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BETTER HEALTH WITH ORGANIC GARDENING.

by Dr David S. Dyer, NMD

Introduction

I have been interested in my health since 1977, when I had to face several personal health challenges. That interest created a passion in my heart to help others as well. In 1993 I completed training and was licensed as a Massage Therapist. This is when my soul began to sing; I had found my mission in life. Helping people understand that good health did not have to be complicated. Yes, the human body is a complicated organism, but what keeps this complex organism alive and well is fairly simple. I continued my formal education and was licensed as a Colon Therapist, which further helped me understand the need to educate everyone that would listen. I opened and operated an herbal shop for three years, while working on a Doctorate in Naturopathy. This provided me with excellent training while learning more about the functioning of our bodies and the effects of proper nutrition on our health. After completing my studies for the Doctorate program I sold the herb shop and went to work with a marketing company that distributed some of the finest health products available. As vice-president of this company I was able to travel around the world lecturing on how to obtain and maintain optimal health. During this time, I was able to meet top scientists in their fields and increase my knowledge necessary to assist people in improving their health. The information in this book will be very helpful to you and your loved ones, if you use it. An old Chinese proverb states; “ A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” I want to give you the information and the encouragement to begin taking the steps to change your life forever.

In the beginning of recorded history when all of our foods were grown locally and almost everyone had some form of a garden, our soils were rich with many nutrients and organisms. The inhabitants that grew or gathered these foods were able to absorb these necessary and essential nutrients from the plants they ate. The animals they raised were also benefiting from the intake of these elements that were present in the soils. Today, our soils have been used and abused to the point that many, if not all of the nutrients and beneficial organisms have been depleted or destroyed. Of course there are exceptions to my statements. Are there plenty of farms throughout the world? The answer is a resounding yes. We will continue on this subject later as well. My goal with this book is to help you understand the damage that has been done and how YOU can overcome it and help change the way things are now. Read on to gain insight on how to improve your life by improving the environment.

Chapter 1
Chemicals in our environment.

To better understand the importance of organic gardening you should be better informed about chemicals and their damage to Mother Earth. Chemicals, for further reference, include all man made synthetic chemicals, including fertilizers.

The chemical revolution began in the 1950’s with the discovery of synthetic compounds derived from petroleum products. The most popular of these are the plastics, also known as PCB’s. In reality it seems that we are conducting a very large toxicological experiment and using our children as the experimental animals. The chemical industry appears to take the attitude that these products are safe and innocent until proven guilty. Few chemicals are ever banned because chemicals have more due process than people. That is right, the industry has become its own policing agency. Yes, they are governed by federal agencies like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The chemical industry is in charge of testing and developing the products they produce. That is like asking the fox to watch the hen house.

As early as 1970 an Italian researcher, Dr. Viola, discovered that PCB’s could cause cancer. Shortly after that, an American researcher, Dr LeFevere showed that PCB’s are absorbed in fat cells and theorized that they may be transported to the brain. Even with this and even more verified research, the industry has not responded then or now to help the public understand how dangerous some chemicals can be. The large corporations that produce these chemicals are doing everything they can to protect themselves and their profits, not the public. Entire towns have been evacuated and closed because of the potential dangerous effects these products have on humans. Times Beach, Missouri and Love Canal, New York are just two examples. What most people don’t think about is that once these chemicals are released into the environment they make their way into the water table and then back into our bodies. Do you realize that we are drinking the same water that dinosaurs drank 65 million years ago? The original system of evaporation and rainfall is no longer working like it has in the past. These chemicals are not evaporating. They lurk in our water systems. The Earth is covered with about 75% water. Almost all of that is unusable except with expensive treatment. The more we pollute our ground water the more we poison ourselves. A recent EPA study assessing human body fat found that dangerous persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCB’s and dioxins have accumulated in 100% of all fat samples tested. That means that everyone’s body is polluted with chemicals.

