Micro Greens – A Simple Way To Grow Your Own Indoor Garden

Winter is right around the corner and most outdoor gardening projects will have to stop until the spring gets here. In the meantime, you can try growing some of the micro green plants indoors, which does not require much space. You can start a micro green plantation right on your windowsill.   What is micro green plantation? Micro greenplantation is the process of growing tiny green herbs or vegetables in small containers mostly indoors when the conditions are not suitable for outdoor gardening. You can grow some of your favorite herbs and vegetables in a cost effective way that provides you a supply of green food which is healthy for you. Micro greens are ideal for all year round gardening Not only for the winter, but micro green plantation is beneficial for all year round. You are able to plant the micro green plants anywhere in the house or outdoors. Starting a micro green plantation does not require a whole lot of money and the benefits are plenty. You are able to save on your grocery bills, as well as get essential nutrition for you.  You are also able to mix several types of micro green seeds that will add variety to your diet. It is a great idea to have a steady supply of salads through the cold months of winter. You are also able to harvest some of the most useful plants all year long, which are not only healthy but also cost effective for you, and not to mention the freshness of the plants which you get form your micro garden.   What can you grow...

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...

Aquacultured Fish Farming From Home Aquariums & Fish Tanks

Fish is a great source of protein for us, especially the rich omega 3, a fatty acid that has been linked to weight loss solutions, cholesterol control and reducing the risks of heart diseases. The recent population growth and decrease in the wild fish population has caused a shortage of fish supply in the market, and therefore, growing your own fish at home could benefit you. Through aquaculture, you can grow not only fish but also many kind of aquatic organisms, that  can be grown and raised at home using fish tanks or aquariums for a fresh supply of protein rich food. We have already discussed how you can grow plants or aquatic plants at home from your home garden or pots that can supply you organic food and fresh vegetables and fruits. Now, along with herbs, you can grow your own fish at home and prepare a complete home grown meal right from your home based farm. The concept of aquafarming is not new. People all around world have used this technique for many years and have grown food right at home. Through careful and controlled farming, there is possibility of growing a good supply of food at home, enough to feed a family of four for months. The types of fish and other organism that you can grow will depend on your eating habits. Fish farm and vegetable garden Salad and fish go together very well. You can also grow them together. A better technique for growing both fish and vegetables from your home based fish tank can include a circulating water system, a system commonly known...

Global Food Waste – How To Minimize Waste

Food is one of the basic necessities of humans. Without food no living things, including humans, are able to survive. So food is not only the basic necessity of humans and other living things, but it is also essential for sustainability of society. Therefore, it is vital to produce of sufficient food to feed the world. The storage and distribution of food is equally important. One of the major issues associated with food consumption among humans is the wastage of food. It is estimated that about 50% of the food produced in the United States is wasted. Which means about 2 billion tons of food produced never reach the human stomachs due to storage, bad practice of harvesting, transportation and market and consumption wastage, in the USA alone. It is also estimated that about 40% of all household food is wasted, which is over 165 billion dollars worth of food which could easily feed several other families for years. There are also other resources associated with wasted food, such as energy, water, fertilizers and land, which is also wasted.  So, when food stuff goes to waste, it becomes a serious wastage of resources, which has a long term negative global impact. As the population is increasing; there will be more mouths to feed. United Nations estimates that by 2075 the human population in the world will peak to a 9.5 billion, meaning there will be 3 billion more mouths to feed globally. The demand for water for cooking could reach up to 10-13 trillion cubic meters annually.  We will also face other consequences associated with this added population. We...

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...

The Benefits Of Choosing Food Made From Organic Ingredients

It has often been debated if we should eat foods only made from organic farming methods? Is it harmful to eat food from conventional farms? Would we benefit from eating organic food only? And so on. However, it is not always simple to answer all these questions with straight answers. Yet, we may look into what organic food is, what the organic ingredients are and how it differs from the conventional methods of growing food.   What is organic food? Organic food is grown with natural farming methods without using any synthetic ingredients, chemicals for fertilization, pesticides, or any other methods of GMO (genetically modified organism). The organic food is also not processed with any synthetic chemicals, additives or preservatives. In an organic farm some methods of pest control and fertilization are used, which are also natural and without synthetic chemicals. The soil is prepared through all natural fertilizers, the plants and animals are also grown in natural organic methods without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. They are fed organic food and raised naturally.   The green revolution The organic movement started in the early 40s and 50s in response to the rapid industrialization of agriculture, and it became known as the Green Movement.  Countries like USA, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany and many other developed countries regulate the organic farming so that the producers of organic food follow proper guidelines and regulations in order to market their food as organic. The term organic farming derived from a book by Lord Northbourne, published in 1930, where he coined the term “organic farming” out of his notion of “the...