Planning on Growing Your Own Vegetables – Where to Start?

Planning on Growing Your Own Vegetables – Where to Start?

These days with large sites hard to come by and allotments much in demand, old gardeners or gardening junkies are no longer the sole exponents of GIY. No, many new entrants are young professionals, nature enthusiasts, people who are genuinely interested in getting closer to nature or reducing their dependency on mass market produce. Whilst others are experimenting by growing their own vegetables, almost like self sufficent micro farmers or even environmentalists, taking positive steps to reduce carbon footprint or better still growing for their own organic consumption and self satisfaction. Not surprising therefore to read in Press reports that the sale of vegetable seed has overtaken the sale of flower seed.

So if you are a potential GIYer and do intend starting a programme or project of growing your own vegetables, you might be interested in the following advice . So whether your motivation is to reduce air miles or taste organic food, there are some important points to consider when planning to start a vegetable garden.

Does size matter? No – not really, whether you have a pot, an old kitchen sink, a window sill or a sprawling site, growing your own vegetables is not only easy and exciting, it is also very rewarding.

Location – unless of course you enjoy longer walks through your garden, for practical reasons, the vegetable plot or kitchen garden should ideally be positioned nearer the house.
More importantly best to choose a position which permits the vegetable plot to enjoy a sunny aspect for much of the day. Although some vegetable produce will tolerate some shade (for example lettuce, runner beans etc), most won’t, so pick the site very carefully, pick a sunny and a sheltered position, avoid exposed windy sites. Other site aspects worth considering include picking a site where the prevailing ground conditions are level and free draining. Finally do bear in mind that good soil conditions will also be required, whether you prepare the ground by digging or mix in new soil or soil conditioners, most vegetables will require a growing depth of at least 300mm.

What to grow? Some might have favourites, some might stick with old reliable:
Potatoes are good, and probably one of the easiest to grow, they are also great at breaking down heavy soils. But do remember to give them plenty of water.
Leeks – easy to grow from seed and young leek tastes wonderful
Broad beans – very tasty when young but are very easy to grow
Sweetcorn – harvest when tassels are brown and boil in salted water
Radishes – many different varieties to choose from, but an ideal and fast growing crop from which to teach the children GIY
Runner Beans – quick growing, plentiful and pick and with lots of pick’n’grow fun

Deciding on the Layout – is important especially where space might be limited. For example you can grow some varieties at ground level whilst others such as French and Runner Beans can be trained to grow very effectively up trellising or bamboo canes. In larger sites, plan a series of long narrow beds which are easily accessible from both sides, but do remember to leave plenty of space between the growing beds, for example you should be able to move along pathways between beds with a wheelbarrow or more importantly if you like to get down on your hand and knees and get dirty, you’ll need at least 900mm – 1200mm spacing between the beds. Growing beds can be ground level on larger sites or raised on smaller sites or where soil conditions are poor. Raised beds can be developed using soil from other sites and mixing with compost, manures, soil conditioners etc. Also because they are raised you can ensure that drainage is good. As stated earlier, most vegetables prefer to grow in sunny areas, therefore it make sense to orientate beds on a north south axis, this ensures that all vegetable get sun each day. Be generous on spacing between beds, and consider a surface material so that all weather access is possible.

Ground Preparation – the better the soil, the better the performance, it is not impossible to provide good growing conditions. Vegetables require nutrients, water and oxygen. Soil plays a vital role in providing nutrients to plants. So it is important to prepare ground by digging to improve plants take up of nutrients. Alternatively if ground conditions are poor, you can use raised beds to provide better growing conditions for plants. In contrast to the ‘dig system’ the concept of using Raised Beds is sometimes referred to as the ‘No dig system’. Raised beds can be constructed from a variety of boards/timbers, recycled pallet boards, railway sleepers, pressure treated new sleepers, builder’s scaffolding boards all being popular choices.

Using crop rotation wisely – rotating the planting and growing of vegetables yields many benefits in terms of efficiency, bounty and disease/pest control. For example, Broccoli grows well in soils containing good levels of nitrogen, on the other hand, beans put nitrogen into the soil. Potatoes with the large canopy of foliage are very effective at suppressing weeds, whereas onions grow particularly very well in weed free soils. So from a crop rotational perspective, one would plant beans before of broccoli and potatoes before of onions.

