|Organic - What is the meaning of ORGANIC ? - Organic means Chemical-Free. - The Organic Products contains some LIFE nutrients also helps increasing health. LIFE is More than Chemical! - Humans, Animals and Plants are more than dead elements, atoms and molecules.|
|Organic Fertilizer - Plants are alive, and they need much more than chemicals like K,P,N. |
Even more than that, The constant use of PURE Chemicals Fertilizers kills the life inside the skin of our mother EARTH ! Just take a look about the middle and long term concecuences of the The Chemical Fertilizers Industry - There are millions of Microscopic Organisms near the plants that conform a in a micro enviroment that provides nutrients to the plants also helps to keep the water and retain the nutrients in the soil easy avalaible to the plants.
When you fill them with chemicals, most of them die forever, losing the capacity of the soil to be sustaintable at long term.
|ORGANIC FERTILIZER OFFERS THESE BENEFITS: ||Organic Food: You are what you eat.! What is the organic food ? - It is Natural Food - when it is not overly processed. Home cooking is the solution to healthy nutrition, good tasting food, and a lower cost of food. We spend so much time working out of the home, for someone else on a stressful job, only to use our salary to pay someone else to cook for us in the form of convenience restaurants, canned and frozen foods, packaged foods. Processing destroys several nutritional qualities of food; hence our processed food has been fortified in many ways to replace lost minerals and vitamins. Secondly, natural food is also whole food for the same reason that whole wheat bread is preferable over white bread. Finally, the notion of natural food comes back to the main technical requirement of organics: chemical-free production and processing. The concepts of organic agriculture deserves years of study and practical experience. Organic Agriculture follows a basic rule: the land must be chemical free for the last three years and continue likewise during the production of organic crops. Such a summary does not properly serve the objectives of organic food and organic agriculture. Even the standards for organic production tend to limit themselves to chemical free farming and the inherent requirements to succeed without synthetic inputs: crop rotations, soil life, environmental protection, and the absence of chemicals in food processing. But organic means much more. To keep a long story short, - organic food is NEAR, NAKED AND NATURAL! - Food is NAKED - when it is not over packaged. When a significant portion of the sale price of a food item goes to packaging, handling, advertising (besides the transportation and distribution mentioned above), then the farmer ends up with a survival income and the consumer complains about the cost of food. Over-packaging also increases garbage disposal costs and space. Recently, studies have shown that some plastic bags and plastic lined cans are releasing dangerous toxins into our food. These notions of organic food are strangers to no one. We view advertising every day where some multinational food corporation is proposing so-called wholesome, natural, home-cooked food that has travelling thousands of miles, was processed many times, was packaged in tins and repackaged in cartons and over packaged in bulk lots and sold through several intermediaries. While the organic standards focus on production and processing methods to protect the environment and avoid toxic inputs, they pay little attention to marketing and distribution methods, transportation distances, and nutritional content. It is up to the organic enthusiast to minimize the distance between the consumer and the producer, to maintain the nutritional integrity of the food, and to reduce the amount of resources consumed in the production of food.
||Organic Food is NEAR - when local people eat local food. I think all farmers would like to see their produce eaten locally, but organically minded people would make a special effort. The average food molecule in North America allegedly travels about 1500 miles. Imagine the cost and resources spent on moving food from the farm to a distant processor, then to an even more distant wholesaler and distributor, and back to your home town on the retailer's shelf. It requires significant fossil fuels, pollution, subsidized transportation, and spoilage to cover the distance. The economic imperative of long-distance food is economy of scale; the economic imperative of organic food is a direct producer-consumer relationship. The direct contact maximizes freshness and quality, improves mutual understanding, gives power to consumers and producers instead of the large food processors and provides a better price to both parties.
