Grow your own is best
IF you want to take responsibility for your own health and well-being, grow your own food and grow it organically.
That's the message Possum Creek farmers Lyndel and Kieran Weston share with the community via their organic seeding business, One Organic.
"When you grow your own food, you know where it's come from and you know it's a clean source of food ,” Lyndel said. "Also, when the vegetables are picked, they start to lose nutrients. Some varieties of vegetables, like leafy greens for example, lose 50 percent of their nutrients within half an hour of picking.”
For those who believe they don't have the skills to grow their own, Lyndel and Kieran offer a wealth of information and know-how, from preparing the soil to planting, feeding and controlling pests. They've also developed their own organic compost, plant food, soil conditioner and pest controls.
The seedlings are grown from open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-treated seed stock. Unlike many commercial seedlings, whose growth can be pushed with artificial fertilisers and lights, all of One Organic's seedlings are grown outdoors in natural conditions in Kieran's homemade organic seed raising mix. This makes for more robust seedlings that are more likely to thrive in local conditions and resist disease down the track, Lyndel said.
Customers even receive a bag of compost with their seedlings to sprinkle on the garden before planting, making the transition from punnet to home garden soil a little gentler.
"When they leave their little home in the punnet and go into somebody else's garden, it means they've got a soil that they're familiar with and has the same PH, so that they don't get that shock when they're transplanted. Transplant shock can cause plants to go to seed too quickly ... so the transplant is a very important part,” Lyndel said.
Find One Organic at the Mullumbimby and New Brighton farmers' markets.