Starting a rotation cycle – you should plan for at least three years, meaning the same vegetable will grow in the same spot every third year. However if you wish to also grow potatoes, better to use a four year rotation. The RHS has a very simple way to remember where each vegetable comes within the cycle: British Rail Late, where:

B = brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, turnips etc) was
R = roots (beetroot, parsnips, carrots)
L = legumes (peas, Broad bean, French bean, Runner bean, onions, garlic, chives)

How it works in practice is in area 1, you plant brassicas first year, roots in second year and legumes in third year. In area 2, you plant roots first year, legumes second year and brassicas third year. In area 3, you plant legumes first followed by brassicas and roots.

Maintenance – providing you have done good ground preparation, maintenance of the area shouldn’t be much more than adding a good fertiliser (Fish Bone & Blood) before planting or manure in Autumn. Watering is important especially during the early vulnerable stage, again bets done early in morning or late in evening and always check to make sure water is getting down to plant roots. Weed regularly to avoid unwanted competition for nutrients and water.

If at first you don’t succeed – try again. Sometimes it is only as a result of trial and error that you will discover what grows best for you in your area and conditions. Don’t be afraid to ask other local gardeners for tips or advice with particular problems, most of all, have fun in growing your own vegetables and join the burgeoning legion of GIY enthusiasts..

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A Garden is Natural Art

A Garden is Natural Art

A gardener’s inspiration and motivation for gardening can vary, but most of the time, gardening is a hobby done either as a recreational form of natural art, or as an experiment in self-sufficiency. And with so many plant varieties available ranging from flowers to vegetables, it would be quite rare to find two identical gardens.

Most gardening takes place in regions with temperate weather, and each season bears the potential for new beauty. Planting can take place anywhere from early spring through mid-autumn depending on the location, climate, and plant.

Getting your gardening materials ready

Before you get started on your gardening project, there are a few tools and materials necessary to begin. Of course, you’ll need a plot of land or area within a yard to plant your garden. The size and design of the garden largely depends on what kind of garden you will grow.

Once you have determined how your garden will be physically laid out, you’ll need some basic tools to get started. A hoe or small plow will be needed to turn the soil in which you will plant. For small flower gardens, a hoe or even a small trowel may be sufficient. For larger gardens and for many vegetable and fruit gardens, a plow, or rototiller, would probably be more desirable.

After you have planted your seeds or plants, they will require water. A garden hose or watering bucket can be used to help irrigate the garden, particularly in months when rain may be at a minimum. Automatic sprinkler and irrigation systems may also be installed to maintain your garden.

Finally, some gardeners insist on the use of fertilizers and plant foods. While these may not be necessary, they may have a significant impact on your garden. If pests and other insects may be a problem, you might also consider investing in a safe insecticide for treating your plants.

Common challenges faced in gardening

We aren’t all “green thumbs,” but everybody faces the same basic problems in the planting and maintenance of a garden. First of all, insects and other pests can cause serious issues for an otherwise healthy garden. Many nurseries can offer you guidance in common pests and plant diseases that might be prone to your region or type of plant, and should be able to help you pick out a pesticide.

The weather can also seriously hamper your efforts at maintaining a successful garden. Brutally hot temperatures, lack of rain, and other weather conditions during the growing season can stunt growth, prevent blooms, or even kill entire gardens. And, of course, unexpected changes in the weather can catch even the most experienced gardener off-guard. Be prepared for anything in terms of weather, and this will help prevent surprises later on.

Gardening for beauty

Flower gardens greatly add to the overall landscaping of a home or business, and can add color at any time of year. Understanding the difference between annuals — which bloom only once and typically die at the end of the season — and perennials — which, if cared for properly, will return again season after season — can be of great benefit to establishing a garden.

Many flower gardens feature a set of perennials as part of the landscape, requiring the gardener to simply fill in the open space with annuals each year. Popular annuals for flower gardening include impatiens, begonias, daisies, tulips, and pansies. Some gardens may be designed around a color scheme or theme, and are often designed to be incorporated into the larger landscaping theme of the home or business.

Gardening for food

Many gardens are created for the sole purpose of growing and harvesting edible fruits and vegetables. In some regions of the world, fruit and vegetable gardening is so popular that nearly every home on every street or road has at least some size garden filled with fruits and vegetables.

