5 Ways to make your Garden Regenerative and start reversing Climate Change!
Even your small garden can reverse climate change.
Next Generation Landscape Contractors is dedicated to making Planet Earth Great again. Here are some simple steps that you can do at home to actually start reversing the negative effects of climate change.
1) Safley dispose of all chemicals. If you dont want it in your body, you don't want it in your soil. Even if the chemicals are sold in the store over the counter that doesn't make them safe. There has been multible cases where the FDA approves a product and within 15 years of it being released we find out it is life threatening. For instance, according to America's Right To Know at (https://usrtk.org/pesticides/glyphosate-health-concerns/) it states that "Glyphosate, a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products, has been associated with cancer and other health concerns. Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in Roundup-branded herbicides, and the herbicide used with “Roundup Ready” genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Herbicide tolerance is the most prevalent GMO trait engineered into food crops, with some 90% of corn and 94% of soybeans in the U.S. engineered to tolerate herbicides, according to USDA data. A 2017 study found that Americans’ exposure to glyphosate increased approximately 500 percent since Roundup Ready GMO crops were introduced in the U.S in 1996." Since Roundup has been released they have encountered over 400,000 lawsuits for cancer.
2) Keep your soil covered. "Dust storms cause soil loss from the dry lands, and worse, they preferentially remove organic matter and the nutrient-rich lightest particles, thereby reducing agricultural productivity...." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_storm.Dust storms also reduce visibility affecting aircraft and road transportation. The worst dust storm of all time killed 7,000 people overall and wasn't only one storm, but an accurence of storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930's. The phenomenon was caused by the brilliant idea of intoducing plowing. This made farmers lifes easier and allowd their crop to flourish at first. "Over-Plowing Contributes to the Dust Bowl or the 1930s. Each year, the process of farming begins with preparing the soil to be seeded. But for years, farmers had plowed the soil too fine, and they contributed to the creation of the Dust Bowl... Each design lifted the soil up, broke it up and turned it over," according to (livingfarm.org). Not only that but severe drought and the failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent the aeolian processes caused the Dust Bowl in the 1930's. Over use of rotoilling / plowing will lead to the soil basically turning to durt leaving you with no nutrients for your plant to grow in; which is what you need for a plant to be happy. Keep plants in the soil or do zero scaping to save our soil.
3) Incourage bio diversity in plant's. "Biodiversity: In general, the more life that inhabits your garden, the healthier it will be... Biodiversity offers significant protection for your garden. Soil organisms and insects improve soil condition, and birds and predatory insects keep pests under control." (diyeverywhere.com). In other words keep the carbon in the ground, the more living organisms breathing in and out... The better.
4) Grow your own food. Growing your own food isn't only healthier for your immune system and for your body in general but it is also a great way to start slowing down our every day carbon foot print. "Gardens help the environment by reducing air and noise pollution, erosion, and energy costs, minimizing carbon footprint, filtering the groundwater, and providing a food and home source for various animals and insects," (bestspy.co.uk) - "Growing a garden is not only good for you it is also good for the environment because it reduces the carbon footprint of your food by decreasing the number of miles it takes to get food from the farm to your kitchen table. If you plant trees, it helps store carbon from the atmosphere into the soil," (terrapass.com).
5) Compost. Compost is a probiotic regenerative source to use for your soil and it can come right from your kitchen and back yard. Composting "Helps soils hold or sequester carbon dioxide. In addition to emission reductions, compost replenishes and revitalizes exhausted farm soils by replacing trace minerals and organic material, reduces soil erosion and helps prevent storm water runoff. Recycling is an effective way to reduce greenhouse gases," according to eurekarecycling.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/composting.
Change Starts with You!
It’s not about "sustainable” anymore, it’s about being “regenerative.” —Our friends Ron Finley and Rosario Dawson show you how to go beyond sustainability and become regenerative with Climate Victory Gardens in this new video premiere from Kiss The Ground and Green America. https://www.greenamerica.org/climate-
Kiss the Ground visits Mraz Family Farms where Alison Teal (alisonsadventures.com) talks compost and regenerative agriculture with Grammy winner artist, Jason Mraz.
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