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Ecological Gardening- what is it?

Ecological Gardening- what is it?

The term Ecological Gardening seems to be gaining popularity.  But what is it?  My experience with Ecological Gardening started many years ago.  You see, I have always been a fence sitter.  As a teenager I could never make my mind up whether I wanted to be a horticulturist or an environmental scientist.  And sometimes I’m still a little unsure!

 

Fortunately, I have been able to gain qualifications in both.  My specialty is in growing food using ecological principles.  But I’m not talking about some sort of alternative hippie technique.  I’m talking about sound scientific principles.

 

In my experience, the study of natural ecosystems will reveal everything we need to know about growing food.  Natural ecosystems are generally diverse and there are a number of intricate interdependent relationships occurring between the living and non-living components at any given time.  Put simply, each component relies and benefits from its interaction with other components.  They fuel up on each other, causing the system to be able to sustain itself.  If one part of the system gets ‘out of whack’, the whole system is affected.

 

When studying a natural ecosystem, such as a diverse pristine rainforest we find that there are many living components co-existing in a given area.  Each of these components occupies a niche space.  If a component, let’s say a plant, is removed by an animal eating it, we are left with an empty niche.  An empty niche provides an opportunity for another life form to fill the space.  In natural ecosystems, nature does not tolerate empty niche spaces.  Once the niche becomes available, there will be a whole host of willing opportunists ready to fill that space.  Dormant seeds, sometimes decades old, will spring to life and quickly try to occupy it.

 

The same thing happens when we are trying to grow food.  In any agricultural practice, such as a vegetable garden, there are always empty niche spaces.  And remember, nature doesn’t tolerate empty niche spaces.  So weeds will try to fill the empty niche spaces.  Weeds are very good niche space fillers.  They are the ultimate colonizing plants.  So as we can see there is no difference in the way nature works, whether it is in a pristine natural ecosystem or a vegetable garden.

 

Ecological Gardening aims to create a system where nature works for us, and not against us.  It is actually quite easy to have a weed-free vegetable garden.  You simply do one of two things.  Firstly, you avoid having empty niche spaces.  And secondly, you make sure there is something desirable to fill niche spaces, should they become available.  That’s just one simple example, but Ecological Gardening can easily prevent a number of problems from ever arising.

 

My experience with Ecological Gardening has been phenomenal.  I have been able to combine natural weed management, soil ecology, pest ecology and crop management into a very simple and easy method.  In fact, I have been able to create a garden that requires very little attention and produces far more than a traditional vegetable garden, simply by applying sound scientific principles.  And from the incredible results that I have achieved, I can say, with absolute certainty, that Ecological Gardening is the good way we will be producing food in the future.

Learn how to set up an organic vegetable garden that requires only 8 hours work per year! Discover how to plant an organic vegetable garden you can harvest ever day regardless of where you live HERE.

Bio-Intensive Gardening

Bio-Intensive Gardening

Bio-Intensive Gardening

This old method of home gardening is simply related to organic gardening although there’s a little twist on the application. It involves the process by digging the plots the same size with the plot at a 1-2 feet depth. Inside the dug portion, all the garden wastes, grass clippings and other plant waste materials are deposited to lay there for a couple of weeks to decompose. This is duplicated to other plots alternately in the garden.

7 Ways You Can Apply Bio-Intensive Gardening

1) Clear the area of all weeds, grass clippings and other waste materials.

2) Put garden waste, grass clippings and other yard wastes in certain place.

3) Layout your garden according to the size of plots you want. It can be 1m X 10m length or 1m X 20 m length plot if your area is wide.

4) On the first row or plot dig the soil according to the size and length of your plot 1-2 ” depth. Place the dug soil on the side of plot to make easier to return them back.

5) Gather all you wastes, grass clippings and other landscape wastes and put them inside the dug plot. Press them properly to compress inside the dug portion.

6) Return the dug soil back into the plots where the grass clippings are deposited and compact them to cover the whole plot. It makes the dug soil raised higher above the soil at around 1 foot high.

