How to Grow Healthy FoodWritten by Linda Paquette
How to Grow Healthy Food
To grow healthy food, you literally have to start at rock bottom. No matter what youíre growing, from chickpeas to chickens, truth is that you are what they eat!
Itís no secret that all life begins with soil. Although it may look like dirt to naked eye, organically rich soil is a living, breathing community of microorganisms. These little denizens of dirt are born, grow, breed, give birth and die leaving an estate of nutrition-filled remains to soil. While they live, many of these little critters feed on undesirable elements like harmful bacteria.
Every year, gardeners spend thousands of dollars on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides that are little more than a quick fix to gardening problems and create long-term health hazards for everyone, from humans to single-celled organisms in soil. If you really want to grow healthy food, first step is to keep your underground colony in good health.
There are two things you need to do to maintain healthy soil. The first is to keep out chemicals. The second is to add rich organic matter to your soil at regular intervals. Keep out chemicals
How to Attract Butterfly Activity...Written by Gordon Goh
The flittering of butterfly through your garden is no accident if you planned your garden carefully. The adult butterfly flitters from flower to flower - sipping nectar from many flowers in your gardens, while other adult butterflies search for areas to lay their larvae. It is good to take note that butterfly garden is going to differ from other areas of your garden. Your natural instincts will be to kill off pests, larvae and creatures in garden, but in butterfly garden your best results are noticed when you use organic gardening: Which means no chemicals at all.
In you want to include use of butterflies in your landscape you will need to create a safety zone for your butterflies to feel safe. Butterflies frequent habitual zones, where they feel safe and where areas of landscape meet with tree lines. Creating your butterfly gardens near or around trees will help in attracting even more of these graceful creatures to your gardens.
A tip in attracting Black Swallowtail or Anise Swallowtail is this: Plant parsley, dill or fennel in your gardens, these plants attract this certain butterfly. If these herbs are not your favorites, you can attract other types of butterflies using other flowers. To attract Fritillary butterfly for instance, plant Lupine flowers your garden. Or you may want to consider planting Snapdragons to attract butterflies that are native in your own area. Your early butterfly gardens are going to attract butterflies only in passing, but creating and growing gardens that offer a safe haven for butterfly will urge them to stay in your garden.