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