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Organic Gardening Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Organic Gardening.

7 Things Your Seed Packet Can Tell You

The back of every commercially bought seed packet provides a basic how-do guide for growing that particular plant. Compiled with information on lighting, sowing depth and more, this article will help you decode what all of those gardening terms mean....  Read more

A Beginner's Guide to Composting

When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo...  Read more

An Introduction to Companion Planting

Companion planting, briefly, is the act of planting different crops in your garden in close physical proximity, based on the theory that they will help each other. The main use of this method is for deterring pests and disease without resorting to sy...  Read more

8 Ways to 'Green' Your Kitchen

Greening your life—reducing your impact on the environment—takes a little research and planning. Because the kitchen is the most waste-producing room in an average house, it's a great place to start. The best way to do it is slowly, b...  Read more

Calculating the Cost of Growing Your Own Food

Many of us assume that a backyard vegetable garden can save us money, but is it really true? After investing in equipment, soil, seeds and water, do you really come out on top? The answer varies upon the size of your garden, whether you start yo...  Read more

Does organic food help you lose weight?
Updated 11/19/2015 11:22:41 AM

If I switched out say non-organic bread for organic (I only eat one or two slices a day) and replaced other foods with organic would my weight loss efforts be more successful? I heard non organic stuff has obesogens. I don't need that....  Read more

Popped some back garden pics on my page. They are
Updated 11/12/2015 3:49:40 PM

Popped some back garden pics on my page. They are every which way up, but they give the drift!...  Read more

Starting over today. Went shopping for all organic
Updated 11/10/2015 12:17:21 AM

Starting over today. Went shopping for all organic and healthy foods. I need to loose weight.......  Read more

My go-to is a garden salad with a baked potato, sa

My go-to is a garden salad with a baked potato, sandwich, or lately, I've been doing mini-pizzas on english muffins....  Read more

Had a success today! We went to Olive Garden for
Updated 10/25/2015 9:47:53 PM

Had a success today! We went to Olive Garden for dinner, and I splurged with one breadstick, a little bit of salad, and got the baked tilapia with shrimp. Overall calories was under 700, and I only are about 1/2 of the main dish. I think it's a win!...  Read more

Great fresh veggies

If you want a great organic garden, grow your own worms in containers over the winter months. Come spring you are able to use the dirt & their feces in the garden, which will make great veggies.The worms are great for fishing (especially @ $4/doz), &...  Read more


Finding and JOINING sparkteams that get you SPARKED is one way I stay interested longer and learn much more than I would other ways. Like my interest in organic gardening or NCIS! Its a whole group of us involved in the same thing,bonding together...  Read more


Anyone who loves gardening and wants to combine this love with their desire to be fit and healthy!...  Read more

Tips for Washing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

My aunt and uncle have a farm with a garden, and many fruit trees and bushes. They enjoy vegetables as well as fresh picked apples or pears and berries right off the bush. While it takes work, they enjoy their nutrient-rich bounty throughout th...  Read more

The First Lady's Agenda: Healthy Living

Historically, first ladies have had their own agendas and things they want to promote while their husbands are in office. For example, Laura Bush championed America's libraries and Hilary Clinton focused on health care reform. One of Michelle Obama...  Read more

Organic Gardening in Arizona

It isn't easy..... But it's very rewarding. Now, before we go any further, I am no expert on gardening. I don't know 'everything', but I have been at it for quite some time and have learned a LOT. I nearly always have 95-100% seed germination, I...  Read more

Lessons in Natural (Organic) Gardening

Home gardening is very challenging for me. I love the idea of supplementing my diet with fresh garden veggies, but it has presented obstacles that I didn't anticipate. When I lived in an apartment, I experimented with container vegetables. ...  Read more