September 21, 2008 8:43am CST
When I started to do some farming, I did not really know what I was getting into but I was willing to learn. I read all that I can and talked to as many people as I can who knew about farming. Then I stumbled upon natural farming which is not dependent on commercial inputs that degrade the environment. The commercial fertilizers that make the plants grow also make the soil acidic and drives the beneficial earthworms away. I only use natural materials like chicken or goat dung which is food for earthworms which in turn deposit their casts in the soil making it nutrient-rich while aerating the earth and allowing more oxygen to flow.
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7 Mar 09
Our family owns a small farm and we never use any fertilizer to make the soil productive. Newly cleaned portion will be planted with upland rice variety, the next year, some rows of bananas will be introduced. Rice planting will go on until the third or fourth year then a fruit-bearing tree will be planted in between the banana rows. This way, the rice will consume the tap soil nutrients while decomposing rice stalks will nourish the rows of bananas and fruit-bearing trees (usually, mango). If we want to keep a portion just for rice planting, we never plant any other product on the area. But we have to leave the are rest on the sixth year for two to three years to allow the land to recover its fertility. There are lots of other techniques to keep the soil fertile through natural means. These natural means may not be as productive as using chemical fertilizers but they are more beneficial in the long run.
• United States
28 Feb 09
I have a garden I try to keep as natural as possible. I feel better about the food I am feeding to my family when I know what it has been in and what has been done to it. We cant really afford to buy all organic so I try to do what I can at home.
• United States
21 Sep 08
I do a lot of gardening. I have a few different flower beds. I also have a few different plots for vegetables. I do not nor ever used any chemicals on the soil or p;lants. I grow these things for their naturalness and taste. Don't need no chemicals to make mine grow. I treat them with love and tend to them all daily. Plus this year I started my own compost bin. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
21 Sep 08
A compost bin! Congratulations Grandpa Bob. I started one recently because the maids had to cook fish heads, entrails and bones before throwing them in the garbage pit because the dogs and cats would get at them and drag them all over the yard and sometimes into the house. I made one which had screen wire all around it and covered with tarpaulin for aesthetics and gave the maids a lactobacillus preparation to spray on everything in order to have the microorganisms eat at the nitrogen which makes the thing smelly. Flies don't even know there's garbage around. Cheers!!!
7 Dec 08
Hi underdogtoo, natural farming is a good form of practice as we could get healthy and fresh vegetables and fruits conveniently other than to cut down pollution of environment due to abused use of chemicals. What’s more this could maintain healthy soil which is favorable for soil organisms. I do some vegetable and fruit planting in my courtyard. I never use any chemical fertilizer which will damage the soil structure if added in excess. I usually prepare my own compose from organic stuffs like leftover food, fallen leaves, dry grass, rotten fruits and etc. This manure could improve the soil structure and aeration. This always enables the plants to develop better roots and grow robustly. Though the harvest from the courtyard is usually not much at least this could help to provide some healthy food for my family. posting and take care.
7 Dec 08
There is really nothing to put into the soil if everything is just put back when we take from it. For instance, the leaves and leftover food become good sources of plant food when composted. There is no reason for commercial (which are really oil-based) inputs which only damage the ecosystem. Cheers!!
7 Dec 08
Thanks for giving the additional about the oil-based commercial inputs which can really cause damage to the soil as the oily stuffs would definitely suffocate the living organisms in the soil. The inputs to and outputs from the soil always form an ideal cycled system in nature.
21 Jul 09
Hi underdogtoo, thanks for awarding the best response After working for another 8 months or so, the soil of my courtyard has become very much healthy and fertile now. Yeah, due the dumping of the wasted organic stuffs frequently, the earthworms dedicate lots of manure to the soil after taking them. My plants grow vigorously with fruitful harvest all the time. My hubby and son love the towel gourds, long beans, sweet corns and ladyfingers the most. Wish you all the best and happy posting!
• United States
28 Nov 08
This is also known as organic gardening and farming. With my left over plant materials I just put them on the garden and the worms will eat them or they will act as a mulch to prevent weeds from growing. During the growing season I will dig fish and other animal products into the ground where they will decompose very rapidly. The skunks and raccoons do not even have a chance to get to them if done right. You are right about commercial fertilizers that "kill the soil" That is they will kill the good bacteria and earthworms leaving the bad ones to grow. Just look at the antibiotics that they use in humans to keep us "healthy" The antibiotics are making new strains of bad bacteria just like the commercial fertilizers are doing to the soils.