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  Methods of organic farming
Posted by: magnolia - 12-31-2020, 09:37 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Organic farming is done to ensure the release of nutrients into crops for increased sustainable production. It is aimed at producing crops of high nutritional value. There are several ways in which organic farming is practised:

1. Crop Diversity: Organic farming follows the practice of Polyculture in which a variety of crops can be cultivated simultaneously as opposed to the ancient practice of monoculture in which only a single type of crop was cultivated in a particular location.

2. Soil Management: The soil loses its nutrients and its consistency is depleted after the production of crops. Organic farming uses natural ways to improve soil health. It makes use of bacteria found in animal waste, which help make the soil nutrients more productive.

3. Weed Management: Weeds are the unwanted plant that grows in agricultural fields. Organic agriculture pushes for decreasing the weed rather than removing it completely.

4. Controlling other organisms: An agricultural farm contains both useful and harmful organisms that affect the field. In order to protect the soil and crops, the growth of these organisms needs to be controlled. This can be achieved with the use of herbicides and pesticides that contain fewer chemicals or are natural.

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  Organic farming benefits wildlife
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 12-30-2020, 10:40 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Unlike conventional farming methods, organic farming depends on a diverse ecosystem of insect and natural predators to thrive. Chemical use on farms can rapidly send populations of wildlife into decline, having an adverse effect on the food chain which supports wildlife. Farming organically helps in setting up biodiverse farms rich in natural predators of crop pests. These creatures act as a natural control on pests harmful to crop production. 

The abundance of insects on organic farms, brings a variety of bird life. Birds are a good measure of the health of the ecosystem as they are often higher up on the food chain. 

It’s not just the winged wildlife which healthy farms support, amphibians, mammals and reptiles seek refuge in rich farmland habitat. Amphibians on farmland show that water courses are in top condition and are not being affected by chemical runoff from fields. The variety of wildlife that you find on an organic farm indicated the health of the ecosystem. 

Healthy environments are key for the future of sustainable food production and choosing organic produce supports farmers helping to protect our wildlife.

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  How to start living organically - Part 7
Posted by: thegreensoul - 12-29-2020, 10:35 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

The last and final part of our series is making your own make up products. 

Just like cleaning products have become organic so has beauty products. But since these products are being applied on you I would always suggest making your own beauty products.

You can start off by making your own lip scrub and hair pack. Which are very easy and can be made with products available at home.

You can check out some homemade makeup removers from Magnolia in the link below 

Homemade makeup remover


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  Homemade makeup remover
Posted by: magnolia - 12-29-2020, 10:32 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

These days most makeup products are waterproof, so removing them would require the use of specific makeup remover the use of other products after that. Purchasing these products may not always be a wallet-friendly buy. These homemade makeup removers are easy to make with ingredients that are inexpensive.

Oil-based makeup remover

My go-to makeup remover is always coconut oil. This is all you need to do, squeeze a few drops into your palm and massage the oil onto your face for about a minute or two. Then take a hot towel and wipe the makeup and excess oil off your face. Then place the hot towel for two minutes on your face to allow your pores to breath and follow up with rosewater.

Baby shampoo makeup remover

For this remover, you will need any mild baby shampoo (ensure that you are using baby shampoo only, as adult shampoo may be too harsh for the skin), coconut or olive oil, water and a spray bottle.

Combine all the ingredients together and store in a cold place.

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  Benefits of capsicum
Posted by: magnolia - 12-28-2020, 09:39 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Capsicum is a subdivision of the pepper family. Capsicum also known as sweet pepper is a less pungent variety of pepper. They are available in different colors such as yellow, red, green, purple and orange. These can be easily grown in different types of climate.
This vegetable can be stuffed, roasted, used in stir-fries or simply eaten raw.

These peppers have vitamin A, C, K, B6, folate and dietary folate. Some of the health benefits of bell peppers are listed below:

1. Good for Eyes
Red bell peppers are high in vitamin A and help to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision. They are a rich source of a carotenoid called Lutein that helps in lowering the risk of macular degeneration of the eyes. They also protect your eyes from cataracts due to their high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C.

