Organic Gardening, Rain Barrel & Composting Information
Basic facts - Growing an organic garden on your patio, deck or
in your yard. Resource links for organic seeds.
Information on composting and the use of rain barrels to collect rainwater for gardening use.
Why Practice Organic Gardening?
As we all know the protection of our planet earth has become a big concern for some people. Even if you are not one of those people I know that if
you try to do things the natural way you will find an improvement in your
quality of life.
Man made chemicals have been proven to cause disease and
injury to humans and animals alike. On this web page, we hope to offer you the
information and resources you need to grow a garden that is earth friendly. This
garden will also be friendly to you and yours as people that come into contact
with it will not be harmed. Gardens flourished across the earth without these
chemicals for centuries. Here we plan to discuss options for an organic or green
garden patio model. We will provide information and resources to help you
grow a green garden.
As the years pass we are bombarded with more and more chemicals from various
sources. Imagine the amount of chemicals that the children will be exposed
to by the time they are grown. How will this affect them? I think you can
imagine the answer to that question.
Remember, the largest polluters in the world are households. So why
don't we take a look at alternatives for our gardening now.
The Basics of Organic Gardening - Your Soil
|Organic gardening is a little more than just not using chemicals or
non organic fertilizers on your garden. An organic gardener should
take consider his/her garden as part of the bigger picture in nature and
life itself. In other words, your plants are part of the whole
planet and what you do to them and to grow them affects the whole
planet. Things to consider:
Soil - To have a good organic soil you must add to it on a
regular basis. What do you add? You add what mother nature
would add and that is organic matter or compost. Compost is
readily available to everyone as it consists of natural waste matter
that we all use every day. Some examples are fall leaves, grass
clippings, and vegetable scraps from the kitchen. There is a little more
to composting than just adding these things to the soil and because time
is usually a factor you may want to visit these sights for information
on how to compost efficiently:
- http://howtocompost.org/ - Did you know that you can have a
compost operation in your apartment? Worm composting or
vermicomposting is an efficient and eco-friendly way to make
your own compost indoors or out. This site covers this and all other
types of composting.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composting - This article has
good information on the different types of composting with
For those of you with room this composter listed below is the way to
go. Just click on the banner and take a look at this popular
composter from a reliable company.
The Basics of Organic Gardening - What You Plant
|Choices in Plants - It is very important to try
and grow plant species that are native to your area or are able to grow
in the climate that you live in. Choosing plants that are not
acclimated to your growing area or site will cause that plant to have to
be "subsidized". You will not be able to grow this plant without
special attention and that will take valuable resources and time.
You will also stand the risk of losing this plant. For information
on different plants, grasses and where to grow check out these sites:|
Your Local Extension Agency is a very good place for information on
gardening and other agricultural matters.
Many Extension Agencies have web sites full of information or you can call or visit their
offices to request information.
|It should not be news to anyone that the planet is
entering and in some areas in a water crisis. Some countries are
reporting record low rainfall levels. Most of the water
consumption on our planet comes from agriculture. You may say that
you are not a large scale farmer so this does not have any thing to do
with your garden. If so, you are wrong water shortages are the responsibility
of any and everyone.|
So how can you help with the water crisis in your
garden patio venture? Well it is very simple actually the ancient
practice of using rain
barrels. It is really simple to collect rainwater in barrels as it comes off your
roof. Not only is this better on your plants (minimal chemicals in the
water) rain barrels actually collect water that would otherwise be
wasted and put it where the water is actually needed on the plants that
grow in your garden patio.
Of course you should be sure that your roof contains no harmful
chemicals or materials that you do not want in vegetables and herbs.
Remember this water will be used for the times that you do not have
sufficient rain for your plants so there will be some storage time for
the water and that is where the properly designed rain barrel comes in.
Rain barrels may be purchased or you may build your own. In the
resources for this section we provide links for both. Please find below and to
your right some
examples of rain barrels.
To the left here we have the traditional
wooden rain barrel. The picture to the right is an example of a
rain barrel that one may purchase. As promised here is a
excellent link on building your own rain barrel.
Make Your Own Rain Barrel
provided by the city of
Bremerton, WA this is one of the most concise sites on rain
barrel building I have seen and they have downloadable
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