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Going Au Naturelle: Planting the Seeds of your First Organic Garden

What’s better than eating healthy food? That’s eating healthy food you’ve grown. City folks have it all wrong, so says our rural brothers. Whereas we’re planning gardens and having those landscaped, rural folks know how to landscape them and plan them to live. They have gardens where they grow farm produce instead of plants only […]

What’s better than eating healthy food? That’s eating healthy food you’ve grown.

City folks have it all wrong, so says our rural brothers. Whereas we’re planning gardens and having those landscaped, rural folks know how to landscape them and plan them to live. They have gardens where they grow farm produce instead of plants only used for decoration and looking pretty.

That’s the start of farm life for you. If you want to experience it even in the urban life you have, then you should try these tips out.

Prepare to Get Dirty

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Gardening is dirt; gardening is when you get your hands dirty. It’s when you dig deep into the soil. You should pay attention to the soil, as it is what you use to grow your plants. It should be healthy and rich with nutrients in order to get the most out of your crops. You should also avoid using chemical products on it; it takes away from the idea of the organic nature of things.

Create your own Fertilizer

If you’re not encouraged to use your own fertilizer, you’re going to have to create your own. One way of doing this is by composting. It’s a term most commonly heard from people who cultivate their own food and is usually a good way of keeping your soil healthy. When you create compost, you also help the environment; it’s usually made of left-over food, dead leaves, and organic garbage, so you get to recycle instead of throwing stuff away.

Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a way of preserving or bringing back the health of your soil. Most local farmers use it to keep their soil’s nutrients replenished. It’s a simple chore; you usually plant something else instead of the crop that was harvested. When you’ve previously planted beets, the next time, you plant something like beans instead of the same crop. It keeps nutrients and refreshes the soil.

Combine Organic soil with Mulch

If you’re new to gardening, you’re going to have to invest in mulch and organic soil. Compost is what makes up the majority of organic soil; meanwhile, mulch is created by mixing organic soil with dead husks and straw without weed. This will help with two things—one, it prevents weed from sprouting, and two, it prevents fungi from the soil from transferring to your plants.

Keep your Garden Clean

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Cleaning your garden isn’t only for aesthetic purposes; it’s to remove plants that are long dead and use the soil for other plants. Always remember to dig up the soil too. You never know whether a diseased root or fungal matter is building up under all that dirt.

Remember to love your plants and always visit your garden! This way, you’ll be able to root out problems among your crops before they even start.

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Dip into some Fun: Fun Dips that are Healthy Too

Everybody loves snacks, who doesn’t? However, those salty, crispy chips, by themselves, aren’t worth what leafy green salads and celery sticks are. There’s a compromise you can have, though; you can substitute your snack dip for something healthy. If you’d rather have a bag of chips to go for Super Bowl Sundays or even just […]

Everybody loves snacks, who doesn’t? However, those salty, crispy chips, by themselves, aren’t worth what leafy green salads and celery sticks are. There’s a compromise you can have, though; you can substitute your snack dip for something healthy.

If you’d rather have a bag of chips to go for Super Bowl Sundays or even just for kicking back, here are some healthy dip ideas to pair with your favorite snack.

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First dip: Tzatziki

This Greek dip is not too difficult to make; the only problem, however, is obtaining some of the ingredients. You have to have a thick whipped Greek Yogurt as well as fresh cucumber, dill, garlic, lemon juice, as well as salt and pepper to taste. It’s better if you have your own garden for them.

Second dip: Greek Yogurt Ranch

Another dip with a Greek ingredient in it, this is a meshing of two cultures—American and Greek. It is American because of the ranch part. Aside from your chips, this is a great dip to create for your vegetable salad as well. You only have to have garlic, onion (both powdered), as well as dill and parsley (dried), a squeeze of lemon and good ol’ salt and pepper.

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Third dip: White Bean

White bean can be grown as a rotation crop for others. When you’ve got a surplus of it, mix it together with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, among others, to create a tasty dip. Aside from the main ingredients, spice up the variety by mixing other stuff in it.

Fourth dip: Hummus

If you’re planning something kosher for that snack time, why not try batching up a super tasty hummus dip? What you need for this is to get chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Aside from those ingredients, you can add other materials to create good taste.

These are only a few options for your healthy snack time. If you’d rather have thin-sliced, deep fried potatoes—commonly known as potato chips—consider making it healthy with these dips!

