Non Hybrid Seeds for Organic Gardening

Why Use Non Hybrid Seeds in your Garden

Non Hybrid SeedsDo you plan on growing your own garden? Do you want a higher yield of food from your hard work? Do you want healthier safe food for your family? Then this information will be important for you to consider non organic seeds for two very good reasons below.

1. Using non hybrid seeds or organic seeds ensures that the food you grow will not contain genetically altered food. Genetically altered food is a huge topic that has a consensus of not being healthy for us. Genetically Manipulated Organisms or GMO for short, have been developed in food sources by companies (Monsanto being the largest) to increase food volume, make plants more resistant to insects and droughts. (Find out more about GMO)

The bottom line is that you want safe, nutritionally filled food to eat. Non hybrid seeds or heirloom seeds provide that insurance. You can not say the same for genetically modified seeds and foods.

2. One of the key advantages of using non hybrid seeds is that they produce seeds that you can save for next years replanting. This means you do not need to buy additional seeds every year.

Genetically altered seeds and food produce seeds as well, however when used for re-planting will not produce the same yield. This means that each year you re-plant from them, the less food and extra seeds you’ll get and you will have to buy more seeds.

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Non Hybrid Seeds – Advantage in your Greenhouse

Having your own greenhouse is a good idea to ensure the food you grow is safe from predators. Cute little bunnies and insects do not help your garden. The greenhouse helps protect your garden from these little pests.

Likewise the greenhouse will help protect plants from cross pollination between your non hybrid seeds and other hybrid plants in your neighborhood. This ensures that you will continue to have a safe non hybrid seeds source for years to come.

Non Hybrid Seeds – Conclusion

Non hybrids seeds will provide a safe food source. Non hybrid seeds will produce seeds for replanting of your garden each year. Having your own greenhouse can help provide a higher food and seed yield by protecting you food from predators and cross pollination from genetically altered plants.

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How to Choose the Right Composting System for Your Home

Composting Systems

Composting SystemsThere are as many composting systems as there are gardeners out there! From small space to large farms, gardeners have all sorts of creative ways to compost their waste. Which system is right for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself before starting your compost project, and a list of some of the more common systems. This should help you determine what the best system is for your situation. Continue reading

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Organic Chemical Free Gardening

Every year, thousand of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted.  How? By growing plants. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens. And that means that you can make a difference by changing your gardening practices. There are many agricultural producers who have done it, and you can use the same tricks to help your own garden, and the planet.

Pick appropriate plants. Not all plants are appropriate for the area you live in. While you might be able to control the temperature, humidity, and rain conditions inside your house, you can’t do it out in the garden. If you pick appropriate plants for your area, you may be able to avoid using fertilizers and saving on water too. Research, what plants are native to your surrounding areas and try planting them in your own garden. Wildflowers, are just that, they can pretty much be left alone and will thrive in most areas.

Pick natural repelling plants. You don’t need to rely on poisons to keep away garden ruining pests. Many plants produce chemicals that repel these animals naturally. By putting them in or around you garden, you can keep your garden safe with little effort and no chemicals. Plus, you can pick parts of these plants and use them to make products to keep them away from you too.

If you don’t want to plant natural repellents in your garden, you can use them to spray your plants without harming them or adding artificial chemicals to your garden. Many herbs like hot pepper, vanilla, and lavender can help repel insects from your garden.

Pull weeds. We’re all looking for a quick and easy way to safely get rid of weeds without chemicals, but the good old fashioned way is still very effective.  It you take time every day to pull the weeds you can find, you’ll only take a few minutes so it doesn’t seem like a lot of work.  You can even get the kids involved, just be sure to do it properly so you don’t spread the seeds around.  There are even some common weeds that are edible, just make sure there are no pesticides that could have gotten on them.

Crop rotation. Farmers all over the world use crop rotation to naturally fertilize plants. The concept is to change what crop you’re putting in a certain field each year. Plants use different nutrients and put other nutrients back into the soil. If you rotate crops that replace the nutrients the other plants use, you will have to fertilize the soil less. 

You can use this same concept in your garden by planting different plants every year, or just rotating where you put specific plants in the garden. 

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Conserving Rainwater

At least 36 states are expected to face severe water shortages within the next five years, due to drought, increasing demand and rising temperatures. Rain water is one of the most abundant and consistently available sources of water. The collection of it is an efficient way to reduce the cost of water usage in the household and help alleviate water shortages.

If you place a rain barrel underneath the gutters of your home, it can easily provide a barrel full of water which in turn can be used to water your flowers and garden or even wash your car. If you collect enough rain water throughout the year, you may not have to use your garden hose all summer. Collecting rain water is a great way to protect our water supply, save money, and give our water source time to replenish.

Rain water collection is becoming more and more vital as our supply of fresh water dwindles. Residential irrigation accounts for up to 40% of the water consumption in the home. By collecting rain water and storing it a rain barrel you’ll have extra water for future use, whether it’s for watering the garden or just keeping it handy for emergency situations.

The average family uses 15 gallons of water per day to water our lawn and garden and 15 gallons to wash our cars, clean our sidewalks and driveways, and to maintain our swimming pool and hot tub. Over half of the water used for the lawn and garden is wasted due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering. Remember water is one of our most precious resources so we all need to conserve where we can.

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Seven Easy Steps to Becoming Environmentally Friendly

Did you know that there are many easy things you can do to save our environment?  By changing some of our everyday actions, we can all help the whole planet! Here are some examples of green tips that can make the world cleaner and healthier for everyone.

1. Use Less Gas – you can walk or bike short distances, which is good for your health as well as the environment. When you do need to use a car, organize your trips so that you carpool, and make fewer trips to buy necessities.

2. Save Energy – remember to turn off light switches when you aren’t in the room. Replace old bulbs with energy efficient ones, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs. These use far less energy than conventional bulbs. You can also keep your thermostat a little lower in the winter and only use air conditioning if it’s extremely hot in the summer (exhaust fans work well the rest of the time).

3. Conserve Water – water is our most precious natural resource, so use it with awareness. Take shorter showers. Don’t buy new bottles of water to drink every day. Get a bottle you can carry with you and fill it up using filtered water.

4. Recycle Clothes and Furniture – there’s no shame in acquiring used items that are functional. You can find many such items in good condition online, at yard sales or at stores that specialize in such merchandise. Likewise, when you are finished with something don’t simply throw it out, but donate it.

5. Eat with Awareness – shop locally when possible. There are more farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSAs) where you can buy produce. If you eat meat, buy from local organic farms rather than factory farms. Reducing meat consumption helps the environment, as it takes a great deal of energy to raise livestock.

6. Clean with Non-Toxic Products – you can buy gentle and organic cleaning supplies rather than commercial ones, which are made from harsh chemicals. You can also make your own cleaning supplies from lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar.

7. Reduce Paper Use – do more tasks online to save on paper bills and other paper products. Bring your own bags to the store so you don’t require paper or plastic bags every time you shop. Remove yourself from junk mail lists.

These are some examples of practical things you can do to save our environment. It mainly takes awareness of how the little things you do add up!

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