Thursday, June 16, 2011

Organic Gardening

-- Quote of the Day --

“The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming   
- whose hands reach into the ground and sprout – 
to him, the soil is a divine drug. 
He enters into death yearly, and comes back rejoicing. 
He has seen the light lie down and in the dawn leap and rise again in the corn. 
His thought passes along the row ends like a mole.
What a miraculous seed he has swallowed. 
That the unending sentence of his love flows out of his mouth 
like a vine clinging in the sunlight 
and like water descending in the dark.” 

 - The Man Born To Farming

 -- Gardening Consciously --

I found in the back of one of our file folders a newspaper page my  late mother had cut out back in May ’99 from the Agri Digest Newspaper - and I thought the information it contained was so powerful that I just had to share it with you today.

In this one article it said that Canadians composted over 1,650,000 tons of organic materials in ’98 – which was a 23.5% increase over the previous two years (97 and 98).

One member of the composting Council of Canada was quoted as saying 30-50 % of Canada’s waste stream is compostable organics.

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So as a nation we can automatically and instantly reduce up to half of the landfill and waste related pollutions, and also the fuel spent in transporting city waste to the landfill. And the cool thing is we can do this today. However, there are issues with this ranging from infrastructure to deciding how and where the finished composted product – humus – is delivered. 

Finding a demand for the finished product isn't as difficult as it might first appear. Surrounding cities will want it for their planting and park areas, citizens will want it for their gardens, while nurseries and landscape industries will want to utilize the resource as well. But most importantly the local farmers will want to have access to this valuable resource for several reasons – it reduces soil erosion while creating very healthy fertile soil,  and this also reduces the farmers dependence on fertilizers and pesticides. By adding compost to our soil, gardeners and farmers also have less moisture loss and have healthier, robust, nutrient-rich crops.

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