Posted on 01 August 2012.
This guest post is by James Christie who writes for Thomson Local.
Organic vegetables are a healthy food source because they are grown in a natural way. They are also good for the environment, because no potentially harmful chemicals are used in producing them.
Broccoli is vegetable that can be grown indoors from seed. If being harvested in the summer, seedlings should be planted when they are no more than four weeks old. For an autumn harvest, seedlings should be four-six weeks old before being planted. Broccoli will do well in a sunny area of the garden and in fertile soil. Seedlings should be planted from 18 to 20 inches apart.
Radishes are a fast growing vegetable and should be sown from the beginning of spring to the late summer. They can be grown in pots or grown from seed in a garden or allotment. The seed spacings should be about an inch apart. Radishes are plants that will thrive in shade, but do need to be watered in particularly dry spells.
Beetroot is another vegetable that can be planted directly from seed, and will thrive in fertile soil and sunshine. Seeds should be planted between April and July. There should be a gap of roughly four inches between the seeds, with two seeds planted together. Beetroot can be grown in pots, and are a plant that requires care in terms of weeding and watering.
Lettuce is a vegetable that is ideal to grow in the UK because it loves cool weather and the rain. Lettuces will do well when grown near other vegetables that provide the vegetable with shade. Several seeds should be sown in the same spot, with a space of six inches between each sowing, which should be done in a drill. Different types of lettuce are grown at different months of the year, but most will mature in the summer months.
From seed, most types of potato should be sown in containers, such as egg boxes, in mid-February, and planted in the ground about a month later. The weakest growths should be removed before planting. Potatoes should be placed in rows in an area where they’ll receive lots of sunshine, and with a gap of at least a foot between each. One easy way of growing organic potatoes is to save several that have been bought for consumption, and then sow them directly into the ground.
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Posted in Gardening, Lifestyle, Organic
Posted on 05 March 2012.
This is a guest post by The Organic Mattress Store.
As a parent, you want to always ensure that your baby is happy, healthy and safe. You make sure they eat well, get regular examinations at the doctor’s office and much more. However, there is one aspect of your baby’s life that you may have overlooked and that is the type of mattress to buy your baby. When shopping for a crib mattress, it is not uncommon for aspects like size, comfort and price to come into play, however it is essential that the origin of the mattress be a consideration. Organic mattresses are the best route to choose for your baby.
Babies spend much of their time sleeping, which means that they’ll be spending a lot of time in their cribs on their mattress. While they sleep, they could potentially be breathing in particles and fumes from the baby mattress. This could be potentially harmful to their health. Allergens build up rather easily in a traditional baby mattress and those allergens can wreak havoc on a baby’s allergies and respiratory system. In organic baby mattresses, however, allergens do not build up. This allows the baby to sleep comfortably without any flare-ups or irritations to the baby’s respiratory system.
PVC, phthalates, DEHP and Polyurethane foam can be found in traditional baby mattresses and may be harmful to breath in or touch. Since babies are much more sensitive and vulnerable to chemicals, it is crucial that organic materials are used for your babies crib mattress. Organic baby mattresses do not have any of those harmful chemicals or materials, allowing the baby to sleep on a toxin free mattress.
Organic mattresses prove to have the same level of comfort and water-resistance that nonorganic mattresses have. Nontoxic chemicals are substituted for those that could be harmful to your baby’s health while still upholding the level of comfort expected for your baby. One major source of chemicals in nonorganic mattresses is the use of fire retardants to combat the flammable materials that are used. With organic mattresses, the mattress is not only toxin free but fire resistant as well. Many organic mattresses have organic wool as a primary component, and are naturally fire-resistant.
If you do decide to purchase an organic mattress, make sure you are completely sure that the mattress is actually organic. Many companies like to label their products as organic when in fact they are only partially organic. When shopping for an organic mattress, look for a tag that says that the product is 100% organic and try to get information on the materials inside the mattress to ensure that no chemicals or non-organic materials are included. Taking a few minutes out of your shopping time to make sure you’re getting a pure organic mattress for your baby’s crib can keep your whole family healthy and happy.
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Posted in Baby, Lifestyle