Monday, August 20, 2007

Growing Fruits And Vegetables The Way Nature Intended Them To Be

Growing Fruits And Vegetables The Way Nature Intended Them To Be

By George Hapgood

Gardening can add more quality to the way you live and even to some extent may also add quantity to one's life. There are many benefits of gardening, particularly organic gardening that can make one can forget about whatever is bothering him or her.

Organic gardening is the way of growing vegetables and fruits with the use of things only found in nature.

Why would one want to indulge in organic gardening?

1. Organic gardening is less boring.

One can easily make his own compost from garden and kitchen waste. Though this is a bit more time-consuming than buying prepared chemical pesticides and fertilizers, it would surely be one rewarding activity.

2. Less health harming chemicals on the food that you and your family may consume.

Pesticides contain toxins that have only one purpose kill living things. One of the best known benefits of organic gardening is the zero tolerance for pesticide use. This is the most widely know reason for the boom of organic gardening and is also the best of what we get from the benefits of organic gardening.

3. Less harm to the environment.

Organic gardening has residual effect on ground water. The Environmental Protection Agency says that 38 states have cases of contaminated ground water.

The protection of the topsoil from erosion is another concern dealt with the practice of organic gardening.

The Soil Conservation Service says that an estimated 30 - 32 billion tons of soil erodes from United States farmlands every year. Commercial farming causes this.

4. Cost savings

One does need to buy costly chemical fertilizers and pesticides with organic gardening. One example of organic fertilizer that one could make use of is as lowly as the stale coffee and coffee grounds. If one wishes to attract off aphids from vegetables, plant marigolds.

One frugal garden pest spray could be concocted through mixing 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup of cooking oil. Put 3 tablespoons of this mixture in 1 quart of water and spray on plants.

Mulch, which is used to keep moisture in and weeds out, could be in the form of grass clippings and pine needles.

5. Organic gardening makes one feel better knowing he is doing his part in safeguarding the future of the next generations.

On the average, a child ingests four to five times more cancer-causing pesticides from foods than an adult. This can lead to various diseases later on in the child's life. With organic gardening, these incidents are lessened.

About the Author: You Too can have a green thumb. Visit Georges Blog here


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Gaines Mailboxes to complement your backyard orgarnic farm

A backyard organic farm does not exist in a vacuum. It exist in the backyard of a home, and a home have many components - the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the bedrooms, the bathrooms, the facade and of course the curbside which is its connection to the rest of the world.

While email have largely displaced the so-called snail mail, they are still essential for certain correspondence which cannot be transmitted via the Internet, and for that, you need a mailbox.

Gaines Mailboxes offers a great range of mailboxes which you can chose and order online. They have tried to meet the customers' needs including packaging a drill bit with their products so you don't need to hunt for one of the correct size, or worst, to have to venture out of your house to buy one just to install their products.

They have also come out with a range of mail boxes including the Keystone series of mailboxes, an example of which is the Black with Verde Brass Signature Keystone Series Mailboxes, the Gaines Mailboxes: Black with Satin Nickel Classic Pedestal Mailbox Package, the Gaines Mailboxes: Metallic Bronze with Verde Brass Classic Mailbox Top, the Gaines Mailboxes: Black with Verde Brass Signature Keystone Series Mailboxes and others. You can browse through their website to see their whole range.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Organic Food: As Healthy As You Can Get

Organic Food: As Healthy As You Can Get

By Barbara Camie

Healthy food grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, chemical preservatives or genetically engineered DNA is Organic. It is more labor intensive. Organic farming doesn’t use herbicides and other chemicals. So the yield is much smaller and to buy, more expensive. But organic foods are high in vitamins and minerals, tempting a good population to include these diets in their lifestyle.

Benefits of Organic food

• No pesticide, fungicides residues on food

• No synthetic residuals built into plants

• No genetically engineered organisms

• Realistic flavors

• High in vitamin

• High in minerals

• Higher in anti oxidants

The ‘Organic-certified produce’ is grown, harvested, stored and transported without the use of any synthetic chemicals or fumigants. They are processed according to uniform standards and USDA accredited organizations verify it.

Organic farming vs. Conventional farming

• Traditional farmers use chemical fertilizers in the soil to grow crops. Organic farmers build soil with natural fertilizer

• In traditional farming, insecticides are used to kill the insects and diseases. Organic farmers use insect predators and barriers

• Traditional farmers control weed growth by applying synthetic herbicides but crop rotation, tillage, hand weeding and mulches control weeds in Organic fields

Organic foods are not completely chemical free, but the pesticide residues will be much lower than those found in produce manufactured with synthetic chemicals.

About the Author: Barbara Camie, Agriculture Organic Food Specialist, Phentermine Weight Loss Managment Group