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Community Gardening Is The Food Source of the Future

April 21, 2016

Here at growing food, growing community, we advocate making your own food. Not only do you save a lot of money over buying your groceries in a store, you also know exactly what you put on them. You know there are no pesticides, unless you use them of course, or any other chemicals on your food. You can rest assured that you and your family are not being poisoned.

community gardening two gardeners and a plant

Gardening together as a community

Also, most people will agree that the vegetables, fruits and herbs you raise yourself simply taste much better than the ones you buy in a store.Not jst the vegetables. The tea too. I always take my ceramic lidded travel mug with me wherever I go and these days, it is filled with tea leaves that I have grown myself.

That takes care of the growing food part of the equation, but what about the growing community part? Well, not only do we advocate growing your own food, we advocate growing food for the whole community. There is even an association dedicated to this.

Perhaps your family grows potatoes and corn. Another family will grow apples and something else. A third family will grow yet other things. This way, everybody gets everything they need.

It would be impossible for each family to grow all the fruits, vegetables and herbs they consume. But if everyone grows a few things only, and grows them well, and then shares amongst each other, it works. You could even exchange the foods for money, in which case you would basically have a community-wide farmers garden.

Easier though, is putting all the food together and rationing it out amongst the families, at least the ones who want each individual item of food. Learn much more about community gardens if you’re interested.

community garden outdoors in small town

A small town community garden

One of the biggest participants in this would be the local schools. Not only can they grow a huge portion of the town’s food supply, since they have a lot of students to use as labor, the process of planting their own food is also a great educational tool for the students. Knowing where food comes from is important, especially in today’s convenience- based society.

It is also important for students to see the benefits of growing their own food, and more than that, growing it organically. They need to see that there are alternatives to supermarket food. More importantly, they need to see that there are alternatives to the overly processed food sold so heavily in our supermarkets today.

What does your community currently do? Does it have any kind of growing programs like this? Do the local schools teach students about organic gardening? A lot of schools say they don’t have the land to do this and they might be right. I say use some of the land appropriated for the various sports as a garden. Sports are completely unimportant, but learning how to sustain ourselves on this overpopulated planet is vital.

Even if there is no space outdoors, there are always going to be unused rooms at schools. And if not at schools, somewhere in the community there will be plenty of unused indoor space. Why not grow your food indoors in an indoor garden? You can use a hydroponic system or a regular soil system, but growing food indoors saves a lot of space and it means you can grow year-round.

Yes, you’ll need to spend money on grow lights and, if you choose to go with the modern LED grow lights, this can be a bit expensive. But you do save money in the long run over HPS grow lights, since the LED ones use far less electricity. Fluorescent lights are another option but only if you have a small garden and if you’re growing for the whole community you probably don’t.

And this is not just for schools. Even for individual families, we also recommend growing indoors. You can grow larger plants outdoors and then move the small plants indoors. Grow your herbs in your indoor garden and maybe some smaller vegetables as well.

If few want to get a program this this started in your community, but don’t know how to begin, get in touch with us. Or get in touch with your local gardening group. Either they or we will be very happy to help you set up a program like this. We also found this helpful checklist for getting a gardening program going in your local community.

We know how important it is to the survival of the human race and each community that does their own gardening like this gets us one step closer to saving our planet. Grow your own food, grow it indoors, grow it outdoors, grow it wherever, just grow it. Stop buying it.

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Advantages of Hydroponic Cultivation

March 15, 2016

Hydroponics has several positive aspects, and it is used globally, especially for the production of food, but also for different elaborate crops: it is, for all intents and purposes, a recognized part of agronomy. It is even used for the tea I use to fill my ceramic mug. The advantages of  aquaculture are detailed in the following statements.

  1. It is not required to use soil. Hydroponic cultivation can be implemented even in areas unfavorable in terms of climate or soil conditions.
  2. Administration of vitamins occurs in a controlled environment, so you cannot experience the waste associated with the actual spreading of fertilizers on the soil, where some can be washed aside by rain or made unavailable simply by chemical reactions. This results even in the absence of pollution for the environment and to the flaps. Similarly, you do not go through the deficiencies sometimes associated with crops in the ground, where some nutrients may be seen in limited amounts.
  3. Since the water could be reused within the system, water requirements for the crops are greatly reduced. In some instances, you could save up to 70-80% in terms of water usage. This allows you to build in areas that are particularly dried out, and save on the costs of irrigation.
  4. Attacks by parasites, viruses, and pathogens that normally have a home in the soil are minimized; in the case of disease, it is easier to intervene with all the treatments for plant protection.
  5. The presence involving herbs and weed is virtually zero, and this eliminates the need for using herbicides.
  6. The yields are high and stable, and can be from 2 to 8 times greater than the regular growth on your lawn.
  7. Cultivation can be carried out throughout every season because you grow under controlled conditions, and thus get rid of the seasonal specifications of the plant species. You can also grow completely inside a grow tent.

Among the downsides of hydroponics, we first mention the fragility of the program. Since plants do not have their roots in the soil but are completely dependent on artificial sustenance, any difficulty to the technical system can cause rapid death of the crops. The high level of moisture associated with hydroponics, moreover, favors the development associated with fungal diseases such as wilt.


The techniques of hydroponic cultivation

The particular nutrients used in hydroponics cultivation techniques (also known as hydroponics ) are dissolved in water, and is represented by ions (positively charged) and cations (negative) as

  • calcium (Ca ++ )
  • magnesium (Mg ++ )
  • potassium (K + )
  • nitrate (NO 3 – )
  • sulfate (SO 2 – )
  • dihydrogen phosphate (H 2 PO 4 – )


Typically, the solution is added in addition several essential micronutrients such as

  • cast-iron
  • manganese
  • copper
  • zinc
  • chlorine
  • nickel
  • boron

Very useful are the chelating brokers, which maintain the iron in the remedy, making it available to plants, and nutrients such as amino acids and vitamins that can be directly consumed by the plant roots, stimulating emergence and fruit enlargement.get more facts at http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35098045

As plants digest nutrients dissolved in the water might result in changes in the pH of the solution, which can then become more acid (low pH) or alkaline (high pH). It is, therefore, advisable to check constantly the values of pH and the concentration involving nutrients to avoid way too sharp fluctuations compared to optimal levels.

In addition to these parameters, the conductivity and particular electrical parameters related to the move (flow and timing) must be kept under control. It is recommended to measure the pH at least once a day, and especially right after giving nutrients that may alter the idea.

organic hydroponic vegetable farming

Organic hydroponic vegetable cultivation farm.

The hydroponic solutions can be bought ready-made from the manufacturers and most gardening stores: it is formulated concentrates that are dissolved in the water following the instructions on the recording label

A a good DIY solution is for you to resort to the use of some software for free (see link at the bottom of page). Even without owning large chemical knowledge, hydroponics enthusiasts may make use of these programs, created by professional chemists to prepare in their home hydroponic alternatives best suited to their plants.