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Organic vegetables

Organic vegetables

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What is the biological vegetable

We begin to understand what organic farming is also called bio-agriculture. Its goal is the production of fruit and vegetables in full compliance with the seasonality and with a particular care in the rotation of the land.
A peculiar and distinctive characteristic of the products cultivated according to the 'bio' standards is the elimination of chemical substances for the treatment of plants, also avoiding the use of herbicides and non-natural fertilizers.
Among the organic farming techniques that eliminate the use of artificial substances in crops, the biological struggle appears that is to directly exploit the predatory pests of the animals harmful to the crops, since the biological control is not sufficient in the last years the new technique is also applied of pheromones.
Both fruit and vegetables can be grown organically.

How to recognize organic vegetables

But how can we distinguish organic products from those grown using the most traditional techniques? You must only look at the logo and labeling. The European logo (green leaf background drawn with white stars) from 2012 has first flanked and then replaced the old Community logo. The label instead must obligatorily bear the identification code of the producer preceded by the initials IT.

Where to buy organic vegetables

Organic products can be found in normal supermarkets but must be separated from other vegetables and fruits. They can also be found on farms, specialist shops, restaurants and local markets or can be ordered online.
The flavor of organic vegetables is, according to many, identical to that of the varieties cultivated with the traditional method, the only difference would therefore be only that of being more genuine and therefore more suitable in the diet especially for children and the elderly.
Given the high cost of organic products compared to traditional ones, due to the greater care with which they are grown, let's see if and how it is possible to organize ourselves to create an eco garden of DIY organic vegetables.

Create a DIY organic vegetable garden

If you have the possibility of having a plot, choose a pleasant point to reach, sunny in spring and summer and little exposed to wind in winter and with good drainage, avoiding windy areas or those dominated by tree branches or hedges protruding. If on the other hand you have no land available, no problem: vegetables can develop in containers, windowsill boxes, water reservoirs and even hanging baskets. You can then place your mini vegetable garden on a windowsill of the balcony, patio, porch or window.
Now get the seeds and follow the sowing months from January to December with an eye always to the basic moons for the good growth of your vegetables.
Also get lots of plastic bottles or small baskets of strawberries and vegetables that are very suitable in winter as mini greenhouses.
With a nice bike ride in the fall we can recover dry leaves at will. Just keep them aside and then turn them into very useful compost with a self-made composter!
For natural insect control we use neem oil or homemade spray made from horsetail, nettle and garlic.
To get garden tools, let's try to find them second-hand in second-hand markets, ask friends who maybe don't use them anymore or let's build them with a little imagination: straws, bamboo canes, old spoons, chopstick ... these are just some of the enormous possibilities that arise in front of us to have tools at no cost.
Start by sowing small seeds in a seedbed, always using recycled materials such as egg containers so that once the small plants are large you can place them on the ground easily.
So let's think about what we would like to eat, let's put away from the organic vegetables we buy the seeds for a while or let them be given to us by some friends who have already experimented with this method of cultivation and we also try to create our eco garden in a very economical way.
In the end we will have obtained economic benefits because we will grow our own vegetables for free, physical benefits because in any case those twenty minutes a day of outdoor activities (in summer a little more) especially for those who do sedentary work can only do us well and we will have helped the environment as the cultivation of organic vegetables is considered to have zero environmental impact.

Organic vegetables for those indicated

Obviously for all those who want to have a healthy and genuine diet, a special eye goes to children who should always eat organic products because those who eat them are less exposed to pesticides and resistant antibiotic bacteria. It has even been noted that children exposed to common pesticides doubled the risk of contracting ADHD, an evolutionary disorder of self-control, which causes an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; a wrong diet can therefore accentuate the child's problems while the introduction of organic foods into the diet can improve learning and behavioral disorders without resorting to drugs or psychological treatments.