Posts Tagged ‘green gardening’

Insect-Repellent Fabric Treatment Is It Enough

Have you done any research on insect-repellent fabric treatment? I’m curious about what’s involved in production and whether it does indeed work.http://www.purpleturtle.co.uk/acatalog/Protective_Clothing_and_Fabric_Treatment.html
Answer
The active ingredient in this clothing won’t protect exposed skin from insects, although you’ll likely sustain fewer bites through your clothing. And while it may prevent ticks from crawling on your clothes and then on to you, the clothes won’t keep ticks from jumping onto exposed heads, necks, arms or feet.
Here is something else that will help at least you wont have to get it on your skin. Clips onto belt, purse.
Effective Protection Within minutes, OFF! Clip-OnTM repellent provides personal protection from mosquitoes. If you move, allow a few minutes for the unit to rebuild its protection. Protects against mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus
No Skin Application Unlike ordinary personal repellents, OFF! Clip-OnTM repellent provides mosquito protection without putting anything on your skin.
Fan Powered The quiet, battery-powered fan circulates repellent all around you. Batteries are included.
Odorless OFF! Clip-OnTM repellent uses an active ingredient with no scent. Johnson S.c. & Sons 70318 Here are some other safe solutions MQ7 – Personal Mosquito Repellent Lotion
Liquid Repellent for Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Flies & More
Safe for yards, parks, ball fields, golf courses, gardens and more. Mixed and applied as directed Mosquito Barrier repels mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies, and gnats. It is also a deterrent for animals such as; armadillos, deer, field mice, geese and rabbits. All Natural & Safe:
Mosquito Barrier is a very strong liquid garlic extract (over 99% garlic juice). It comes from a special variety of garlic which is many times more potent than the type found in grocery stores. Using liquid garlic as a repellent is not new, it has been used by master gardeners and farmers for many generations.
What Makes Mosquito Barrier the Best In Mosquito Control?
Mosquito Barrier Liquid Repellent is made in the USA.
All natural, biodegradable ingredients with no poisons.
Effective for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies, gnats and other insects.
Use it safely on grass, turf, gardens, trees, flowers, vegetables, vines and more.
Safe to use around children, pets, fish, birds, bees and food products.
Properly mixed, 1 quart of concentrate covers 1.25 acres of grass or turf.
Properly mixed, 1 gallon of concentrate covers 5 acres of grass or turf.
Kills adult mosquitoes on contact, kills larvae in standing water.
Made in the USA.
Download the Mosquito Barrier Product Brochure (PDF)

Mosquito Barrier – Liquid Spray Repellent – 1 Quart, For Grassy Areas; Yards, Parks, Athletic Fields And Golf Courses, Keeps Away ticks, fleas, gnats, fire ants and black flies for nearly a month

Bug Off! Kids Biting Insect Repelling Wrist Band – 1 ea

Gardening Compost Is Your Soil’s Main Source of Food

That’s right… organic gardening compost is food for your soil. Using many different ingredients in your compost will supply and replenish all the important nutrients that your soil needs for healthy crop growth and increase insect pest resistance.
Making your own organic gardening compost will also help reduce unnecessary garden waste going to landfills! (Nice benefit in this age of “waste”), and it’s much better to create your own fertilizer instead of throwing away perfectly good organic material. Compost will significantly save you money on expensive fertilizers as well.
Free Organic Gardening Compost eBook!

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Dragonfly Vertical Farm concept by Vincent Callebaut

Dragonfly Vertical FarmAmidst financial buildings and high-rise apartments, Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has redefined the conventional skyscraper. His 132 story complex for the south edge of Roosevelt Island addresses the pressing need for environmental and ecological sustainability. This conceptual design focuses on creating a completely self-sustaining organism that not only utilizes solar, wind, and water energies, but also addresses the pending food shortage problem.
The Article: http://www.archdaily.com/22969/dragonfly-vertical-farm-concept-by-vincent-callebaut/