The fertilizers that are used today in the factory farms that produce most of our food are petro-chemical based. Pesticides are used to kill insects and other pests. Herbicides are used to kill unwanted plants. In minute quantities they do the job they were designed to do. In larger doses they can and do cause disease and death in animals and humans. Year after year these farms deposit enormous amounts of these products on our soil in the name of producing food for us. They spray them from the airplanes, tractors and portable sprayers. It is like a war against Mother Nature, but who are we really hurting?

Just a few facts for you to think about: chemical companies are producing an average of 20 new chemicals each week. That is adding to the approximately 80,000 chemicals already registered with the EPA to be used in commerce. Of these 80,000 chemicals about 15,000 are produced annually throughout the world in major quantities. They have never been tested to see the effects when combined with one another and most have no known shelf life. Translation; We don’t know how long they will last in our environment. Of the 15,000 chemicals that are produced annually, only about 43% have been tested to determine the possible injury to humans. Again, none have been tested to see the combined effects, which is what happens when they get in our water table. Even the major chemical producers admit that the problem is that very little data exist to prove if they are dangerous or not. See what I mean by “presumed innocent until proven guilty?” How far must we go before this is stopped?

Now that I have presented the major problem to you let me help you with some solutions. We can’t change what has already been done. What we can do is our part in improving what is happening now.

This book was written to help you understand how to grow your own home garden and farm crops organically. By growing organic fruits and vegetables we begin to replace those valuable elements and organisms that have been destroyed by these chemicals. If not growing the food you eat, at least try to eat organically grown foods. Support the farmers that are making a difference instead of supporting companies increasing the damage. Also promote organic lawn and turf care. Many companies are now using only organic products to care for your lawn or golf course. If they aren’t, maybe your suggestion might have an effect on their thinking.

Don’t forget about your pets. Chemicals affect them also. Pets absorb lawn sprays and other chemicals just like you do. Do you really believe no harm can come from all of this abuse of our environment? Thinking on a Global level you can begin to understand how serious this problem has become. The changes may need to start in your local neighborhood. By supporting organic thinking individuals and companies we may be able to offset the damage that has been done. You will be surprised just how much you can do to impact your neighborhood and the world for a better environment.

 

Chapter 2
Food and Your Health

The ideas and statements that I am going to present you are not all mine. I subscribe to them but most come from health practitioners from all over the world. This is valuable knowledge that has been forgotten or ignored.

Our bodies are very complex organisms. I explain the body as a very sophisticated chemical plant. It was intended to process naturally occurring chemicals we call food into electricity we call energy. Our bodies do a magnificent job processing foods and converting them into the energy we need to perform the task at hand. No matter if that is working or playing. If we give our body the proper raw elements needed it will strive to maintain optimal health. If we give it poor quality elements it will still convert enough energy to stay alive but our health will not be as good. The results are determined by the quality not so much the quantity. In other words the quality of the foods we eat have a direct impact on our health. The standard American diet of fast food, processed food, factory-farmed fruits, vegetables, and meats are causing us to become one of the most diseased populations on Earth. In my practice of health counseling I see that almost all health problems are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, which includes what a person eats. The foods that we eat are deficient in the raw elements needed to support optimal health. I am not even considering poor health caused from the excessive use of prescription drugs, because the body can overcome much of that if it has good nutrition.

I would like to refer you to Senate Document 264, a document ratified by the United States Senate in 1936. “Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods – fruits and vegetables and grains – now being raised on millions of acres of land no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us… no matter how much of them we eat! Lacking vitamins the system can make use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless. A marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the mineral salts he requires. Our physical well-being is more directly dependant upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins.” Those Senators were talking about the soils being used in 1936 not the soils of today! The huge conglomerates that produce most of the food we eat today have done little or nothing to correct the situation. They only use the fertilizer needed to produce a good looking and marketable product. Adding trace minerals back into the soil is positively and absolutely cost prohibitive to them. These huge companies are concerned about profits not your health or the health of the planet.

