How to make the Simplest Organic Manure

If you think organic farming is expensive, you could not be more wrong. You can make your own power packed organic manure by just using what you consider as trash that needs to be thrown away. With the magic manure, you can produce without much cost or effort is actually powerful to transform any wasteland like desert or landfill or a mining site into a fertile Eden where you can grow food crops. The soil additive is absolutely inexpensive and has no chemical ingredient in it.

It is so simple that you might actually find this funny. You take any porous rock you can find in the neighborhood, add organic waste you find from your kitchen including chicken manure, vegetable peels, leftover food and so on and so forth, mix it all together and you have an amazing soil additive manure ready to prep your wasteland. The addition of a porous rock will enable a controlled release of nutrients while regulating the water supply efficiently. You will see for yourself that in no time the crops will bloom and ripen.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge recently found that the addition of this bio manure would help transform even places loaded with coal waste and metal residues. They found that the yield of those grown in coal waste with added bio manure was higher than from those grown in coal waste with added chemical fertilizers. The chemical elements found in the coal waste get ionized by the bio manure and releases growth nutrients beneficial for the plants. Adding this mixture to the soil will boost the growth of microorganisms responsible for nitrification, a process necessary for plant nutrition.

 

Shifting Agriculture: An Organic Way of Farming

8c711974e913f614503989c5292f5a8eOne must wonder how land will stay fertile while doing organic farming no major chemical fertilizers is used. There are many methods to maintain the soil fertility without subjecting the land to exposure to chemicals and other harmful treatments. Shifting Agriculture is one interesting system of agriculture which will benefit the soil fertility. In this method, a plot of land is prepared and cultivated for a short time. Once the crop is harvested, instead of tilling and cultivating the same land with a different crop, the plot is left abandoned for a while. Slowly the land will revert to its natural vegetation. Meanwhile the farmer would have moved on to cultivating in a different plot of land.

The shifting agriculture method often uses the slash and burn method as a way of land clearing. Like the method name suggests, once you cultivate the yield from the plot, you slash whatever rest is standing. The only things left out would be stumps and large trees. Once everything is chopped down, it is burned so that the resultant ash will lie there to enrich the soil again. It is also interesting to note that to cultivate in a plot of land using this method, a hoe or a digging stick is utilized instead of a regular plow.

Shifting agriculture is considered to be an optimal way to maintain the quality of the soil without having to use any fertilizers. The important step is to not exhaust the fertility of the soil beyond certain limit. In this method, the land is abandoned to replenish its fertility after a short period of cultivation.

How Pesticides are Slowly Killing Rural India

Rural India is faciorganic farming, organic farmer, organic farming benefitsng deadly diseases or death itself, thanks to the residue of harmful chemicals like Endosulphan in the soil and water. This often happens wherever these chemicals are used as pesticides or fertilizers in farmlands. The residue is even affecting the babies who are not yet born. The seeds of cancer, kidney malfunction and nervous disorders are already sown even before life begins.  Researches done by the European Union proves that pesticides used on fruits, vegetables and cereals can have extremely harmful effect on fetuses and young kids.

Children with long term exposure to pesticides might develop serious shortcomings with brain development. This fate often reaches the children of poor farmers in rural India more than any other children who do not have bigger risk of exposure to chemicals. Traces of lindane, heptachlor, benzene hexachloride, aldrin and endrin were found even in the breast milk of mothers in these regions. Pediatricians suggest that the toxic effects of pesticides will adversely affect the nervous systems in children. Exposure to pesticides is also considered to be a key reason to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorders in children.

The only possible way out to save our children is to promote and support organic farming. Studies conducted among school children proved that when the kids switched to organic produce, the effect was drastic and immediate in the urine samples collected. The level of pesticides were reduced considerably right after the shift to organic foods.

Pesticide exposure happens even in homes and public and private gardens where any form of chemical pest control is used. Pesticides can enter the body through lungs mouth and even skin. The saddest part is that the group most affected by pesticides is little children.

Living eco Friendly

ideas-organic-and-eco-friendly-products-my-green-living-ideas-768x894Whether you like it or not, it is a true fact that we are killing our planet little by little by exhausting the resources and abusing them selfishly. Global warming is not some stupid lingo crazy people blabber about. It is true and it is so close by. There are some very small steps through which anyone can contribute to help the planet survive better.

