HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORGANIC GARDENING

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORGANIC GARDENING

Strawberries are grown close to the ground so the children can access them easily in this edible garden wall.

Edible Garden Wall

Edible Garden Wall

LOOK AT THE BENEFITS OF ORGANIC GARDENING AND GETTING YOUR PROTEIN FROM PLANTS

 

  • AVOCADOS
  • SWEET POTATOES
  • PUMPKIN SEEDS
  • ASPARAGUS
  • CAULIFLOWER
  • ALMONDS
  • SPINACH
  • BROCCOLI
  • QUINOA
  • CORN ON THE COB

 

One avocado  = 10 grams of protein.

Sweet potato – 1 cup cooked = 5 grams.

One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains 8 grams of protein!  High protein content and level of nutrients make them a wonderful addition to any salad or snack.   I love crunchy foods and so can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Asparagus  -amazing and delicious health food.  Lightly steamed, every eight spears is 3 grams of protein.  It is also a good source of Vitamin C and potassium, glutathione and antioxidants.

Cauliflower really packs a punch.  Half a cup has about 1.10 grams of protein and beautiful nutrients to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.  It too is a good source of vitamin C and many of the B group of vitamins.

One cup of cooked oats has 6 grams of protein plus being a good source of fibre.

Legumes – Beans and Lentils.   One cup of lentils gives 18 grams of protein.   Garbanzo beans – (think hummus) is equal to 14.5 grams of protein.  Peanuts (also legumes and not nuts) are a good source of calcium, iron, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, zinc and more.  One ounce equals around 6.5 grams of protein.

Almonds are wonderful.  One ounce contains 6 grams of protein and can be enjoyed as a snack at any time.  One cup of almond milk has 7 to 9 grams of protein.

SpinachOne cup cooked = 5.25 grams of protein.   Think about young-looking skin, bright eyes, clear thinking, and strong healthy bones.

Broccoli – helps in skin repair and is a great antioxidant.  One cup of chopped broccoli = 5.7 grams of protein.

Quinoa is a perfect protein.  Just ¼ cup will give you 6 grams of protein.  Serve this with some cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and you have an easy meal with plenty of protein.  Add some bean sprouts and you have 30 grams of protein or more.

This protein content information was obtained from a Quinoa distribution company.

1 large corn cob has 5 grams of protein.

 

Herbs and garden tools

Herbs and garden tools

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORGANIC GARDENING

For a garden to be considered organic, no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides can be used.  This can make certain aspects difficult, such as controlling disease, insects and weeds.  Organic gardening also requires more attention to the soil and the many needs of plants.

Begin by paying attention to the soil.   You will need to add organic matter to the soil regularly in order to keep the soil productive.  In fact, compost is essential to the healthiness and well being of plants grown organically.

EVERYONE CAN HELP AND LEARN!

EVERYONE CAN HELP AND LEARN!

 

It consists of organic components such as:

  • Yard trimmings,
  • Leaves,
  • Dead flowers,
  • Vegetable scraps,
  • Fruit rinds,
  • Grass clippings, and
  • Manure – chicken manure is good and also horse manure.

This  ideal soil has a dark color, sweet smell, and is full of earthworms.   Some soils may need more natural additives than regular compost can give, such as bonemeal, rock phosphates, or greensand.   A simple soil test will tell you the pH balance and which nutrients you will need to use.

One thing that makes organic gardeners reach for pesticides, is insects on their plants.   The best way to defend plants against insects is to take preventative measures.  One thing that can be done is to make sure plants are healthy and not too wet or dry because insects usually attack  unhealthy plants and if healthy, they can often outgrow minor insect damage.   A variety of plant types is a good idea to keep pests of a particular plant type from taking out the entire garden.

Perhaps the best way to defend against insects is to make your garden enticing to insect predators, such as ladybugs, birds, frogs, and lizards.  You can do this by keeping a water source nearby or by growing plants that attract insects who feed on nectar.  Other ideas are sticky traps, barriers, and plant collars.  There are some household items that prevent against insects too, like insecticidal soaps, garlic, and hot pepper and ensure the health benefits of organic gardening.

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To avoid plant disease and reap the health benefits of organic gardening, choose disease resistant plants and plant them in their prime condition. Many diseases will spread because of constant moisture (making your soil anaerobic) and bad air circulation, so the site of your garden and the way it is watered can help ensure against diseases.

Weeds can be an annoying and frustrating part of any gardening.  Organic mulch can act as a weed barrier, but for even better protection put a layer of newspaper, construction paper, or cardboard under the mulch. Corn meal gluten will slow the growth of weeds if spread early in the season before planting, as does solarization.  Your best bet in weed prevention is persistence.  Mulch well and pull and hoe what you can; after a few seasons you can beat the weeds for good.

Organic gardening is an excellent way to assure that your plants will be free and clear of all pesticides and, if taken care of properly, will be as healthy as possible.  Organic gardening may take a little more time and care than regular gardening, but after gardeners get the hang of it and figure out all the quirks of their garden, it is definitely worth the extra time involved.

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