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What is Organic Gardening?

Through my research I found out that for hundreds of years we have grown plants without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Today there is a growing concern for the environment and how important it is to us and the dangers of the pollution to air, water and animal life and food crops and its degradation, by the world-wide use of chemical products. We have not paid attention to the harm this has done.

I want to make a difference. So I want to highlight Organic Gardening – a method of gardening and growing plants and vegetables using only organic products such as manures, composts and organic fertilizers to improve and retain soil fertility, natural substances to control pests and diseases and growing insect repellent plants and companion plants which are beneficial to each other. It takes a lot of research and it is easy to find out what plants help each other to grow and flourish. Let’s leave out the Crude Oil Waste Products, like chemical fertilizers and pesticides. I use seaweed!!

[one_half]CompostStart with a good organic compost[/one_half]

[one_half_last]KelpakKelpak liquid fertilizer[/one_half_last] 


 Kelpak, derived from the seaweed species Ecklonia Maxima (Kelp), is a natural and unique source of Auxins and Cytokinins, a group of plant growth bioregulators that have been proven to have a number of beneficial physiological effects on plants.

Ongoing research and trial data from around the globe have proven Kelpak’s ability to significantly increase the health, quality and yield in a wide variety of crops, benefiting farmers around the world for over 30 years.

In 1975 The brown seaweed, Ecklonia maxima, is identified as having beneficial effects on plant growth and the quest begins to develop a cellular level extraction technology.

Auxins are natural plant hormones produced in a plant’s shoot tips and translocate downwards. One of its effects is to signal a plant to increase its root growth.

Cytokinins are natural plant hormones produced in the root tips and translocate upwards. One of its effects is to signal a plant to produce more and larger foliage.

While most plant growth stimulants make use of high Cytokinin levels to temporarily promote top growth, this does little to improve the roots of the crop, often resulting in an unbalanced plant.

Kelpak, through its unique extraction process, contains a very high Auxin to Cytokinin ratio. This auxin domination stimulates vigorous primary and secondary root development in the plant, thus enhancing the plant’s hormone production with a resultant improved crop output.

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By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

8 replies on “What is Organic Gardening?”

Great post! I’m a HUGE fan of kelp extract, especially for getting my seedling transplants to develop healthy root systems. Even though I grew up in an era where DDT was used on a large scale, thankfully my gardening mentors, my parents and grandparents, never used synthetic fertilizers, or chemical pesticides. I was fortunate to grow up with what we now call ‘organic gardening’. Back then it was simply gardening. Our dependency since that time on synthetic and chemical compounds has become an addiction of sorts for some gardeners and food producers. I’m encouraged to see some of that changing now though, at least with small scale producers. Not just for the sake of the environment at large, but also for the sake of ourselves. If someone handed me a bottle of an insecticide or fungicide and told me to ‘drink it’, I wouldn’t. Why would I want it on my food? I honestly consider ‘organic gardening’ to be getting back to commonsense gardening…and not a moment too soon!

Dear Curbstone, Thank you so much for your encouraging post. I am passionate about the earth and only now in my 50s have come to see the damage we have been doing. I was so consumed by my own growth, that I did not listen to the earth around us. I have opened my eyes and am taking it seriously. I LOVE your blog – I have just subscribed to it and will be following your posts too. Thank you – love the chicken pic! Very close to my heart!!

I have continued to research and go in this direction more each year…so important and easy once you know..thx for continuing to bring this to the forefront and give us all more ideas

Thank you Donna. It is so encouraging to hear the real gardeners out there – who care about the earth. I will continue my research with a brighter eye!

Very important post Barbara! You are so right that we do not pay attention, well many many do not. Hopefully every post like this one will touch and awaken more and more people to say no to chemical fertilizers, poisons of all kinds and to just look under our sinks and stop supporting the companies that are hurting our planet and making us sick. Organic food is real food . . . grown in healthy alive soil . . . and full of what our bodies need to promote good health. Being organic is not enough however, we have to ask questions of the larger mono-crop corporate farms that call themselves organic (in many ways are) . . . it is a constant battle to keep the standards for organic the highest. It is big business now. The best we can do is to grow our own or support local farmers you know and trust. Organic is also better for our planet and all wildlife.

Thank you so much for this – you are so right, we need to support the local farmers who are not part of the big-business chain. Grow organic and healthy food. I am looking at the TV now and listening to all the marketing blah-blah and hearing all the reasons why we need these chemicals and the fear factor if you don’t buy it! Just got to get off this grid, I think!

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