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Even if I haven’t gone into detail about the harmful implications of using chemical fertilizers, I’ve probably made it obvious that they’re a no-go, especially in your home garden. This is due to the fact that they simply make the atmosphere dangerous to be breathing in, and if you have a pet or kids at home, you know how dangerous that can be for their health.

There’s no denying that chemical fertilizers do improve your yield to a certain extent, but doing so at the cost of the environment doesn’t sound like a very good deal. Luckily, there are safe and organic alternatives that you can boost your harvest and improve the health of your soil as well. Here are some of the best organic fertilizers you can use in your home garden.

Jobe’s Organics Fertilizer Spikes

This brand is making the task of fertilizing your vegetable garden less of a chore by producing their fertilizer in ‘spikes’. All you need to do is bury an adequate amount in the soil, near the root systems of your plant crops. You won’t need to carry out any mixing before adding it to the soil and you don’t have to worry about storing it either. It contains all the essentials, such as nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphate. A problem you’ll face is that your dog may enjoy digging up the spikes, preventing your crops from getting their nutrition so you’ll have to keep your pet inside for a couple of hours after applying the fertilizer.

SEA-90 Mineral Fertilizer

This fertilizer works great if you’ve tested your soil and found it to be too alkaline because it decreases the pH level. The minerals in it are derived from deposits found in the ocean and the formula is easily soluble as well, so you can use it as a spray. It’s a versatile fertilizer when it comes down to how you can use it; it can be added to the soil and used in hydroponics as well.

Wiggle Worm Soil Builder

This is by far the most loved organic fertilizer out there, primarily because it improves your yield by enhancing the health of your soil. You can use it for all types of gardening, and whether you’ve planted indoors or outdoors. It doesn’t just provide your crops’ root systems with instant nutrition but builds a healthy environment because of earthworms as well. It increases the flow of air between the soil, making the root systems more developed. The only downside to this is the shelf life but it’s something you can deal with if you have plenty of crops.

Fox Farm Liquid Nutrients

If you have the budget for it, then this option is highly recommended because it has a reputation for producing results. This pack of three liquid fertilizers contains trace minerals derived from organic sources and each bottle is used to boost a specific growth stage of a crop. Grow Big is supposed to be used during the first stage to improve the growth of foliage. Tiger Bloom is for when you first start spotting flowers. Big Bloom can be used during the entire cycle, but they’re the best for crops that grow in late seasons. Although it’s pricey, it works and you can find a variant for hydroponics as well.

These are some of the best selling organic fertilizers out there that you can use in your garden to get a better yield. But remember to test the pH of your soil before adding any fertilizer and make sure to keep it ideal for whichever crop you’re growing. Happy Farming!

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Relax With These ‘Slow Down’ Pastimes

Modern life is a busy thing filled with noise, technological gadgets, and hurriedness. Take a step back from the busy-ness, put distractions on hold, and allow your mind and body to de-clutter as you concentrate on slowing down. Let the following activities take you back to simpler times.

Read a Book

In a world full of traffic signs, advertisements, emails, memos, and text messages, a non-stop deluge of written words can seem almost natural. But reading a book is different. Choose a classic and sit down for some uninterrupted reading time. Your mind will appreciate the mental nourishment.

Work With Your Hands

Allow your mind to focus on something different as you use your own two hands to accomplish something beautiful or useful. Sewing, needlework, woodworking, and crafting foster a sense of accomplishment and usefulness as you take raw materials and turn them into a new creation.

Nourish Your Body

Spend time in the garden to refresh your mind and grow food to nourish your body. Maybe you have space to plant a big vegetable garden. Perhaps you have a small window herb garden. Either way, caring for growing things gives your hands something to do and your mind time to renew itself. Taking time to cook a healthy meal can have the same result. Knowing that you are taking care of yourself or your family with nutritious food is satisfying.

Be Social

A slower-paced society made time for weekly family gatherings, community picnics, and Sunday afternoon visiting. Try reconnecting with your family or friends more often in person. Move beyond text messaging and social media. Spend time with the people you care about, whether to share a meal of hot dogs on the grill or to meet at a local park for a walk or to let the kids play. These personal connections increase your support system and reduce stress.

Play Music

People have enjoyed listening to music for centuries. Now it’s easy to turn on your playlist and let the sound fill the air, but there was a time before mp3 players, speakers, and radio. If you wanted music, live music was your only choice. Bring back live music. Go ahead and practice that instrument you learned to play as a child or learn to play a different one. Reviving old skills will feel good. Learning an instrument is easier than ever now that lessons are available in person or online. If playing isn’t an option, listen to live music when you can.

You can call these pastimes old-fashioned, and they are just as valuable today. They provide a break from the bombardment of information imposed by modern technology. They encourage satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. They nourish the mind.

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