Organic seeds provide home gardeners with the opportunity to grow common fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that have been used as home remedies for centuries. As the popularity of homeopathic treatments continuing to increase, so is the interest in organic home-grown produce. By enjoying a wide range of richly colored fruits and vegetables from the garden, most people are able to absorb the nutrients necessary for a healthy immune system. Organic seeds are the first step toward growing a healthy garden, but the following tips can improve your results.
Tips for a Healthy Garden
- Choose certified organic seeds when possible.
- Begin composting well before the season arrives to ensure an adequate supply.
- Use natural fertilizers including compost throughout the season and plant cover crops to naturally improve soil condition. Use natural soil amendments to improve growing conditions based on your soil type and conditions. If you have to purchase garden soil locally, be sure to ask questions about whether any chemicals or fertilizers have been added to it. Use natural soil amendments to improve growing conditions based on your soil type and conditions. If you have to purchase garden soil locally, be sure to ask questions about whether any chemicals or fertilizers have been added to it.
- Explore which plants work best for companion planting. For instance most types of beans help carrots as well as being helped by them. Beans can be benefitted by marigolds, and help improve growing conditions for potatoes, chard, and cucumbers. Although it is traditional to plant squash around corn stalks, many people are unaware that it is also beneficial to the corn.
- It is equally important to note which plants are natural enemies. For instance, gardeners should not plant tomatoes near corn, or cabbage near tomatoes.
- Garden rotation is important as plants, such as corn or tomatoes, are considered heavy feeders. Planting them in the same area year after year will consume the soil nutrients and create unsatisfactory results.
- Skip the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides. Pulling or hoeing weeds can seem time consuming but is the best method of eradication. Natural bug deterrents made from garlic juice, mint leaves, apple cider, or chrysanthemums can be made at home.
Many common herbs and flowers have been used to treat illnesses and improve the body’s natural defense mechanism. Aristotle and Hippocrates wrote about the curative properties of many plants centuries ago. Plant the following this spring to start your own organic medicinal garden:
- Coneflower -Echinacea is a low maintenance plant once it is established. It prefers sun and drier soil. It is used to support the immune system and fighting infections.
- Chamomile – Typically made into a tea, chamomile is used to treat stomach cramps as well as for its ability to aid digestion.
- Garlic - Allium sativum, is considered beneficial for reducing hypertension, cholesterol, and atherosclerosis.
- Mustard – Long used in poultices for a variety of health problems, it is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it popular with people who suffer from arthritis.
- Mint – Many varieties of mint can be grown in a healthy garden. It is considered beneficial for treating headaches, nausea, asthma, and for reducing the histamines related to allergies.
By using organic growing methods you will know that the food and herbs that you enjoy from your own garden are organic, healthy and brimming with nutrients. Many resources are available for home gardeners and it is important to thoroughly research which plants are safe for home remedies and which are not. Juicy fruits and colorful vegetables can provide a solid boost to the immune system when raised in a healthy garden.