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[8 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]
Preparing Your Organic Vegetable Garden

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Starting your first vegetable garden? Here are a few tips to help get you started.
1) Select a sunny location with well-drained soil. Prepare planting beds first by measuring out a size and length that are convenient. Beds that are about 21/2 feet wide allow for reaching the middle from either side. After you plant your first organic vegetable  garden you can adjust the widths. Our first year of green beans was way to close and it made harvesting a real chore.
2) If you are planning on using raised beds …

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[8 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Organic Vegetable Garden Planning 2010

Our first entry on starting our organic vegetable garden for 2010.
Well its February 8 and time to start planning our organic vegetable garden for 2010. As you can see from the picture, its completely under snow.We be adding a lot of new vegetables and a few herbs this year and cutting back on some. We planted so much lettuce and spinach last year we only ate a third of it. So this year we will cut back on lettuce and spinach and we are going to space out the plantings …

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[31 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
12 Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

If your like us you can’t always get organic foods. The following is a list of 12 foods you should try to buy organic and 12 foods that are not quite as important to buy organic.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests.
Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following twelve foods had the lowest …

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[23 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Container Gardening Secrets To Growing Tomatoes In Containers

Do you have  limited gardening space? If you enjoy home gardening and would like to grow tomatoes, consider growing them in containers.
Tomatoes can be grown anywhere, as long as there is sunlight. Growing tomatoes in containers is a practice which isn’t only for limited gardening space. Plenty of home gardeners are growing their vegetables in containers, even if there is free space in their backyard. There are many reasons for container gardening, but we grow tomatoes in containers mostly for convenience, control, and flexibility.
Growing tomatoes in containers is not too different from …

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[23 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Gardening Tools To Nurture Your Garden

However many gardening tools you may have, some tools are definitely more useful than the other that a garden simply cannot do without.
Here are a few gardening tools that will make a definitive difference to gardening efforts.
Shovels
These gardening implements have a round or pointed blade. They help a gardener to move soil, dig hole or even in the process of planting. You must also try and select a garden shovel that has a flat edge at the top of the blade. Your foot gets a better surface purchase this way.
Hoes
Weeds and a …

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[23 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Companion Planting For A Healthy Vegetable Garden

Companion Planting For A Healthy Vegetable Garden has been practiced throughout history.
Companion plantings have been practiced throughout agricultural history. Some of the earliest written documents on gardening discuss these relationships. Early settlers discovered American First Nations people were using an interplanting scheme of corn-bean-squash that balanced the requirements of each crop for light, water, and nutrients. In the 1800’s, often hemp was planted around a cabbage field to help keep away the white cabbage butterflies in Holland. In many parts of the world today, subsistence farmers and organic gardeners grow two …

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[23 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Growing Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden

Organic systems recognize that our health is directly connected to the health of the food we eat and, ultimately, the health of the soil.
Here are some of the main features of organic vegetable growing:
- Organic growing eliminates the use of artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
- Instead, organic growers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops.
- Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed under organic standards.
Going organic may mean having to  trade-off between glossy supermarket looks with better tasting crops which aren’t in perfect shape …