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Advantages of roof garden...
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Tips to increase the shel...
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Soil biodiversity and its...
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Types of Soil
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Top Benefits of Cloves to...
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Organic Dal Vs. Normal Da...
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Interesting facts about g...
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Organic improves the heal...
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  Advantages of roof gardening
Posted by: magnolia - 01-13-2021, 10:54 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

A roof garden is a garden in which vegetables, fruits, or flowers are grown on terraces, balconies, or roofs of buildings. Rooftop gardens have become popular in recent years due to the constraints in space. These gardens can be set up successfully in almost all types of buildings such as residential flats, houses, commercial buildings, and factories. 


ADVANTAGES OF TERRACE GARDENING

  • Roof gardens reduce the indoor temperature by 6- 8 degree, thereby lowering air conditioning cost.  
  • They insulate the building lowering overall heat absorption.
  • Provides pesticide-free, healthy green and fresh vegetables. 
  • Helps you get some physical exercise activity daily, improves your health since you are closer to clean air and in touch with nature. 
  • Enhances the oxygen percentage in the air.
  • Reduction of sound pollution. 
  • Acting as a sanctuary for the birds in the city. 

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  Tips to increase the shelf life of fruits & vegetables
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 01-12-2021, 01:03 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Fruits and veggies are fresh produce, which is not only sold as fresh goods, but they also need to be consumed while they are still fresh. The problem with organic fruits & vegetable is that it significantly shortens the shelf life of food as it is not being treated with any preservatives. However, there are certain hacks and techniques you can use to extend the life of your fruits and veggies.


Remove excess moisture.
If vegetables are wet when you buy them, make sure to pat the produce dry before storing them. You can also wrap produce in a lint-free kitchen towel or line the storage bag with a paper towel to absorb any remaining moisture. But, ensure you remove the wet paper towel once it has absorbed the moisture. 


Don’t just place items in the fridge.
Place fruits and vegetables in a plastic produce bag, zip-top bags, cotton bags, or in microfiber reusable bags or wrap produce in a lint-free kitchen towel. You can place produce directly in the produce drawer, but still, it is always best to place each item in a separate bag before placing it in the fridge.


More hacks for increasing shelf life of vegetables and fruits.

  • Leafy vegetables such as spinach must be rinsed and wrapped in clean paper and stored.
  • Herbs like coriander and mint should be store after the roots are cut and only washed just before use. 
  • Removing the leaves from root vegetables like radish, carrots and beets extend their shelf life. 
  • Potatoes and onions should not be stored together. Onions, garlic, and ginger must be stored in a cool, dry, and open space. Whereas Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark space or a space where there is no direct sunlight. 
  • Unripe tomatoes should be stored at room temperature away from sunlight and once they ripen uniformly, store them in the refrigerator.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be kept separately in the refrigerator. Fruits release ethylene a ripening agent that may prematurely ripen the vegetables. 
  • Ladies’ finger or Okra, should not be stored for long in the refrigerator as they end up turning black.
  • Try to use bags that have holes in them or are able to circulate air. The flow of air keeps fruits and vegetables from decaying and inturn increases their shelf life.
Remember that humidity and moisture can cause your fruits and vegetables to rot quicker than they would normally, so make sure that if you are storing them in the fridge you give them a mid week check to ensure that there is no moisture in them. If there is moisture change them to a new bag. 

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  Soil biodiversity and its importance
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 01-11-2021, 01:22 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Soil biodiversity refers to the variety of life that lives within the soil, including bacteria, fungi, earthworms, and termites. A teaspoon of topsoil normally contains a vast range of different species and up to 6 billion microorganisms. Soil provides the ideal habitat for micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, as well as insects, and other organisms.

Soil is the most biologically diverse material on Earth. It contains a diverse variety of organisms which interact and contribute to many global cycles, including the carbon and nitrogen cycles.

The preservation of soil biodiversity is integral to both the environment and the agricultural industry.


Soil biodiversity is of utmost importance because organisms living within the soil:

are essential for the cycling of ecosystem nutrients
are necessary for plant growth and nutrition
improves the entry and storage of water in the soil
provides resistance to erosion
suppress pests, parasites, and disease
Assist in the capture of carbon
are vital to the world's gas exchange cycles
Aids in the breakdown of organic matter.