2. Great source of Magnesium and Vitamin B6
Capsicum is rich in both magnesium and vitamin B6. which are essential for nerve function and help relieve anxiety and prevent panic attacks. Magnesium can also help with tense muscles that result from anxiety. It also helps with proper heartbeat regulation.

3. Prevents Anemia
Anemia is a condition that is a result of low iron in the body. One of the characteristics of the condition is the reduction in the amount of oxygen in your blood. And as a result, most people with anemia, feel sluggish and tired. Capsicum are very high in vitamin C and are moderately high in iron.

4. Stimulates Hair Growth:
Bell peppers improve the effectiveness of other herbs by stimulating circulation. Red bell pepper contains properties that make it a natural hair growth stimulator and highly effective in curing hair loss. Capsicum improves blood flow which is vital for proper growth of hair and protection of hair follicles from the effects of dihydro testosterone (DHT).

5. Clears Skin Blemishes & Rashes:
A mixture of carrot and green bell pepper juice can be very effective in clearing blemishes and rashes on the skin.

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  Fruits that boost your immune system
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 12-26-2020, 08:08 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Fruit is an underrated yet effective tool for improving and maintaining a healthy immune system throughout the year. Adding these five fruits to your daily diet will give your body the tools it needs to remain safe from external forces.

Oranges

Oranges are packed full with the immune-boosting vitamin C. Every variety of orange contains more than your daily recommended amount. Vitamin C can also prevent cell damage, encourage the production of collagen, and even lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as your blood pressure. Making fruits that are high in vitamin C a regular part of your diet will help prevent or reduce the probability of a cold.

Grapefruit

Having the same type of citrus fruit can become dull and boring so why not mix it up by adding grapefruit to the list. Grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C, fibre and vitamin A, which is good for your immune system as well as your eyesight.

If you are on any medication it would be advisable to check with your doctor about the consumption of grapefruit as it has been known to interfere with the absorption of some medications, especially statin-based medications.

Blueberries 

Blueberries are low in calories and are delicious when eaten raw or otherwise. It has natural antihistamines, which can help reduce inflammation and minimize symptoms, including the runny or stuffy nose. These tiny blue balls are loaded with antioxidants that keep you healthy, including flavonoids, that boost your general health and can keep you feeling energetic and active during flu season.

Apples

Apples are excellent sources of natural sugars and fibre. But there is a secret about the apple that you didn’t know is that the skins of apples contain quercetin, a type of flavonoid plant pigment that helps improve your immune system and decrease inflammation. So make sure to eat that apple skin and whole.






Pear

Looking at a pear, you would never think that it contains any vitamin C. Aside from having plenty of fibre and potassium, this freckled yellow fruit also contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids in their skin. 

Along with these fruits make sure to drink lots of water and to have ample amounts of sleep to keep your body in tip-top shape.

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  differences between organic and non-organic food items
Posted by: magnolia - 12-26-2020, 08:05 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We already talked about what organic food is and how it is cultivated. Today we’ll talk about the major difference between organic and non-organic food. 

Nutritional content 

Compared to non-organic products, organic food products are typically endowed with greater levels of nutritional content. Studies also show that organic foods are richer in flavones, flavonols, phenolic acids, and antioxidants. According to reports, there is an 18 to 69% range difference in antioxidant level between organic and non-organic products.

Health Benefits

Since organic food is being cultivated without the use of harmful chemicals it is lower in toxic metal contamination and has high nutritional content of organic.

Taste

In comparison to non-organic food that often tastes artificial, organic food products have a natural flavour to them. 

Environmental sustainability 

According to reports, organic products lean towards environmental sustainability. This difference reveals that organic items care for nature and even environmental factors like soil and water reserves.

Size

Since organic food are not injected with extra hormones or antibiotics, most organic food products, including food and vegetables, are usually smaller. However, non-organic goods are enriched to appear healthy, which negatively affects health conditions.