||Enriching the Earth - A book that Examines the situation from England. In the United Kingdom more than half of all nitrogen fertilizer has been applied to grasslands. A Royal Society study found that in the late 1970s average applications on pastures surpassed the inputs to arable land (172 vs. 135 kg N/ha), and that synthetic compounds accounted for 57-63% of all inputs. The overall use of fertilizer nitrogen in the United Kingdom rose by almost 50% between the late 1970s and the mid 1980s, but it declined afterwards, and its average during the late 1990s has been only about 20% higher than a generation earlier, which means that the synthetic fertilizers supply between 65 and 70% of all nitrogen inputs. But high-yielding winter wheat -- the 1998 mean was 7.97 t/ha -- still receives more than 180 kg N/ha, double the amount applied in 1970 when the yield was around 4 t/ha, and the secular correlation between the rising applications of inorganic nitrogen and rising harvests is obvious Book
||Organic fertilizers are safer than chemicals. Chemical fertilizers may, in time, build up salts.
||Organic Gardening Tips - Below are some of our favorite organic gardening tips and tricks, many of which have been written for our e-newsletter. Please send us information about any suggestion or comment
||Apply compost to your garden about two to four weeks before you plant, giving the compost time to integrate and stabilize within the soil.
||Do not overfertilize garlic or it will become leafy. Use a high phosphorus fertilizer (the middle number) to promote bulb formation.
||New beds need soil amendments and double digging for that extra starting kick.
||Soak finished compost in water to brew compost tea, a nutrient-rich liquid that can be used for foliar feeding or for watering plants in your garden, backyard, or houseplants.
||Specimen plants which need a warmer climate zone than you have do well in sheltered, south-facing walls. The wall acts as a solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a small zone that is warmer than the rest of the garden.
||Outdoors potted plants and baskets are the only plants that need daily water on the hottest, driest days of the summer.
||Low-growing ornamental grasses can cascade over walls, edge low borders, and taller varieties can stand in for a row of shrubs.
||A small extension curtain rod is an excellent support rod for plants. The length can continually be adjusted without disturbing the plants.
||Check moisture in container plants often with your fingers. Potting soil is often lightweight and dries out quickly.
||Short on space but like vining vegetables? Train your squash, melons, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis. Support the fruiting vines gently and thoroughly.
||Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.
||Water your gardens and plants in the early morning or dusk to save water. Watering during the heat of the day burns plants and increases evaporation and loss of water.
||To continue blooming, container plants need large amounts of nutrients and water. Since water tends to wash out the nutrients, use finished compost or a good organic fertilizer as top-dressing.
||Whenever possible use natural and organic fertilizers such as compost. Chemicals build up toxicity in soil, which leaches into drinking water.
||Variety and balance are keys to good landscaping. Color, density, size, shape and contrasting colors should all be considered.
||Morning sun is more beneficial than afternoon sun.
||Fertilize before a rain whenever possible.
||When choosing plants for your yard or garden, analyze your specific sunlight, soil, and climate first. Choose plants accordingly.
||Learn to tell bulbs noses from their basal plates, and plant them heads up.
||Bare spots on your lawn? Find an interesting native ground cover and plant it in an appealing design on the bare spot.
||Water well before and after applying mulch to give your landscaping a good beginning.
||Use a color wheel to find neighbors and opposites. Begin with a color wheel to design a beautiful, purposeful garden. Avoid simply throwing colors together but put a little time into planning.
||Soak bare root plants in water for several hours to prepare them for planting after their dehydration.
||Prepare beds for annuals and small plants by working in plenty of organic material, layer mulch on top, then gently stick the transplants through mulch to the appropriate depth.
||Garden hydrangeas color can be manipulated with the soil pH. Pink and red hydrangeas turn blue and purple in acid soils, while blue hydrangeas turn pink in alkaline soils.
||Late spring and early summer is the best time to side-dress with compost your rapidly growing plants. Gently scratch the compost into the soil, taking care to start it about an inch away from the stem.
||Do not fertilize during the fall or the winter.
||In general, thinner leaved plants need more water to stay alive, thicker leaved plants need less.
||Like potatoes but dont have much garden space? Try potatoes in barrels or other large containers. Start the potatoes indoors to give them a good head start. Start the potatoes deep in the pot, then fill in the soil as the stems grow upwards.
