Tess’ Till-less, Organic Garden 2012

Tess’ Till-less, Organic Garden 2012

Do you mean you can have an organic  garden with lush, delicious veggies with NO tilling and no harmful pesticides?  YES, you can!

It begins by putting cardboard or newspaper right on top of the grass (where it will get sun for at least 6 hours per day…the front lawn in my case).  Soak it through and through with water, add a 2″ – 3″ layer of compost such as leaves or your homemade compost, soak it thoroughly as well.

 

 

Now add a 3″ – 4″  layer of peat moss.  Dampen it with a light spray as you do not want to cause runoff initially.  Once it has settled it won’t go anywhere, trust me.  Notice there aren’t any boards or siding of any kind.  The truth of the matter is…you just don’t need them.  I have been doing this method of gardening for three years now and, to me, building a ‘box’ or border is just a waste of money better spent on seeds, peat moss or GMO-free seeds.

 

 

 

That is it!  You are ready to plant, water, wait and reap the benefits!  It really is just that simple!!!

If you would like additional information, there are earlier posts in my Gardening section with details on  materials to use, how to build a compost bin, as well as what should/should not be composted.

If you do not find what you are looking for in my earlier posts, feel free to ask questions…I will gladly share what has/ has not worked for me!

This is a super simple, amazingly satisfying, not to mention DELICIOUS, way to feed your family fresh, homegrown veggies.  You will be surprised just how differently your bounty tastes.  Happy planting everyone!!!

 

Round Up for Dinner, Anyone?

Round Up for Dinner, Anyone?

I know many people who still use Round Up.  I am hoping this will change their minds…

The picture below shows veggies grown in my ‘no-till’ garden (they don’t call me ‘No-Till Tess’ for nothing) without the use of ANY insecticides.  They are beautiful, healthy plants that produce not just quantity, but quality vegetables for my family.

Please read all of the excerpt below  from Rodale Press and make the choice not to use this Monsanto-created product anymore:

Herbicide-Flavored Food

What it is: Glyphosate, the active chemical ingredient in the popular weed killer, Roundup, is a hormone-disrupting chemical now used primarily on corn and soy crops genetically engineered to withstand a heavy dousing of the chemical. Nonorganic farmers dumped 57 million pounds of glyphosate on food crops in 2009, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures.

Where it is: Roundup is so heavily used around homes and in farm fields that it’s now being detected in streams, the air, and even rain. Because it’s a systemic herbicide, it’s actually taken up inside the plant…meaning we eat it. Yep, it’s legally allowed in our food, and in an amount that worries scientists. It’s found in most nonorganic packaged foods because most contain corn- or soy-derived ingredients, the crops that are most often heavily doused with Roundup.

Why it’s bad: Glyphosate exposure is linked to obesity, learning disabilities, birth defects, infertility, and potentially irreversible metabolic damage. To avoid pesticides in products, eat organic and avoided processed foods as much as possible. And use caution— “all natural” foods often are chockfull of pesticides and genetically engineered ingredients.

And there you have it…one of the MANY reasons I am practicing organic methods to feed my family.

I wanted you to know the impact of using Round Up so you could make an educated and conscientious decision before adding this disgustingly harmful chemical to our environment (and dinner table) in the future!  PLEASE share this article!!!

(see http://www.rodale.com/gross-food?page=0 for other gross findings in our foods)

Are You Suffering From Allergies?

Are You Suffering From Allergies?

It is that time of year, my friends…allergy season….that is!  If you are feeling run down, energy-less and just not “up-to-snuff”…you could be experiencing symptoms brought on by allergies.

I just read an article from Organic Gardening News (4/2/2012 edition) with some helpful info regarding some of the natural allergy remedies available to us from the produce section:

  • Broccoli
  • Citrus fruits
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Butterbur (I had never heard of this one)
  • Elderberries
  • Onions & Garlic

For specific information on these natural remedies, visit their site:  http://www.rodale.com/allergy-relief?page=0,1

I MUST add, though not in the produce section, LOCAL honey has worked wonderfully for us as far as allergies are concerned!  We certainly don’t mind having a piece of toast with coconut oil and local honey every morning either!  🙂

“The idea behind eating honey is kind of like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance an immune system response like the release of histamine will occur [source: AAFP]. Since the concentration of pollen spores found in honey is low — compared to, say, sniffing a flower directly — then the production of antibodies shouldn’t trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. Ideally, the honey-eater won’t have any reaction at all.”    (http://health.howstuffworks.com)

And….that must be why it has worked for us.  We are gradually building an immunity against the allergens in our area.  Isn’t that just amazing???

Who needs those chemicals produced in a lab???  Not I~