So you want to create an Organic veggie patch but you’re not 100% sure how to go about it?
You’re not alone.
I was in the same boat until a couple of weeks ago my partner offered to build me a wooden planter box to get started. We researched which veggies were best for this time of the year and off we went to our local nursery.
This little project has been our baby ever since and although we’re still a few weeks away from reaping the rewards, it’s been very fulfilling to watch it grow over the last couple of weeks.
Starting your Organic veggie garden in the right place will make a huge difference right from the start. There are a few things you want to keep in mind:
Sun: You want a site that offers as much direct sunlight as possible — at least 6 hours, and preferably 8, during your main growing season. If you don’t have a space available that offers that much sun, don’t despair — there are crops you can grow without full sun.
Access to water, tools, compost. You don’t want to have to drag tools from the other end of your yard, and carting a watering can around isn’t much fun, either. Make it easy on yourself, and try to situate your veggie garden bed in a convenient place.
Wind: If you live in a windy area, consider trying to position your garden in a place that has a hedge, wall, or other structure nearby to reduce the effect of high winds. If you don’t already have some type of windbreak in place, consider setting up strong lattices nearby to serve this purpose.
How is the soil in your potential veggie garden area? Is it rocky and full of tree roots? You may want to consider building a raised bed vegetable garden. If not, then you could go ahead and double-dig the existing soil and try to grow there. Either way, it’s important to assess your existing soil to see what you need to do to make it perfect for growing organic vegetables.
Plants and Seeds
You’ll want to start with organically-grown plants and seeds. Conventionally-grown plants are often already loaded with pesticides and chemical fertilizers — exactly the types of things you’re trying to avoid in your vegetable garden. Organically-produced seeds are harvested from organically-grown plants, never treated with chemical pesticides or fungicides, and never genetically modified.
Plant, Grow, and Harvest!
Now that you’ve got the garden sited and the soil amended, the organic plants and seeds bought — now it’s time to plant and tend your garden. Look up information on the types of veggies you want to grow to ensure that you’re providing them with the right amount of water and nutrients.
Pay close attention to your garden so that you catch pest and disease problems right away. The biggest part of growing a healthy garden is simply paying attention. If you do that, you’re well on your way to a healthy, beautiful, organic veggie garden, it’s that easy… go on, have a grow!
You can see my little project coming to life in the photos below, I’ll be sure to post some follow up pics at harvest time!
I have a new friendship that I would like to share with you. Its name is Himalayan Salt Lamp.
Not only am I in love with the Himalayan Salt Lamps; I am also in love with the beautiful ambiance they provide my home with and I’m also very impressed with the fact that they deter negative ions that are put out into the air from televisions, microwaves, computers etc.
So you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about? Let me explain…
Known as “Vitamins of The Air”, the Himalayan Salt Lamp is Nature’s best Ioniser which provides multiple health benefits including enhancing immunity, improving sleep and relieving migraines. These lamps are highly beneficial to your health and wellbeing. Himalayan Salt Lamps are natural ion generators, emitting negative ions into the atmosphere.
Why is this a good thing? Negative ions are good for you! Negative ions restore and neutralise air quality. Negative ions can be used to treat illness and improve health. Our homes and offices are filled with electrical appliances and electronics (televisions, computers, florescent lighting, microwaves, heaters, air-conditioners, etc.). Use of such devices have been blamed for lowering our energy levels, making us feel tired, cranky, and depressed because of their emissions of positive ions. Keeping a rock salt lamp in areas where positive ions are polluting your air space will help neutralize the air you breathe. Balancing positive and negative ions also help reduce airborne infections.
Rock salt lamps are made from salt crystals that are approximately 250 million years old from the Himalayan mountain regions. Mined crystals come in a variety shades including white, pink, peach, orange, and reds. You can choose a natural or sculpted shaped lamp. Sculpted lamps are available in a variety of shapes: spheres, pyramids, cones, blocks, bowls, etc. Tea-lights are also available
How Do Rock Salt Lamps Work?