7) Make another dug area alternately with your plots until all your waste materials are totally buried under the soil.

After a couple of weeks, you can plant on top of the raised dug plots. The garden wastes are now totally decomposed and you can utilize planting other crops alternately.

Bio-Intensive gardening is effective in areas near urban centers and other populated locations. And this is recommended from environmentalists group since it’s favorable for organic gardening.

Cris Ramasasa, Freelance writer, writes about home gardening and Internet marketing tips. You can get a copy of his latest ebook “Discover How to get started in Flower Gardening” and “Vegetable Gardening Made Easy”, also get lots of tips, Free articles, and bonuses at: http://www.crisramasasa.com

Cris Ramasasa is a retired Horticulture teacher for 29 years and Freelance writer. Writes home gardening tips and resources. Written ebooks titled: Discover How To Get Started In Flower Gardening and Vegetable Gardening Made Easy. www.crisramasasa.com

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Don Tolman shares wholefood signatures and how they target human health and remiss disease and invites you to invest in his encyclopedia of wholefood medicine – the Farmacist Desk Reference.
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Organic Plant Nutrients Offer a Green Solution

Organic Plant Nutrients Offer a Green Solution

Hydroponics gardening is a popular method of growing indoors that uses no soil, but instead the plant’s roots are immersed in a liquid solution of plant nutrients. Depending on the types of plants you wish to grow, you might want to select hydroponic gardening supplies that would include organic plant nutrients.

Why is is important to grow plants organically?

Plants absorb nutrients up through their roots. This is good when the nutrients include the minerals they need to grow and thrive. It becomes less attractive when you stop to consider that plant roots can also take up toxins. These toxins can be found in the soil, in the water used for adding moisture to the plant roots, and in fertilizers and pesticides used to promote plant growth and production.

If the plants you want to grow are vegetables and fruits, then you obviously do not wish to eat plants that contain toxins, because those toxins will then end up in your body and have the potential to cause health damage over time and repeated exposure. It is a safer choice, in terms of healthy options, for food crops to be grown organically. This means that no toxic chemicals will come into contact with the plants. Hydroponics offers one method of growing crops organically.

This can be a problem if you want to produce organic produce on land that has been exposed to toxic chemicals. Even if you do your part to keep your property chemical free, neighboring land can be host to toxins that can be released in water runoff that can end up on your land, contaminating it.

Plants growing indoors offer an alternative in this situation. Growing indoors allows for complete control of all environmental factors that can have an effect on the plants. When you garden using hydroponics you can choose integrated pest management techniques and use no chemical pesticides at all, yet still maintain a pest-free environment. Because the plants are grown without soil contact, you avoid all the soil-borne toxins as a matter of course.

So, too, you can use organic hydroponic nutrient solution to feed your plants, knowing that the all natural ingredients will not add toxins to the plants, and neither will there be harmful chemical residue running out of your storm water drains.

Although each different type of plant, be it a tree, flower, vegetable or shrub, will require a special hydroponics nutrient solution based on their specific needs, nevertheless all plants, regardless of where or how they are grown, require a few minimum nutrients for survival. The three major nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, followed by macronutrients and micronutrients in lesser amounts. Hydroponics allows you the greatest control over every aspect of plant growth, from chemical-free plant nutrients and pesticide-free pest prevention, so that the end result will be the freshest, healthiest vegetable and fruit crops for you to enjoy.

Susan Slobac discusses the different types of plant nutrients used when growing indoors, including

organic plant nutrients, a popular choice in organic gardening supplies.

Grasshoppers in Your Garden?

Grasshoppers in Your Garden?

Summer is when Grasshoppers can have a population explosion, decimating the yield in your garden with their constant eating. Fortunately there are several easy and natural ways to keep them away from your plants.

In this article I’ll be talking about organic methods of Grasshopper control that will also be beneficial to anyone growing a traditional garden.

Grasshoppers In Your Garden

1. Attract Insect-Eating Birds.

Bug eating birds can eat an unbelievable amount of grasshoppers in a day. And they’re simple to attract by just giving them someplace to perch.