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  Types of Soil
Posted by: magnolia - 01-09-2021, 09:21 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

There are six major soil groups: clay, sandy, silty, peaty, chalky, and loamy. Each of these soil has different properties and understanding and knowing this will help you select the best soil for your garden.

1. Clay Soil

Clay soil feels lumpy to the touch and becomes sticky when wet and is rock hard when dry. It has a poor drainage system with few air spaces. During spring, the soil will warm up slowly and is heavy to cultivate. Enhancing the drainage for the soil will help develop and grow well as clay soil can be rich in nutrients.

Best suited for, Perennials and shrubs such as Helen’s Flower, Aster, Bergamot, Flowering quince. Shrubs, fruit trees, and ornamental trees grow well in clay soils.

2. Sandy Soil

Sandy soil feels grainy. This kind of soil drains easily, dries out fast, and is easy to cultivate. During spring sandy soil warms up fast and tends to hold fewer nutrients as they are often washed away during heavy rains. Sandy soil requires organic blends such as glacial rock dust, greensand, kelp meal, or other organic fertilizer blends to make it ideal for growing plants. Mulching benefits the soil by helping it retain moisture.

Best suited for, Shrubs and bulbs such as Tulips, Tree mallow, Sun roses, Hibiscus. Root crops such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes favour sandy soils. Lettuce, strawberries, peppers, corn, squash, zucchini, collard greens, and tomatoes are grown commercially in sandy soils.

3. Silty Soil

Silty soil is soft and soapy to the touch. It holds moisture and tends to be very rich in nutrients. If drainage is provided and managed properly this is a great soil for your garden. Mixing in composted organic matter is usually needed to improve the fertility and drainage capacity of the soil.

Best suited for, shrubs, climbers, grasses and perennials such as Mahonia, New Zealand flax. Most vegetable and fruit thrive in silty soils which have adequate drainage.

4. Peaty Soil

Peaty soil is darker in colour and feels damp and spongy due to the higher levels of peat present in it. It is acidic in nature; slows down decomposition and leads to the soil having fewer nutrients. This soil tends to retain a lot of water which usually requires drainage. When blended with organic matter, lime and compost, it offers umpteen benefits for the growth of plants. 

Best suited for, shrubs such as Heather, Lantern Trees, Witch Hazel, Camellia, Rhododendron. Legumes, Brassicas, root crops, and salad crops do well in well-drained peaty soils.

5. Chalky Soil

Chalky soil is grainier and stonier when compared to other soils. It is free draining and is usually found above a chalk or limestone bedrock. The alkaline nature of this type of soil can occasionally lead to stunted growth and yellowish leaves; which can be resolved by using appropriate organic fertilizers and balancing the pH levels. Adding humus is recommended to improve water retention and workability.

Best suited for, Trees, bulbs and shrubs such as Lilac, Weigela, Madonna lilies, Pinks, Mock Oranges. Spinach, beets, sweet corn, and cabbage do well in chalky soils.

6. Loamy Soil

Loamy soil is a relatively even mix of sand, silt, and clay, it has a fine-texture and is slightly damp. It tends to be acidic and requires regular replenishing with organic matter. It has the ideal characteristics for potted and garden plants. It warms up quickly in spring but doesn’t dry out quickly in summer. It has great structure, adequate drainage, retains moisture, is full of nutrients, and easily cultivated.

Best suited for: Climbers. bamboos, perennials, shrubs, and tubers such as Wisteria, Dog’s-tooth violets, Black Bamboo, Rubus, Delphinium. Most vegetable and berry crops do well since loamy soil can be the most productive of soil types. However, careful care must be given to loamy soil to prevent depletion and drying out. Rotating crops, planting green manure crops, using mulches, and adding compost and organic nutrients is essential to retain soil vitality.

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  Top Benefits of Cloves to Consider
Posted by: magnolia - 01-08-2021, 09:50 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We have been using cloves to add flavour and fragrance to our food and drinks for so long. But, other than its complimenting fragrance, did you know that cloves also have other benefits when consumed raw or in other forms?

Well, if you’d like to know more, keep reading.

Fighting Diabetes
Regular consumption of clove oil to control the spread of diabetes. Nigericin, a major ingredient present in clove oil is known to be effective in improving insulin secretion in the body.