||Compost is not a fertilizer. It builds up organic matter in the soil.
||Take cuttings from healthy clematis plants. Each cutting should include at least on undamaged leaf joint. Dip in cutting gel and plant in paper or peat pots. Clematis do not take to transplanting, so be sure to plant them in the soil pot and all.
||Pick your peas regularly - it will encourage the plants to grow more of them.
||Divide plants in the cool of the evening to avoid dehydration. Replant as soon as possible.
||Coffee grounds make excellent mulch around acid-loving plants.
||A plant not receiving enough sun will be misshapen, wont bloom, and is likely to die. A plant receiving too much sun is burned, stressed, and also likely to die.
||Monochromatic gardens often make the most harmonious gardens. You can choose a dramatic bright color such as vivid orange, a soothing soft color such as soft lavender or white, or any shade in between.
||Boundaries of fences, stone walls, and hedges give order and design to your garden. Paths are important for movement and maintenance.
||Use height, contrast and color to draw the eye to a particular part of your yard or garden you want to draw attention to.
||A garden soil that has been well mulched and amended periodically requires only about a 1 layer of compost yearly to maintain its quality.
||The longer the growing season, the more compost is needed in the soil. A longer growing season requires more nutrients and organic matter in the soil.
||When you water, try to water deeply and thoroughly. Frequent, shallow waterings train your plants to keep their roots near the surface, making them less hardy and more likely to suffer when deprived of water even for a short period.
||Plant something new every year. You never know what you might really enjoy and you get to learn something new every season.
||Mulch prevents weeds.
||Work compost into the soil you plant amaryllis in, and feed it with worm tea. They both contain nutrients to promote strong bulbs and lead to larger blooms.
||Another reason to use natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments: earthworms love them! Earthworms are extremely beneficial to the soil and plants, increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do everything you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.
||Healthy soil doesn't require chemical fertilizers.
||If you cant use finished compost for a while, cover the pile with a tarp to avoid leaching the nutrients out of the compost.
||Rainy climates often require more compost than drier climates, as the nutrients leach away into the soil faster with the rain.
||Harvest onions when the tops have fallen over. Let the soil dry out, harvest, and store in a warm, dry, shady place until the tops dry. Cut off the foliage down to an inch, then store in a cool, dry place.
||Avoid tired, sore muscles at the beginning of gardening season by getting in shape beforehand.
||Tri-level wire baskets usually used for fruits and vegetables are great for hanging baskets.
||Pull weeds after a rain or watering - it is easier on your body and you are more likely to pull the entire root.
||Keep dirt off lettuce and cabbage leaves when growing by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of grass clippings (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. Make it mat by spraying with water. This also helps keep the weeds down.
||Stick a few rusty nails into the soil of your African Violets to help them thrive.
||Microwave hard squash and pumpkin about 3 - 5 minutes before trying to slice it. It softens the peel, making it much easier to slice to cook.
||Some vegetables actually become sweeter after a frost, including kale, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.
||Stay in control of whiteflies using sticky traps and organic sprays such as pyrethrum or neem.
||Plant a new pot with lettuce, spinach, or other greens every week to keep salads going all season. The pot makes an excellent, lush green centerpiece for summer dinners on the deck or patio.
||For an organic approach to pest control, build up your soil to encourage healthy microbes and other soil microorganisms, and earthworms. Healthy soil means healthy plants that are better able to resist pests and disease, thus reducing the need for harmful pesticides.
||Compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration, and increases the soils water holding capacity. It also promotes soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development.
||Mulching protects roots from extremes above ground, both the suns heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.
||For a great looking container houseplant, arrange three tall plants (not necessarily the same plant) in the center and surround them with smaller, bushy or trailing plants. Be careful to choose plants with similar tastes in soil, water and sunlight.
||Pick and handle your vegetables carefully; any nicks, cuts, or bruises lead to decay and shorter shelf life.
