Grow Organic Vegetables

Written by Vince Apps

There are more reasons than ever why anybody with access to a few square feet ofrepparttar outdoors should grow their own organic vegetables.

You may be shocked at how much ofrepparttar 141510 produce at your local supermarket has been genetically modified. Some estimates now put this at over 50%. While there is no strong evidence that genetically modified foods are immediately harmful to your health, there are no long term studies either. Do you want to take that risk?

Let’s take a look at pesticides and fertilizers. Farmers no longer use crop rotation or natural manures to improve soil fertility, so they are forced to use ever increasing amounts of chemicals to improve yields and multiple pesticides to protectrepparttar 141511 weakened plants. Pesticides penetrate deeply intorepparttar 141512 leaves of plants and pestiside residues remain even after you have scrubbed them.

To quote from The Environmental Protection Agency – “Pesticides are designed to kill pests. Many pesticides can also pose risks to people. The health effects of pesticides depend onrepparttar 141513 type of pesticide. Some, such asrepparttar 141514 organophosphates and carbamates, affectrepparttar 141515 nervous system. Others may irritaterepparttar 141516 skin or eyes. Some pesticides may be carcinogens. Others may affectrepparttar 141517 hormone or endocrine system inrepparttar 141518 body.”

Sure you can, and should, buy organic fruit and vegetables but have you seenrepparttar 141519 prices? Anybody with even a modest vegetable garden can grow healthy organic vegetables at much lower cost than those atrepparttar 141520 local supermarket. Not only can you grow them at much lower cost, but you can grow them one hundred percent better.

Evenrepparttar 141521 long-keeping vegetables such as potatoes, onions and squash are noticeably tastier picked straight fromrepparttar 141522 home vegetable garden; but when it comes to peas and corn and salad vegetables- well , there is absolutely nothing to compare withrepparttar 141523 home garden ones, gathered fresh, inrepparttar 141524 early slanting sunlight, still gemmed with dew, still crisp and tender and juicy, ready to carry every atom of savory quality and taste, without loss, torepparttar 141525 dining table.

Control Flea Beetles Organically

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Please leaverepparttar 141470 resource box intact with an active link, and send a courtesy copy ofrepparttar 141471 publication in whichrepparttar 141472 article appears to: --------------------------------------- Flea beetles are more of a nuisance than a threat to a healthy garden. But if found on seedlings they can killrepparttar 141473 plants. On larger, well-established plants they do little harm. However, in corn and potatoes flea beetles can transmit serious diseases. Potato beetles may transmit early blight. Corn flea beetles can transmit a bacterium called Stewart's Wilt.

The adults are tiny ranging from 1/16 to 1/4 inch long and are various colors, including black, greenish or bluish black, green or yellow. They have enlarged hind legs which enable them to jump like fleas. The larvae are slender, white grubs which feed on roots, tubers, and lower stems underground.

Flea beetles overwinter as adults among debris in or near fields or host plants. Atrepparttar 141474 end ofrepparttar 141475 year remove plants and surface debris to remove hibernating material.

Eggs are deposited in soil nearrepparttar 141476 bases of host plants and may require a week or more to hatch. Treatingrepparttar 141477 soil with beneficial nematodes can help controlrepparttar 141478 larvae.

Plant later than usual so warmer temperatures can help plants to outgrowrepparttar 141479 feeding beetles.

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