To the casual observer, deer can be cute and endearing parts of the natural world. To hunters they can be a source of both food and prestige. But for those of us who enjoy cultivating plants in our backyards, and who live near deer habitats, these animals can be outright pests. When a deer is hungry it will become audacious in the pursuit of food – and its appetites may draw it to any number of things that we may be growing in our gardens. After losing crops and flowers to these marauders – and seeing the surrounding grounds repeatedly trampled – we’re far less likely to feel endeared to them. If we want to preserve our gardens, we’ll have to devise ways (more…)
Category: Yard and Garden
Many people are going organic these days. From cosmetics to cleaning solutions to food, consumers are making the switch from ordinary products to organic ones. The main reason for this trend is the fact that consumers can enjoy so many health benefits from using organic products. As for food, a lot of people are deciding to grow their own vegetables instead of buying produce from the grocery store. They believe that homegrown produce are a lot safer and a lot healthier compared to commercially produced ones, which usually undergo multiple stages of processing. If you want to have your own organic vegetable garden, there’s no better way to start by planting some tomatoes. Organic tomatoes are very popular with families across the country because the plants are quite easy to grow and the fruits are useful for many different types of dishes.
In a farming experiment conducted by the University of California, Davis, it was discovered that tomatoes that were organically grown have more flavonoids than tomatoes that were conventionally grown (source: NPR.com). Flavonoids are natural phenolic compounds that occur in plants and are known primarily for their ability to neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause all sorts of health problems, including heart attacks and strokes. Flavonoids are also said to lower the risk of dementia and certain types of cancers.
One of the wonderful things about growing organic tomatoes is that you don’t need to have special skills or own specific pieces of equipment to have a successful harvest. You do have to choose from several types of tomatoes, and your choice may be limited by the type of soil you have and the climate in your area. A popular choice for organic tomato (more…)