Now let’s talk about health. Our health is determined by our lifestyle, for the most part. There are some exceptions to this but for the most part it is directly related to our lifestyle. WHY? You need a short, simple explanation of the biological needs of your body to understand why. The total health of the body is determined by the health of our cells. We have trillions of cells in our body and each and every one is a living organism. Cancer and other diseases can be caused when a group or an area of cells get sick and don’t function properly. They get like you can when you are sick, not wanting to do anything or even get out of bed. Not exactly the same thing but I hope you get the idea. Anyway, the health of the cells is determined by their surroundings, like your blood and tissues. The healthier your blood the greater chance for healthier cells. In the bloodstream are supposed to be naturally occurring chemicals called foods, in their raw state or nutrients after being broken down by our digestive system. Nutrients flow by our cells and if things are balanced the cell can absorb them and use them to live. Once inside the cell the nutrient is converted into electricity or the energy that we need to live. The nutrients that I am talking about are minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, oxygen and many other molecules. If these are present your cell will be healthy and so will you. If some are missing you may not be quite as healthy, if a majority are missing you can have a very serious health problem. The cells could literally starve and die. This is setting up that area of the body for diseases and death. Depending on how long this condition continues, and to what degree the entire body can die.

The next major problem our bodies have is getting rid of waste products. Some of those molecules present in our bloodstream and lymphatic fluid are there for proper waste disposal. Because when the cell takes in food, it must get rid of waste products just like you do when you go to the toilet. If the cell can’t get rid of waste products it gets into a very bad condition called acidosis or also called a self-poisoning system. It would be like you trying to live in your septic tank, or maybe never flushing your toilet. The longer it goes the worse it will get. Many times a body will cause itself to flush and get rid of these poisons; some people think that is what a cold is all about. Others will cause a deliberate cleanse through the use of herbs or other concoctions. Heavy exercise helps clean our bodies by increasing circulation and heartbeat. Speeding up the blood appears to help clean it. If the blood is really toxic it will take longer than it would take someone in excellent health. Remember people don’t get diseased overnight. It is usually a very long process that shows up through some kind of catastrophic health event. Did you know about one-half of the people that have a heart attack in the United States today; their very first symptom is sudden death? That means no second chance to try and get their health to a higher level. I want to help you understand some simple philosophies to follow so you can achieve and maintain optimal health. Now, that is a simple explanation of how the body works. Even though we are all individuals and require different amounts of nutrients the systems all work basically the same. Remember, I said our bodies are very complex organisms, but what will keep it healthy is relativity simple. The ability to explain health in this simple manner is the key to my success in helping people improve their health and happiness.

Consuming foods that are deficient in nutrients will starve you over a long period of time. A very high percentage of people that I consult with about nutrition are not sick but actually mineral deficient. They are taking plenty of vitamins but no minerals, unless their multi-vitamin happens to contain a few, and these are just some of the major minerals. Not the trace minerals that we need in small amounts but are definitely needed. Remember Senate Document 264? If the majority of our foods are lacking in nutrients what can we do? We can begin growing organic food. If you can’t grow food at least buy and eat organic. The big difference between factory farmed food and organic food is the higher level of nutrients found in organically grown fruits, vegetables and meats. I have read many research reports that found organic grown foods consistently higher in minerals that our bodies need and lower in the harmful chemicals that can cause disease and sickness. I have also read reports that claim there are no differences between the organic and factory-farmed foods. I only have to use my common sense to realize where these types of reports come from. It is plain and simple; food grown in mineral rich and healthy soil will be higher in nutrient value. When broad spectrums of minerals are available to it, the plant will use them. This is part of the Master Plan. The major minerals given to plants by commercial growers are nitrogen, phosphorous and potash (NPK, like the numbers 17-10-10 on a fertilizer bag). How can commercially grown and organically grown products be the same? These three minerals (NPK) will allow the plant to grow and produce, but the plant can’t absorb that which is not present. Organic farmers on the other hand feed their plants with different types of fertilizer including trace elements. This produces a healthier plant with higher nutrient value. Some people argue that organic food cost more. Two answers come to mind: yes they do cost a little more, (if we support our organic farmers that could bring the price down) but my body and improved health are worth the small difference. Secondly, you could grow some of your own to offset the perceived higher price of organic food from the farmer.

