Why Garden Organically?

Organic Gardening
As recent as 25 years ago, the idea of organic gardening was considered quite a radical concept.  How in the world were gardeners expected to control the weeds, the bugs, and the animals that could threaten a thriving garden without the use of man-made chemicals?  When you think about it, organic gardening is a really simply theory.  For years, people have been growing things without the use of chemicals. The early settlers of our country didn’t have Miracle-Gro or Sevin Dust and they made out just fine.  It only makes sense that we should be able to apply the same techniques and get the same results as they did today.  We should grow food using Mother Nature's ingredients rather than concoctions born in a chemist's laboratory for the good of…
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7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food

Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Not that being part of a trend is ever a good reason to start or learn something new, but if it helps you move forward by being part of the "in" crowd, then you really need to plant your own edible garden this year. That's right, having your own vegetable garden is now trendy. In fact according to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writer's Association (GWA) Foundation, over 41 million U.S. households, or 38 percent planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And, more than 19.5 million households (18 percent) grew an herb garden and 16.5 million households (15 percent) grew fruits during the same period. The study found that there was a growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners and from an influx…
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5 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

5 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

Organic Gardening, Sustainable Landscaping
1) Observe your space Where is the sun / shade? (watch the patterns during the growing season throughout the day) How is the land sloped? (south faces warmer & sunnier than north - use to your advantage!) Is it windy? (plant some trees or shrubs to act as a windbreak!) 2) Think about what you like to eat and see! plant some of your favorites! choose varieties that are suited for your climate (local garden stores usually specialize in these!) plan plantings that compliment each other (grow sunflowers as a trellis for pole beans!) 3) Soil is the start work soil in spring only when it begins to dry (not when soggy you'll lose important soil structure!) add Organic Matter! add Organic Matter! add Organic Matter! (in the form of…
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7 Required Components of a Compost Pile

7 Required Components of a Compost Pile

Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
Compost, made from decomposed grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches, becomes a dark, crumbly mixture of organic matter. Learn how composting works. Even a newbie to composting can make good quality compost. It can be compared to cooking as art or part science. The following 7 factors will help you master the art of composting. Components of a Compost Pile After a time anything that was once alive will naturally decompose. But, not all organic items should be composted for the garden. To prepare compost, organic material, microorganisms, air, water, and a small amount of nitrogen are needed. These items are safe to compost at home: * grass clippings * trimmings from hedges * vegetable scraps * leaves * potting soil that has grown old * twigs * coffee filters…
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Easy Steps to Composting

Easy Steps to Composting

Soil & Compost
It is becoming more and more obvious these days that we need to recycle as much as we can, and anyone with a garden has a head start and can make a great contribution. To many novice gardeners, this subject can be somewhat difficult to grasp; but in fact it is really straightforward - there are just a few very simple rules: You need a compost bin, and the type you decide on rather depends on the size of your garden, but there are a couple of options: A purpose built plastic bin purchased from a garden centre, not too expensive; and you just fill up from the top and a few months later, you can take compost from a small hatch at the base. Alternatively, if you can wield…
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Organic Gardening…The Better Way to Grow

Organic Gardening…The Better Way to Grow

Organic Gardening
Organic vegetable gardening, the benefits to you and your family are huge. Would you rather eat fresh lush vegetables without the fear of insecticides and chemicals? Would you like to feed your family a natural food, full of antioxidants and vitamins? Organic vegetable gardening is your one and only answer. Have you ever seen soil after years of applications of chemical fertilizers? Icky. The color is just like the soil, bleached, colorless, lifeless. Have you seen organic soil? Organically managed soil is rich in beneficial organisms, richly composted to a rich dark color. Which soil would you rather grow vegetables, any of your plants in? Are you becoming aware or very aware of the need to preserve, to protect our environment? Organic vegetable gardening, organic gardening in any form is…
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Why you should consider organic gardening

Why you should consider organic gardening

Organic Gardening
Organic gardening is one of the fastest growing facets of gardening, and more and more people are discovering that it is possible to enjoy a beautiful, thriving garden while still keeping the use of chemicals and pesticides to a minimum. One reason to avoid the use of chemicals and pesticides is that long term use of such chemicals can deplete the soil and leave it unable to sustain further growth. In many cases beds of perennials suddenly stop blooming for no apparent reason, and the culprit is often found to be the overuse of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Concern for the health of the gardener's family members, pets and the environment as a whole is another reason many people choose organic gardening methods. Runoff from many commercial pesticides and…
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Update…

Our Homestead
Well, the tomatoes are getting ready to be RED! Eugene has pulled it off again this year and has supplied the compost pile with over forty five bags of grass clippings. It is making a fine mulch as well! I came by an old chipper/shredder just collecting dust in someone's barn. What a BOON! for only $125!!! Getting it running will consist of some carburetor work... and I can chip and shred to my little hearts desire. That will aide in adding some 'brown' to the mix. My neighbors already think I'm a little kooky, always asking them... "What are you going to do with that?" They proceed to look at me like I have three eyes and I say, "Then can I have it?" Hey, one man's refuse is…
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Vermicomposting? What’s THAT? Composting with vermin?

Vermicomposting? What’s THAT? Composting with vermin?

Organic Gardening, Our Homestead, Vermicomposting
Vermicomposting? Aaaaaa hahaha... honest to God, that's the first thing that went through my mind when I first saw the word. I'm SO not kidding. But it's meaning is this... the use of specially bred earthworms, esp. to aerate soil and convert organic matter into compost; also called vermicuture vermi = worm culture. Sound sort of icky, but have you EVER smelled BAD compost? Ewwwwww. Now, have you ever smelled the forest floor? Good clean soil? Actually the soil is down below. In a good forest, the first four inches or so is humus (A brown or black organic substance consisting of partially or wholly decayed vegetable or animal matter that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water.) I was going somewhere with this...…
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Can anyone say ‘Grass Clippings’?

Organic Gardening, Our Homestead, Soil & Compost
I was bringing my daughter home from a birthday part for one of the children she babysits for... We passed a man on a riding mower going over what looked to be a good two acres of smooth green grass... it was beautiful. As we got closer, I realized he was BAGGING it. And of course, my composting mind went to, "I wonder what he DOES with all that grass?" And I started slowing down... My daughter (used to these shenanigans) said, 'Mooooom, nooooooo!' I said, "I'll only be a minute!" And I stopped and introduced myself to a man named Eugene. He proceeded to tell me about the 'old man' that he regularly delivers his 'green gold' to, that makes beautiful compost. But the old man had only recently…
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