Give an Organic Touch to Your Container Garden

In the contemporary lifestyle characterized by hectic schedules, gardening is deemed outdated both in concept and in practice. Many treat gardening either as a retirement option or a countryside diversion, limiting its possibilities. The reality that you live your life in a suburban city, with the competition of each day holds no time for sustainable gardening, does not hold an excuse for not doing so. Container gardening offers an excellent entry point to those who want to try their hands at the pleasurable experience of gardening.

What Is Container gardening?

Defined as the practice of growing plants in containers, container gardening is quiet an established technique of controlled gardening within the confines of one’s home.  Since many vegetables can be promptly grown in containers, it’s a suitable way of growing your own food supply in a fresh, nutritious and convenient manner. Giving an organic touch to your container gardening practices makes sure that the items you cultivate are healthy, safe and uncontaminated. With a little practice and patience you can set up you organic container garden effortlessly.

Let Your Container Garden Take an Organic Turn

Thinking organic is the first step which is proven to be the best step as well.  There are a number of ways you can bring in organic farming principles while carrying out container gardening under your roof.

  • Organic Seeds: Using seeds  that are certified organic instead of genetically modified ones is an important way to ensure that your container garden is in accordance with organic farming principles.
  • Natural Soil Mix: Say no to soil that contains chemical pesticides or herbicides and try natural soil mix.
    Organic Container: The use of organic containers such as natural wood, clay or ceramic pots is sure to give your garden a healthy look.
  • Organic Pesticides:  Using organic fertilizers such as compost, manure, etc. instead of chemical/artificial ones not only endorses organic farming, but yields better results.

11 Healthy Foods

Here is a list of foods which will efficiently keep you healthy while simultaneously warding off diseases, if grown the organic way.

  1. Garlic is beneficial for its capacity to support immune-building, lower cholesterols and blood-pressure levels etc. Allicin, a specific compound in garlic, also functions as an anti-inflammatory.
  2. Rich in Vitamin K and C, broccoli helps build bones and ward off a host of cancers.
  3. One red potato contains the goodness of a cup of spinach or broccoli. They are known to help build immune.
  4. The abundance of omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts help reduce the risk of a range of ailments, from depression to Alzheimer’s.
  5. The rich, healthy fats of avocado help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
  6. One lemon is packed with enough Vitamin C for building bones of children and older women entering menopause. It also inhibits the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.
  7. Spinach, rich in antidoxants, is known to maintain and even repair sight.
  8. Legumes, high on nutrition and low on fats have been proven to treat cholesterol and repair cell-damage through its antioxidants.
  9. The fiber in beetroot helps control unwanted fat and increases blood circulation. It helps fight against heart disease, cancer and birth defects
  10. The sulforaphane in cabbage helps fight off cell-damaging entities, thus keeping keep cancer off.
  11. Rich in antioxidants and anti-microbial properties, honey is also loaded with other benefits like keeping cholesterol in check, treating arthritis etc.

What to expect from organic food products

Organic food products are finding their way into our daily diet more often than not. Surprisingly, most of us
buy organic food products without knowing their nutritional value and the health benefits they carry. Most of
us have gone organic simply because we consider it a fad.

So what makes organic foods so special?

Organic food products are produced using a technique that does not require the use of pesticides and
chemical fertilizers for growing plants that give us food. Organic products are free from any kind of solvents
as well as food additives.

So does removing all traces of chemicals from our food make it healthier?

Farmers who grow organic food firmly believe in the advantages that the food has over non organic food
products.

Health is Wealth: it has been proven that use of chemicals and hormones for growing food has caused grave
harm to the human body. With organic products one need not worry about food making you ill.

A moment on the lips: organic food tastes better than non organic food because it has no traces of chemicals
in it. Besides, organic food is sold fresh and not frozen unlike the non organic food products.

Friends of Animals: Special care is taken of the animals that help in production of organic milk, meat and
fish. Their dietary and other requirements are well met so that they give the best produce.

Go Green, Help Clean: while growing organic food, protection of the environment is a major priority. Hence,
harmful chemicals and pesticides are a complete no to ensure a pollution free soil, air and water.

Can organic farming feed the world?

Can organic farming produce enough yields to feed the world? While there is a widely held belief that organic farming is beneficial to both the consumer and the environment in general, turning organic farming into a more plausible and accessible reality is not considered possible. How can one produce enough to feed the world on a regular basis without using synthetic materials? It has been reported that an piece of farmland, of about 2 acres can produce upto 20 tons of produce per year, enough to feed 50 families! But such anecdotes need to be supported by concrete studies.

Luckily, there have been studies conducted for a better estimate on the situation which have resulted in a favorable hypothesis. According to the estimates, organic farming is in fact capable of sustaining the current population of the world. The argument against the lack of organically acceptable fertilizers has been addressed by the primary farming technique of using leguminous plants. Plants such as that of beans when used as a cover crop in the farmland, work as the agents to fix enough nitrogen, acting as a replacement to synthetic fertilizers.

A number of suggestions have been made to make this a potential idea a successful one. The prudent management of soil nutrients, pest control, water harvesting in dry land, livestock integration in the farming are some of the ways to build a sustainable system of farming. In addition to ensuring a healthy environment and wholesome produce, these practices promise a larger yield.

Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Buy Organic

It is no secret that organic food is the most healthy option available to us in the age of pesticides and chemically treated fruits and vegetables. For those of us perturbed by the state of affairs, firstly availability and then prices on the organic produce act as a deterrent. So is there no middle ground? Well, one way out would be to pick those of the fruits and vegetables which are least contaminated. Studies have shown that pesticide exposure can be lowered just by avoiding the top twelve fruits on the list of ‘most contaminated’ and opting for the ‘least contaminated’ list instead. While the more heavily loaded fruits and vegetables may expose a person to upto 20 pesticides in a day, the ones least affected expose only upto 2 pesticides per day.

Some of these fruits, such as peaches, nectarines and raspberries are extremely toxic and have been sampled to contain upto 45 different pesticides. Some of the other most contaminated fruits are strawberry, apple, pears, cherrie, imported grapes (Chile, Mexico) etc. Fruits like apples and pears are pealed to rid them of the pesticide residues. Contrary to popular conception, the skin is not as beneficial as it is harmful. Note that pesticides dissolve in the water and can also be in the fruit. As for the vegetables, those that are the most likely to expose you to pesticide residues are celery, spinach, potatoes, sweet bell pepper, among many.

This is a handy list to memorize for a healthier life!