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Gardening at Home Tips

Submitted by Nick on January 21, 2010

Go Green For Better Health

Leafy green vegetables and fruits do the body good as they are rich in minerals and vitamins and act as antioxidants. The establishment of an organic garden or farm also reduces environmental damage as there are no chemicals seeping into the soil. If you have a roof or a patch of ground you can start organic farming. Nowadays even small containers can be effectively used to grow organic vegetables.

A little patience, intelligence, and internet access can help you to learn gardening.

First of all, you require organic soil and natural composted material for your pots or garden. Once you have decided which fruits and/or vegetables to grow keep in mind that it is better to opt for seeds or plants that have been organically reared.

The advantages of growing organic food are manifold. It restricts the use of chemical fertilizers, is cost effective, and you obtain vitamin filled, fresh and natural foods which taste much better and boost your immune system and energy levels.

Are you all set to grow your own organic food at home? Let’s take a look at some of the available options:

Onions are easy to harvest and store which makes them an excellent option to grow. You can grow them from seeds or small immature onions (sets).

Push the sets into the soil with the growing tip visible. You can grow them in rows, curves, spirals or also have lettuce between them.

Herbs are the best natural remedies and a great way to supplement your diet. Don’t worry too much about the soil quality as herbs grow well in sandy and stony soils.

Choose a place close to your kitchen (for quick access) where you have sunlight. Parsley, sage, rosemary, garlic, mint, basil, and lavender are great options.

Carrots are great to grow in containers.  If you have enough space, you can grow carrots in a greenhouse.

Planting peas is a straightforward process. It’s best to plant the peas when the soil is warm. Plant them in double rows.

Beans, which are a nutritious crop, are easy to grow as well. Grow them in medium sized pots. Keep the compost moist and water them well. When they are ready, plant them outside against a frame so that they can climb up. This is good for Runner as well as French beans.

Potatoes can be grown both in open ground and in containers.

Tomatoes are so tasty that although growing them is labor intensive, they are a common planting choice among organic farmers. If the area you residing in has a good climate the process becomes easier. Growing tomatoes need plenty of light and air, plus they won't grow well if crowded. They require high potash fertilizer and should be regularly tended to.

Planting salad crops, mainly lettuce, is amazingly easy, but the results can vary depending on the weather. You will need an optimal temperature—neither too hot, nor too cold. Scatter the seeds on the surface of the compost to make sure they aren’t overcrowded.

Crop rotation is a necessity when it comes to growing strawberries. Make sure to keep them away from potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. As the berries turn red, use bird netting to protect your fruit.

You can grow chillies indoors and later move them outside when the weather is good. Watering them regularly is required though.

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