Sustainable Pest Control Methods For Agriculture And Farming

Controlling pest in the farms is very important because they can damage your crops and reduce production. Some insects and parasites can live in the body of plants and animals feeding on them and causing diseases. They are not only annoying but they can also cause several fatal diseases and deprive the plant and animals of essential nutrients that they need for normal growth. Fortunately, you don’t need to run to your local farm supply store to get a bottle of pesticide containing chemicals anymore for your indoor or backyard garden. You have safer and more eco-friendly methods of pest control available and most of the stuff is available in your kitchen pantry already. There are sustainable ways of getting rid of these insects and parasites, without using harsh chemicals, and some of the easy methods of getting rid of these creepy crawlers include using common household products that you can find around the house. Soapy water: spray plants or animals with soapy water. It will get rid of mites, and aphids.   Beer: Beer is not only for drinking. Your pests like beer too. You can make an effective trap for snail or slugs with beer, and prevent them from eating leaves of your plants.   Garlic: garlic has a strong odor that can repel most common bugs. Placing garlic close to your home garden can repel several harmful insects.   Pepper spray: make a solution with soap water, red chili pepper or black pepper. Spray it on your plants to get rid of spiders.   Nicotine spray: make a solution by taking one cup of dried tobacco...

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...

Lessons of Earth Day: Living Earth Day Everyday

For many people Earth Day is the one day of the year that people stop and think about the environment. They may plant a tree or vow to start recycling. Earth Day is the launching point for many a great project or pledge to help the earth. However with the state of our environment, thinking about what you can do to help decrease your environmental impact only once a year simply isn’t good enough. As citizens of this beautiful planet we need to think about our actions and their effects more than once a year. So this year instead of planting a tree (or better yet in addition to), pledge to live Earth Day every day. To help gauge your impact on the earth please visit the link below to see what your environmental footprint is and what steps you can take to improve it!...

Blog Highlights from 10/1/12 to 10/5/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Debating the Facts on ‘Green Energy’ – Andrew C. Revkin gives you the facts and fact check surrounding the presidential candidate’s brief mention of green energy. Intern Profile: Lauren Staley – Meet our newest Fisheries Intern, Lauren Staley! Video: Dramatic Fall in Great Barrier Reef Coral Cover – Scientists are scrambling to decide the best course of action to help the Great Barrier Reef weather multiple sources of environmental stress. UK Scientists Developing Autonomous Flying Honey Bee Robots! – Could this be the solution to the Zombie Bee epidemic? A Tug of War Over Solar Tariffs – The U.S. case against cheap Chinese subsidized solar panels had its final hearing at the International Trade Commission this week. Urban Farming for Cynics – If urban farming isn’t the solution, then what is it? Pesticide Use Proliferating With GMO Crops, Study Warns – The combination of pesticides and GMO seeds have created “superweeds” resistant to both. What does this mean for our health? Why is it So Hard For Pandas to Get Pregnant? – With wild Panda populations decreasing, captive breeding programs may be their best bet. However it certainly isn’t as easy as it looks… Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Blog Highlights from 9/3/12 to 9/7/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Mexico: Urban Farming Takes Hold – In Mexico City, in one of the worlds most polluted cities, urban farming is becoming popular. Obama and Romney Weigh in on Science Questions – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth brings you Obama and Romney’s answers to the Science Debate Initiate’s questions. Lebanon’s cedar trees threatened by climate change – Due to warming temperatures and low snow fall, Lebanon’s cedar trees may not be able to naturally regenerate. Gulf Oil Spill Remnants From Hurricane Isaac Wash Up Years After Disaster – Post Hurricane Issac, the ugly long term effects of the Gulf oil spill show themselves. McDonalds to Open All-Vegetarian Location in India – No more Big Mac’s? McDonalds is adapting to tap into India’s predominate vegetarian market. As Arenas Go Green, Will Fans Follow? – Sporting events consume vast amounts of resources, but lately many have been working to cut back and raise public visibility of sustainability and environmental protection. 35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading for the Stars – After 35 years exploring the our solar system, Voyager is heading out into the Milky Way! Elon Musk’s electric dreams of sun-powered cars – Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk makes his case for why he thinks solar is the future. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...