How to start an organic garden at home

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How to start an organic garden at home

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Starting an organic garden at home is very simple; one has to look at the space that they have, and understand the sunlight, the way that the sun moves through their yard. Most of the time, fruits and vegetables need about 6 hours of sun, so timing it through the day would be a good start. And also looking at the area and seeing, “What part of the garden aren’t I using that I could put this in?” If you want to, you do raised beds, which allows you to bring in some good, organic soil. Find a catalogue that has great organic seeds or find a good grower who will sell you organic small plants to start and look for non-toxic, safe products to take care of any pests that you might have. And hopefully, you won’t, because it’s building your soil that prevents pest problems.

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Steven was born and grew up in Southern California. His parents were from Lebanon and had lived in a village and a society that was very in tune with nature and the natural cycles of their surroundings, and very self sufficient with growing food. At a young age he was attracted to his mother’s gardening passion and her magical ways of growing food. In 1970 he was graduating from high school, and the first Earth Day was April of that year. Earth Day made a positive change in the way he saw the planet, the air, water, population and our waste. He started wondering how we can live in our natural world with balance and less damage. Steven has a Bachelor of Science degree in
 Horticultural and Agricultural Sciences. After college, he volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years working in Colombia, South America.

In 1999, he and his wife helped found Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, California, where both of their children attended K-6. Steven created the school’s edible garden and taught gardening and cooking to the students. He also started the Environmental/Green Committee that helped the school act daily in “green thinking” ways. He loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking, surfing, camping, skiing, playing tennis and anything else to challenge his mind and body.

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