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  Growing spinach at home
Posted by: magnolia - 11-05-2020, 01:06 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a green leafy plant native to central and western Asia. Its leaves are edible and can be consumed either fresh, or after storage using preservation techniques by canning, freezing, or dehydration. It can be eaten by blanching, steaming or sautéing or raw.

Spinach can be sown all year round except December to February. Since spinach roots do not grow very long and thick its best to use loose soil for planting.

Germination

The process of soaking the seeds in water for 24hrs before planting will speed up the germination process as opposed to unsoaked seeds which would take about 15 days to germinate.

You can either germinate the seed in the pot or use seeding trays and then transfer them to pots.

Planting

To grow your spinach, you can use any kind of potting soil which you can either buy from a nursery or your nearest Krishi Bhavan. As the roots of spinach don’t grow very long the best kind of pot to use would be a shallow one, but if you don’t have those, you can use any pot or even the grow bag.

Once you have your pot and your soil, the next step is planting. Place about three inches of soil in your pot, then evenly spread the seeds on the soil bed. Then cover the seeds with another layer of soil. Make sure that the upper layer of soil is evenly spread and covering the seeds. Once the seeds are covered, water them. See to it that you are not overwatering. For spinach to grow the soil needs to be moist. So check the soil regularly to make sure that the soil is moist. The best time to water the plants would be in the morning.

If you are germinating the seeds in a seed starter; make a depression that is half an inch deep and plant the seeds about 3 inches apart to give them space to breathe and grow.

Thinning

Spinach takes about 50-60 days to mature. You can harvest spinach at any stage during its growth. After the leaves have grown about 3 inches you can start thinning the plants. This is done by plucking some of the plants along with the root. This way you can leave the rest of the plants in the pot to mature before harvesting.

Harvesting

There are two ways to harvest your spinach; the first is to pull them out along with the roots. The second is to either cut or simply pinch the leaves off the stem making sure not to pull the roots out. This method of harvesting will make the plant give you another yield.

Before using the leaves let them rest in water. This will allow the dust and sand particles to settle at the bottom. Dry these leaves on a paper towel before storing in the fridge.

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  Advantage of Organic Farming
Posted by: magnolia - 11-05-2020, 01:02 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Over the years, the demand for organic food has increased. Once thought to be accessible only to the wealthy, it is now gaining popularity not only among consumers but also among growers. And as a community that believes that organic is the way to improve not just our health but also the health of our land, here are some advantages that this method of farming presents.

1. Organic farming is an eco-friendly method of farming which promotes healthier soil.

The process involved in the method of organic farming helps store carbon in soils. The process also reduces the utilization of petroleum-based products, which means fewer greenhouse gas emissions to consider.

Organic farming also promotes the employment of natural pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers within the cultivation process. The dearth of chemicals in this process helps the soil retain its nutrients for an extended period as opposed to using its chemical counterpart.

Farmers also use the crop rotation pattern of cultivation to maintain the health of the soil as growing the same crop repeatedly would affect the nutrient level of the soil.  Soil affects the whole world, which means that organically grown crops support better overall soil health.

2. Produces foods that are better for you.
As there are no preservatives being added to make it last long; the food produced is fresher and healthier in nature. Standard methods of farming may produce a greater quantity of food items, but organic farming improves the overall quality of the food.

3. Supports pollinating insects.
Farmers that use organic methods avoid the use of synthetic agents that pose a high risk of harm to the pollinating insects that supports the crop systems all over the world.

4. Improves plants resistance to pests and disease.
Soil that has not been treated with chemicals have a natural profile of disease resistance. This encourages the plants to become naturally disease & pest resistant as they have a stronger immune profile. In an optimal condition, their defence mechanism will work to repel invaders.

5. Uses natural fertilizers to encourage better yields.
Unlike natural farming that lets nature run its course, organic farmers use a variety of soil fertility methods to support the growth of their crops. The use of green manure, worm farming, and compost application help strengthen the stability of the soil while also managing pests, weeds, and other potential hazards that workers encounter during the growing season.