Decreases Chances of Cancers
Eugenol, another compound present in clove potentially controls the spread of cancerous cells in the body. This spice is also notably rich in antioxidants which can prevent many types of diseases in the body. It also controls the inflammation of the human organs, thereby lowering cancers and other health conditions. 

Boosts Digestion
Stomach ulcers and other conditions might cause tensions within the stomach walls due to which many people often suffer from immense health problems and chest pains as well.

To reduce such conditions, spices such as cloves are extremely useful as it can increase the gastric lining thickness, potentially preventing the formation of stomach ulcers. However, to get the results you are searching for, you also need to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

Good Respiratory Conditions
One of the benefits of cloves is that clove oil is effective in treating respiratory conditions like asthma, cold, cough and even bronchitis without any potential side effects. Clove oil works wonders for a sore throat and common cold problems.

Boost Blood Circulation
Clove aids blood circulation by regulating body temperature and metabolism, which has a direct impact on the human circulatory system.

Dental Health Problems
Clove oil can promote good dental health. In many instances, you must have heard your elders tell you to bite down on a piece of clove to control the swelling of gums and other dental problems.

The oil present in clove can clear out the bacteria, thereby lowering the pain in the mouth. You can also crush and use the clove powder or bite down on the clove to get instant results if you are suffering from immense gum pains.

These benefits of cloves show that you can use clove not only in your cooking but also for several other reasons.

Nonetheless, in order to get the most benefit from cloves, it is best to buy superior organic varieties which are free from any harmful chemicals, which offer maximum benefits without any complications.

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  Organic Dal Vs. Normal Dal
Posted by: thegreensoul - 01-07-2021, 10:07 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Dal is an integral part of the Indian food menu. Apart from being easy to prepare dal and rice can be considered comfort food for many Indians, myself included. And because of this ease every household keeps stock of dal and if you prefer organic dal to normally processed dal, then keep reading.

Organic dal, as the term suggests, is dal harvested using natural processes. This includes natural irrigation and compost, and natural fertilizers as well. So you can expect a chemical-free dal that retains the nutrients and taste of the food.


Things to keep in mind when buying dal. 

Certification/ logo
Foods or products that are organic will have a certification from APEDA that implies that the product is authentic and natural.

Label
Whether you’re buying organic or normal dal. Best to always read the label to know if preservatives have been added. Organic food will sustain itself for a longer period if refrigerated, negating the misconception that organic food cannot be stored for a long time. 

Price
Price is one factor that differentiates organic dal from normal dal. The cost of organic dal will be comparatively higher than that of normal dal. Though the price is high, the health benefits you reap from organic dal is worth the cost in comparison to polished dal. 

Disproportionate 
On taking a closer look at normal dal you will see that every grain of dal looks identical in look, color, and feel, whereas organic dal is grown in various sizes and textures. furthermore, organic dal is hand-milled, leaving the grains with less abrasion because of which its original flavor is retained. Also, organic dal will be dull and rough while normal dal will be polished and in a flattened shape.

Taste and aroma
Undoubtedly, organic dals taste delicious and are healthier. Their flavors are natural that it leaves you without the need to season it. Dal can be enjoyed by cooking it as a soup, or side dish for rice or chapati.
 
Like everything else that is naturally given to us from the soil, the benefits of consuming organic dal regularly is that it improves your digestive system and reduces acidity and digestive disorders.

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  Interesting facts about ginger
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 01-06-2021, 05:28 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Ginger is one of the most well-known and useful plants that has been used for centuries as a spice and as a medicinal plant. The scientific name of this spice is Zingiber officinale. It is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root, or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice and as folk medicine.

There are numerous interesting facts about ginger. Some of them we know and some of them we don’t. So let’s take a look at them. 

  1. Ginger is native to southeastern Asia.
  2. Ginger is not a root, it is a rhizome, an underground stem.
  3. The ginger plant is an herb.
  4. Ginger, Turmeric, and Cardamom are part of the same Zingiberaceae family.
  5. You can grow ginger from rhizomes, available at grocery stores.
  6. Mature ginger rhizomes harvested after 10-12 months are most commonly sold in grocery stores
  7. Ginger is popularly grown in warmer regions and the tropics.
  8. Ginger can be cultivated year-round but the optimal time to plant them is at the end of winter and early spring.
  9. Ginger plants can grow as high as 4 feet.
  10. Anti-inflammatory properties, blood sugar regulation, and gastrointestinal relief are some of the important benefits of Ginger.

