Home gar­dens tops for taste

The Tribune (NZ) - - GARDENING - WALLY RICHARDS

Great taste equals great nu­tri­tion, which equals great health - and there’s no bet­ter ex­am­ple of this sim­ple equa­tion at work, than in home-grown fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Grow­ing your own veg­eta­bles and fruit nat­u­rally, with­out any chem­i­cals, greatly in­creases the nu­tri­tion val­ues of the food, which is re­flected in the taste.

Con­ven­tion­ally grown com­mer­cial pro­duce is fairly taste­less in com­par­i­son with home-grown, and does not pro­vide for our bod­ily needs. When peo­ple still feel hun­gry, they eat more than they should.

I have this the­ory about weight is­sues: home-grown pro­duce not only tastes great but it is also fill­ing be­cause your body is get­ting the min­er­als, vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­tion that it needs, and it is sat­is­fied (body to mouth; ‘You can stop now, I feel good’).

To grow veg­eta­bles and fruit that are brim­ming with health ben­e­fits, start with the soil or the grow­ing medium.

The soil food web com­prises of mi­crobes, fungi, earth worms and nu­mer­ous other soil dwellers. It is these liv­ing things that help to en­rich the soil, covert or­ganic mat­ter into food for plants, carry min­er­als, el­e­ments and mois­ture to the feed­ing roots, and gen­er­ally makes for healthy plants.

How­ever, this vi­tal com­plex can eas­ily be up­set and even

‘‘Home-grown pro­duce not only tastes great but it is also fill­ing be­cause your body is get­ting the min­er­als, vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­tion that it needs.’’

de­stroyed by the use of in­tro­duced chem­i­cal sub­stances.

These in­clude man-made fer­tilis­ers, her­bi­cides, in­sec­ti­cides, fungi­cides and chlo­ri­nated water.

To main­tain the soil in premium grow­ing con­di­tion, it needs to be fed with nat­u­ral ad­di­tives such as an­i­mal ma­nures, com­post (it is im­por­tant this is not made from green waste, which can be tainted with chem­i­cal her­bi­cides), blood and bone, sheep ma­nure pel­lets, gar­den lime, dolomite, gyp­sum, liq­uid ma­nures - in­clud­ing sea weed types, worm pee, Neem Tree Gran­ules or pow­der, and mulches of or­ganic ma­te­ri­als.

The change to the health of gar­den plants, com­bined with fewer dis­eases and pest prob­lems should be no­ticed within a sea­son.

Prob­lems ring me at 0800 466 464 (Palmer­ston North 357 0606), email wal­lyjr@gar­de­news.co.nz or visit www.gar­de­news.co.nz.

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:Grow­ing your own food or­gan­i­cally is the best way to en­sure great taste and good nu­tri­tion.

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