Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

Most people out there are now aware of the meaning of holistic lawn care and holistic weed control, nonetheless, for the few ones who may still find it a bit difficult to understand, holistic weed control is the control of weed organically, naturally or without the use of any harmful chemicals. Organic weed control comes with a number of benefits which include the safety of the household and the environment as a whole.

Holistic lawn care is quickly growing into a trend for big companies and home owners who are beginning to understand the repercussions of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Tests have continued to show that chemicals have dire consequences. These chemicals are harmful to our children, our pets and the environment as a whole especially when used for long periods of time. Continue reading Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

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Urban gardening during lockdown not going well? Here’s how to save dying plants!

Have you left your plants unattended since a few days out of sheer laziness (blame it on the quarantine), or has your interest in plants waned because there haven’t been any flowers blossoming? Chances are, the sun, water, and a little effort on your part might still revive them. Plants are hardier than we think, and there is a special joy in seeing wilting plants thrive. Here’s how to save dying plants.

Using the reparo charm

If you see limp stems and drooping leaves, immediately water the plant deeply. That is, pour water gently from all sides, until you see it seeping out from the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. This ensures that all parts of the roots will receive their share of water. Now, focus on the soil. The top layer has probably hardened from the harsh summer sun. Grab a large spoon or a shovel, and dig up the top layer. Be careful not to damage the roots. Give the tilled soil a good mix, and if you have any compost lying around, this is the time to add it to the soil. Pat down the soil with the spoon and place the pot in a partially sunny spot. Water the plants everyday–early in the morning or late evening.

READ THE FULL STORY: https://elle.in/article/how-to-save-dying-plants/

Growing Mainstream: How Gardeners are Becoming the New Influencers

When Timothy Hammond decided to document his gardening adventures on Instagram, he thought he might attract a few like-minded people who shared his passion for growing food.

Over the past two years, the urban gardener has gradually established a loyal fan base that’s exceeded his expectations for what he considered a hobby account.

But it wasn’t until the pandemic hit that he saw engagement increase at an overwhelming pace.  Hammond has gained more than 10,000 new followers in just the last six weeks, as more people have started thinking about growing their own food.

“People are being forced to take a step back and look at their food system,” he says.

READ THE WHOLE STORY: https://modernfarmer.com/2020/05/growing-mainstream-how-gardeners-are-becoming-the-new-influencers/

It’s hot to be green: How urban gardening is taking over

The city and the countryside haven’t always seen eye to eye. In fact, the world’s greatest cities define themselves as everything rural areas can’t – vibrant, dynamic, bursting with energy and forward-thinking. But now, millions of urbanites are reconsidering. Greening the city has become an obsession for planners and apartment dwellers alike. But what does it mean for your life? Let’s take a look.

How cities are launching a green revolution

The last year or two have seen an acceleration in the greening of cities, with authorities, companies and individuals all making their mark.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2020/05/25/its-hot-to-be-green-how-urban-gardening-is-taking-over/

From floating islands to abandoned lots: urban gardening in Mexico

Urban gardening is nothing new in Mexico. Lack of space and a growing population led to the invention of chinampas, artificial islands in the lake waters of ancient Mexico City. Today, some of the islands still exist as productive farmland.

The modern concept of reclaiming urban space for agriculture has become popular in Mexico for many of the same reasons as other parts of the world – concerns about the environment, food quality and food availability. It started in the United States, with the victory gardens of World War II, but by the 1980s had spread worldwide.

Mexican urban agricultural organizations are also involved in issues related to genetically modified food, organic farming, food labeling and community building. More recently, Mexico has seen an upsurge of interest in gardening because of Covid-19.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/urban-gardening-in-mexico/

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

Photo: Bilal and Breonna Walker

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale.

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on Grafton, what was once a blight on the neighborhood will soon be a community garden providing access to healthy food options, urban gardening advocacy and sustainable education efforts for North Newark residents.

The project came about due to divine inspiration, according to the couple, who are practicing Muslims.

“There’s a saying that loosely goes, ‘If you plant a seed, and it grows and an animal or human benefits or eats from it, then you get that reward.’ That’s something I’ve been reflecting on for a very long time, and I’ve always thought about how I’d like to leave my mark on the world,” Bilal said.

The lot’s vibrant graffiti would always catch the couple’s eye, and so through the city’s Adopt a Lot program, the Walkers began their endeavor to bring grassroots sustainability to an underserved population. Through Jannah on Grafton, they’re setting a goal to provide 20 families locally grown produce and cushion their monthly food income.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/springfield/sections/other-nj-news/articles/this-newark-couple-is-transforming-a-vacant-lot-into-a-community-garden-4

Andover farmer works to feed many at urban garden

In Costello Park, the lonely farmer works his fields under the sun.

