Every where you turn today people are talking about organic gardening and the healthy benefits of eating organically grown fruits and veggies. Organic gardening can provide vegetables and fruits for improved health.
The primary reason for this contamination was due to the ground water which the plants consume. This is from years and years of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizer being dumped on the ground. This was done to enhance the yield and speed the growth of the produce. These chemical then leeched into the ground water table. The only way your organic gardening can avoid this water is to use filtered water or distilled water. However using distilled water means your produce will be short on certain nutrients. These nutrients are vital to the health of your body.
Much of the pesticides and fertilizers applied to the crops are sprayed on. Consequently, the mist of chemicals is caught by the wind and can be carried a good distance before dropping to the earth. If your organic garden happens to be in the path of the wind your plants will become covered with the synthetic pesticides and fertilizer.
Other studies have shown that these same pesticides and other chemicals, over a period of years or even months can cause health problems in the human body. It is now believed that these chemicals can affect the brain development of unborn babies. In addition these chemicals have been linked to certain kinds of cancer, breakdown of the nervous system, weakening of the immune system. These illnesses and other diseases can destroy the vital organs of the human body.
Washing Your Vegetables
Perhaps you believe that washing of your veggies will protect you, but this is not necessarily the case. Studies have indicated that certain fruits and vegetables are susceptible to chemical leeching. An example of this kind or fruit would be lemons or grapefruit. In this case organic produce would really be much safer than the regular grown fruit.
As you can see organic gardening may not be quite as safe as you thought it was. However, with the proper precautions, such as always washing the veggies and fruits prior to eating, can reduce the risk of ingesting dangerous chemicals.
When you began to plan your own personal natural garden you should layout a larger and grander garden. It doesn’t make any difference if it’s for flowers, veggies, fruits or bushes to beautify your yard. That’s right! Make it bigger. When it’s harvest time you will have more flowers, plants and veggies than you can possibly use.
Instead of plowing under the excess crops from your organic gardening take it to the local Farmers Market or the Flea Market and sell it. Chances are you won’t have a problem and you may end up with a pocket full of cash. Take the cash from the sell and donate it to your favorite “Feed The Children” charity. When you do this a starving child will benefit from your garden.
Gardening & The Kids
Another great benefit from raising your own organic fruits and veggies is it’s a great school project for your child’s school. Help your child and their classmates set up their own organic garden. The immediate lessons they learn will be about how to help the environment, healthy eating, teamwork and it makes learning fun for them. Again, set it up, so the children can take the crops to the local Farmers Market. The proceeds from the sale can be used to buy items that benefit all of the school children.
Another benefit is one that is seldom thought about by your children or possibly by you. This is the benefit of the physical exercise you and the kids will receive by working in the garden. You know that the kids today don’t play outside the way you did when you were a kid. An hour a day of working in your garden will help in weight loss (burning calories), lowering blood pressure, strengthen the heart and lungs, build muscle, sharpen the mind. Relieve stress and sleep better. The end result being you and kids will be much happier and healthy to boot.
Soothe Your Soul
A lasting benefit you can realize when working with the earth and growing things organically is the restoration of your sprit and soul. You will receive such a sense of well being when you have a fruitful harvest, you just can’t beat it. You will know you have done your part to help “Mother Nature” return to her natural state and touched all the other human beings by doing so.
One of the surest ways to improve the diets of our kids and our self is to grow our fresh veggies using organic gardening. But if we live in an apartment, condo or have very small yard space our options are extremely limited, for any type of garden much less an organic one.
Four Tips For Organic Gardening In Limited Space
Container gardening it is important that you select the right size container for the particular plant, herb or veggie you are going to grow.
Use a high quality type of potting soil. A quick check on the internet will give you all the information you need for selecting the right potting soil you will need for the types of plants you will be growing.
Make sure you place the containers where they will get adequate sunlight. Most of the plants will need from a bare minimum of 4 hours, but 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight would be much better for them.
Water & Fertilizer:
Do not over water or add too much fertilizer to the potting soil. Too much water and fertilizer will destroy your healthy organic garden.
Types of Organic Gardening
- Managed intensive rotational grazing.
- Multiple cropping.
- No dig gardening.
- Pollination management.
- Sheet mulching.
Natural Pest Controls
- Avoid Ants With Vinegar
- Scare Off Spiders With Citrus
- Block Flies With Basil
- Battle Roaches With Borax
- Dish Soap Fights Off Fruit Flies
- Catnip Combats Mosquitos
- Salt Repels Fleas
- Cinnamon Oil Wards Off Dust Mites
- Fake Wasp Nest Keeps Wasps Away
- Bar Of Soap Keeps The Deer Away
- Feed Mice To The Owls
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