compiled by the US Department of Agriculture
reveals that since the
1940s the mineral levels in fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy have
declined substantially in commercially produced foods. Think about this;
along with earlier (pre-ripened) picking, longer storage and more
processing of crops. Is it any wonder that we're getting fewer nutrients
in our food than we were 60 or 70 years ago?
fertilizers used by commercial growers produces lush growth by swelling
produce with more water. On a per-weight basis, organic food has more
"dry matter" (i.e. real food). Partly because of this organically
grown foods contain higher levels of nutrients.
grown foods are found to be much higher in antioxidants - another great
benefit to you and your family.
Do you really want to keep paying out hundreds of dollars a month for
fruit and vegetables that have little or no nutritional value? Or would
you rather get started growing your own healthy, fresh organic food?
for a moment and imagine how your would feel if you knew the fruit and
vegetables that you put on the table for your family had virtually no
nutritional value and possibly contained harmful chemicals.
now imagine... walking out to your organic garden and
picking carrots, peas, corn and spinach... digging a few
potatoes... and gathering some herbs for dinner.
you walk through your garden a sense of pride and achievement fills your
heart as you see the efforts of your labor ripening, ready for harvest.
notice that the tomatoes are starting to ripen and delight at the crisp
smell of basil and thyme in the air. Your cucumbers and melons are
getting larger every day, with practically no effort on your part - all
you did was pop in a few seeds, add bit of organic fertilizer and made
sure they were watered!
calmness filters through you as you look once again over your garden and
head towards the kitchen, knowing that you are providing your family
with energy filled, living foods.
I didn't grow up with parents who loved to garden. In fact neither of my
parents enjoyed gardening. So I grew up in a home where
"gardening" (if you could call it that) was considered a
chore. The lawn had to be mowed, there were weeds to pull... and
planting anything pretty or even edible was considered a waste of time
and effort, because it would probably end up dying anyway.
not much encouragement from my parents. The redeeming light for me was
when I went to my grandparents home. I'd follow grandpa round the
garden, 'helping" him with whatever he was doing. They are some of
the fondest memories of my childhood.
It was those cherished times spent with my grandpa that gave me my love
of gardening. But when I finally bought my own home, some years later
and started to garden - well let's just say that I didn't have a green
thumb. It was embarrassing! Surely there's a gardening gene passed on
from generation to generation? Even if it skipped a generation that
should have still worked out for me.
let me confess something:
Several seasons in a row I started out with so much enthusiasm, only to
watch my veggies start off OK, then become straggly and wither, or bolt
straight to seed. What was I doing wrong???
When I think back now on those early years I can see clearly each and
every mistake.... well it's the bleeding obvious ones that really
stand out in my mind. My biggest problem was that my grandparents had
both passed over by the time I had my own "garden".
parents didn't have a clue about gardening, so they were no help. Most of my friends grew up with the same dilemma as me - our parents
just weren't gardeners.
So there was quite a bit of hit and miss in my first few years of
organic gardening. I managed to have some things give me small yields,
but many of my plants didn't thrive. The thing is, that I really loved the
time I spent in the garden - especially the veggie garden. It was the
one place where I could feel calm... to recharge and restore some
sanity to my life.
I decided to get a serious amount of learning into my head, one way or
another. I decided to educate myself so that I could get good at growing
my own food.
I studied horticulture at TAFE,
completing certificate III in Horticulture. Then I became the co-owner of an
edible plants nursery for several years.
this time I was growing enough vegetables to keep my family
going over the main growing season. I was quite proud of myself
- and still am. The thrill of saying "I grew that"
about things we were eating - well I can tell you - it's joyful.
But you don't have to spend all the time it took me, effort and money to learn how
to become a successful organic gardener. The combination of my love for
growing (and eating) organic food, along with my experience with plants
led me to create the...
Organic Food Gardening Beginner's
I want to share with you not only the joy of
producing fresh, delicious food for your family, but also the health
advantages. For you (and me) - the gardener - the health benefits of spending
some time in the fresh air and sunshine, as well as the stress relief.
For your loved ones - chemical free, vitamin filled, fresh, natural
foods - what our bodies really crave for and need.
Now you can access the information you want quickly and easily, to make
planning and growing your vegetable garden a breeze! Growing our own food makes us less reliant on commercially
grown foods. Who knows how long produce might have been sitting around
on a shelf, or in a cool-room?
Do you wonder just what chemicals have
been sprayed on that perfect-looking tomato, that really is quite
tasteless? Being able to walk out to your organic vegetable garden and
pick your own food - now let's see... How many food miles is
that? - Oh, it's none!
providing your family with as much of your fruit and vegetable
requirements as possible you will also be greatly helping the environment.
But before we talk about a way you can
your hands on this material, consider this:
Study hails organic food benefits
"Organic food has a higher nutritional value than
ordinary produce, a study by Newcastle University has found."
"A team grew fruit, vegetables and reared
cattle on adjacent organic and non-organic sites across Europe.
They found up to 40% more antioxidants could
be found in organic fruit and vegetables than in non-organic.
The team said the findings call into question
the current stance of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is
neither for nor against organic food."
Finally, here is
opportunity to learn the secrets of healthy organic gardening with "
Organic Food Gardening Beginner's
Manual " - all crammed into a simple, easy
to use e-book.
here to read "Organic Food Gardening Beginner's Manual"
John Walters www.veggiepatch.com.au)