Chapter 3

The Virtues of Organic Gardening

Gardening goes back to the beginning of recorded history. Until recently people had gardens out of necessity not convenience. Had it not been for the family garden our forefathers would not have lived to prosper as they did. The garden was a place of labor but it was also a place of many different things; like being grounded and in touch with something Greater than us. A place to find peace and enlightenment, a place where we could see life growing and changing before our very eyes, and a place that would give us nourishment and bartering income. All in all a pretty good deal, we work hard and we reap what we sow. These are some very powerful words and concepts.

I have fond memories of gardens in my youth. At the time I didn’t realize what value these memories might mean to me in the future. I sometimes looked at the time in the garden as pure torture brought upon me by my family to make me miserable and to cause me great pain and suffering. That was the mind of a young boy that wanted to go and play with his friends. Today I look back upon the garden as a time to get to know my family better, to create memories that I relish today. Conversations that still ring in my mind and soul. I can’t seem to remember a lot about playing with my friends. My family has been very important to me and they still are. Spending time with them in the garden helped me understand them and much more. Even today I maintain a garden of herbs, in pots around my home. I love to harvest

Introduction

I have been interested in my health since 1977, when I had to face several personal health challenges. That interest created a passion in my heart to help others as well. In 1993 I completed training and was licensed as a Massage Therapist. This is when my soul began to sing; I had found my mission in life. Helping people understand that good health did not have to be complicated. Yes, the human body is a complicated organism, but what keeps this complex organism alive and well is fairly simple. I continued my formal education and was licensed as a Colon Therapist, which further helped me understand the need to educate everyone that would listen. I opened and operated an herbal shop for three years, while working on a Doctorate in Naturopathy. This provided me with excellent training while learning more about the functioning of our bodies and the effects of proper nutrition on our health. After completing my studies for the Doctorate program I sold the herb shop and went to work with a marketing company that distributed some of the finest health products available. As vice-president of this company I was able to travel around the world lecturing on how to obtain and maintain optimal health. During this time, I was able to meet top scientists in their fields and increase my knowledge necessary to assist people in improving their health. The information in this book will be very helpful to you and your loved ones, if you use it. An old Chinese proverb states; “ A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” I want to give you the information and the encouragement to begin taking the steps to change your life forever.

In the beginning of recorded history when all of our foods were grown locally and almost everyone had some form of a garden, our soils were rich with many nutrients and organisms. The inhabitants that grew or gathered these foods were able to absorb these necessary and essential nutrients from the plants they ate. The animals they raised were also benefiting from the intake of these elements that were present in the soils. Today, our soils have been used and abused to the point that many, if not all of the nutrients and beneficial organisms have been depleted or destroyed. Of course there are exceptions to my statements. Are there plenty of farms throughout the world? The answer is a resounding yes. We will continue on this subject later as well. My goal with this book is to help you understand the damage that has been done and how YOU can overcome it and help change the way things are now. Read on to gain insight on how to improve your life by improving the environment.

Chapter 1
Chemicals in our environment.

To better understand the importance of organic gardening you should be better informed about chemicals and their damage to Mother Earth. Chemicals, for further reference, include all man made synthetic chemicals, including fertilizers.

The chemical revolution began in the 1950’s with the discovery of synthetic compounds derived from petroleum products. The most popular of these are the plastics, also known as PCB’s. In reality it seems that we are conducting a very large toxicological experiment and using our children as the experimental animals. The chemical industry appears to take the attitude that these products are safe and innocent until proven guilty. Few chemicals are ever banned because chemicals have more due process than people. That is right, the industry has become its own policing agency. Yes, they are governed by federal agencies like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The chemical industry is in charge of testing and developing the products they produce. That is like asking the fox to watch the hen house.