||When arranging a fresh bouquet from your yard, be sure strip the foliage from the stems as much as possible. Leaves in the water will create bacteria and shorten the life of the arrangement.
||Use newspapers as weed barriers when creating a new bed. They are printed with soy ink and decompose nicely, and are simple to lay out again when decomposed. Dont use slick colored advertisements or colored pages.
||Know where your new plants and soil is coming from; make sure you are not introducing nasty pests and disease, as well as unwanted weeds.
||A five percent increase in organic material quadruples the soils ability to store water. This is especially important information in dry climates.
||Purify your house with these common houseplants: Spider plants, English Evy, Bamboo Palm, Fiscus, Mother-in-laws tongue, Peace Lily and Pothos.
||Dry your herbs at the end of the summer by tying sprigs together to form small bunches. Tie them together with a rubber band and hang, tips down, in a dry place out of the sun. Keep the bunches small to ensure even circulation. Store dry in labeled canning jars, either whole or crumbled. Freezing is also a good way to preserve herbs.
||If you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine and you are about to frost, save your tomatoes! Pull the plants and bring them inside. Hang them in a warm dry place. The tomatoes will ripen on the vine.
||At a loss for a color to put in your landscape? Try white. It goes with everything and catches the eye nicely.
||Keep your garden simpler by keeping clumps of perennials such as chives, scallions and herbs going year after year.
||Over watering is worse than under watering. It is easier to revive a dry plant than try to dry out drowned roots.
||Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright, contrasting color other than green to help you find them amongst your plants.
||To make cut daffodils last longer, cut them near the ground in the afternoon rather than the morning. They contain more sugar then, which acts as a preservative.
||Attract ladybugs to your garden with nectar-producing plants such as dill, parsley, and fennel.
||Control powdery mildew with milk. Dilute 1 part milk in 9 parts water and spray on the plants.
||Mint is extremely easy to grow and very rewarding. It is also, however, extremely invasive and tends to take over. To avoid this, surround the mint with a barrier at least 6 - 12 inches deep in the ground. Ceramic pipe, wooden boards, or aluminum sheeting make good barriers.
||Add variety and interest to your landscaping by creating a garden skyline; create raised beds, pedestals, and shaped containers to lift plants up.
||When you first see evidence of pests in your garden, dont go for the harmful pesticides first. Begin your attack by picking them off by hand, spraying them off with the hose, or clipping them off with pruning shears.
||Put your hanging plants on pulleys to allow for easier watering.
||Try to group plants with similar sunlight, nutrient, and water requirements together.
||For best results, mix your compost with the soil at least 6 - 8 inches deep and at a ratio of about half and half. When plants are placed in pure compost, the roots have difficulty getting past the soil/compost barrier, resulting in weaker plants.
||Add year-round variety to your garden with ornamental grasses. They often have varied color and texture, and become beautiful plumes to enjoy during the winter.
||Ivy is an excellent, easy container plant. It can be trained up a topiary or simply left to hang naturally, and is very easy to grow.
||Vines crawling up walls, fences, or other vertical structures soften hard lines and add vertical color to otherwise drab views.
||Some plants contain substances that can be harmful to other plants and need to be composted before using as mulch or compost in a landscape or garden. Some of these include acacia, California bay, camphor, cypress, eucalyptus, madrone, oak, pine, pittosporum, red cedar, and walnut.
||Strawberries can be propagated easily with their runners - spread the runners out around the plant and peg them down with a rock. After they have rooted and show signs of growth, cut the runners and transplant the new plant if desired.
||Compost is a soil amendment that helps build organic matter in your soil. Mulch is placed on top of the soil to help protect the plant from temperature and climatic extremes and is sometimes used as a weed barrier.
||Companion planting is an excellent way to improve your garden. Some plants replenish nutrients lost by another one, and some combinations effectively keep pests away.
||Remember your lawn mower when you are planning a new bed in your landscape. Use the lawn mower to make sure the curves are easy to follow and easy to maintain with the lawn mower.