Use public transport: It is convenient to own a car, even better would be to own multiple cars, one each for each member of the family. You are rich; you can afford the petrol rates, so why bother, right? Even if you are paying for the petrol, the planet is paying the price for it. Make public transport your preferred way of commuting. Even better will be to use a bicycle to travel.

Reuse, reduce, recycle: Yes it is convenient to go for the plastic bag offered at the grocery shop. But it doesn’t hurt to carry a reusable fabric bag with you, does it? Buy less. Use stainless steel cutlery instead of the use and throw ones.

Eat Fresh: Buy fresh produce from local markets for preparing food. Avoid buying frozen or canned products. Opt for the seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of the packaged ones. Avoid eating packaged junk food and packaged drinking water.

Turn off the lights: Turn off all lights whenever they are not in use. Switch off computers whenever you are going away for a long while. The sleep mode for computers is not meant for a long three hour long break. Change the incandescent lights to energy saving cfl ones.

Give away: There might be a million people who might want to use your out of style cutlery or the nice sweaters which became tight for you. Make it a habit to give away the things you do not need to charity. Think twice before dumping things in the garbage.

Together we can save the planet.

Prevent Cancer with Colour Red

If simple steps likorganic foode eating certain coloured foods can protect you from getting a terminal disease like cancer, why should you stay away from it? It is true. Eating red coloured fruits and vegetables will considerable reduce your risk of cancer, says research institutions like the National Cancer Institute.

The phytochemicals like lycopene and antocyanins found in bright red or pink coloured fruits and vegetables will help the human body to stay healthy and fight cancer. Lycopene, the component found in watermelons and tomatoes are integral in reducing the risk of several kinds of cancer including the most common prostrate cancer. Including red fruits and vegetables rich in lycopene will reduce the risk of prostrate cancer in men considerably.

Fruits and vegetables like strawberries and beetroot contain the antioxidant called anthocyanins. They are helpful in controlling blood pressure. They are also helpful in protecting from diseases like diabetes.

Best sources of Lycopene 

  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Guava

Next time you make a thick tomato soup or a sause for your pasta, you are doing yourself a great favor. When you cut those watermelons and guavas, you are probably saving yourselves from the deadly disease.

Best sources of Anthocyanins

  1. Strawberries
  2. Rajma
  3. Beetroot
  4. Apples
  5. Onions

Relish on platefuls of rajma-chawal, be generous with the red onions you chop up for salads or curries. Eat as many strawberries as you can, for you will not know what all diseases you will be preventing while happily hogging on these delicious things. Happy eating to all!

Say No Genetically Modified (GM) Food

Agriculture has always been a revered occupation irrespective to the economic status and development of the country. The least of the technologies can be tried on this occupation as it deals with human food and hence any new expertise is hailed with great fanfare. This happened when pesticides cured the farmers off their ‘agri-ills’ for a short span only to make them realise the cons much later. This has happened now with the Genetically Modified (GM) food too. The United States of America greeted the culture and the GM technology, which though denied and debated stands much lower in its intrinsic value that the standard nature given organic food.

Does the sound of ‘engineered’ food make it palatable for you? This sect of food has not really been well-researched on humans and whatever little research has been done shows no dearth of worrisome facts.  Research claims GM food releases toxins that could possibly lead to liver and kidney damage. If you are allergic to any category of food then bid farewell to GM foods as studies reveal that they hike up the intensities of the existing allergies in the body. It has also shown signs of affecting the reproductive systems with disturbing fertility factors. GM foods have also shown startling proofs on lab tested animals of the lowered functionality of the digestive system.

When food is what gives life energy, would people want doubts and worrying research findings around it? History has shown that food is best when it is absolutely natural, when it is organic. Thus, eat natural; after all, there is nothing more important than the food your body relies on.

Go Organic, Invite Healthy Soils On Your Farms!

Organic farming has always been undIMG_0179er the scanner by the agricultural community at large. However, some truths are inevitably justified and empirical research cannot defy the strength in those facts. Amongst these, one such factuality is that organic farming is better for farm soil. First of all, which soil is qualified as good soil? Healthy soil can be defined as dynamic soil, soil which experiences increasing levels of carbon dioxide and a balanced moisture saturation level that augments sustainable land for crop production.