Organic gardening with lady bugs

I’m trying to grow a garden for the first time and want to keep away from insecticides.Gardening organically isn’t just gardening without chemicals. You, the gardener, must work with nature to develop an ecosystem in your garden. What does that mean?
Learn about and encourage healthy bugs like ladybugs, lacewings, and other predatory insects to come into your garden and feed on your pests. You can do this by planting fennel, dill, allyssum, ammi majus, and cumin.
Help your soil feed your plants. Add as much organic matter as you can in order to feed soil organisms. These organisms will break down organic matter and will eventually feed your plants. Try to make your own compost. Not only does compost nourish the soil, making it reduces kitchen and garden waste immensely!
Finally, learn to tolerate a little bit of damage by insects here and there. If you wipe out all your pests, what will the ladybugs feed on?
Of all the insects in the garden, the ladybug is probably the most easily recognized. Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybirds, are a gardener’s best friend. Not only do they feed on insect pests, especially aphids, but their bright coloring also brings cheer into the garden.
Attracting them into your garden requires some planning and but can help immensely with your pest control. However, if you just don’t have the space to plant the types of plants that ladybugs like, releasing commercially bought ladybugs can help you clean up infested plants while you work to establish your own population.
Sometimes, there just isn’t enough room in the garden to have ladybug-attracting plants or you or your neighbor may have been over diligent with the pest control. In certain circumstances, purchasing ladybugs can help to control a severe problem or help a population become established.
Scientists have found that indoor-reared ladybugs fail to find their own food when released outside so the majority of commercially available ladybugs are collected from the wild. Before releasing them into the garden, here are a few tips to help ensure that they stay where you want them:
Only release ladybugs after sun down or before sun-up. Ladybugs navigate by the sun and in the evenings & early mornings, they tend to stay put.
Pre-water the area where you are releasing them. Not only will the ladybugs appreciate the drink, free-moisture on the leaves helps the ladybugs to “stick” to plants.
In the warm months, it helps to chill the ladybugs in the fridge before releasing them. Ladybugs tend to crawl more than fly in colder temperatures and the overnight stay in the fridge won’t harm them in anyway.. 1500 Live LadyBugs

Benefits of Compost and its Effects on Soils and Plants

The art of composting has been part of our global culture since ancient times. The basic principles are quite simple, and adhering to them will result in an efficient and successful outcome. Studies have shown that home composting can divert an average of 700 lbs. of material per household per year from the waste stream. Municipal composting carries a greater environmental cost, but not nearly as high as if leaf and yard waste are disposed of by conventional means. Composting is an excellent way to avoid both wasting useful, natural resources and creating environmental problems, while at the same time producing a high quality and inexpensive soil amendment.


Composting is the transformation of organic material (plant matter) through decomposition into a soil-like material called compost. Invertebrates (insects and earthworms), and microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) help in transforming the material into compost. Composting is a natural form of recycling, which continually occurs in nature.

An ancient practice, composting is mentioned in the Bible several times and can be traced to Marcus Cato, a farmer and scientist who lived in Rome 2,000 years ago. Cato viewed compost as the fundamental soil enhancer, essential for maintaining fertile and productive agricultural land. He stated that all food and animal wastes should be composted before being added to the soil. By the 19th century in America, most farmers and agricultural writers knew about composting.

Today there are several different reasons why composting remains an invaluable practice. Yard and food wastes make up approximately 30% of the waste stream in the United States. Composting most of these waste streams would reduce the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) requiring disposal by almost one fourth, while at the same time provide a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Compost added to gardens improves soil structure, texture, aeration, and water retention. When mixed with compost, clay soils are lightened, and sandy soils retain water better. Mixing compost with soil also contributes to erosion control, soil fertility, proper pH balance, and healthy root development in plants.

http://www.howtocompost.org
Organic_recycling_composting_documents.pdf

Organic Gardening With Rabbbit Manure By:Thomas Husnik


cool-rabitsRabbit Manure is an ideal fertilizer plus soil builder in any garden. Unlike the manure from some creatures, rabbit “pellets” don’t smell much, and as long as they’re collected and kept dry they can even be sprinkled around plants, or in pots, by hand with ease. Whereas some manures have to be aged so they’re not harmful to the garden, rabbit manure can be used fresh.
Pellets courtesy of Smokey and Cinnamon This is Smokey. Smokey is a cute holland lop rabbit who lives in a rabbit hutch right in my personal garden along with another lop. The picture makes it look like she only has one eye, but that’s just a trick of the camera. This little bunny provides company when I’m out there, eats all the vegetables I decide to scrap, and has saved me tons on importing fertilizer.
Other ways to apply rabbit manure is to create a “pellet tea” where you let the pellets soak in a bucket of water and then just water them in. You can use your favorite fertilizer spreading garden attachment since they’ll break up under enough water pressure. You could also just add it to your compost heap so it winds up in the general mix.

Rabbit Manure is a bit harder to find, at least in cities, than cow manure. You may have to track down a local famer with rabbits and offer to clean out the rabbit cage. If you want it for free you could also keep a pet rabbit in a rabbit cage (usually referred to as a rabbit hutch) and collect the pellets every day. Amazingly, a single rabbit can produce several pounds worth of pellets each year, and this can go quite far, replacing a need to import bags of manure at high prices from garden centers. Many of the rabbits purchased as Easter pets will never live to see their first birthday. Some will die from neglect, while others will be abandoned in local parks or left at animal shelters.

About 13 bunnies are currently at the Manhattan Animal Care & Control shelter, and dozens more are in local foster homes, waiting to be adopted. So if you like organic gardening and you like rabbits you could have a nice green garden, and save a rabbits life. http://www.rabbit.org