For Earth Day: Reclaiming Our Suburban Deserts

Piedmont Gardener

Native dogwoods provide fruits beloved by many species of wildlife. Native dogwoods provide fruits beloved by many species of wildlife.

Some days, I confess, I weep for our Earth. Perhaps I am a sentimental tree-hugger, but I know that my sentiment is based on science; I mourn for what mankind is losing. Among the degrees I’ve earned (I have three), is a master’s in environmental management from Duke University. My study focus was southeastern ecology and environmental resource management.

Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to take my words seriously on this day when we celebrate our home planet.

Humanity’s time on the Earth has often been marked by turmoil and destruction. And throughout history, mankind has taken whatever it could from our planet – minerals, oil, diamonds, and now, more than ever, trees.

People who do not understand ecology, who do not know the difference between an oak and a maple, a loblolly and a…

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Organic Soil Improvement

Permaculture New England NSW

Article posted with permission from Green Harvest

Green Harvest is a family owned and operated Australian mail order business that has been trading since 1992. It started out simply from a desire to share their passion for organic gardening and permaculture.

They were the first organically certified seed supplier with BFA – ACO in Australia. Their website is the most comprehensive source in Australia (and possibly the world) of both organic gardening products and information on organic growing.

Green Harvest aim to make it easier for Australians to live in healthy, natural homes with a garden full of nutritious, chemical-free vegetables and fruit.

Improving Your Soil Organically by Frances Michaels ©

Healthy soils are a complex web of life, teeming with earthworms, beneficial fungi and bacteria. They smell good and are moist and crumbly. Roots are able to penetrate easily, deep into the soil. Plants growing in healthy soils have fewer pest and…

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Fewer aphids in organic crop fields / Greater biodiversity in organic crop fields

ClinicalNews.Org

Organic Vegetable Boxes Organic Vegetable Boxes (Photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos)

The researchers found five times as many plant species and 20 times more types of pollinating insects in the 15 organic crop fields included in the study than they did in conventional fields.

Public release date: 13-Jul-2011

Farmers who spray insecticides against aphids as a preventative measure only achieve a short-term effect with this method. In the long term, their fields will end up with even more aphids than untreated fields. This has been reported by researchers at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg in the scientific journal PLoS One.

What’s the status of the biodiversity in differently managed triticale fields? This is what the biologists at the Department of Animal Ecology & Tropical Biology wanted to find out. Triticale is a cross between wheat and rye. The cultivation of this crop is on the rise across the globe, because it delivers good…

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