While planting and growing flowers from seed is fairly simple, knowing when to plant seeds for a vegetable garden can be a more of a challenge. Many novice gardeners choose to purchases small plants to grow, leaving most of the work in maintenance of the garden.

Most vegetable and fruit gardens are planted in rows, which makes working in the garden, the weeding and watering for example, easier. Planting in rows also eases in harvesting the yields of the garden, as a person can walk through the rows next to plants to harvest and pick the food. Common plants in fruits and vegetable gardens include beans, tomatoes, all varieties of peppers, corn, and radishes. Most fruit and vegetables are summer gardens, although the yields may not be harvested until fall for some vegetables and fruits such as gourds and pumpkins.

For those who like plants for beauty, or those who want to grow fresh food in their backyard, the rewarding hobby of gardening is well worth a try.

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Organic is it Worth It?

Organic is it Worth It?

When you head to the grocery store or supermarket, shopping for products like eggs, meat, fish, milk, and produce can be very confusing. Everywhere you look food is labeled as natural, organic, or a number of other things—but what is the difference? Learning what certain names mean, can help you decide if you should pay that extra money on a product if it is simply a marketing ploy.

Natural is a term associated with a number of fruit and vegetable products. Typically, this is a simple marketing ploy to convince you to buy the product. After all, all fruits and vegetables are natural, right? Unless it’s a new kind of food that has been developed and processed, the product is natural. What you really want is organic. Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There are two main benefits to organic foods. First, you are helping the environment because the chemicals are not being introduced into nature. Secondly, you are avoiding eating foods with chemicals and are therefore eating more healthy food. However, organic products are usually more expensive. So if you are on a budget, skip over organic fruit and vegetables that you can peel, like oranges and bananas. After all, once you’ve discarded the peel, you have also discarded the chemicals. Instead, opt for organic items like apples, where you eat the peel. No matter what you buy, make sure that you rinse off the food when you get home,

Just in case.

Another label you will see is “no hormones.” This is usually regarding milk and meat products and this is false, since all animals naturally produce hormones. Hormones are what helps an animal (even a human) regulate body organs, having young, and otherwise function. All meat products have hormones. What the labels really mean is that no hormones were unnaturally given to the animal, which is sometimes done to increase milk production. Regardless of hormones, however, the milk and meat is safe for human consumption and not a violation of an animal’s rights.

Lastly, the label on eggs and meat can indicate if the animal was caged or penned. This does not make a difference in the quality or nutritional value of the meat, but is simply a matter of animal rights. These products may be a bit more expensive, but if you want to make human decisions, that are the way to go. Reading the label and making healthy choices can sometimes be difficult, but learning what they mean can help you make the best choice for your diet.

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Sourcing organic ingredients for the private label industry

Sourcing organic ingredients for the private label industry

Going out for food ingredients like health snacks and beverages is fast growing up to becoming a common American habit. Being fun filled is a popular habit of the American and world youth and at the same time having a healthy food habit is fast being adapted by a large population of health conscious individuals. While in past, most food bars served food stuff rich in oil, fat and spices (and were thus, termed as ‘junk food’). In modern times, most of the food and beverages served in food bars are made up of organic ingredients. points out to you some of the major benefits of consuming health snacks rich in organic ingredients.

Foods containing Organic ingredients are not only tasty but also your one stop solution to good health. Grown without the harmful effects of pesticides and other toxic substances, organic farming is a very popular alternative to regular farming in today’s world. Almost 10% of America’s farmland is involved in organic farming and we can hope that this trend will soon grow up to greater figures in the near future. The growth of organic farming in America is also a colossal 477% within a gap of 6 years from 1977-2003. With this increase in demand it is hardly surprising that the products will become more and more popular as time goes on. Thus, as points out, sourcing organic ingredients for health bars and other such eateries is gradually becoming an extremely profitable and important business venture in contemporary America.

Today, leading active lifestyles in the modern metros, people often tend to overlook matters of health and consume food products most satisfying to their taste buds. While this not only increases the quantity of artificial materials in the body, but if continued over long durations of time, can also lead to different types of serious illnesses. With time, as an increasing number of people are gradually becoming more and more conscious of their health, they are modifying their basic diets in order to keep their mind and bodies in perfect healthy conditions. While on one hand, a large number of individuals, realizing the benefits of consuming various fruits and vegetables, are gradually either becoming vegetarians or including large proportions of fruits and vegetables in their diet, on the other, not only at home, but also in the outer world in order to get readymade health snacks rich in organic ingredients various food bars exclusively dealing with heath snacks are being set up.