The heat from a lighted salt lamp attracts moisture. The evaporation of water through salt emits negative ions. How many negative ions a salt lamp can release depends on its size and how warm an electric light bulb makes it. A night-light sized salt lamp would be effective for an office cubicle. Naturally, the larger an area means a larger lamp is needed so that more negative ions will be emitted.
If you would like to take advantage of the Salt Lamps but you’re not too sure about having them in your house, why not try salt therapy at a “Salt Cave”? Salt Therapy is a drug free treatment that reproduces the natural micro climate of a salt cave by dispersing a dry salt aerosol in high concentrations in a halo chamber whose surfaces are covered with layers of salt. The dry salt aerosol in the room plays an important role in the relief of health problems and is a highly effective therapy for treating people with respiratory problems and skin conditions without any known side effects.
Within the salt room (or Himalayan salt cave) a microniser is used to pump a dry aerosol Himalayan salt aerosol into the air. As the Himalayan salt is inhaled, it travels through the sinuses and respiratory tract absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus, killing bacteria and reducing inflammation.
Keen to learn more? Why not head to a salt cave near you! If you live on the Sunshine Coast, we are lucky enough to have our very own located in Mooloolaba. Check it out here: http://www.saltcaves.com.au/
Salt Lamps can usually be purchased online or at most natural shops/foodstores.
Now let me tell you, we are not perfect, we may make gorgeous EverEscents Organic Hair Care products, which are not only great on your hair but safe to use BUT I’ll tell you a little secret, we do eat chocolate (shhh, don’t tell anyone!). We tell you this so you know that we aren’t perfect but when we know we can help our future in such a small way, by purchasing green power, it makes sense (did you think we were still talking about the chocolate?).
Recently we discovered that not everyone understands exactly what Green Power is…so here is a bit of a helping hand that we sourced through greenpower.gov.au, the government website, one step at a time we can improve our world together.
Did you know?
* That only 9% of Australian residents and businesses use Green Power?
* 47,000 business buy green power each year
* Last year GreenPower customers resulted in $80million being invested into the renewable energy industry in Australia.
GreenPower is a Government accredited program aimed at increasing the renewable energy uptake in Australia. It is also the easiest way for your business to reduce its Greenhouse gas emissions.
GreenPower offers your business an easy way to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Increasingly, consumers are becoming more attracted to businesses that are seen as being environmentally conscious. Taking the lead in helping to drive demand for renewable energy and reducing your business carbon footprint are just a couple of the many potential benefits of switching to GreenPower.
Switching to GreenPower is easy. You don’t need to change your electricity supply or your existing electricity contract and you still get the same reliability of supply.
All you have to do is call your current electricity supplier using the customer service number on your electricity bill and ask to join an accredited GreenPower product. Alternatively you can buy GreenPower through a decoupled GreenPower purchase from a company other than your current energy retailer, by contacting one of the GreenPower providers listed below via phone or an application form online.
If your business purchases more than 160 MWh electricity per annum, you can select suppliers in the table below and fill in a quote request form online. This form is automatically emailed to the GreenPower Providers and Energy Retailers you have selected on your behalf.
Each energy supplier will have their own name for the accredited GreenPower product they sell, such as ‘GreenLiving’ or ‘GreenEarth’, and have different options for the percentage of GreenPower you can purchase.
Many businesses find that their electricity plan is outdated and that they can actually cut costs by changing their plan. The new plan, combined with the GreenPower component (5-8 c/kWh), which can be offset as energy efficiency, means overall there is no added cost incurred. In fact, businesses often end up saving money off their electricity bills.
Australia has a requirement to generate 20 per cent of the energy we use from renewable energy by 2020. This target is being reviewed this year. ACF is trying to increase that target, to move to a clean energy economy as quickly as possible.
EverEscents has made the switch to 100% Green Power and we know you can too!
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