Basics Of Growing Sweet Corn In Your Backyard Or Small Garden

Sweet corn is a vegetable that everyone loves. You can eat sweet corn in variety of ways. It can be eaten right off the plants. You can also prepare several food items with them including corn soup, and in combination of other vegetables such as beans or sweet peas. Sweet corn is a good source of rich crabs, vitamins and minerals and when eaten with peas or beans, which are rich in amino acids, it makes a great balanced meal. It can also be added to salads, pasta or rice or beef stews to make a delicious meal. Sweet corn is usually a summer time crop and needs plenty of sunshine to grow. The plants are also tall and might not be suitable for indoor gardening or backyard greenhouse gardening if you try to grow the traditional sweet corn. There are however certain kinds of sweet corn that can be grown in a green house in your backyard, and the crops will be sweeter than any corn you will buy at the supermarket. If you have a sunny plot in your backyard, you may try to grow Sweet Symphony, Kandy Korn Silver or Queen in your backyard. If you want to grow them indoors, you need to keep them under a bright lamp where they receive plenty of heat. It is also important to have good flow of air because the corn plants pollinate through wind. Planting Sweet Corns To grow corn in your backyard, you need to prepare the soil with good supply of manure and compost. Spring is the best season for planting seeds. If you prepare...

Aquaponic Farming – A New Way Of Agriculture To Feed The Hungry Planet

The need for food to feed the planet is growing every day, and there is no simple solution for addressing this problem. To add insult to injury, the world is also going through climatic changes, environmental disturbances and also shortages of resources. On top of that, there are several political unrest and global issues that also affect us all. We are all suffering from the crisis of having fewer amounts of food, energy resources, and sustainable livestock. Although there seems to be no perfect solution to address all the global problems and shortages of food, the ancient methods of producing more food and yielding more crops through aquaponics can be a great way to increase the amount food production globally. Aquaponics, which is also known as Hydroponics, is a technique of growing plants on water through a steady supply of nutrients through a pump or flow of solutions. Growing food through aquaponic agriculture does not require great amount of land or resources, and can be a great solution for sustainable agriculture. There are great new methods of aquaculture that can increase the amount of food to feed our planet, and can be especially profitable in places where water and transporting other resources for agriculture such as heavy machinery, and fertilizers may be costly. Transportation costs for farmers can be an added burden which can be easily avoided. The Aquaponic techniques of farming are not to be taken lightly. A single container farm can produce enough food to support a family of several people for a year. Just imagine how much families can save on food by growing simple produce...

Organic Aquaculture

It’s no secret that consumers are becoming interested in organic foods.  Concerns over disease, GMOs, pollution and contaminants are causing a bigger demand for sustainable, organic, nature friendly alternatives.  However, it may be surprising to know that in 2007, organic aquaculture accounted for just 0.1% of total aquaculture.  There has been a rapid increase in this figure since then, but there are still massive hurdles that need to be jumped before the industry can have organic certification as accurate and reliable as agricultural produce. Currently, seafood is the only major food industry that has insufficient organic standards, or in some cases, lacks them completely. Although aquaponics was addressed from the agricultural perspective, The U.S. did not propose any standards specific to aquaculture until 2008. Canada didn’t set theirs until 2010, but the contradictions between the two countries create an even bigger headache for importers and marketers.  That hasn’t stopped anybody from selling “organic” fish, however.  “Organic” salmon has been on supermarket shelves since the early 2000’s, years before the U.S. even put any standards in place.  According the the USDA, that is not their problem.  As long as they don’t put a USDA organic label on it or imply that it meets U.S. standards, no rules are broken. The main problem lies in the fact that in order to have a certified organic animal, you have to feed that animal organic food too.  Since it is impossible to know what fish eat in nature, wild fish are unable to get certification.  The only other option lies in land based aquaculture.  However, until organic alternatives to fish meal, and fish...

Introduction to Indoor Sustainable Ag 101

Next week is an exciting one for us here at Nourish The Planet – we are teaching our the first session of Intro to Indoor Sustainable Ag to a group of very interested Ecopreneurs!  We will be exploring the whys and hows of aquaponics, aquaculture, indoor growing and more.  Sad you can’t make it?  Check back – we are offering the course again in the fall! In the mean time, check out http://www.ntpeducation.com and register to participate in five, hour long, LIVE webinars, with difference makers in Sustainable Agriculture.  You’ll be able to participate alongside our students as they learn from leaders like Travis Hughey, Sylvia Bernstein, and Richard...

Aquaponics TedXTalk

Check out this TedXTalk about Aquaponics by Charlie Price from Aquaponics UK. They also talk about the benefits of using Black Soldier Flies for composting too! Also, check out Nourish the Planet’s partner The Center for Sustainable Aquaponics. You can like the Center for Sustainable Aquaponics on facebook too at the Center for Sustainable Aquaponic’s Facebook...