The best part about the entire issue is that the younger generations are becoming more and more concerned about the health and environmental benefits of organic farming. The situation is changing when compared to the state 10 years back when obesity was a major problem with a staggering percentage of American children. However, today, a high percentage of our children, especially girls, would opt for healthy food ingredients like a bowl of salad in place of a sticky candy bar. Food bars have played a great role in bringing about this change, by transforming dull vegetables and fruits into a menu that’s sure to be a feast for connoisseurs. Besides its obvious health benefits organic ingredients help in the conservation of our environment as well…an issue that thankfully finds a lot of supporters among Americans today, thanks to websites like Following America’s lead, food bars specializing in the sell of heath snacks are today being set up in different countries all around the world. also enlightens you about some of the major benefits of cultivating and eating health snacks. While invention and use of pesticides and insecticides were primarily meant for preventing insects and pests from attacking crops and food grains, later research revealed that such pesticides used during the cultivation of food crops also accumulate in the crops themselves over long time periods and such food products rich in chemical pesticides are consumed by human beings the chemicals enter the human system and may cause different types of diseases. The use of pesticides and harsh treatment meted out on to the soil during ordinary farming has far reaching impacts on our planet. Besides containing dangerous percentages of toxic chemicals thanks to the 1000s of gallons of pesticides that are sprayed on the vegetation, during farming, non-organic food is unsafe because they lack the strict maintenance of quality control that organic ingredients have to pass through. Thus, by encouraging the intake of food ingredients and beverages, which are organic in nature, health bars have really made a difference to the food habits of Americans. Consequently, the consciousness for healthy food, nutrition that is available from agricultural commodities has changed American food styles to a great extent, thereby bringing in health. Now, a close look at the statistics show lower mortality rate on accounts of diseases resulting from bad food habits and obesity. Keep up the good job, guys!

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Earth Friendly Tips For A Rosy Garden

Earth Friendly Tips For A Rosy Garden

Tip 1: Grow your own fruit and vegetables

There are so many reasons to grow your fruit and veg. Having your own vegetable garden means you will have vegetables which taste amazing, are fresher and have higher vitamin content. Organic gardening also means no packaging, no carbon footprint from transportation, and it will save you money every day! On top of all that, it’s really easy to do. Phew. That’s quite a long list of benefits. Many crops can be sown in March – so start preparing your beds today.

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No garden? Don’t despair. Many crops can be grown in pots on balconies and window ledges.  Or, if you want more space, get an allotment.

Tip 2: Teach your children where food comes from

The more we can teach children about healthy eating and caring for the environment, the better. And there’s no better way to learn about food than getting your hands dirty and growing some yourself. It’s mucky, fun and rewarding, which makes it perfect for kids. Why not give your child their own patch in your organic vegetable garden and help them sow seeds and care for the plants as they grow? The more children understand where our food comes from, the more respect they will have for sustainable living.

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Tip 3: Keep your head above water

Water is a precious commodity, even in a country renowned for rain. There is likely to be another hosepipe ban this year so the thoughtful gardener needs to plan ahead. Use water butts to collect rain water throughout the year and then use this to water the garden during dry spells. Old bath water and washing up water can also be collected and used on the garden – but make sure you are using organic, biodegradable detergents and soaps that won’t harm the local ecosystem.

Find about more about saving water in the garden

Tip 4: Keep out the chemicals

Many fertilizers and garden products are laden with chemicals that could cause damage to the local ecosystems. Opt for natural organic fertilizers that have no negative effect on the environment. Or make your own compost and use that. has a video to show you how to get started.

Find out more about choosing the right natural fertilizer.

Tip 5: Recycle and compost organic waste

All garden waste and most food waste can be composted and used again to feed your soil. Collect all this waste in a compost bin and it will provide a free, year round, nutrient- rich organic fertilizer. has a great step-by-step guide to getting started and lists what you can put in your bin.

Tip 6: Share your garden

If you have a large garden that is too big for you to manage on your own or have spare garden space, you might benefit from Landshare. Landshare aims to link people with spare garden space with people who want some. Owners, growers or helpers can post listings describing what they are offering or looking for so people in their area can respond. It’s a great way to share resources.