As early as 1970 an Italian researcher, Dr. Viola, discovered that PCB’s could cause cancer. Shortly after that, an American researcher, Dr LeFevere showed that PCB’s are absorbed in fat cells and theorized that they may be transported to the brain. Even with this and even more verified research, the industry has not responded then or now to help the public understand how dangerous some chemicals can be. The large corporations that produce these chemicals are doing everything they can to protect themselves and their profits, not the public. Entire towns have been evacuated and closed because of the potential dangerous effects these products have on humans. Times Beach, Missouri and Love Canal, New York are just two examples. What most people don’t think about is that once these chemicals are released into the environment they make their way into the water table and then back into our bodies. Do you realize that we are drinking the same water that dinosaurs drank 65 million years ago? The original system of evaporation and rainfall is no longer working like it has in the past. These chemicals are not evaporating. They lurk in our water systems. The Earth is covered with about 75% water. Almost all of that is unusable except with expensive treatment. The more we pollute our ground water the more we poison ourselves. A recent EPA study assessing human body fat found that dangerous persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCB’s and dioxins have accumulated in 100% of all fat samples tested. That means that everyone’s body is polluted with chemicals.

The fertilizers that are used today in the factory farms that produce most of our food are petro-chemical based. Pesticides are used to kill insects and other pests. Herbicides are used to kill unwanted plants. In minute quantities they do the job they were designed to do. In larger doses they can and do cause disease and death in animals and humans. Year after year these farms deposit enormous amounts of these products on our soil in the name of producing food for us. They spray them from the airplanes, tractors and portable sprayers. It is like a war against Mother Nature, but who are we really hurting?

Just a few facts for you to think about: chemical companies are producing an average of 20 new chemicals each week. That is adding to the approximately 80,000 chemicals already registered with the EPA to be used in commerce. Of these 80,000 chemicals about 15,000 are produced annually throughout the world in major quantities. They have never been tested to see the effects when combined with one another and most have no known shelf life. Translation; We don’t know how long they will last in our environment. Of the 15,000 chemicals that are produced annually, only about 43% have been tested to determine the possible injury to humans. Again, none have been tested to see the combined effects, which is what happens when they get in our water table. Even the major chemical producers admit that the problem is that very little data exist to prove if they are dangerous or not. See what I mean by “presumed innocent until proven guilty?” How far must we go before this is stopped?

Now that I have presented the major problem to you let me help you with some solutions. We can’t change what has already been done. What we can do is our part in improving what is happening now.

This book was written to help you understand how to grow your own home garden and farm crops organically. By growing organic fruits and vegetables we begin to replace those valuable elements and organisms that have been destroyed by these chemicals. If not growing the food you eat, at least try to eat organically grown foods. Support the farmers that are making a difference instead of supporting companies increasing the damage. Also promote organic lawn and turf care. Many companies are now using only organic products to care for your lawn or golf course. If they aren’t, maybe your suggestion might have an effect on their thinking.

Don’t forget about your pets. Chemicals affect them also. Pets absorb lawn sprays and other chemicals just like you do. Do you really believe no harm can come from all of this abuse of our environment? Thinking on a Global level you can begin to understand how serious this problem has become. The changes may need to start in your local neighborhood. By supporting organic thinking individuals and companies we may be able to offset the damage that has been done. You will be surprised just how much you can do to impact your neighborhood and the world for a better environment.

 

Chapter 2
Food and Your Health

The ideas and statements that I am going to present you are not all mine. I subscribe to them but most come from health practitioners from all over the world. This is valuable knowledge that has been forgotten or ignored.

Our bodies are very complex organisms. I explain the body as a very sophisticated chemical plant. It was intended to process naturally occurring chemicals we call food into electricity we call energy. Our bodies do a magnificent job processing foods and converting them into the energy we need to perform the task at hand. No matter if that is working or playing. If we give our body the proper raw elements needed it will strive to maintain optimal health. If we give it poor quality elements it will still convert enough energy to stay alive but our health will not be as good. The results are determined by the quality not so much the quantity. In other words the quality of the foods we eat have a direct impact on our health. The standard American diet of fast food, processed food, factory-farmed fruits, vegetables, and meats are causing us to become one of the most diseased populations on Earth. In my practice of health counseling I see that almost all health problems are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, which includes what a person eats. The foods that we eat are deficient in the raw elements needed to support optimal health. I am not even considering poor health caused from the excessive use of prescription drugs, because the body can overcome much of that if it has good nutrition.

