organicWhen Spring arrives, you may feel the urge to get your hands dirty in the garden. Or maybe you look at your neighbor’s garden each day and envy it. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to start a garden but don’t know where to start. This is the right place. Gardening isn’t about passion, but the commitment and desire to achieve your objectives. It can be fun and can be considered as a hobby. All in all we all need healthy food at the end of the day. So we must plant and tender for our plants so that we can harvest sufficient productivity.

                                          “You Reap What You Sow!”

Jessica Jessica
Hi there.

Tanya Tanya
What are you doing here?.

Dr. Halls Dr. Halls
Farming.
Tanya Tanya
No no no… Wait, you quit your job to embrace gardening? Jessica, are you mad?

Tyler Tyler
Gardening is currently the future of our nation.

Betty Betty
Yes, gardening is the future of those who fail in school work.


 
 
garden6 garden3This site was initially established in mid 2009 and operated through to late 2012. The site was then dropped. Luckily it seems that there is someone who found it beneficial and decided to reconstruct the site to serve its visitors who seek to know more about gardening and especially eco-friendly gardening. The website is being re-modelled to offer great info on environment conservation and sustainability while gardening.

There are great places where you can travel and visit some of the best gardens as well as great tips to help you improve your home garden and enhance its productivity.

 

Megan Megan
I love Eco-tourism.

Betty Betty
But you are poor and can visit any place.

 

Tanya Tanya
Maybe he wants to learn more about setting up botanic gardens which are eco-friendly and will eventually attract visitors.

Betty Betty
But the site is still under construction.

Tyler Tyler
There some published posts which are still available.

Gretchen Gretchen
Of course they have great info.


 
 

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Care and Maintenance of a Botanic Garden

After establishing a garden, you’ll need to nurture your plants for high productivity by providing all essential activities and resources involved in the crops’ stage of growth. These include, watering, mulching, staking etc

garden6i. Watering.
Sufficient water is needed to support the life of the plants and encourage growth and also to enable the absorption and use the minerals and other nutrients in the soil by your crops. This ensure that maximum benefits are reaped from the crops. To achieve this, irrigation can be adopted as a supplement to rain water.

For sufficient watering, you need to have the details of the crops and the water requirements as well as the type of soil for your garden and its ability to retain water. You should not over water your crops.
You may need to loosen soil around the crops stem to encourage faster absorption of water. Use of mulch on the soil surface can helps in water retention because it reduces evaporation & soil erosion.

ii. Provide support to plants.
The use of plant supports such as tepees, A-frame. Trellises and stakes have several benefits which include:

 Optimizes the exposure of plant to sunlight.
 Enables proper & efficient air circulation in the garden.
 Makes other activities such as weeding or pruning easier to undertake.
 Enables to optimal use of space available in the garden.
 
iii. Control weeds.
organic weedingWeeds bring unnecessary competition for water, sunlight and nutrients that your crops need for better productivity.
They also harbor and create habitats for insects, pest and disease to thrive. It is therefore important to weed your garden regularly and in particular at the early stage of your growing season.

iv. Get rid of dying/rotting/dead plants in your garden such as weeds which have pulled out, plant leaves which are dying and plant stalks which are rotting. This is because such plants can harbor pest and disease.

v. Control pest and diseases.
This can be achieved by use of disinfected tools & implements. You can also use pest sprays and fumes to get rid of pest in your garden.

vi. Harvest crops when ready.

When your crops ripen, harvest then and then remove the harvested plants from the garden. If the harvested plants have not been infected by any disease, use them in compost.

Tips to Help you Plan and Establish an Eco-friendly Garden

Understanding Factors Which Contribute to Environment Sustainability.

garden3An eco-friendly garden can be quiet tedious to establish and nurture .There must be proper prior planning and decision making on the best crops/vegetables to grow. The planning involves the best site for proper sunlight exposure and then boils down to the garden design.
These tips will be of great importance:

landscape1. Understand climate & landscape.

These enable the exposure of your crops to sunlight as well as the absorption and retention of water and minerals from the soil. You therefore should consider situating your garden in a good landscape with favorable climatic conditions for better productivity and yields of your crop.

2. Think organic.

From start you should plant and nurture organic crops. You can achieve this by sprouting your own seeds which are healthy and of good quality. Choose crops which are drought-tolerant, perennial, disease resistant and easy to care and maintain.

