How Home Gardens Are Changing the Local Food System… and Your Health


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Organic Food Grown At Home

By: Adrienne Razon, Writer for Mercola.com.

How Home Gardens Are Changing the Local Food System… and Your Health
Today’s farming practices produce food on a large-scale, but their use of chemicals and biotechnology negatively impacts the quality of food. An example of this is monocropping or the planting of the same crop on large expanses of land year after year. Such methods deplete the soil’s valuable nutrients, which transfer to the foods you eat, and allow pathogens to thrive.

Industrial agricultural methods also make use of fertilizers made from petroleum and high amounts of energy. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are detected in produce, putting you at risk for contamination, not to mention harm the environment. Reports have shown that these chemical concoctions are decimating populations of honeybees and butterflies, and are contaminating ground water, which is a source of drinking water for more than half the population of the United States.

The solution is to purchase foods from organic farms or farmers’ markets, which are cultivated using sustainable means. However, many people are concerned with the expenses associated to organic produce. Fortunately, there are ways to obtain the healthiest foods at only a fraction of the cost – and one way is to grow your own garden.

Starting a Garden Can Benefit Your Health and the Environment
Having your own garden at home will give you complete control over growing your food, from soil composition to chemical exposure. You can use non-toxic alternatives, which promotes soil health and limits your and your children’s exposure to industrial chemicals. Plus, homegrown food is fresher, delicious, and full of nutrients and biophotons, which are small units of light that greatly benefit your overall health.

Additionally, growing your own food is the way of the future. You are not only promoting your own health, but you also support the planet by creating a sustainable source of food. Going back to basics encourages biodiversity, saves energy, and protects water quality. Organic gardens also beautify densely populated urban spaces and allow wildlife to thrive.

The good news is, small gardens are increasing around the globe, giving hope that the world may recover from the damage inflicted by industrial agriculture. If you’re interested in starting a small garden at home, below are some helpful tips.

Tips For Beginner Superfood Garden

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Tips for Gardening Beginners
Use only the finest seeds for your garden. Doing so can help make your garden more plentiful, and can provide you with juicy and hardy produce. Heirloom seeds are a great option, as they have been carefully cultivated to yield the highest-quality crops possible.

You can maintain soil health naturally with strategies like composting and setting up a worm farm. This reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers.

Rather than use chemicals for pest and weed problems, you can create your own using ingredients you can find at home. For instance, a homemade garden spray composed of some mashed garlic paste and a little cayenne pepper or horseradish is a safer and more effective choice. Add a small amount of these ingredients to a gallon of water and let it sit for a day or two, shaking it from time to time. To know if the solution is too strong, test a small amount on a few leaves and see if it will burn them.

If you live in a small space, it’s still possible to have your own diverse vegetable garden, as there are several ways to maximize space. You can plant seeds in hanging baskets or window boxes, as these can hold various types of crops.

Indoor Home Sprout Garden

Indoor Superfood Sprout Garden

Sprouting Seeds: A Way to Boost Food Nutrition
If you’re new to gardening, try sprouting. Sprouts are one of the easiest plants to grow and can be grown year-round. Plus, you can grow them indoors.

Organic sprouts are considered “superfoods” because of their rich nutrient profile. They contain up to 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables. In fact, sprouts make vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats more bioavailable to your body.

You can grow several types of organic sprouts, but some of the most nutritious ones include:

    • Sunflower sprouts – These sprouts contain some of the highest-quality protein, iron, and chlorophyll, and are delicious.
    • Broccoli sprouts – Ten pounds of broccoli sprouts contain as many cancer-busting phytochemicals as 1,000 pounds (half a ton) of mature broccoli. They look and taste like alfalfa sprouts.
    • Pea sprouts – They provide high-quality protein, like sunflower sprouts, as well as high amounts of zinc and magnesium.

It’s best to eat sprouts raw to maximize their nutritional content. You can add them to salads, or use them in place of salad greens. You can also put them in vegetable juice or smoothies.
Growing a garden may seem taxing at first, but this small step can make drastic changes for Mother Nature and your health, as well as free you from a broken food system. It will provide you with a better quality of life.

For more tips and information on starting your own garden, visit local plant nurseries in your area. Here, you can get some natural planting tips that will help your garden thrive.

About the Author: Adrienne Razon writes health and fitness articles for Mercola.com. In line with Dr. Mercola’s advocacy for organic food and sustainable agriculture, she has written several articles about organic seeds and organic sprouts

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