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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Types of Organic Compost

Marketed with near zero regulation

With those kinds of risks associated with the use of sewage sludge, compost consumers should know whether sludge permeates their choice of product. But compost products, such as Kellogg’s Amend, do not list sludge or even “biosolids” on their label and instead just list the vague term “compost”.

Although the USDA banned the use of sludge in organic agriculture, it does not regulate which fertilizers for private use can be labeled as organic. And the nonprofit U.S. Composting Council is no better, using its green image for the Orwellian rebranding of sludge while biosolids companies sit on its board of directors and sponsor the councils Composting Week, according to Mother Jones.

Dodge the sludge

If you want to keep the sludge and its chemical contaminants out of your organic garden, there are many alternative fertilizer choices that will keep your garden green — in both senses of the word.

Some mineral-based fertilizers that will work over the long term include Epsom salt, gypsum, limestone and greensand. These rocks add essential minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, sulfur and phosphorus to the soil.

For more immediate results, plant and animal-based products will increase soil fertility and soil health. These include alfalfa meal, cottonseed meal, kelp/seaweed, blood meal, bone meal, fish products, manure and compost.

Do it yourself

Compost adds organic matter and helps to make nutrients available in the soil, and, if you want to have control over what goes into your own garden, making your own compost is the way to go. There are many methods for making your own compost: you can make a traditional compost pile; make a composting bin, if you live in the city or, if you are really adventurous, use a composting toilet.

Just remember, if you go the humanure route, whatever you eat will end up in your compost, so if you are eating conventional food with chemical fertilizers or food additives, or if you are taking prescription medicines, it will all end up in the compost and on your plants. So if you want the highest quality food for your garden, make sure you are eating the highest quality food yourself.

Commercial products

If you don’t have the time to make your own compost but still want to avoid the sludge, there are plenty of commercial products that will work just as well. Look for products like Buffaloam (http://www.buffaloam.com/about-us/), which is made from 100 percent buffalo manure produced and composted on a ranch in the Laramie River Valley of northern Colorado. The company uses no mixed feedstocks, no blends, no added chemicals, no artificial ingredients, and no unknown fillers or waste products. The company makes it by blending buffalo manure with locally produced wood shavings that are composted for over a year. Look for similar claims on other products and make sure that the wood shavings that are used are not chemically treated or those chemicals will end up in your food too.

Tips for Growing Superfoods

Disease healing and preventative herbs are well within the scope of home gardening. But man cannot live on herbs alone. There are foods with higher bulk and calorie amounts that are also considered superfoods by some. They can be grown in a home garden.

Just try to make sure your garden is in the backyard surrounded by a fence, or use containers that can be placed on patios or balconies. There has been a lot of local government hassling of home owners whose vegetable or herbal gardens were conspicuously planted in their front yards.

Some super healthy survival foods that you can easily grow

There are three ingredients you can grow in a private garden that are useful for juicing. They are carrots, kale, and cilantro. These three combined as a juice can offer a bundle of health benefits with lots of intact enzymes and nutrients in an easily assimilated liquid form.

Juicing carrots increases the availability of anti-aging and heart health protecting carotenoidsby up to 600 percent as well increasing anti-cancer falcarinol assimilation.

Carrots and kale are not difficult garden items. Cilantro can be grown in containers if the soil is deep enough, at least 12 inches, to accommodate its long roots.

Cilantro offers heavy metal detoxification, especially for that basis for a variety of diseases – mercury. Slow speed masticating juicers are better than high speed commercial juicers, and they’re less expensive too.

Kale is a hardy plant. The seeds can be sown directly or germinated (seeds sprouted for planting) six weeks before frost arrives. Kale can be juiced with carrots or steamed or made with other greens as part of a salad.

It may not be what you would order to please your palate in a good restaurant, but it is a highly nutritional survival food.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) declared the sweet potato the most nutritious vegetable of all. You can buy them for planting as “slips” or baby plants online, which is highly recommended. (Source below, growing-super-foods)

The not-so-sweet potato is a good choice for home gardening as well. Its starch can be ameliorated by slow boiling or steam. Then its protein content is boosted. (Source below, voices.yahoo)

Potatoes’ nutritional value is underrated. Dr. Geoffrey Harris, MD, extolled the virtues of the Russet potato. They contain all 22 amino acids easily digested to form complete proteins, and they are higher in potassium than bananas. (Source below, Dr. Harris)

Irish Catholics in early Ireland were prohibited from owning land, so they had to rent small plots from Irish Protestants to grow potatoes as a staple.