Tip 7: Encourage wildlife

Birds, hedgehogs, frogs, toads, slowworms, ladybirds and bumblebees are your friends as they like to dine on the worst garden pests – snails, slugs and aphids. Encourage them to visit your garden by leaving a slightly wild area with longer grass, piles of logs and fallen leaves. This will provide a perfect habitat for them to thrive. Also, consider installing a pond or leave your water butt open for them to drink from. Bird boxes and lady boxes can also help.

For more advice on how you can reduce your carbon footprint and help the planet by growing your own fruit and vegetable garden, visit the Energy Saving Trust.

Organic Skin Care – Reasons To Seriously Consider It

Organic Skin Care – Reasons To Seriously Consider It

“When natural way is easily available why do anything unnaturally” – is the principle on which organic skin care is based. Taking care of your skin the organic way is the best way. From the moment the man first realized the need and importance of taking care of his skin, he has been using organic products which were freely available. And also gentle on the skin. If used properly, organic skin care products can avoid skin infections and also give you a healthy, glowing and a younger looking skin for a longer time.

Skin care routines with organic material mostly use fruits and vegetables. For example, fruits and vegetables like cucumber, turmeric, apple, papaya, and ginger are a few commonly used ingredients in a wide range of skin care regimen. These organic ingredients apart from being natural have a very rejuvenating effect on your skin. Almost all skin care books/guides give a special segment on organic skin care giving details of effect of various vegetables and fruits on your skin. Choosing the right ones most suitable according to the skin type you have is the key. You can come to a final conclusion after experimenting with a few as to which one suits your skin type the best and then make it a part of your daily skin care routine. This is the best way as normally there is no side effects hence experimenting with different ingredients is quite safe. Use only the fresh fruits and vegetables and not rotten or over ripe ones whose place is in garbage bin.

Milk has proved to be a good cleanser and many skin care products contains “milk” as an ingredient. A blend of milk and ground oatmeal has a superb cleansing quality. Ground oatmeal is a commonly used ingredient in skin care routine and is especially good for oily skin. It works well in preparing facial packs with egg, honey, milk and fruits in different blends

Another ingredient rich in Vitamin E is wheat germ is commonly used in organic skin care products also for its exfoliating and moisturizing qualities. Wheat germ is blended with different organic material for preparing face packs for dry and normal skin types. Wheat germ oil is another extract used in these skin care products.

Sour cream and yogurt are some other ingredients used for their moisturizing and exfoliation qualities.

Another well known organic skin care ingredient is honey known for its moisture retention and glowing skin qualities.

Lavender water as well as rose water is good toners used in these skin care regimen. Different blends of organic ingredients complementing each other and enhancing effectiveness of each other are used in these skin care products. Not only that these blends also help in preventing damaging effects if any of different organic ingredients that form them.

Organic skin care is an art, if mastered well, will not only give superb results but will be very cost effective too.

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Main Street Home and Gardens Owner Will Speak

Main Street Home and Gardens Owner Will Speak

A quiet revolution is pulsing through the huge residential areas spread out on the edges of Cape Town. Chuck Hall is a writer that writes for environmental learning. Do you know the difference between compost and mulch? Each one of these is a theme the retailer uses in its stores.

Association will hold its monthly meeting March 12, where Main Street Home and Gardens owner Beth Hardin will speak on basic organic gardening. Its all about the benefits and responsibility of us to try and use organic gardening techniques and less garden chemicals. Here’s a great article on controlling moles in the garden and yard. Organic Vegetable gardening is very different from conventional gardening. If you’re just starting out in organic gardening or growing your crops in a rotation, this plan will help you get it sorted.

Check out these informative videos on Organic gardening. It’s important to provide the proper hydroponics nutrients to your plants to produce the largest, healthiest yield possible. Looking for tips on specific types of vegetables or herbs? A great deal of care and preparation must be undertaken before you get started. What will your garden be like four years from now? ‘s blog tackles vegetable growing, eco-issues and vegan vegetarian cooking amongst other things. Which are the easiest crops to start off with.

Many couples are having their nuptials on untouched terrain, nature reserves, the beach, parks, art gallery,organic farm, non-profit space, organic restaurant, green-roofed building or their own backyards. What do Japanese Zen gardens, Raider’s of the Lost Ark-like temples and the Canadian Rocky Mountains have in common with a natural foods supermarket?

