A Simple Guide To Eating And Growing Organic Food
July 16, 2008
“Go Organic” is the latest buzz in the food industry. And why not, organically grown fruits and vegetables are tastier, nutritious and definitely less contaminated with harmful chemicals. But they tend to tip the budget scales on the higher side.
When buying fruits and vegetables keep in mind that thicker the skin of the vegetable, the lesser percentage of pesticides in them. Banana, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, mango all have a thick covering. In vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, avocado is comparatively safer.
In keeping with the trend of going organic, many families are getting into organic farming. It is not always possible to own open land and grow your own food. But one can always have a small garden and grow few organic vegetables.
It is exciting and an accomplishment when you serve food, which you have grown personally. Here are some very basic tips on how you can go about developing your garden into an organic garden.
How To Develop An Organic Garden:
1) Find out how much space you have before you start dreaming of something too lavish and elaborate.
2) Make sure you have time on hand to attend to your garden regularly.
3) Decide if you want a vegetable garden or an herb garden.
4) The area where you plan to have your garden should receive ample sunlight, minimum six hours. This is extremely crucial to keep the garden healthy and disease free.
5) There should be a good drainage system otherwise your garden bed will turn into a marsh land.
6) When creating the bed, make sure you clear the area thoroughly and dig sufficiently deep.
7) Adding compost works wonders to a freshly dug up site. You can make your own compost or buy them from garden and planters shop.
8) When buying your organic plant make sure they are from Organic Plant centers or you will land up buying plants that have already been created with chemicals. You can also buy seeds and grow them. But make sure you buy seeds of those plants that are in season.
9) While planting your new plants, make sure the hole is deep, then put the plant, fill it completely with soil, apply gentle pressure around the soil, so you know it is firm and water it well.
10) After the planting is complete, make sure that the entire garden is covered with three inch layer of organic mulch, such as shredded bark, hay, chopped leaves, or grass clippings. This will keep weeds down while retaining soil moisture.
It may sound like a lot of hard work but once it is ready, you will feel proud of your achievement and enjoy chemical free meals for a change.
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