Use trellises, posts and other upright structures to give birds a perch, this will help them feed more efficiently. Birds in the garden will be especially effective in early summer when they need to gather high protein food for their young.

2. Use a floating row cover.

Floating row covers are a light cloth that lets enough light through for plants to grow and creates a physical barrier insects can’t get through. Use some stakes or hoops to keep the row cover from touching the leaves, if it does touch the leaves insects might chew through the fabric to get to the plants.

A floating row cover is also useful in the early spring, it can protect your delicate plants from a light frost.

I have just given you two ways to control grasshoppers in your garden without having to use any kind of chemicals. These two methods are also inexpensive and have multiple uses. Both traditional and organic gardeners can put these methods to use.

Using methods to control grasshoppers is great if you have a good garden. But if you don’t enjoy all the digging, weeding and other kinds of work that come along with traditional gardening, there is a different method that requires far less work.

 

Click HTTP://SECRETSOFORGANICGARDENING.INFO if your interested in a simple, no digging and very little weeding method of growing a garden.

 

Brandon Wilkinson

Pests – pear midge maggots

In this imperfect world, there are many problems. Hey , you already knew that! In the context of tree fruit growing, there are many and various pests and diseases which (like the pear midge) can destroy your whole crop. I plan to put up a few videos about some of the more common problems. There is ethical and scientific controversy about how best to manage pest and disease problems. Basically there are 2 approaches-organic and conventional. There is some overlap, for example organic growers use some pesticides and conventional growers use methods like pheremone traps (for codling moth and plum maggot-I will deal with this later) which are ‘organic’ etc. This is a big debate and there is a lot of technical information and strong feelings. We need to stick to the facts and do more and better research, which IMHO should be government or not-for-profit foundation funded as big pharma will only research stuff it hopes to make money from, whereas the world needs cheap, safe, sustainable solutions to pests and diseases of food plants which don’t need too much high tech. I do NOT offer specific advice on how to control pests and diseases (not least for legal reasons) apart from study the facts, obey local laws, and SEVEN TIMES follow the instructions with any pesticides you use, but as a service to fellow fruit growers I share the information from my litle English orchard for what its worth. Anyone got any useful pest control information or resources, feel free to share it. Pear
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Top 5 Reasons to Go Organic

Top 5 Reasons to Go Organic

Picture yourself sitting down to a picnic of fresh strawberries, ripe juicy apples and a head of sweet crispy lettuce.

You are 3 feet away from a scenic lake overlooking lush greens, the weather is perfect and you are ready for an afternoon feast.

A man with a gas mask comes along, and first he sprays the strawberries, apples and lettuce with a layer of pesticides, followed by a layer of fungicide, and finally a layer of “edible” wax.

Then he rinses the fruits and vegetables with some water, and offers them back to you.

Do you still desire to eat them?

This illustration is a bit dramatic, but in actual fact, that is what’s happening in conventional farms today.

Farmers who have lost regard for the wellness of soil, environment, and quality of crops, are focused only on yield maximization.

And thus, many conventional fruits and vegetables are grown with artificial fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides.

Can this lead to suicide for the human population if it carries on?

1) Organic Produces Are More Nutritious
It has been proven repeatedly that organically grown produces contain more vitamins and nutrients. Why? Because crops reflect the health of the soil they are grown in, they are more cared for using natural means (instead of chemical fertillizers).

2) Harmful Pesticides/Insecticides
Why does organic farming require more heart and effort? Because the farmers need to “coax” the soil back into fertility mode, as well as protect the crops without the use of harmful pesticides.

If a pesticide spray can kill bugs and keep them away, what can it do to us?

3) Possible Toxicity of Fruits And Vegetables Grown On Chemical-Laden Land
Harmful substances from chemically damaged soil will leech into the crops grown on them. When we consume these, we eat all that in as well.

For conventional crops, we don’t know what was the land used for previously. It could have been a dumping ground for many years and some harmful chemicals may still be embedded in the soil.