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Plans and ideas for an organic garden; a blog-post. A page giving 2 tables for crop rotation over 3 or 4 years. Rodale, which has been promoting organic gardening for more than 60 years, sponsors the annual Organic School Garden Awards as part of its 9. Very useful for the organic gardener or anyone practising rotation of crops. Weblog from tree-changers (homesteaders) about there journey to creating an organic bio-dynamic farming enterprise on the east coast of Australia. I remember the enormous pleasure I had from growing my own vegetables in the garden at Buckingham Palace and from being in the countryside. At Florida-based Ada’s Natural and Organic Foods’ Supermarket they have everything in common. the site is well laid out and easy to navigage. Below is a biography and a link to his website were environmental issues are covered and his articles can be read. A quiet revolution is growing in the townships of Capetown, a revolution based on organic gardening, cooperation and the work of women as organic community gardens flourish in the townships.

A story about one family who made maple syrup in the spring. WWOOF is an acronym for a number of different phrases, the most apt of which in my mind is “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”.

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How to Take Care of your Skin Organically

How to Take Care of your Skin Organically

The best way to naturally care for your skin is organically. The first methods used by humans to improve their skin were organic skin care. Compared to commercial skin care products, organic skin care is not only cheaper but also less harmful to your skin. Organic skin care when done properly will also help prevent skin problems from developing. It is also a great way to help your skin look healthier and younger.

Cucumber is the most common remedy for organic skin care. Other fruits and vegetables used in organic skin care treatments include apple, papaya and ginger. Organic skin products that come from fruits and vegetables are a great way to revitalize and freshen the skin. There is a specific section for organic skin regimens in all the skin care guides. You can read through the skin care guides and find the best regimen for your skin type. Rotten fruits and vegetables will have no effect so it is important to use fresh fruits and vegetables for your skin care.

There are six primary materials used for organic skin care:

1. A good cleanser option is milk. The main ingredient of many products is milk. Oatmeal can be added to milk to give you skin better cleansing effects.

2. For oily skin ground oatmeal is a great option. Oatmeal will help take away the excess oils from your face. Oatmeal can be added to fruits, honey and eggs.

3. Exfoliating and moisturizing the skin require Vitamin E and the best source for this is wheat germ. Many organic materials can be combined with wheat germ to create and organic facial mask. Facial masks can be used for both dry and normal skin. Another option is to use wheat germ oil.

4. To exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells you can use sour cream and yogurt since their ingredients work well for this.

5. To help your skin look nice and radiant you can use honey since it helps your skin maintain its moisture content. Honey will also give you the added benefit of smooth skin.

6. For toning your skin you can consider rose water and lavender. Lavender is also excellent for skin problems and is a great antiseptic. Rose water is best for moisturizing and refreshing your skin.

To find a good organic skin care regimen you can combine various organic materials. Finding organic materials that increase the effectiveness of each other is the first step to finding the right organic skin care. You can also consider combining organic products that will help reduce the harmful effects of harsh organic products. While you experiment with the best combination for your needs you can have fun at the same time.

You can get great results with organic skin care while paying less for your products. In addition, you don’t have to worry about chemicals when you are using all natural products. So with all these benefits why not start finding the right combination for your organic skin care now.

Organic Palnt Food: Natures Magic Ingredient

Organic Palnt Food: Natures Magic Ingredient

Organic Plant Food: Natures Magic Ingredient.

With the ever increasing demand for organic food production it is quite natural that we look for organic plant food to replace the chemical fertilizers that are commonly used in commercial production of fruit and vegetables.

What is organic plant food?

The first thing that springs to mind is animal manure, and still today this is the number one most common source of organic plant food. Animal manure provides active nutrients, fungi and the bacteria necessary for the development of fertile soils. Today, manures are available in several forms and grades. Although horse and cow dung is well known for its use as organic plant food, other animals such as hogs and sheep manure is also available. Chicken manure requires processing before it is applied to the garden..

Another form of organic plant food is derived from green manures that are basically special crops cultivated for the express purpose of plowing them back into the ground to provide nutrients such as nitrogen and a host for bacteria. Composting of grass and plant cuttings and vegetable scraps are also a form of organic plant food and may also be mixed with animal manures. Composts are not defined as manure but they are a very practical source of organic plant food and are easily accessible.