6. Lower capital investment
Typically organic farming doesn’t require the same high capital investment as conventional farming. Especially when you consider the expense of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified seed. As an organic farmer, you'll avoid these costs from the beginning reducing your initial investment.

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  Homemade face mist
Posted by: thegreensoul - 11-05-2020, 12:49 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - Replies (2)

With the weather getting hot again going out of the house is going to really tire you and only washing your face is going to make you feel refreshed, which isn't always possible. But, what if you could carry around a bottle that did the refreshing for you; that’s exactly what I do.

This face mist just has 2 ingredients.

Green tea bag
2-3 drops of vitamin E

Place the tea bag into a cup of boiling hot water and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Once the mixture cools add 2-3 drops of vitamin E oil and pour it into the spray bottle. Store it in the fridge until you need to use it.

Just spritz it on when you’re out from the sun or just need to feel rejuvenated. 


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  where to buy soil
Posted by: MsFern - 11-05-2020, 12:39 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - Replies (1)

Hi, 

Could someone please tell me where I can buy soil in cochin other than from the nursery?

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  How to choose a ripe Avocado
Posted by: MsFern - 11-05-2020, 12:38 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Avocados have become all the rage these days. We have avocado toast, avocado drink, avocado dips, etc. but, if you had to pick your own avocados to make these dishes would you be able to select a ripe one?

Like all vegetables and fruits, this fruit also has a tell.

The first thing to do is to check the colour. As the avocado ripens it becomes darker in colour. The darker the avocado the riper is it. So, look for a medium to a dark green tone.

The next is checking the navel. The navel of the avocado is the little stem-like protrusion at the head. If the navel drops off when you flick it, it is ripe for eating. As the fruit matures that navel would usually fall off.

The last and final test is the pressure test. If the avocado yields under the firm pressure of the hand, it is ripe. If the skin is separating from the flesh, then it has past its prime and you should probably consider moving on to the next one.

These are the tips I use when I have to buy avocados. Hope they help you out.

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  Avocado & Honey smoothie
Posted by: MsFern - 11-05-2020, 12:27 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Hi Everyone, 

I thought this would be a good place to share my recipe for Avocado & honey smoothies. This is a drink I usually have as breakfast at least three times a week. It's very easy and takes very little time.

Ingredients

1 avocado
200 ml milk
2 tbsp honey

In a blender put all the three ingredients and beat it for about a minute till everything has been combined together. Avocado has a thick texture so when it is blended the smoothie will come out thick without having to add any cream or icecream to it.

Avocados are high in fibre, so having this smoothie for breakfast will keep your hunger at bay and leave you feeling full for a longer time.

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  what is organic farming
Posted by: Shadowfaxx - 11-05-2020, 12:18 PM - Forum: Everything Organic - No Replies

Organic farming is a system in which farming is done sans chemicals. It is a method that organic fertilizers & manures such as compost, vermicompost for fertilization.

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  About Livelifefarmfresh
Posted by: magnolia - 10-14-2020, 11:27 AM - Forum: About Livelifefarmfresh - No Replies

Livelifefarmfresh.com is an initiative of Prayana Farms. This is a community page and we would like to call our community the L2F2 community. We are group of people who are keen to make the world a better place by encouraging farm fresh way of life.

Our aim is to work on identifying, respecting, and recognizing the farming community by building a generation of urban farmers and evangelizing a farm fresh life.

As this community grows, we want this to be the most comprehensive information sharing portal for encouraging home farming techniques, your recipes, your natural beauty routine tips & DIYs, etc. and slowly but surely bridge the gap between the rural farmer and the urban farmer. Let there be more interactions between the farmers and the consumers, let there be a farmer in every home just like the olden times. Let there be a generation who will live life farm fresh.

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