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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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Fitness Hacks to Keep You Healthy (Even Without A Gym Membership!)

by Erin Weaver

Staying fit is a vital part of wellness for your body and your mind. A good level of fitness boosts your immune system, gives you more energy throughout the day, and helps you feel strong, capable, and sexy. As busy women, it can be easy to let fitness fall by the wayside in favor of work, loved ones, and socializing, but a little time devoted to physical health can really pay off in the long run. Similarly, if you’re living on a farm in a rural area, you might not have access to a gym or the money to pay for membership. There are still plenty of ways to stay fit without spending a lot of time and money, like these helpful fitness hacks.

Netflix and No Chill

Marathoning a new TV series is always tempting when you’ve got some free time, but it doesn’t mean you have to laze around on the couch. Spend opening and closing credits, ad breaks, or even the whole show doing squats, lunges, planks, and other simple cardio exercises.

Say Yes To The Worst Parking Space

Save time and nurture your fitness by settling for the worst parking space in the lot. Yes, it might be a two-minute walk away from the supermarket, but those little bits of exercise add up. It’ll also stop you doing endless laps trying to find a closer space!

Take The Stairs

Whenever you get the chance, take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Stairs are an excellent form of cardio that tone your leg muscles too, so hitting the steps is a two-in-one workout that you won’t regret.

Weightlift At Home

Weightlifting has massive benefits for your fitness and strength, and you don’t need any expensive equipment when you’re getting started. Canned food, heavy books, and full backpacks are all perfect for at-home weightlifting workouts, and you can find plenty of workouts for them online.

Try Car-Free Days

Many of us fall into the lazy trap of driving everywhere, even if we really could spend the fifteen minutes walking instead. Some journeys require a car, but could you wander over to your friend’s house or walk your kids to school instead?

Keep On Moving

One of the easiest ways to increase your fitness is to integrate movement into usually stationary activities. Walk up and down the stairs while you’re talking on the phone, do some squats while you’re folding laundry, and suggest going for walk with your partner to catch up on each other’s days.

Dedicate Seven Minutes

A simple seven-minute workout will drastically improve your fitness if you make it part of your routine for most of the days of the week. Don’t let yourself think that you can’t manage a simple seven minutes if you make it a priority. There are many short workouts online to help you get fit without the big time commitment.

Physical health is important, and it goes beyond simple dietary factors. Fitness gives you the energy and confidence you need to excel in life, so don’t let yourself make excuses to neglect it. Try these fitness hacks and make way for a stronger, happier you!

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