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Gardening

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One of the benefits of gardening is not only growing your own food, but also knowing how it is grown.  You are in control of the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and you can insure that your food was grown in a sustainable fashion.  Here are some tips for Organic Pest Control.


Check out the University of Missouri Organic Vegetable Gardening Techniques.


The Farmers Almanac Growing Guides are a great resource for gardening information.


Another benefit of gardening is having good quality food to eat. Often gardens produce enough food so that extra needs to be stored for future consumption. Check out the University of Maine Food Preservation website.


Having a home or community garden is a great way to use sustainable, organic practices to produce food for yourself and others.  Gardening, as well as lawn care, is where you can realize the benefits of composting (see our Composting page).  Adding your finished compost to the soil will increase the amount of organic matter, which increases the ability of the soil to hold both nutrients and water.  Using compost can reduce the need for fertilizers, and it is also useful for protecting new plants.


Rain barrels, or other means of collecting rainwater to be used in your garden at a later time, are beneficial for preventing or minimizing run-off.  Collecting rainwater for use in lawn irrigation will also reduce city water consumption.  Runoff from roofs or other possibly polluted surfaces should not be used on plants intended for consumption; instead, use this water for grass and non-fruiting trees.

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