Under modern intensive agriculture it is normal for producers to use chemically based fertilizers to enrich the soil before planting, then as the crop grows chemical pesticides are added to protect the crop.. Obviously the harvested crop must contain some residue of the chemicals used in its production which is later ingested into the bodies of those consuming the product.

Therefore one of the main benefits of using organic plant food is simply that they do not contain artificial chemicals and provide most of the elements and organisms required for the soil food cycle. Thus, the application of organic plant food helps to sustaining viable arable farming lands, pastures for grazing and fertile soils for the growing of fresh fruits and vegetables.

It has been noted that an additional benefit is that plants appear to do better long term with natural organic plant food than they do with chemical based nitrogen nutrients. It is apparent that the existence of certain organisms, bacteria and some fungi is essential for the health of the soil biosphere.


Unfortunately, there are two obvious problems with organic plant food.

1. Being an animal bi-product it may contain organisms, germs, bacteria and even viruses that can prove harmful. Overuse of these organic plant foods without some form of sterilization or processing can result in contamination. However, it is not easy to process out the harmful elements thus safe manures are expensive.

2. Some raw manures can generate considerable amounts of heat as they decompose which can actually cause more damage than good not to mention the bad smell it causes..

Until you have experienced the amazing taste of fresh fruit and vegetables grown using organic plant food you don’t know what you are missing. The difference in quality, taste and nutrition value can only be experienced and the benefits to your overall health will astound you..

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Choose a Healthier Life With Organic Foods

Choose a Healthier Life With Organic Foods

You have probably heard a lot of people talking about the health benefits that come with eating raw organic foods. You may have wondered what implications come with a diet of organic foods. A table full of raw beef and oysters does not appeal to most people, but there is more to it than that. An organic foods diet means that you are required to eat the food in its natural unprocessed state. Organic foods may already be included in your diet, if you eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

The processing and cooking of the foods strip them of a lot of vital nutrients. A lot of people say that cooking vegetables leaches out the vitamins and it can also destroy the important enzymes that they contain. Packaged foods available in every grocery store, that have been processed in some way to help you benefit from an easy package meal, have a very low nutritional value and they are not very good for your body because they are hard to metabolize.

Earth gives us natural foods. If you consume them as such, in their raw state, it becomes a lot easier for the body to process them. Raw foods are packed with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Everything you do costs energy. The energy levels of your body are given by enzymes. These things are not the most popular topics of discussion, but they are very important for your body. Think about how tired you feel after serving a big meal of cooked foods. This happens because you use your body enzymes to process these foods instead of using them for other activities of your daily life. By consuming raw organic foods that contain their own enzymes helpful for digestion, you preserve your energy for doing the things you like, instead of wasting that energy for digesting food you just ate.

People that follow a raw food diet consume up to 75% of raw foods. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts and other foods in their natural form. Preparing raw foods involves several processes. One of these is juicing. Many people turn the fruits and vegetables into juices. Just by drinking fresh juice in the morning you can benefit from a health boost. Another way of preparing raw foods is by using a dehydrator. The moisture is taken out of the fruits and vegetables so they are good for long time storage. The dehydrator uses hot air to remove the moisture from the foods, but the temperatures it operates under has to be below 1160 F, so that all the enzymes in the food are stored and not destroyed.

Organic cheese can also be a part of a raw food diet. The process used for obtaining organic cheese does not involve temperatures higher than 1160 F, so it fits in the category of raw foods. The government keeps the organic farms under strict supervision, so you don’t have to worry about quality or scams if you purchase products from them. The cows from which the milk is harvested for the organic cheese cannot be treated with any antibiotics or other medicine in case of illnesses. In case they must be treated, they are removed from that farm. This guarantees that the organic cheese or other foods you purchase from that farm are 100% organic.

The amount of raw foods included in your diet should be around 75% (ar at least 50%), but you should not start eating immediately this amount of raw foods. Instead you should increase the quantities gradually. As a precautionary note, if you plan to have any major changes in your diet, you should consult your doctor. Even though raw foods are the base for a healthier life, some of them may conflict with certain medication, so this is the best thing you should do in order to avoid unpleasant situations. Due to the detoxifying effect raw foods have, some people may experience mild headaches and nausea, but only temporary.

If you choose to switch to a diet of raw organic foods, then the choice you have made is for a better life. Raw fruits, raw vegetables, organic cheese and other organic foods help you preserve your energy in order to live an active, healthier life.

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