4) Demand Determines Supply
If we shun organic produces completely because of the price, we are just sliding down the slippery slope. We are actually voting with every dollar we spend in the market.

Do we want to continue to be caught in this predicament?

Or do we want to make a choice right now to claim what belongs to us – the right to eat non-toxic, natural and nutrient dense foods.

5) Global Shift
We have advanced nations, state-of-the-art buildings and incredible technology developments today.

But what is the sustenance of life? Are all these going to keep us alive if our soil is so damaged one day that it can’t even grow an apple tree?

Its cool to have an I-Phone from Apple; but its real apples which can keep us alive.

We are making a decision with every action we take, or don’t take everyday. Let’s make a choice today which will benefit our children, ourselves and most importantly, Mother Earth!

(C)Copyright 2008, Linda Loo

Linda has always been passionate about the Science of Nutrition for beauty, weight-loss, energy & longevity. She is also a successful Raw Foodist & Certified Raw Food Chef and is ever so delighted to share this gift of knowledge with fellow health enthusiasts! Visit http://rawfoodlifestyles.com/ for more free juicy information on how you can eat your way to a flawless complexion, a sexy body, AND abundant energy now!

Advantages of Using Organic Graden Fertilizer in Your Garden

Advantages of Using Organic Graden Fertilizer in Your Garden

The synthetic and the chemical fertilizers most people use today is only a modern invention. Before this invention people used organic garden fertilizer in their farms. And even before people got the idea to use a fertilizer, plants depended on their falling leaves and other matter as compost. Chemical fertilizers may have had instant and unbelievable returns but now the health hazards a chemically modified foods poses is a fact. So many people are switching back to the healthier choice for fertilizers.

Chemical fertilizers are now found out to affect the human body and as well as the ecosystem. Organic fertilizers are much more economical and are definitely safer than their synthetic counterparts. While a synthetic fertilizer may give instant results, organic ones give long-lasting ones which also protect the environment, especially the soil.

Organic fertilizers are better for the gardens in the house as it helps both the plant to grow and prevents the side effects that maybe caused by a chemical one. Organic fertilizers are available almost everywhere where gardening supplies are sold.

Organic fertilizers are very cheap compared to the chemical ones as it mainly made from kitchen and animal waste. The expensive chemical ones may give impressive initial results but it damages the soil and the plant in the long run.

Chemical fertilizers need to carefully sprayed and coming in contact directly is dangerous to health. It also robs the fertile soil of its nutrients and making it useless after regular usage. Organic fertilizers do not pose any of these harms.

They do not cause any damage to the human or the plant. Organic fertilizers also help soil which has been leeched by chemical fertilizers to regain its lost nutrients. Organic fertilizers are mostly insoluble and the plant absorbs the nutrients gradually thus effecting for a longer time.

Organic sea-weed fertilizer helps the plant to grow and yield better. Switching to an organic garden fertilizer is a better idea as it would make the vegetables healthier and so making the people who consume it healthy as well.

Clint Sidney is a gardening enthusiast and enjoys giving information about Organic Garden Fertilizer. You can learn more about gardening at GreatGardener.eHelpshome.com.

Eating Organic is Important

Eating Organic is Important

Having a diet high in fruits and vegetables is very important for optimal health, there’s no denying that. The question is; are all fruits and vegetables created equal? More specifically are non-organic products equal to their organic counterparts? The answer is no. But what is lacking in these non-organic foods that makes them an inferior food source?  What are the benefits to eating organically grown foods?

Obviously choosing any fresh fruits and vegetables over prepackaged processed foods will result in a diet higher in the vitamins and minerals that are so crucial to a healthy life, there is now denying that, but you’re still missing out and in a big way. The truth is not only are you getting less of the health benefit as typically advertised by food manufacturers, but you’re also getting more than you bargained for…and not in a good way!