When you’re on a diet to lower blood pressure or bring back your norm, they say greens are the way to go. Aside from being naturally grown, greens don’t also feature preservatives or chemicals that are man-made. You know what they say about man-made greens; if it’s man-made, it’s probably got a few cons for you.

If you’re planning a green diet or want to have a greener one, here’s what you should go after.

Substitute Junk Food with Celery

If you’ve seen celery sticks being eaten raw, that’s because they have good benefits. Their green color is a natural aid to losing weight and increased metabolism of the body. Apart from that, celery sticks are also a natural source of potassium. Potassium, for those who want to know, brings back a bit of lost energy as well as lowers blood pressure, helping your nerves and blood.

Fruits and Vegetable for Happiness

Looking for a way to stay positives? Studies have shown that vegetables and fruits are a natural aid in staying happy. People who have a steady diet of them also are more positive and more optimistic than their non-eating counterparts. Aside from that, eating papaya and green tea leaves—particularly—gives you a better fighting chance against diabetes, which is another reason to be positive.

Peas and Green Juice—stay young

If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, the color of the liquid would be green. That is one of the benefits of green vegetables. Specifically, green peas help in increasing your immune system’s health. Another benefit of these vegetables is that they help in stopping blood from clotting as well as a natural source of Vitamin K, a stop-gap for certain conditions because of age.

Spring Greens and Broccoli—for health

If you’re looking for something that helps keep your body strong and young at the same time, go for leafy spring greens and broccoli. These vegetables are a good source of Vitamins C and K, as well as a good source of folate and sulforaphan and indoles, respectively. Folate helps you regulate cell growth and reproduction while sulforaphane and indoles are naturally occurring compounds.

A Natural Cancer deterrent

Cancer, specifically of the colon, cowers when you have kale and mustard greens in your body. Broccoli and cabbage have the same effect—a study done in 2011 showed that eating these greens gave the body a higher fighting chance against cancer. Colorectal cancer chance was reduced to 1 out of 15 when the presence of these greens was in the body.

The next time someone offers you salad or celery sticks, you know what to do. You should learn to love vegetables; aside from being generally easier to eat than meat and usually a cheaper choice, they’re also healthier for the body.

The organic lifestyle is picking up speed because people are beginning to focus more on their health. However, small organic operations usually only supply their wares; it’s the large organic operations that are reaping the benefits of that awareness.

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There are still ways to get off the ground and turn your small operation into a large one. If you or someone you know would rather remain small, then here’s what they or you can do to run with the big boys.

Sell at your Farm. This is best if you have neighbors around who can buy or if you’re a bit techie. Do note that, if you choose to do this, you’re responsible for selling your own produce. Learn to advertise or even create your own website if you decide to do this. You’re going to have to create awareness about your products. If you want a wider reach than just posting ‘for sale’ notices on lamp posts, then the Internet is the way to go.

Go for CSA. A CSA, or a Community Supported Agriculture, helps you get the community involved by offering parts of your farm as ‘shares’ or  ‘subscriptions.’ It’s also a plan where you could get volunteers by offering these schemes to volunteers. Many farms do this as a way of helping others, while others do it solely for profit. It’s a lot of work to get one started but it’s definitely worth it.

Sell Small. This is the usual situation when you’re in a small town or near several small towns: most of the small grocers/co-ops there are your best chance at selling your produce. Organically grown food is a big hit at these grocers, and recently, people have gone out of their way to buy from them. If you want to make a profit with your produce, learn to speak to some grocer owners near you.

Online Selling/CSA. Again, if you’re a bit of a techie, you can opt to sell most of your produce or, perhaps, look for volunteers or CSA partners online. This requires a quality website as well as people willing to invest or buy from you. While it may be hard to sell bigger produce online, most people would look for organic herbs and food as well as substitutes for everyday items like soap and lotions online.

We might be living in further modernized times right now, but organically-grown, natural food is still popular. They keep you healthy, rarely have chemical ingredients, and are also a cheaper option.

As the saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Health advocates will always tell you to get in your required vegetables and fruits for the day. The problem is when you simply cannot because the grocer that sells it is simply out of the way.

There are a lot of alternatives, sure, but it’s better if you grow these fruits and vegetables on your own. If not, here’s what you can do to get your fill.

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s markets are your best bet at getting fresh vegetables and fruits as if you’ve picked them from the tree. Aside from that, you’re also getting the benefit of helping a farmer’s family have food on their table. The prices are also significantly lower as well as healthier.