I would like to refer you to Senate Document 264, a document ratified by the United States Senate in 1936. “Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods – fruits and vegetables and grains – now being raised on millions of acres of land no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us… no matter how much of them we eat! Lacking vitamins the system can make use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless. A marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his stomach with the mineral salts he requires. Our physical well-being is more directly dependant upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins.” Those Senators were talking about the soils being used in 1936 not the soils of today! The huge conglomerates that produce most of the food we eat today have done little or nothing to correct the situation. They only use the fertilizer needed to produce a good looking and marketable product. Adding trace minerals back into the soil is positively and absolutely cost prohibitive to them. These huge companies are concerned about profits not your health or the health of the planet.

Now let’s talk about health. Our health is determined by our lifestyle, for the most part. There are some exceptions to this but for the most part it is directly related to our lifestyle. WHY? You need a short, simple explanation of the biological needs of your body to understand why. The total health of the body is determined by the health of our cells. We have trillions of cells in our body and each and every one is a living organism. Cancer and other diseases can be caused when a group or an area of cells get sick and don’t function properly. They get like you can when you are sick, not wanting to do anything or even get out of bed. Not exactly the same thing but I hope you get the idea. Anyway, the health of the cells is determined by their surroundings, like your blood and tissues. The healthier your blood the greater chance for healthier cells. In the bloodstream are supposed to be naturally occurring chemicals called foods, in their raw state or nutrients after being broken down by our digestive system. Nutrients flow by our cells and if things are balanced the cell can absorb them and use them to live. Once inside the cell the nutrient is converted into electricity or the energy that we need to live. The nutrients that I am talking about are minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, oxygen and many other molecules. If these are present your cell will be healthy and so will you. If some are missing you may not be quite as healthy, if a majority are missing you can have a very serious health problem. The cells could literally starve and die. This is setting up that area of the body for diseases and death. Depending on how long this condition continues, and to what degree the entire body can die.

The next major problem our bodies have is getting rid of waste products. Some of those molecules present in our bloodstream and lymphatic fluid are there for proper waste disposal. Because when the cell takes in food, it must get rid of waste products just like you do when you go to the toilet. If the cell can’t get rid of waste products it gets into a very bad condition called acidosis or also called a self-poisoning system. It would be like you trying to live in your septic tank, or maybe never flushing your toilet. The longer it goes the worse it will get. Many times a body will cause itself to flush and get rid of these poisons; some people think that is what a cold is all about. Others will cause a deliberate cleanse through the use of herbs or other concoctions. Heavy exercise helps clean our bodies by increasing circulation and heartbeat. Speeding up the blood appears to help clean it. If the blood is really toxic it will take longer than it would take someone in excellent health. Remember people don’t get diseased overnight. It is usually a very long process that shows up through some kind of catastrophic health event. Did you know about one-half of the people that have a heart attack in the United States today; their very first symptom is sudden death? That means no second chance to try and get their health to a higher level. I want to help you understand some simple philosophies to follow so you can achieve and maintain optimal health. Now, that is a simple explanation of how the body works. Even though we are all individuals and require different amounts of nutrients the systems all work basically the same. Remember, I said our bodies are very complex organisms, but what will keep it healthy is relativity simple. The ability to explain health in this simple manner is the key to my success in helping people improve their health and happiness.