As with most any successful business, profit is the driving force behind its existence, and the produce companies that supply your local grocery stores are no exception. So in order to make more you have to sell more, to more people. And in order to sell more you have to produce more, but how do you do that? This is accomplished with scientifically engineered fertilizers meant to replenish the soil for more frequent harvesting. The problem is the driving force behind these fertilizers is profit (more crops), and not what’s best for the land. This constant depletion of key nutrients from the soil leads to an inferior crop, which is more susceptible to disease. So how is this rectified? By heavily spraying these crops with pesticides. Unfortunately this is not healthy for the person eating it.

Only it doesn’t stop there. In order to get the crops to the masses they must be harvested prematurely which means they’re not getting all of the nutrients from the plant as they should. So how then do you sell an under ripened inferior product? You spray them with dyes and waxes to make them look desirable to the consumer; once again not healthy for the person eating them.

You wouldn’t knowingly buy green oranges, green “red delicious” apples, or any other significantly under ripened food, but the truth is you probably are. Most of the oranges, apples, peppers, tomatoes, and other heavily sprayed produce that fill the shelves at your local grocery store are an under developed over engineered version of what nature intended. So when you’re standing in the produce aisle trying to decide what to buy, do the healthy thing and buy organic when possible.

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Living with allergies can be difficult, some harder than others. Being allergic to both soy and dairy, I know this first hand. So with the hopes of educating others, I have created a very informative blog with a focus on living soy and dairy free, while maintaining a healthy diet. My belief in natural healing and natural cures is the driving force behind my desire to be as healthy as I can be…body and mind.

Keep Your Soil Healthy: Use Natural Organic Fertiliser

Keep Your Soil Healthy: Use Natural Organic Fertiliser

The soil is the most important component of gardening. This is why it is important to know how to look after your soil when planning to put up your own organic garden at home. The better the quality of the soil, the more likely that you will be successful in growing organic fruits and vegetables, which is why it is recommended that you use natural organic fertiliser like fish fertiliser and seaweed fertiliser.

Guaranteeing the good condition of the soil is not complicated at all. You just have to remember some simple guidelines and you can be sure that your soil will always be in the best shape for growing plants. The first thing to keep in mind is to avoid stepping on the soil on which you are planning to plant or have already planted seeds. You might think it is harmless to the soil, but stepping on it actually stresses it, which in turn may cause it to impede the growth of the plants. You should remember that as much as possible, you should walk around the planted area to avoid damaging it and harming the planted seed. Also, ask you relatives and friends who visit your organic garden to not step on the planted areas.

Another way of looking after your soil is to be careful when digging. While it is an essential step in gardening, digging need not be done in such a stressful and nearly destructive way. Be cautious as you dig the soil, especially when there is already a seed planted in the area next to where you are digging. Make sure that you do not dig too deep or too shallow in order for the plants to grow perfectly. Also, do not dig or step on the soil when it is wet as it needs to drain properly to ensure the better growth of plants.

As mentioned earlier, using a natural organic fertiliser is also one way of ensuring that your soil will be as healthy as can be. Organic seaweed fertiliser and all natural fish fertiliser can be bought from specialty gardening shops. Check the instructions in using such fertilisers and follow them carefully. Never put an excess amount of fertilizer in your soil, even if it is organic, because it will surely have an effect on the growth of the plants. Possible negative effects might manifest on the grown plants if you put too much organic fertiliser in the soil.

Sunlight is needed by growing plans in making food or photosynthesis. Despite this, the soil does not need to be too exposed to the sun’s rays. It is advisable to protect the soil from the harmful heat of the sun as well as from excessive rain as these may harm the soil, with the latter making it prone to erosion.

It is really easy to learn the simple ways on how to look after your soil; most of these only need common sense and determination. Employ the said methods in order to have a wonderful organic garden. So the next time you plant a fruit or vegetable, be mindful of your actions, especially those that involve touching the soil. Never abuse it; instead, keep it well nourished for the benefit of the growing plants. Don’t forget to allocate part of your budget for the purchase of natural organic fertiliser, and make it a point to only buy high quality fish fertiliser or seaweed fertiliser from your trusted vendors.

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