Ask your Friends

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There are a lot of times your friends are good for asking something; this might be one of them. If you have no idea where to buy cheaper and fresher vegetables, ask your friends, they might know something that you don’t.

Be a Farmer

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Sometimes, the richer small farming communities have a scheme where you can volunteer your time and help in the harvest. Instead of asking for pay or anything, you can alternatively ask them if they’d pay you in produce. This is one way you can get your vegetables and fruits for free.

Start your own Home Farm

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Even better, you can start your own organic garden! The small home farm craze is currently beginning to sweep the nation. It’s also a better alternative to creating gardens that are purely ornamental. Consult a book or read sources from the Internet to know how to properly start your home farm.

There are still a lot of ideas or places where you can get your fill of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you haven’t started yet, there’s no better time than now to get initiated on eating healthy.

Clean Your Farm House Tips

Clean Your Farm House Tips

Owning a farmhouse is absolutely necessary for the farmer or any individual with a farm. It gives your workers a place to lay their heads at night and it provides you with extra storage in the event that you need it. Of course, this doesn’t make keeping the home any cleaner. In fact, keeping an […]

Owning a farmhouse is absolutely necessary for the farmer or any individual with a farm. It gives your workers a place to lay their heads at night and it provides you with extra storage in the event that you need it. Of course, this doesn’t make keeping the home any cleaner. In fact, keeping an old farmhouse clean probably seems like an up hill battle most of the time. With the right know-how and strategies, it is completely possible to not only clean the farmhouse effectively, but you can learn how to keep in clean.

Want Tips on Starting your own Backyard Farm? Get it here.

Creating a Transition Area For Workers And Dirty Individuals

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Farm work can be dirty, hard work. When you constantly have workers and lots of other dirty individuals walking in and out of the farmhouse all day long, it can make it incredibly hard to keep the home clean. Just imagine working in the fields all day picking berries and then walking straight into the farmhouse kitchen, fixing a sandwich, and then sitting down to eat it. This would make a huge mess! This is why you need a transition area located on the outside of the home.

You can include rugs, shoe cleaners, sinks, and soaps in the area. This will give individuals the opportunity to clean their hands and feet before walking right into the home. You could even go as far as including a shower, washer, and dryer if you want. Whatever the situation is, having these individuals clean off before entering the farmhouse will make all the difference in the world.

Learn To Reduce Dust With Mats And Other Techniques

Just because you have a new transition room, it doesn’t mean that you still don’t need to utilize dust mats and other dust reducing techniques. Dust is without a doubt the number one cause for allergies and sicknesses in any home. Not to mention that it also makes quite the mess. Make sure that you are installing place mats at all the entryways, which will save your floors a lot of wear and tear, while saving you extra work in the process.

Since farms are extremely dusty it might even be an excellent ideal to utilize an air purifier or a HEPA filter for your AC system.

Keep Those Carpet Clean Regularly

It really doesn’t matter how many mats or dust-reducing techniques you practice it is going to be hard to keep every bit of dust off the carpets. As mentioned-above farms are extremely dusty, which means you are going to have to keep your carpets clean on a regular basis. If at all possible you might even want to consider scheduling a good thorough carpet cleaning with a company like book a simplymaid. Not only will this company help you find a good maid who come in and thoroughly clean your carpets, but the maid can take care of the rest of the housework as well if you don’t have the time.

Once a year should be enough to suffice for carpet cleanings, unless you constantly have a lot of foot traffic in which case you might want to consider more frequent visits. Dogs and kids can greatly contribute to dirty carpets, so make sure you are taking this into consideration as well.

Tackle Those Windows On A Regular Basis

When it comes to farmhouses there are two major challenges that you will find yourself tackling on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. First, you will have to learn how to keep the dirt and dust on the outside. And, second you are going to need to learn how to keep the dust from building up inside the home. It is safe to assume that you are constantly opening the windows in the summertime to let the cool breeze in the home. While this might be an excellent technique for cutting down on electric bills, it can let a lot of dirt and debris in the home.

This is especially true if the windows themselves are dirty on the outside. As least once a month you need to utilize a water house and spray down the outsides of the windows. A pressure washer might even be better if you have access to one. When you are doing this it will probably also be a good ideal to vacuum out the insides of the window seals at the same time. This will help remove bugs, debris, and other dust particles.

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