Can organic foods really improve our health and help protect the environment?
Two aspects of organic consumption – decreased intake of contaminants and increased intake of nutrients – have both been topics of controversy in research.
We are also firmly convinced that organically grown foods contain significantly fewer contaminants than their conventionally grown counterparts, as well as significantly richer nutrient content.
Minimize exposure to pesticides is an important benefit for your health.
Lessen your exposure to potentially harmful substances.
Pyrethrum kills beneficial nsects. Growing Pyrethrum: You can grow Pyrethrum daisies in your own garden to repel pests, and you can even harvest and dry the flowers to grind into your own insecticidal powder. They’re pretty plants, with lovely white daisy blossoms with yellow centers.
Organically grown foods, on average, contain higher levels of many nutrients including vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E play important roles in supporting antioxidant health and immune system wellness. Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of antioxidant vitamins such Vitamin C and Vitamin E may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer. Hower, the Food and Drug Administration has determined that this evidence limited and not conclusive.
Gardening in containers, especially those made from upcycled material, brings both physical and emotional benefits to the eldely and persons with disabilities.
Grow organic vegetables in containers – wheelchair and elderly can comfortably garden in containers
Container gardening is an easy way to grow vegetables, especially when you lack yard space! If you have a small garden or simply a patio, balcony, or rooftop, explore the magical world of gardening in upcycled bags!
Vertical tomato plant growing in porous Upcycle Bag on patio, containing quality soil with homemade compost and homegrown worms, . Upcycling saves the material thrown away into landfill
Upcycling the bag from rejected outdoor advertising material, banners, posters, billboards, creates valuable employment and saves the landfill from material that will take many many years to disintegrate.
Upcycle verical planter bag being made (Height 1000mm, Radius 200 mm, Volume 620mm). Porous so no holes needed at bottom of bag. Will last about 5 years .
Make your own own compost. Called the black gold of the Garden. Use upcycle bags and add kitchen Fruit and Vegetable scraps, Egg shells crushed, Coffee grounds, Tea bags Used paper napkins and Paper towels , Shredded paper, Leaves, Grass cuttings and Twigs. You are saving the landfill and environment from greenhouse and methane gases.
This compost is especially valuable for anyone growing organic foods and will be happy to buy it from you. Innovative persons can approach their community restaurants and businesses for their scraps, paper, cuttings etc
Create a worm farm in an upcycle bag. Worms play such an important part in your soil construction and are happy to share with the daily feed of your compost bagas well as feeding on recycling of organic waste.
They are a part of a network of organisms that turn refuse into nutrient rich soil. These nutrients are one of the benefits of garden worms to plant growth. Worms in gardens also perform cultivation functions that increase soil porosity and allow oxygen to get into roots.
Worms can be an important business for your community. Upcycle bags are ideal and inexpensive for a work farm. Fishermen are always on the lookout to. buy healthy worms. Dont delay, start your worm farm today.
In an economy that is teatering on a recession and food, especially fresh vegetables, are bearing the brunt of increases that many South Africans can’t afford.Many households in your community will support your vegetable sales.
Start your own organic vegetable business now.
Upcycle planter bags are extremely cheap, need very little space, you provide the soil with your own homegrown compost. Collect water from the shower and bath in a bucket for the daily watering of the bags.
No chemicals needed … easy to maintain and weeding is easy. Old and young can get involved in planter bags
Preparing the Soil
Make sure the soil is properly conditioned. You have to eat, and so do plants, so make sure your veggies get lots of fresh nutrients. The best way to gauge the quality of your soil is to get it tested. Your local nursery can help you.
Avoid using chemicals that can seep into your food, but can also harm the beneficial bacteria, worms, and other microbes in the soil.
Choosing the Right Plants and/ or Seeds
Select plants that will thrive in your specific micro-conditions. Chat (take pictures on your phone) to your local nursery and choose plants/seeds that will adjust well to each spot in terms of light, moisture, drainage, and soil quality. The happier your plants are, the more resistant they’ll be to attackers.
If you’re buying seedlings, look for plants raised without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. A great place to look is at your local organic markets too, which may also have native plants and varieties well-suited to your area. It’s better to buy stocky seedlings with few, if any blooms yet, and root systems that don’t look overcrowded.
Seeds are much cheaper to start with. Find out from your nursery which organic which seeds are better for your garden
Vegetables, growing in planter bags, should be supported by sticks and upcycle strips of material. .
Grouping reduces weeding and water waste, and helps you target compost and nutrients.
Ample space between plants helps promote air circulation, which repels fungal attacks.
For a small garden or simply a patio, balcony, or rooftop, explore the magical world of gardening in upcycle bags! It creates welcome employment and is cheap.
Think about all the plastic used to wrap the vegetables … and the plastic bags to carry them home.
Yughhh!!!! Landfill or the sea are testament to our wasteful ways
It is difficult to believe believe how much has changed over 30 years of our lives with the introduction of plastic has been into wrapping our vegetables and how devestating this chave has been to the planet. How did we and our parents grow up in a world without plastic allow this evil to take such a hold on us all.
Stop this is madness now – and by growing our own vegetables we have no need to wrap them in plastic.