Old and new researches spanning over two decades show some supporting facts like soil treated organically by only composts and organic matter instead of chemical fertilizers and pesticides have been found to have higher carbon and nitrogen levels. These levels hover higher between ranges of 5% to 12% as the living microbes found are way more than on other standard model farm. The living microbe level is increasingly proportionate to the breathing capacity of the soil. Organic soil is more active by 71% than other chemically nurtured soil. The composted manure utilised in organic farming mitigates the carbon dehydration effects of the soil maintaining the desired moisture levels. Now, aren’t we talking healthier soil?

Taking a macro snapshot, the practice of organic farming helps reduce the ill effects of climate change too by fixing the carbon levels where they can be optimally utilised to produce better and more crops, the soil! Soil is the base of the entire crop production system, irrespective of the farming system in usage. Hence, give your soil a good life to give and get more life!

Grow Organic Vegetables at Home

Growing organic vegetables at home is not a big deal. If you are thinking you will need a plot of land to grow your own vegetables, you are wrong. Your terrace or your balcony is sufficient to do organic farming at home. You will eat healthy and experience a feeling of joy to see the fruits of your labour.

For those who are already into gardening, this is just the next step. Those are trying their hands for the first time can start with a few pots in the balcony. Mint, coriander and chilies are easy to grow and a beginner can start with these in a few pots in the balcony.  Moreover, these plants grow very fast and this fact will motivate you to grow more healthy vegetables. When you will develop a green thumb, you can try other vegetables.

When you start your own organic farming, ensure that the place gets abundant sunlight the area is free from seepage and leakages. Make compost with the skins of fruits and vegetables you eat and mix this with the soil. You can use dried cow dung as manure. Mustard cakes can also be used as manure. Make organic anti-pest solutions at home. You can do this by boiling neem or tobacco in water. Spray this solution on the plants to keep pests and bugs away. Onion, garlic and dry chili can also work as pest controller. Burn these vegetables near your farming area. The smoke will keep pests and bugs at bay.

Now don’t you think growing organic vegetables at home is easy?

What is the Distinctive Characteristic of Organic Farming?

The unique characteristic of organic farming that distinguishes it from other forms of farming is Polyculture.  While conventional farming methods employ mass production of only one crop on a given piece of land (also termed as monoculture), organic farming uses the concept of polyculture. In this method two or more varieties of crops are grown on the same land; this is supposed to increase the cost factor of the farming method while also increasing the health benefits of the plant food. Growing together different varieties of crops is known to boost the number of beneficial insect and the microorganisms found in the soil. However, polyculturing the land requires correct knowledge and expertise to handle multiple varieties of crops at one go.

While polyculture requires plenty of hard work and close detailing, it has any advantages as well that cannot be found in monoculture.

  1. The wide varieties of crops used in polyculture makes the plants less sensitive to the plant diseases. In fact, a study in China supports this theory as it revealed that adopting the method of polyculture in a rice field boosted the output of rice by 89% since there was a sharp downfall (almost 94%) in the diseases that further decreased the amount of pesticides used.
  2. The diverse range of crops used in the field helps increase the biodiversity in the air and soil since it lends the environment favorable for the existence of different species. Polyculture is a great way of increasing biodiversity in the local environment especially since the insects and microorganisms perform the function of natural pesticides.

 

What are Some of the Best Ways of Doing Organic Farming

Organic farming makes use of all the best practices that are available in this day of modern technology; these include traditional farming practices that make use of the natural ways of growing food. In organic farming, farmers are dissuaded from using chemical pesticides as well as synthetic fertilizers that are water soluble; they can make use of only natural pesticides (that are completely free from chemicals) as well as fertilizers that are completely natural. Plants, especially those meant for consumption, require pesticides and fertilizers for their growth and quality, and while organic farming recognizes this, it also rationalizes the use of only natural products for growing food plants.

What are the Methods used in Organic Farming?

Farmers who use organic farming for growing food combine centuries old farming practices with scientific knowledge and modern technology to produce food that is all-natural in its composition. The four main things that are used for organic farming are mechanical cultivation, green manures and compost, crop rotation ad natural pest control. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that organic farming relies heavily on the unrefined and agrestal means that take longer time to complete since they involve the all-natural approach.

An important feature of organic farming that helps with maintenance of ecology is crop diversity that involves growing different varieties of crops in the same place. This method helps sustain different species of benign and useful insects, naturally occurring microorganisms found in the soil as well as other components that are beneficial for the complete health and growth of the plant.