Questions And Answers On Organic Home Gardening

Chris asks…

Harvested fresh organic spinach from home garden; it tasted like grass. What went wrong?

Home Gardener answers:

Are you sure you actually have spinach?

I don’t know of any reason that could cause spinach to not taste like it really supposed to, if anything the flavor should be better.

Richard asks…

Organic practices increase home value?

Will creating an organic garden or using eco-friendly paints on my home help with it’s value? I want to do some improvements but keep along the idea of things better for the environment. Are there woods that aren’t chemically treated for floors or building a deck?

Home Gardener answers:

It will appeal to a subset of people. That’s about all you can say. I would appreciate it, but know some who wouldn’t.

I know of no wood for making decks with that don’t require either preservative or paint to protect it. Even redwood needs oil to prolong it, plus they are such beautiful trees.

Davina asks…

Question about rain collection and organic gardening?

Do the plastic rain barrels off-gas chemicals into the rain water that would pollute the soil and vegetables?

Are there alternatives to plastic rain collection barrels???

What type of roofing do you need to use for rain collection so that chemicals from the roofing materials do not get washed into the water, and into the soil and vegetables???

Any info would be great. I would like to try and turn our little urban home into an ‘urban homestead’ and become a bit more self-sufficient. Thanks.

Home Gardener answers:

Collect the rain in plastic barrels. Nothing to worry about. Many homes have plastic piping for their drinking water supply.Nothing on the roof will harm you. The rain has fallen through dirty sky before it gets to you.

I have noticed that with my garden when I water with the hose nothing seems to happen. Just get one dose of normal rain and the plants seem to grow dramatically. I guess that they don’t like the chlorine and fluoride in the drinking water.

Jane asks…

Organic Gardening,?

Do you anything about organic fertilizers, Home made,

Home Gardener answers:

If you choose to use manures, especially from animals that pass some of the seeds, you have to let the compost pile heat up hot enough to kill those seeds (160 -180 degrees, I think), otherwise they will come up in your garden. There are many good books on both organic gardening & composting. I used the Encylopedia of Compost.
Some helpful links…
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MANY more, just type.. Organic Gardening .. Or .. Compost/Composting .. Into your browser.

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