Consuming foods that are deficient in nutrients will starve you over a long period of time. A very high percentage of people that I consult with about nutrition are not sick but actually mineral deficient. They are taking plenty of vitamins but no minerals, unless their multi-vitamin happens to contain a few, and these are just some of the major minerals. Not the trace minerals that we need in small amounts but are definitely needed. Remember Senate Document 264? If the majority of our foods are lacking in nutrients what can we do? We can begin growing organic food. If you can’t grow food at least buy and eat organic. The big difference between factory farmed food and organic food is the higher level of nutrients found in organically grown fruits, vegetables and meats. I have read many research reports that found organic grown foods consistently higher in minerals that our bodies need and lower in the harmful chemicals that can cause disease and sickness. I have also read reports that claim there are no differences between the organic and factory-farmed foods. I only have to use my common sense to realize where these types of reports come from. It is plain and simple; food grown in mineral rich and healthy soil will be higher in nutrient value. When broad spectrums of minerals are available to it, the plant will use them. This is part of the Master Plan. The major minerals given to plants by commercial growers are nitrogen, phosphorous and potash (NPK, like the numbers 17-10-10 on a fertilizer bag). How can commercially grown and organically grown products be the same? These three minerals (NPK) will allow the plant to grow and produce, but the plant can’t absorb that which is not present. Organic farmers on the other hand feed their plants with different types of fertilizer including trace elements. This produces a healthier plant with higher nutrient value. Some people argue that organic food cost more. Two answers come to mind: yes they do cost a little more, (if we support our organic farmers that could bring the price down) but my body and improved health are worth the small difference. Secondly, you could grow some of your own to offset the perceived higher price of organic food from the farmer.

Chapter 3

The Virtues of Organic Gardening

Gardening goes back to the beginning of recorded history. Until recently people had gardens out of necessity not convenience. Had it not been for the family garden our forefathers would not have lived to prosper as they did. The garden was a place of labor but it was also a place of many different things; like being grounded and in touch with something Greater than us. A place to find peace and enlightenment, a place where we could see life growing and changing before our very eyes, and a place that would give us nourishment and bartering income. All in all a pretty good deal, we work hard and we reap what we sow. These are some very powerful words and concepts.

I have fond memories of gardens in my youth. At the time I didn’t realize what value these memories might mean to me in the future. I sometimes looked at the time in the garden as pure torture brought upon me by my family to make me miserable and to cause me great pain and suffering. That was the mind of a young boy that wanted to go and play with his friends. Today I look back upon the garden as a time to get to know my family better, to create memories that I relish today. Conversations that still ring in my mind and soul. I can’t seem to remember a lot about playing with my friends. My family has been very important to me and they still are. Spending time with them in the garden helped me understand them and much more. Even today I maintain a garden of herbs, in pots around my home. I love to harvest these wonderful tasting plants to use in my salads and meals. I get tremendous satisfaction seeing the plants respond to my love and care. People always have great comments about the color, aroma and taste of freshly cut and served herbs. It gives me time to get closer to Nature and to think about things that are beyond comprehension, and about things I don’t have time to think about during the typical day. Please don’t feel I spend a long time doing this, I am a busy person like most people today. Growing plants takes but a few minutes and I gain so much from it. So would anyone that tried it.

I challenge you to plant a garden. It doesn’t have to be a large piece of land, small plots work very well. You can even use pots like I do. The time spent growing and harvesting the food will be very rewarding. Do you have children? Get them involved. You can enjoy what you grow and produce. It will be fun watching them eating the food and talking about the process of seeing the plants grow. Who knows they may have wonderful memories of the experiences working with you and the plants that will last them a lifetime.

 these wonderful tasting plants to use in my salads and meals. I get tremendous satisfaction seeing the plants respond to my love and care. People always have great comments about the color, aroma and taste of freshly cut and served herbs. It gives me time to get closer to Nature and to think about things that are beyond comprehension, and about things I don’t have time to think about during the typical day. Please don’t feel I spend a long time doing this, I am a busy person like most people today. Growing plants takes but a few minutes and I gain so much from it. So would anyone that tried it.

I challenge you to plant a garden. It doesn’t have to be a large piece of land, small plots work very well. You can even use pots like I do. The time spent growing and harvesting the food will be very rewarding. Do you have children? Get them involved. You can enjoy what you grow and produce. It will be fun watching them eating the food and talking about the process of seeing the plants grow. Who knows they may have wonderful memories of the experiences working with you and the plants that will last them a lifetime.

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