Sunday, July 25, 2010

Organic Gardening and Lawncare Working Well Here

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Container-Grown Basil has Jumped Ship
 and Taken Root in the Ground Also
My tomato crop is just about spent for this summer. With every day in the upper 90s, no self-respecting tomato can survive. I have managed to help a few pull through by placing a large length of window screen over them. This helped with scavenging deer also; they enjoy nibbling at the fruit as they pass through our neighborhood during the night.

My Basil is a whole different story. As expensive as this stuff is to buy fresh in the grocery store, it's surprising that I can't give it all away. I've let neighbors know, told friends, and still I've got more than we can eat. I probably use basil three times a week, in large quantities. Suffice it to say, I have a ton of the stuff.

We've been enjoying caprese, bruschetta, roasted chicken, and much more, on a regular basis. I add it to pizzas, sauces, soups, and just about everything I can think of. And I still have a garden full, and it continues to pop up all over my nearby areas. It's like a weed!

A few days ago, while mentioning this 'problem' to a friend, she asked how I was growing it. I told her about my organic approach, and that I had started the seeds in organic compost. She looked at me quizzically and I quickly knew I had lost her.

Starting from square one, I explained about rooting vegetables from seeds, making compost, the benefits of compost, and why my Basil is so healthy. We also talked about pest control, or more accurately, the lack of it. She was shocked, baffled that it is so easy to grow premium Basil that sells in the store at $4 for a small package. 

I explained that one of the primary reasons I chose to grow Basil and Tomatoes is their excessive cost, especially when we eat so much of them. To bad I can't successfully grow Broccoli here. We eat it 5 times a week.

So, what's my message? It's compost. This stuff is the healthiest, best way you can grow vigorous flowers, vegetables and houseplants.  What's more it helps the soil hold moisture, so you won't have to irrigate as often. Want to try it? Here's some articles to get you started:

1 comment:

Dining Table Gal said...

Organic gardening is a very good idea. Because we can get close with our environment.We can built a good environment near at our place.

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