It is a hardy plant that’s easy to cultivate. Potatoes like to grow in cool weather. If stored for long periods, they should be stored in cool, dark places after they’re harvested. Otherwise, they can turn green or sprout too soon and become toxic.

These are just a few suggestions for which easy to grow garden veggies can be the most supportive during food shortages.

It’s always wise to research each plant you desire before gardening, especially picking someone’s brain who is local. Most nurseries, garden supply sections of large retail outlets, and some large health food stores can be very helpful.

Garden Herbs to Fight Cancer

In addition to herbs being added to dishes of all varieties in order to amplify their tastes, they can also be used to fight some of the most prevalent diseases of today. The incidences of cancer continue to rise, leading many people to look at their own behavior and lifestyle to discover if there is anything they could be doing to increase their ability to fight it.

Parsley

Often dismissed as only a garnish by many in the kitchen, parsley is an herb that deserves further exploration. Apigenin is an oil that is contained within parsley. This oil has been shown to prevent the formation of the blood vessels that carry nutrients to cancerous tumors, a process known as angiogenesis.

Dill

Dill contains compound that are beneficial for fighting cancer. Called monoterpenes, these compounds stimulate an enzyme, glutathione-S-transferase. This enzyme is a powerful antioxidant that is particularly effective at targeting different types of carcinogens, especially free radicals. Dill also contains essential oils which are known to stimulate digestive juices, activating bile production helping the intestines function healthily.

Rosemary

This woody-scented herb contains a naturally occurring substance that stops the cancers cells located in tumors from reproducing. These terpenes contain fatty acids that also make the cancerous cells die eventually. Cancer research has shown that it can be used along with some drugs to make cancer cells more welcoming to chemotherapy.

Mint

Eating mint aids in depriving cancerous tumors of the blood supply they need to thrive and grow. Eventually, without this source of nutrients, these tumors die. Mint leaves contain a phytochemical that cuts off this supply.

Thyme

Long used for medicinal treatments, today there are more than 350 species of thyme across the globe. Like rosemary, thyme contains terpenes. In the case of thyme, these terpenes are in the form of thymol. In addition to its anti-cancer properties, thyme is also an antioxidant, an antiseptic and an antibacterial. It is also an anti-inflammatory, making it particularly useful for reducing swelling in the throat and mouth.

Synthetic Lawn Turfs

Lush green grass in any park or golf course captures your eyes at once. If you have caught hold of a green ambience, admired it and wonder how would you maintain such a beautiful garden if you own one, then artificial grass is for you. This grass is becoming increasingly popular owing to its multiple benefits. There was a time when these turfs were used in the commercial areas and sports arena only, but now an increasing number of homeowners are also using it and seeking the help of synthetic lawn turf suppliers.

Can be Grown in All Areas:

These turfs can be grown in all the areas. The factors like infertile soil, adverse weather conditions, outdoor area do not make any difference. This grass is made up of synthetic fibers and hence unlike the real one it does not need any exposure to sunlight, you can consider installing them indoors in the form of rugs.

Can be Easily Maintained and Cleaned:

You just need to sweep the floor after the synthetic garden has been used by pets or children. Occasionally, you need to clean the falls. No watering, no mowing, no application of pesticides, no fertilizers and no trimming. Artificial lawn turfs are extremely easy to maintain. Backing of this grass is porous and water gets drained off easily.

Can Adorn Your Indoors:

Since this grass does not need exposure to sunlight, you can grow them in an indoor area. This is a great way to impress the visitors as this turf looks and feels exactly like the natural one. You can use them in your rugs and make them look more inviting.

Exactly Simulates With the Real Grass:

Synthetic turfs look and feel exactly like the natural turfs and hence create a true copy of the green ambience as created by the naturally grown grass.

Apart from the above mentioned benefits, synthetic lawn turfs do not cost you much as they do not need a regular maintenance you do not have to deploy any gardener. Synthetic lawn turf price is also affordable. So, if you run short of time and desire to have a green environment around your homes and offices, fake grass would be a great option.