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  Create your organic kitchen garden
Posted by: magnolia - 12-24-2020, 09:27 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Living in an urban city can be especially restricting when you want to make your own garden due to the lack of space. The major requirements for plants to grow is the availability of sunlight and as long as you can place your pots in a spot where there is ample sunlight you can grow anything you want. Even without a terrace, a windowsill or balcony would also work.

Recycle

One of the first things most of us do before we start a garden is to check for gardening pots and then be dissuaded from it going forward with it because of how costly it costs. Well, what if i told you you didn’t need fancy pots to grow your vegetables, you can recycle any old bottle or bucket to grow your vegetables in.

The soil & sun

The elemental part of starting your organic kitchen is providing nutrient-rich soil for your plants. You can do this in two ways, you can either make your own by using the uncooked food waste from your kitchen or you can buy the potting soil from any plant nursery. The secondary part is sunlight. Wherever you decide to place your plants, ensure that it gets enough sunlight so that photosynthesis takes place.

Compost

You can use compost made from your kitchen’s vegetable waste to fertilize your garden plants

Start simple

The next part is sowing the seeds. You can buy seeds for as cheap as Rs. 10, or you can just use seeds from the vegetables you already have in your refrigerator. Start with easy to grow vegetables, like green chilies or tomatoes.

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Photo An organic & sustainable Christmas
Posted by: magnolia - 12-23-2020, 08:53 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Christmas is a jolly season which brings with it gifts, festivities, wasteful purchases, non-recyclable wrapping paper to disposable partyware and high electricity bills, the holiday season can take a toll on the environment. By cooking with seasonal food, crafting your own gifts, upcycling, and reducing waste, you can not only make the Christmas season more organic but also a sustainable one. Read on to discover 5 easy ways you can green your Christmas this year.

Cook what is in season 

Opting for seasonal organic food means supporting the local nature-friendly farmers who make an effort to give you food that is produced organically without the use of any harmful pesticides and chemicals.  

Get creative with your wrapping

Christmas is the season of giving and in that giving spirit we buy gifts for our loved ones and wrap them with paper that is non-degradable. So why not be creative with your wrapping this year and use what you have around the house. You can use newspapers, magazines and brown paper to wrap your gifts. To add a little more flair and creativity to it, you can tie the gift with a piece of string, stick a handmade card and other homemade decorations to jazz up your gift wrapping. 

Cut back on festive food waste 

It’s rare where there is a function that doesn’t create waste. When you cook at home you can control the quantity of the food you cook. So when you cook, take a count of the number of people who are attending and make an informed choice about the quantity that you should make to avoid wastage.

Compost your vegetable waste

Cooking creates its fair share of vegetable wastes and this is great for your gardens. Why? Because you have more fodder for your compost bin. All the vegetable waste that is created during this time can be recycled to make compost that can in turn be used for your home organic farm[img]<a href="https://imgur.com/gV6QvH7"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/gV6QvH7.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>[/img]. 

Recycle leftovers 

When the party's over and the lights are off the leftovers need to be packed and refrigerated. If you do have an excess of leftovers making take away bags for your visiting guests in one way to ensure that there is zero wastage and your guests don’t leave empty-handed.

So this Christmas try to use less and litter lesser.



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  How to start living organically - Part 6
Posted by: thegreensoul - 12-22-2020, 09:36 AM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

We are moving closer to the end of our series and here is my second last tip for "how to start living organically"

buy or make cleaning products that are organic


When the organic movement started people mostly only focused on vegetables & fruits. This movement has grown to also include cleaning products. 


Many cleaning product producers are now focusing on making products that are organic and environmentally friendly. Another alternative to buying cleaning products is to make your own at home. A mixture of vinegar and water has multiple applications.





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How to start living organically - Part 3 (livelifefarmfresh.com)
Part 4: How to start living organically - Part 4
Part 5: How to start living organically - Part 5

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