The Benefits of Organic Food

The Benefits of Organic Food

Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
A Growing Body of Scientific Evidence Many people purchase organic food because they believe it is healthier than conventionally grown food. The organic industry is constantly told that there is no evidence to support these claims. This article looks at published information that shows that organic food is substantially healthier than conventional food. Research published in a 2001 study showed that the current fruit and vegetables in the United States have about half the vitamin content of their counterparts in 1963. The study was based on a comparison of published USDA figures. A scientific study published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1993 clearly showed that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. Organically and conventionally grown apples, potatoes, pears, wheat and sweet corn were purchased over two…
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Organic Fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers

Soil & Compost
When used in reference to fertilizers, the word organic generally means that the nutrients contained in the product are derived solely from the remains or a by-product of an organism. Cottonseed meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, manure and sewage sludge are examples of organic fertilizers. Urea is a synthetic organic fertilizer, an organic substance manufactured from inorganic materials. When packaged as fertilizers, organic products have the fertilizer ratio stated on the package label. Some organic materials, particularly composted manures and sludges, are sold as soil conditioners and do not have a nutrient guarantee stated on the package, although small amounts of nutrients are present. Some organic fertilizers are high in one of the three major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, or potash,) but low or zero in the other two. Some are…
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Farmers Are Flocking to Manure

Farmers Are Flocking to Manure

Farm Animals, Organic Gardening, Small Scale Farming, Soil & Compost
The closest thing I can find to a directory on getting local manure is CraigsList. I am sure if you look hard enough you can find a location or farmer in your area that will happily supply you with enough manure to use for home organic gardening Then, I ran across this article, Why Farmers are Flocking to Manure that throws out this common statistic... "It has taken us about 100 years to reduce soil organic matter to dangerously low levels from about 5 percent, on average, to below 2 percent." That blog article was adapted from the book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind" So they are running out of chemical fertilizer. Go Figure. And how fast could our commercial farming industry make the move to organic farming?…
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Using Worm Castings For Your Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Using Worm Castings For Your Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Vermicomposting
Worm castings are one of the few available resources today that offer numerous proven benefits while offering no bad side effects. Not like pesticides and fertilizers with special hazardous handling advice, worm castings promote plants and root development without the side effects of ingesting malicious chemicals. Compost and worm castings are not one in the same.. Instead they are a biological process that takes place within the worm's digestive method. In fact composted material is what is actually fed to many worms in order to generate worm castings. [caption id="attachment_3140" align="alignright" width="300"] earthworm castings can be collected from your yard after a good rain.[/caption] This brings me to a second point that the worms should be cultivated in a controlled environment where the temperature is above seventy degrees Fahrenheit in…
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Organic Weed Control

Organic Gardening, Weeds
Although much has been heard about organic weed prevention and its benefits, there are still people who seem skeptic about it. Is it really any good? This question is just among the recurring questions that you can encounter regarding organic weed control process. Organic weed prevention uses different process of controlling the growth of unwanted grasses or weeds. You can either pull them from the ground whenever you see them or use organic weed killer on them. As you can see, organic weed control doesn’t disagree on using products to control or remove wild plants. The idea of this process is to prevent them in the most natural way possible. So if you want to use sprays, fertilizers or any other kind of chemicals on them, make sure that you…
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Soil Analysis By Leaf Testing For Correct Fertilization

Soil & Compost
Tasteless food is a good measure of the micro-mineral concentration in your soil. ASAP Plant Minerals is the effective way to assure biosynthesis of phyto-chemical nutrients in crops. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus work in synergy with micro-minerals and need them present to grow not just plants, but plants with nutrition. The strong fragrance in flowers and rich taste in food is due to micro-nutrients present during photosynthesis of phyto-chemicals. Testing leaves is an easy way to see what's going on underground. Plants need two distinct groupings of fertilization. The well known type of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur applications that are adjusted depending on season. In the spring, the nitrogen and phosphorus with a lower potassium combination is applied to stimulate root and green growth, then as photo period shortens…
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