3. Use a unique design and layout.

While the design for a garden is an ongoing process with different rules which are not mandatory to be observed, you should incorporate a design which is appealing, beautiful and encourages the exchanges of nutrients between the crops e.g. mixing of different crops i.e. annual crops, perennial crops, trees, vegetables etc. You can also choose a theme for your garden e.g. a color scheme, a group of same crops or a unique style.

4. Maintenance of Garden.

garden5 garden4Gardening is an on-going activity which requires scheduled attention, regular monitoring, observation and care to nurture profitable crops.
Some activities which need to be undertaken to achieve this include planting, staking, weeding etc.
You will also realize that some crops will need more maintenance and care others, so proper scheduling should be observed.

5. Soil compatibility.

The soil of your garden should be of good texture and quality e.g. good water retention. The soil should also be able to support the plants naturally and possess right nutrients and minerals. If they lack, consider using organic manures to enhance the quality of the soil. You can also have the soil tested for pH and other compatibility with the plants you intend to grow.

6. Water conservation.

For a garden to be eco-friendly, any water used for irrigation should be optimized. You may opt to plant drought-resistant crops so as to minimize use of water in irrigation.

7. Abide with heritage.

An eco-friendly garden should observe and reflect the broad sense of historic importance and cultural significance of the surrounding. This means that the garden should incorporate a theme or style which mimics or matches the surroundings.

8. Garden tools.

Plan and decide on tools and implements which are affordable and wont hurt crops or cause any form environments degradation e.g. do not use tools which may loosen soil to an extent of promoting erosion.

Establishing an Eco-friendly Botanic Garden

Need for Sustainability in Gardening.

gardenSensitization and awareness on environment conservation and sustainability has been lately adopted in various botanic gardens. This has seen an increased growth in visitations and sightseeing of the gardens by the public so that they can learn a point or two on how to establish such gardens which adhere with the principles of sustainable development and environment conservation.
This has in turn resulted to the rise of garden tourism as such botanic gardens become visitors’ destination.

Design and Implementation of Garden Sustainability.

garden2Environment conditions are major factors which are considered by tourists when they are selecting a preferable destination.
When you establish a botanic garden which is uniquely designed to offer an experience which adheres and advocates for environmental awareness, more visitors are likely to be attracted to sightsee the garden. You maybe wonder about the measures and ideas to be implemented to establish such an eco-friendly garden. Consider these.

1. Increase awareness and sensitization on sustainability.
This can be achieved by influencing the visitors’ behavior in a manner which reduces any negative impact on the environment.
Methods to use include:

• Promotion and emphasis of sustainability through direct communication with visitors such as guided tours which are accompanied by education materials.
• Educating and raising the awareness through strategic poster & notice board placements.
• Planning & scheduling an event to promote and educate visitors on the need for sustainability.
• Organizing campaigns and charity events/drives to promote environmental awareness.
• Forming partnerships & associations with government, NGOs and other bodies with the aim of promoting sustainability.

2. Involve community.
Involving the local community – schools, hospitals, individuals and other corporations/local businesses to be stakeholders in sustainability. This can be done through:

• Formation of community forum/group to champion sustainability.
• Encouraging local tourism.
• Involving local leaders and elders to champion sustainability.
• Setting up environmental management plans & activities for a community e.g. setting aside a day for community clean-up and litter collection by everyone once a month.

3. Designing a Resource Management and Protection Plan.

garden3This is geared at maintaining and enhancing the environment degree and quality of a garden. This can be done through;

• Protection of sensitive areas within the garden and also around the surrounding community.
• Documenting and analyzing factors and public behavior which contribute to sustainability and promoting them. Any factor which contributes to environmental degradation should be condemned.
• Assess and analyze the impact of any project (on- going or proposed) on the environment.

4. Encourage local tourism to visit the eco-friendly garden.

You need to promote local tourism as you target foreign tourist. This can be achieved through.
• Encouraging and promoting the use and adoption of good environmental practices.
• Establishment of environmental award scheme for locals businesses and individuals to recognize any environmental conservation efforts.
• Provision of advice, training and awareness of good business practices which are eco-friendly e.g. no dumping waste in river.
• Working with government and other bodies to advocate for laws & legislation which promote sustainability.
• Develop local tourism packages, to promote sustainable visiting /holidays by the local community.

water5. Promote water conservation

Advocate for the best practices to conserve water. If irrigation is used in thee garden, then measures should be used to conserve the water any only the necessary volume of water should be used.