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USDA Organic Vegetable Standards

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Organic vegetables - Organic Garden GurlzUSDA organic vegetable standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program is responsible for certifying organic vegetables. Organic growing farms, packing and processing plants are inspected to ensure that USDA organic standards are being followed. Strict guidelines are in place which disallow the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified products to grow food. Continue reading

Raised Bed Gardening

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Raised Bed Garden - Organic Garden GurlzRaised bed gardening is becoming increasingly popular, particularly in yards with smaller spaces, and for people with limited mobility or back issues. Container gardening may take a little more time to get started, but it is in many ways easier gardening. As I get a little older myself, I’m becoming a big believer in the adage, “work smarter, not harder.” When you plan your new garden, think about the following considerations: ease of use, depth of soil, drainage and nutrients. Ask yourself, “How far are you willing to, or comfortably able to bend over?” A garden which is difficult, or painful, to maintain sometimes becomes a neglected garden.  Continue reading