Thomas Paulsen, of Andover, holds the rototiller’s wide handlebars and plows the dark earth at the urban farm, the largest in a network of community gardens operated by Groundwork Lawrence.

Paulsen then rakes the beds, mounding rows for vegetable seedlings that will become food for Lawrence soup kitchens, pantries and farmers markets.

Ambulance and police sirens wail and cars rumble past, but the farmer hardly hears them. His attention is on readying fields.

In a typical year, schools, children and adults on professional service days would already have volunteered hundreds of hours readying this garden for the growing season.

READ THE FULL STORY: https://www.andovertownsman.com/news/local_news/andover-farmer-works-to-feed-many-at-urban-garden/article_e868683c-4d73-52b0-8103-f78c3f3eb075.html

What is Diatomaceous Earth and How Can You Use It In The Garden?

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring, soft sedimentary rock that is crumbled into a fine white powder. Wondering how you can use DE in your garden? Well, as a natural method of pest control!

DE works at killing insects because the microscopic particles are very sharp and as an insect crawls over it, it gets cut. DE also can stick to the insect causing it to dry out.

Diatomaceous Earth is completely NON-TOXIC! Because it harms insects physically, and not chemically, it is very safe for you and your garden. Just remember to wear a mask, to avoid breathing in the dust particles.

It is very effective against slugs, beetles, worms, fleas, mites, spiders and MORE! Have you tried DE in your garden?

Learn more about ORANIC PEST CONTROL: https://www.seedsnow.com/blogs/news/natural-pest-control

The indoor farm revolution – NASA INSPIRED

NOTE FOR 2020 READERS: This is the eleventh in a series of open letters to the next century, now just 80 years away. The series asks: What will the world look like at the other end of our kids’ lives?

Dear 22nd Century,

For all the pain, grief and economic hardship the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has sown, a handful of green shoots seem to have taken root in its blighted soil.

Green being the operative word, because many of these developments could be a net positive for the planet. In lockdown, many of us are seeing what our cities look like without smog. Office workers are experiencing office life without the office; just last week, Twitter announced that most of its employees could work from home forever, while much of Manhattan is reportedly freaking out about what could happen to commercial real estate. Thousands of companies just discovered they can still function, and maybe even function better, when they don’t chain employees to desks or force them to make a soul-crushing, carbon-spewing commute 10 times a week.

READ THIS FULL ARTICLE: https://mashable.com/feature/indoor-garden-farming-grow-your-own-food/

Despite abrupt end to senior year, this student’s urban garden project has lasting impact

On March 13, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered schools closed in the interest of public safety. With the schoolhouse shuttered, many high school seniors are saying goodbye to their public school legacy without many commemorations. But one Norfolk Collegiate senior got to end the abrupt school year by celebrating pollinators and the native plants that support them. Just before the official state lockdown, Carson Giocondo gathered a handful of volunteers on a cold and rainy morning for planting at the newly improved kayak launch on 44th Street in Norfolk.

I spoke with Giocondo about his motivations for the project.

“I’ve always been interested in animals and wanted to be able to share that with the community,” he said. “I wanted to use what I learned about pollinators and ecological services.”

Giocondo, whose mother is an avid gardener, concocted the plans for a pollinator garden. He also understood increasing plant material at the site would help filter stormwater runoff from Colley Avenue and provide habitat for many species of wildlife.

READ THE ENTIRE STORY: https://www.pilotonline.com/life/vp-db-allissa-bunner-in-full-bloom-leap-44-street-051620-20200516-k5ifpl76xjgjliurr5buis4qki-story.html

Gardening boosts your mood as much as some types of exercise, study finds

In recent weeks, public health experts have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could have a devastating effect on mental health. In the United States, rates of anxiety and depression are rising. Dread and confusion pervade everyday life.

From a mental health standpoint, strict lockdown rules mean that many of the activities we derive joy and purpose from — socializing with friends, exercise, attending church — are difficult or downright impossible to do. But a new study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning finds that there’s one surprisingly mood-boosting activity we can do even if we’re locked up alone at home: tending a small garden.

The study shows that gardening boosts people’s moods by as much as some common types of exercise, like cycling and walking. That boost is available whether it is done alone or with others, on a city balcony or in a suburban lawn, and it seems to be particularly strong for women and low-income people. And while all types of gardening were shown to be beneficial to mental health, people who grow their own food seem to take particular joy in tending to their plants.

READ THE FULL STORY: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/15/gardening-boosts-your-mood-much-some-types-exercise-study-finds/