Why Grow Organic?

Written by Frann Leach

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To say I was surprised by this announcement would be an understatement ó stunned more like, not to say angry. My kids were being subjected to high levels of chemicals, not just from carrots, but presumably from all sorts of other supposedly 'healthy' food. And there was no way to tell: you certainly couldn't distinguish a carrot full of pesticides from one that wasn't, just by looking at it.

I also realised something else: carrots are a root vegetable. And if a root is surrounded by something, it takes it in and absorbs it, like a sponge. So peeling a carrot wasn't going to do much good, ifrepparttar problem was an excessive level of chemicals.

I was living in an area with no organic retail outlets. The only supermarket was K**kS*ve. I had no transport. The only solution was to grow my own. So that is what I did ó with no previous experience of gardening (apart from my cactus collection). If you've got a good enough reason, you can do anything.

That was 12 years ago now, and I haven't looked back. Not only have I grown lots of really nice food (much tastier thanrepparttar 113422 shop-bought stuff), but I've had fun doing it, too.

So, if you have any experience of gardening, or none, visitrepparttar 113423 GardenZone and I will show you how to get started. Exactly what to do, in English, not garden jargon (you will get to know whatrepparttar 113424 terms mean, but to start with they are too confusing).

Frann lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has her own internet marketing business and is always on the lookout to recruit go-getters like herself. Find out more: here

Guide to Growing Tree Ferns

Written by David Howlett

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How to plant tree ferns

Tree ferns donít need a rich or deep soil. They will survive happily even in very poor or stony soil. Ideally a slightly acid soil (adding ericaceous compost will help) is preferable and a light dressing with blood and bone meal will giverepparttar plants plenty of food to start them off. If youíve purchased a smaller plant just dig a hole big enough forrepparttar 113421 root ball.

Tree fern trunks will need a hole slightly bigger thanrepparttar 113422 trunk and 4 to 6 inches deep depending onrepparttar 113423 length ofrepparttar 113424 trunk. Plant them and firm them in but make sure they are upright thenrepparttar 113425 weight ofrepparttar 113426 trunk will keep it stable. After a few weeks it will make its own roots to secure itself.

Feedingrepparttar 113427 plant

The tree fern will need feeding from time to time. If you have planted it in repparttar 113428 shade under a canopy of larger tree your tree fern will extract some nutrients fromrepparttar 113429 decaying leaf-fall. They will still need some extra feed and one of repparttar 113430 best around is one called Maxi Crop. Maxi Crop is made from seaweed; it is easily available and contains a good range of nutrients and minerals. Follow repparttar 113431 manufactures instructions forrepparttar 113432 dilution and feed well at least every two months.

Survivingrepparttar 113433 winter

Generally Cyathea and Dicksonia arerepparttar 113434 hardiest ofrepparttar 113435 most commonly available tree ferns. They are naturally evergreen and should survive quite happily through a normal winter. Beforerepparttar 113436 worst ofrepparttar 113437 winter starts you will need to place a wedge of straw downrepparttar 113438 centre ofrepparttar 113439 plant (whererepparttar 113440 fronds grow from) to keeprepparttar 113441 worst ofrepparttar 113442 frost out.

David Howlett is an independent web consultant based in the UK. David helps clients get more qualified visitors and then convert them into action.http://www.davidhowlett.co.uk

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