The Concious Gardener Growing Healthy Organic Food

The Concious Gardener Growing Healthy Organic Food

The Concious Gardener Growing Healthy Organic Food

It’s time to discover the thrill of growing fresh organic veggies, herbs, fruits and berries in your own garden. Like generations before us, we are again discovering the joys and benefits of growing our own fresh and healthy edibles. There is no better way to ensure that your family’s food is safe from toxic chemicals often used in commercial growing.

Why Grow Organic?

Quality food is the basis of good health. You are what you eat.  Food supplies us with nutrients, vitamins and minerals to build strong bodies and brains, and other important stuff like enzymes, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and fiber, which preserve our health.  Freshly picked organically grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts contain lots of these, and nothing compares with the flavor of homegrown!

What is Organic Gardening?

Organic gardeners know that health starts in a compost rich and crumbly soil with a thriving ecosystem.  A handful of rich soil sustains more living organisms than the human population on earth.  This soil life is made up of microscopic beneficial fungi, bacteria, algae and insects which have assigned duties which sustain life on earth, be it plant, animal or human life. Chemicals which damage the environment, pollute, kill soil life, or cause toxicity in food, soil and water sources are strictly forbidden.

The organic gardener uses the following growing methods to preserve ideal conditions for soil quality and life to flourish: 

  • Mulch is used for moisture retention, to regulate temperatures, preserve fertile topsoil and suppress weeds.
  • Compost is used to enrich and build soil structure, store water and feed the soil life.
  • Fertilizers from natural sources only are used for healthy nutrition of plants and people.
  • Natural pest and disease control and growing strong plants are the organic gardener’s preference to using poisons, which kill the good with the bad. The Organic Gardener uses products that disrupt the pests’ life cycles, feeding habits, repels or creates discomfort.
  • Water regularly with good quality water as per the crop’s requirement, season and climate.

TALBORNE ORGANIC FERTILIZER GUIDE

Talborne Organics developed the VITA organic fertilizer range as a convenient, easy to use, complete plant food which supplies all the nutrients required to grow wholesome crops and a healthy family. 

HOW & WHEN TO USE VITA FERTILIZERS

Vita fertilizer is easy to apply and releases sustainably to feed crops over 4 months, which slots conveniently into most short crop cycles from planting to harvest.

For longer term crops, apply a top dressing after 3 months to ensure continued cropping.

  • Fruiting Vegetables, Trees & Berries

Tomato, Brinjals, Pepper, Chilli, Pumpkins, Citrus & Soft Fruit Trees & Berries

Need phosphate & calcium to grow strong roots & structure, nitrogen for leaf growth  and high potassium to stimulate flowers and fruit.

Plant with: Vita Grow 2:3:2(16) @ 100g per m²

Top dress: before flowers develop with Vita Fruit & Flower 3:1:5(18) @ 100g per m²

Root and Bulb Vegetables

Potato, Carrot, Beetroot, Sweet potato, Onion, Garlic

Need high phosphate & calcium to grow strong roots and bulb   

Plant with: Vita Grow 2:3:2(16) @ 100g per m²     

Top dress with: Vita Green 5:1:5(16) @ 100g per m²

Leafy Green Vegetables & Herbs

Spinach, Cabbage, Lettuce, Rocket, Kale, Herbs

Need nitrogen and potassium for green growth and strong cells

Plant with: Vita Veg 6:3:4(16) @ 100g per m²

Top dress with: Vita Veg 6:3:4(16) @100g per m²

Seeds, Pods & Legumes

Peas, Beans, Mielies, Broad beans, 

Need phosphate and a little nitrogen to grow sturdy plants, then potassium to ensure many flowers, pods and seeds.  

Plant with: Vita Grow 2:3:2(16) @ 100g per m²

Top dress: before flowers develop with Vita Fruit & Flower 3:1:5(18) @ 100g per m²

Tips for Growing Organic Food:

  1. SUN LOVERS – Choose a spot that gets full sun all day for best results.
  2. SEASONAL – Select varieties according to season and climate of the area you live in. 
  3. PLAN STAGED PLANTINGS & VARIETIES FOR CONTINUIOUS SUPPLY – Plant a few seeds of each variety every week to ensure harvests over the full season.
  4. PREPARE BEDS WELL BEFORE SEEDLINGS ARE PLANT READY – Seedlings lose vigour and vitality if they stay unplanted in germination trays.   
  5. OLD SEEDS EXPIRE – For successful germination buy fresh seeds each season.
  6. PLANT EDIBLES THAT YOUR FAMILY LIKE TO EAT – Select fruit, vegetable and herb varieties that suit your family taste.
  7. FERTILIZE EDIBLES BY GROWING TYPE – A little VITA goes a long way to grow quality crops. See the Talborne Organics VITA Fertilizer Guide for best for crop.
  8. WATER REGULARLY – In dry, warm weather water vegetables & herbs at least 3 times per week, and fruit trees every week.
  9. MULCH BEDS AFTER SEEDS GERMINATE – To prevent weed growth, retain soil moisture and a constant soil temperature.
  10. DO NOT SPRAY POISONS ON EDIBLES – Use non-toxic Biogrow organic pest and disease solutions that protect plants effectively without poison.  

Talborne Organic Products available in our store at Garden World!