grow larger crops and to create plants that are more resistant to bad weather, to disease, and to pests. But, in order to accomplish this, they have altered the DNA of plants.


The potential long term effects of this form of hybridization is still unknown. One concern is that humans may have allergies to these altered plants or may otherwise become ill for them. And, if these plants are allowed to cross-pollinate with non-hybridized plants, we may ultimately be left with nothing but genetically altered plants – with no way of returning to the ones that nature provided. For this reason, many countries do not allow genetically altered plants to be shipped to their land.


Gardening organic is the only way to be sure you are growing fruits and vegetables in the way nature intended them to be grown. As such, your body is better able to digest the foods and you are less likely to become ill from the foods you consume. In addition, you can ensure you receive the full nutritional benefits from the foods.


By adding chemicals to crops, some of the nutrients are destroyed. Furthermore, the soil is depleted of nutrients for future crops, which further reduces the nutritional value of the crops that are to be grown. Therefore, by choosing organic gardening, you receive the fullest nutritional benefit from the foods you grow and consume.


While it’s a lot a more time consuming method of farming, the results are far superior to other forms of gardening when it comes to your health. Therefore, it is in your best interest to choose organic if growing your own crops and to support the farmers who choose this method by purchasing foods from the supermarket that have been organically grown.

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Growing Organic Fruit

Growing Organic Fruit

Growing organic fruit in your garden has advantages over the fruit purchased in grocery stores. Organic fruit tastes better and you know that the fruit was not sprayed with any dangerous chemicals. The fruit that is planted in your garden was chosen by you because of its particular variety and you wanted to grow them organically.  

Many of the plants that you plant in your garden are annuals, producing flowers or fruit only once, all in the same year that they were planted. A vast majority of fruit trees will not produce any fruit until the third year or later after planting. Once they start producing fruit they will continue every year, some years better than others, for generations. Some organic dwarf fruit trees that are container grown will produce fruit 1 to 2 seasons ahead of the earth grown trees.

Even if your yard is a small one you can still grow a fruit tree. Fruit trees produce blossoms in spring and it will enrich the soil around it. Your yard size determines the variety of fruit tree that is best for growing. Semi dwarf and dwarf fruit trees are best types for container growing. Fruit trees will not only need sunlight but they need protection from the wind. In order for fruit trees to bare fruit they need to be pollinated. Some of them are self-pollinating, some need pairs planted, and others must have three of a kind in order to be pollinated. Your local nursery will let you know which varieties are which

The soil preparation is the same as for any organic garden. You can enrich the soil with any store bought organic compost or you can use your own compost. When selecting organic gardening fruit trees always visit a nursery in order to examine it before purchasing. There will potted trees to choose from and also bare-root trees. Areas in the garden that have deep soil that is rich in organic nutrients and minerals are the best places for planting any organic fruit tree. Organic pear trees and organic apple trees prefer a soil that is slightly acidic which is found in the coastal areas of the United States; the stone varieties such as organic plum trees and organic cherry trees would rather have a mild alkalinity as in the inland soils. Poorly drained soils that are damp will not handle fruit bearing trees very well.   

A young tree that is potted will probably adapt faster to a new environment than a tree that has been potted for a long time. Once that young tree has adapted and is healthy it will most likely bare fruit quicker than an older one, even though it may take years to produce fruit. A bare-root tree is less expensive to purchase and is sturdier than the potted tree; planting either type works fine for organic growing.  

You can train a tree to grow into any shape or style. You can train it to grow diagonally along a fence, or just have it grow wild.  Young trees will need to be staked for support after they have been planted; this procedure will keep the stem sturdy and help it to grow straight.

Pruning your fruit tree helps to train it in the direction you wish to have it grow and will encourage it to produce fruit. If you do not like to prune, the least amount that should be done is to take off any branches that are crossing each other. To grow a fruit tree horizontally, use chicken wire along the fence and carefully tie the branches with garden tape to the wire. If you plant native plants and grasses around fruit trees you may be able to avoid harmful pests. The bees are an important part of pollination for your fruit trees; entice the bees by planting flowers or lavender bushes near the trees. The more insects your garden attracts a healthier production of fruit will be yours.

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Barbara has planted dwarf fruit trees in containers along with in the ground. She has been enjoying oranges and mandarins for years and is now trying peaches. Come visit the website Gardeners Garden Supplies for more interesting tidbits on gardening.

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Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

To be successful at organic vegetable gardening you must draw up detailed plans. The soil is your first consideration; how to make it rich and fertile, and how to prepare it so harmful pests won’t attack your vegetable garden. The two ways that organic vegetable gardening differs from conventional gardens is the usage of fertilizer and how to keep pests under control. Phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium are the three components essential to your organic garden.

For lush, green foliage you must have nitrogen. For strong roots and stems phosphorus is needed. And for the important protection from disease and brief cold snaps, potassium is a must. Let’s call them the big three. The big three are available in commercial fertilizers however they are synthetic. In organic vegetable gardening the big three are added in a much different way.

The best way of enriching your soil is by compost. Dig some pits in your back yard to start your compost from kitchen refuse. Use things like pine needles, corn stalks, leaves, carrot tops, fruits or vegetables that have spoiled, manure, egg shells and coffee grinds. Some organic gardeners use weeds in their compost but I do not recommend this for obvious reasons. As the compost materials decompose they release bacteria and fungi into the soil that you are preparing. The bacteria and fungi convert nutrients like nitrogen to ammonia and nitrates that will be usable for your vegetables. Use substances such as seaweed, potash salts, tobacco stems and wood ash to help make potassium in your compost. By making your own compost, you are controlling the mixture and balance to achieve the right combination for your organic vegetable garden.

To be absolutely sure that your compost has completely broken down and is now offering up the right balance, start working it into the soil at least two weeks before you plan on planting.

The pH in the soil must be right for healthy plants. Test your soil, if it has a ph of 0 it is very acidic, while a 14 is extreme alkaline. Of course a seven indicates neutral soil. To raise the pH of the soil inexpensively use ground limestone. An additional benefit of the limestone is that it contains magnesium something that most soils lack. If, on the other hand, you have extreme alkaline soil use sulpher to bring the pH down.

Pest control in organic vegetable gardening is also different that conventional gardening. In many conventional beds gardeners wish to eradicate all pests with pesticides. Many in organic gardening only wish to keep the pest population down so to have a balance in the garden. Obviously, whenever possible, plant pest resistant vegetables. In order for harmful organisms to grow, they need bright sunlight so keep thick mulch around the plants to deny the organisms that needed sunlight and to help hold moisture into the ground. If you find you have a heavy infestation here is a natural pest control formula:

In a jar, combine 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 cup vegetable oil. Shake vigorously. In an empty spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of this mixture and 1 cup water. Use at ten-day intervals (or more often if needed) to rid plants of whiteflies, mites, aphids, scales, and other pests.

Follow this tips and you are on your way to raising a healthy and plentiful organic vegetable garden.

Happy Gardening!

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