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3 Tips for Eco Friendly Gardening

Eco Friendly Gardening

3 Tips for Eco Friendly Gardening

Its the beginning of a new year so lets talk about three ways eco friendly ways to improve your home garden.

Most of us want to improve our environment. Well that saying Think Globally and act

Eco Friendly Gardening

Eco Friendly Gardening Tips

Locally, comes into play here. So lets all think about environmental sustainability as we plan for our 2017 garden. While we’re talking about the new year, remember gardening burns about 250 calories an hour. So plan on spending a lot of time in your garden this year.

Improve Soil Quality Sustainably

Soil quality is at the heart of every home garden and each year we should think about how to improve the soil. Two environmentally friendly ways to improve soil are compost and biofertilizers. These are two gardening supplies that should not be overlooked.

There are a number good places to find out how to produce your own compost, Here’s one. Ultimately, using compost helps the soil by adding organic matter. By producing your own compost, you add organic nutrients to the soil out of waste products that would have ended up in the landfill, helping on one.

Secondly, use biofertilizers to help improve your soil. Biofertilizers are discussed at length on this website, but ultimately they help plants get the most out of existing soil nutrients. Between using compost and using biofertilizers, most gardens have no need to add traditional fertilizers. This is not only environmentally an friendly way to garden, but it is also a sustainable and sensible way to garden.

Eliminate the Use of Chemical Insecticides

When you eliminate the use of chemical insecticides, natural insect predators will return to your garden. The natural predators will take care of many of your insect problems. If you have a specific pest problem try use an eco friendly pesticide like soap, or biologicals.

Select Appropriate Plants

The idea to select appropriate plants is often overlooked. Every area has plants that thrive in the local climate conditions. Selecting these plants, will reduce the need to over care for your plants. This reduces your stress, as well as increases the potential for success in your home garden.

Ok, these are my tips for eco friendly gardening. I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts about your environmentally friendly garden.

Custom Biologicals manufactures and distributes a number of biofertilizers for gardening, farming and agriculture.

How Organic Farming will Save Us All

How Organic Farming will Save Us All

 

I ran into this organic farming article online and thought I would discuss it here. The idea is  that we need to get rid of our outdated notions of organic farming.

Yes, organic farming takes more effort and the willingness to try new strategies. But sustainable farming has upside as it produces a more desirable crop and tends to be more organic farmingprofitable.

Many of use want foods that don’t have potentially harmful chemicals. Yet the reality of this is that food costs go up and strategic planning by the farmer is critical. And yes, there is more labor by the farmer as well. The good news is that there tends to be more profit at the end of the day.

If there is a stereotype of the organic farmer it’s that they spend their days wrapped in droopy clothes made of hemp and burlap, becoming one with nature while foraging for chanterelles. Yet the reality of many organic farmers couldn’t be further from the truth. For those serious about agriculture free of synthetic chemicals, farming is a complex system that requires endless days of laborious work, with the potential to yield lucrative results.

Managing soils from year to year is also important in organic farming. The quote below is well spoken ” The goal is every year your soil is better than it was the year before.

This can be achieved in a few ways including using biological soil amendments, cover crops, and no-till soil strategies. Almost any soil problems can be overcome with some solid planning and a multiple year plan.

Well-managed, nutrient-dense soils are the guiding light to finding success in self-sustaining, organic agriculture. “It’s not just something that can be done for 10 years or 100 years until the soil is exhausted,” says Preston. “The goal is every year your soil is better than it was the year before.”

A link to the full article is below.

How organic farming will save us all – if we can throw away our antiquated notions of what it means

Claudia McNeilly, Special to National Post

Link to full article. 

Custom Biologicals manufactures a wide variety of products for use in organic farming and organic gardening supplies.

Sustainable Farming in Latin America

Sustainable Farming in Latin America

Coffee farms that use sustainable farming techniques are becoming habitats for various species of wildlife. Using tags on the endangered species like the Columbian night Monkey, has shown that they come out of the trees at night and feed on the edges of coffee farms.

All in all the researchers found 12 species living in the coffee fields.

Sustainable Farming in Latin America Preserves Wildlife Habitat

Latin American farms that grow coffee and bananas in an environmentally sustainable manner are serving as biological corridors and even habitat for various species of wildlife, according to a new report by the Rainforest Alliance.

The study, presented in Costa Rica, found that a range of wild species are living on Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee farms, including the vulnerable Colombian night monkey.

The organization’s communications manager for Latin America, Milagro Espinoza, told Efe that practically all of the region’s RA-certified coffee farms are inhabited by wildlife.

The RA also has documented cases of wild species living on banana farms in Costa Rica.

“The standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, the tool used in the Rainforest Alliance certification process, include the protection of wild areas as part of their guidelines,” she said.

“That measure has led the coffee farms to become a refuge option or corridor for birds that have been seeing their nesting or migration areas disappear,” Espinoza said.

Colombia is a special case because of the presence in that country of the Colombian night monkey.

“It’s rare to spot night monkeys because they are nocturnal and live in trees,” Deanna Newsom, a senior evaluation and research analyst for the Rainforest Alliance, said.

“By placing tags with a radio signal on a group of Colombian night monkeys, we discovered that they spend almost as much time feeding at the coffee farms under dense shade as in the rainforest,” she added.

Researchers found 12 different species living on coffee farms in Colombia, including the kinkajou, or honey bear; bushy-tailed olingo; and the South American coati.

To obtain the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, farmers must comply with a set a standards that protect the environment and promote the rights and wellbeing of workers, their families and their communities.

 

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