||Scatter crocuses throughout your lawn to add early color to your landscape. In the fall, remove small plugs of grass. Place a crocus bulb in the hole and replace the plug. The crocuses will arrive in early spring and provide much needed color at a perfect time. By the time the grass comes up and needs to be clipped, the crocuses will have died back down and disappeared.
||When a plant is wilting, always check the soil before assuming it is lacking water. Plants wilt for all sorts of reasons.
||Water in the morning to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity.
||Avoid using railroad ties in or around your vegetable garden; the chemicals used as preservatives are now thought to be toxic and harmful.
||Geraniums love coffee. Add some grounds to the soil or water with some cold leftovers periodically.
||Milk jugs, pop bottles and other plastic containers make great mini covers to place over your plants to protect them frosts in early fall.
||Bees are excellent pollinators before honeybees arrive for the season. They can be attracted to your garden by provided them places to nest.
||Kale, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and mustard greens are susceptible to the cabbageworm butterfly. The adult is light-colored and lays single, white eggs on the underside of the leaves. When possible, squish the eggs and light-colored caterpillars to prevent as much damage as possible.
||Pine needles make an excellent mulch for acid-loving plants, but be sure they are indeed acid-loving!
||When buying plants, choose plants that have budded but not yet bloomed. When planted, they will focus on root growth instead of blooming which leads to healthier, sturdier plants.
||Planning on spending large amounts of time in your garden? Consider using stone slabs, brick pavers, small gravel or wooden decking as floors or pathways.
||Curved lines in your landscape are aesthetically pleasing.
||Grow a pesto pot in a sunny spot. Fill the pot with different types and colors of basil and enjoy it all season! Dry or freeze any basil you have left over.
||Heavy, exuberant climbers need strong supports. Be sure your trellis or arbor is heavy duty and able to support the weight of the fast-growing, heavy branches.
||Group containers made of the same material on an outdoor deck for a lush, interesting effect. Use planters of all sizes, shapes, heights and textures but made of the same material such as terra cotta.
||Use trailing, bushy plants in a pot to shade the sides of the container and keep the roots cooler.
||Caffeine is a natural herbicide. Tea and coffee grounds make excellent compost, but dont add too much.
||Place large pots on wheels for easy moving.
||Always test your soil when planning a new bed or lawn.
||Have more than one bird feeder scattered throughout your yard to attract different kinds of birds.
||Keep dirt out from under your fingernails by scratching a bar of soap before beginning. When youre finished, wash your hands thoroughly. The soap will wash cleanly out of your nails
||Prune your hedges so they are slightly wider at the bottom than at the top. This allows sunlight to reach the bottom leaves, preventing the loss of the lower leaves.
||Let a few ice cubes melt into the soil of your hanging plants to water them without mess or hassle.
||Place a mailbox in your garden. They are a great place to store garden tools.
||Maintain your plants by pinching, picking and carefully cutting back. They tend to stay healthier, bushier, and grow better.
||Remember, peppers can be picked and eaten at any size and stage of maturity. They are often sweetest at their ripest, however.
||An easy way to get compost into your soil without much back-breaking work: Spread the compost over the garden in the late fall. Cover with a winter mulch such as chopped leaves and let nature take its course. By spring, the snow and soil organisms will have worked the compost into the topsoil for you.
||Native ferns are excellent ground covers for shady areas.
||Latticework and slatted screens work well to protect privacy while still allowing fresh air and breezes into a backyard.
||Coarse mulch can make a very effective weed barrier. It must be at least 3 inches in depth. Some weeds will still force their way through, but most will be effectively kept out.
||If you live in a dry climate, look for drought-resistant plants. They often have small, silver leaves and deep taproots. Succulents are well adapted to dry weather.
||Place cool colors such as lavender, blue and green in shady areas for the best impact. They are washed out by bright light.
||Combine cooking and gardening by experimenting with flavorful, interesting varieties of both native and exotic herbs.
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