Tag Archives: Organic Soil

Where can I buy Organic Seeds?

20 Feb

If you are like me and like to start to germinate your seeds indoors, now its the time to order your selections. So where to buy organic seeds?

Cherry Tomatoes Organic Tomatoes Peaceful Valley

Over the years, I have tried different suppliers for organic seeds and so far I have 2 very favorites ones:

High Mowing Organic seeds, because they sell nothing but 100% certified organic seeds. They have over 600 heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid varieties of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seed. Their philosophy is all about healthy communities and a better planet.

And what I like the best is that they are really passionate about healthy food and farming.

You can buy theirs seeds here:

http://www.highmowingseeds.com

Culinary Herbs Organic tomatoes

Peaceful Valley, because they provide low cost organic growing supplies such organic seeds and the information and tools needed. You can buy organic seed by the bulk or by the small package. And if you want to increase your crop yield, you can buy from them amazing liquid organic fertilizers.

You can buy their seeds, fertilizers and garden tools here:

http://www.groworganic.com

Organic Tomatoes rare Peaceful Valley

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Pesticide Free Gardens

21 Feb

Arcoiris Design Gardening goal is to encourage and educate our clients to a pesticide-free lawn and garden! As most of us know, the environmental impact of pesticides is often greater than what is intended by those who use them. Over 98% of sprayed insecticides and 95% of herbicides reach a destination other than their target species, including non-target species, air, water, bottom sediments, and food. (1)

Furthermore, some pesticides contribute to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer. (2) There is many ways pesticides affect us, including air pollution or pesticide drift, water contamination caused by crop run-off, land run-off and leaching , persistence of pesticides in soil because the microorganisms are not able to degraded the chemicals, contamination of our food, kill bees and other pollinators,  animals may be poisoned by pesticide residues that remain on food after spraying,  poisoning from pesticides can travel up the food chain too,  can enter the human body through inhalation of aerosols, dust and vapor; through oral exposure by consuming food and water; and through dermal exposure by direct contact with skin.

Please help Arcoiris Design Gardening, to stop the use of harmful pesticides in our environment. Lets us show you how we can help you to have a free pesticide garden, we will very happy to explain all about our products and services at any time.

Are you familiar with this sign? Will you allow your childrem to play on this grass?

How about changing that sign for THIS one? Will you allow your children to play on this grass?

Important facts:

 “The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that 72 million birds are killed by pesticides in the United States each year”. (3)

“The USDA and USFWS estimate that US farmers lose at least $200 million a year from reduced crop pollination because pesticides applied to fields eliminate about a fifth of honeybee colonies in the US and harm an additional 15%”.(1)

References

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_pesticides

2. http://www.law.fsu.edu/journals/landuse/Vol131/REYN.HTMl 

3. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/21/BAQ21HC5CB.DTL

4. Pesticide sign picture from: http://www.psr-la.org/issues/environmental-health/pesticides/

Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea – Your garden Herb that promotes immune system health.

1 Sep

 

Echinacea is genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. There are nine species commonly called purple coneflowers. They are perennials and very drought tolerant.

Purple coneflower is reputed to be immunostimulator, being effective in promoting immune system health and warding off infections and also some people use it as laxative.

Echinacea angustifolia was widely used by the North American Plains Indians for its general medicinal qualities. Echinacea was one of the basic antimicrobial herbs of eclectic medicine from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century, and its use was documented for snakebite, anthrax, and for relief of pain. In the 1930s echinacea became popular in both Europe and America as a herbal medicine. [1]

Echinacea Tincture Recipehttp://www.ehow.com/way_5529325_echinacea-tincture-recipe.html

 How to Harvest Echinacea for Tea:  http://www.ehow.com/how_8356584_harvest-echinacea-tea.html

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea

 Tincture: A tincture is an alcoholic extract (e.g. of leaves or other plant material) or solution of a non-volatile substance (e.g. of iodine, mercurochrome).