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  Organic improves the health of your stomach
Posted by: magnolia - 01-05-2021, 10:02 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

For your everyday comfort, your gut health is important. The wellbeing of your gut can be improved by keeping a healthy and balanced diet. When we don’t take care of our gut health and eat highly processed foods high in sugars, alcohol, foods contaminated with pesticides chemicals, including non-organic fruit and vegetables, and even antibiotics play a role in putting our gut bacteria out of balance and puts incredible pressure to maintain normal function. 

More and more research is being conducted on what impacts our gut health and overall wellbeing. These researches are revealing that what we put into our body plays a massive role in the health of our gut microbiota. 

According to a new study. When researchers compared organic apples to conventionally grown apples, they discovered the former contains a more diverse population of bacteria, which can have some health benefits.

The team found organic apples contain a healthy probiotic known as Lactobacillus. Meanwhile, the study also found the chance of finding pathogenic bacteria like Escherichia and Shigella was higher in conventional apples. These kinds of bacteria tend to lead to food poisoning. - Source "https://www.misskyra.com/lifestyle/impro...533503.cms"

We recommend getting rid of unhealthy and processed foods. Nowadays there are numerous organic options to choose from. The inclusion of a few organic and nutritious foods and supplements can make a difference to your gut healthy.

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  Common source of protein in your diet
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 01-04-2021, 02:08 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Proteins are large and complex molecules that play a crucial role in the body. They are needed for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs.

Proteins are the building blocks of our body. Proteins help our muscles and tissues grow and function. The body needs protein in large amounts. Our body uses 22 types of amino acids nine come from food the rest is produced by the body itself.

Various foods contain amino acids in various combinations. Some common sources of protein that you should include in your daily diet are:

Peanuts

Peanuts are a delicious snack, that is high in protein content. They are rich in fiber and magnesium. Peanuts can be consumed in different forms and one of the most common forms is peanut butter. As much as peanut butter is tasty keep an eye out on how much you consume. Too much of anything can be dangerous. 

Milk and milk products

Milk along with dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are wholesome foods because of the variety of nutrients it has. It is primarily known as an excellent source of protein and calcium, which keeps bones and teeth strong, preventing osteoporosis.

Eggs

Eggs are one of the cheapest and richest sources of protein. Whole eggs are very healthy and are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and brain nutrients. Egg white is one of the richest sources of protein.

Seafood

It is an excellent source of protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and usually low in fat. The fat contained in some types of fish such as salmon and tuna is a healthy fat that is good for the heart.

Lentils

Lentils are a great source of protein and fit well with a vegetarian diet. They are high in fiber and minerals and low in calories. Lentils are good for the digestive system. Other pulses such as soybeans, chickpeas, and kidney beans are also good sources of protein.

For a better and healthier option, try the organic versions of these food items. They are chemical-free, farm-fresh, and richer in flavor. 

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  Why your new year’s resolution should include organic living
Posted by: magnolia - 01-02-2021, 09:39 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Organic produce have fewer pesticide residues than conventionally grown produce and with the pandemic and all the other health hurdles we have had to face in the year 2020, organic food seems like the most obvious and smartest lifestyle change this coming new year.

But regardless of whether or not you lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle, beginning this new year with organic foods that are grown without fertilizers, pesticides and other synthetic additives is a wise choice and there is no better time than now to make the switch. Furthermore, several studies have shown that organic food has a higher nutritional value than its counterparts laden with pesticides, and it is also environmentally friendly.

The organic process helps to sustain soil with crop variation, resulting in a higher quality of the soil that is better for the environment. This makes it possible for more nutrients to penetrate the produce and to reduce any effects of preservatives. As organic food processing prevents the use of all synthetic chemicals, the chance of underground pollution of water is also less, thus making it less hazardous to the environment.

Additionally, it's a better tasting experience. You can be assured that in a given product, every bite contains all the flavors you want, whether it be fruits, vegetables or meat, organic products taste much better than chemically-laden products.

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