Each and each day, giant quantities of nephrotoxic chemicals area unit poured into the soil of countless backyards round the world. By whom? By countless un-informed, unsuspecting, ill-informed and affirmative, even uncaring curtilage gardeners. How? By growing plants in home gardens. additional specifically, by mistreatment commercially factory-made, chemical and organic fertilizers to reinforce the expansion of plants in home gardens.
Gardening has always been a popular backyard activity and its appeal has increased dramatically in recent years. This increase in the number of home gardens is unfortunately, accompanied by an increase in the use of commercially manufactured fertilizers and the needless wasting of millions of gallons of water.
Yes, most of the environmental threat still comes from the large commercial gardeners, but an increasingly significant portion of it is coming from personal, home gardens. And that means that you can reverse this trend and make a positive difference by changing your current gardening practices.
Many of the commercial gardeners are doing it, and you can use the same tactics to help your own garden, and reduce its impact on the environment.
Reduce your use of commercial fertilizers
Before you apply any fertilizers to your garden, or your yard, you should test your soil. A soil test, even a basic one, will tell you which nutrients are present in your soil, and at what level. A basic soil test will also tell you the acidity level of your soil. This is important because even though a particular nutrient is present in your soil, it may be unavailable to your plants if your soil pH is outside a certain range.
You can perform this test on your own by purchasing and using one of the inexpensive testing kits available online, or locally at most lawn and garden centers. You can also use the services of your county extension office to get your soil tested. This will usually result in a more detailed analysis of your soil, and some specific recommendations for adjusting and improving your soils condition.
Read and follow your fertilizer product instructions and recommendations
Knowing how much fertilizer to apply and when to apply it is important information for you to consider. In fact, it is essential that you read and follow the manufacturers recommendations for the amount needed and the appropriate timing of your fertilizer applications.
Applying too much fertilizer, the wrong formulation of fertilizer, or applying fertilizer at the wrong time can cause serious health risks to you and your plants, and create an additional burden on our already overburdened environment.
Avoid unnecessary watering
One effect of the misuse or misapplication of commercial fertilizers is plant dehydration. In an attempt to remedy this effect, many home gardeners over-water their gardens. This is wasted water, and it is unhealthy water, for both you and the environment.
Unfortunately, water is not an an antidote for fertilizer-poisoned plants. Water will not make your plants healthy again, some may even die. Those that live will not produce, or will produce a product full of chemical or nutrient toxins. And that is not good for you or the environment.
Where does all the excess water go? It goes into the soil and eventually into the groundwater, and with it goes a majority of the fertilizer residue containing those same chemical and nutrient toxins. From the groundwater system, it will make its way to the creeks, streams, rivers and lakes, and poison you and all of the other marine, plant and animal life on the planet.
Practice green gardening; protect yourself, your plants and the environment
Green gardening is a modern approach to organic gardening. It effectively combines the “natural” elements of organic gardening with the “conserve and replenish” elements of the green movement.
To that end, green gardening uses more naturally created, organic materials in place of commercially manufactured, chemical and organic fertilizers to foster healthy plant development and growth.
Naturally created, organic materials such as home-made, or home-grown compost and mulch add nutrients to soil in a more natural way and over a more relaxed and beneficial time frame. Liberal amounts of natural, organic compost and mulch applied on top of your garden soil and around plants helps to conserve water by retaining moisture in the soil and promotes a healthy environment for beneficial insects and microbes.
Since the chemicals and nutrients produced are used and replenished in a more natural cycle, there is virtually no risk of them accumulating to toxic levels. And therefore, little or no risk to you, your plants or the environment. Green gardening really is a modern approach to organic gardening!