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UF researchers work to develop organic strawberry growing methods

November 8th, 2013 A group of University of Florida researchers want to develop new organic and sustainable growing methods to help Southeastern growers better compete with foreign imports. The researchers, led by Carlene Chase, a horticulture professor, received one of two grants awarded UF teams by the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative. Of the more than 7,000 strawberry acres in Florida, only about 1.5 percent are produced organically. Much of what they learn also will…

WWF-Pakistan signs MoU for organic fertilizer in agriculture

Friday, October 25, 2013 Peshawar—World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) signed an MOU with Wahdat Farms to promote the use of organic fertilizer for better crop yield at WWF’s head office at Ferozepur road. The MoU was signed by Ali Hassan Habib, Director General, WWF-Pakistan and Aurangzeb Khan, Managing Director, Wahdat Enterprises, says a press release issued here on Thursday. A licensing agreement was also signed by Anwar Naseem, Senior Director Operations, WWF-Pakistan and…

3 Inexpensive Ways To Feed Your Garden Soil This Fall For A Great Garden Next Year!

Producing vegetable can take it’s toll on your garden soil – you need to replenish the nutrients each year. There are no two ways about it. Your garden soil is tired and hungry!  It has been using it’s nutrients to feed your fruits and vegetables through the spring and summer – all the while being pounded by rain, wind and the baking hot sun. It needs fed and put to bed this fall so that it’s ready to come to life again next spring! When we talk about feeding your garden – we’re…

Understanding Common House and Garden Insecticides

Pesticides include any substances used to kill, control or repel pests. We use pesticides almost every day, from ant and roach sprays for the kitchen, to weed killers for the lawn, mildew cleaners for the bathroom and mosquito repellents outdoors. Pesticides have become a widely accepted way to keep our homes and gardens relatively pest-free. About 85% of all American households keep at least one pesticide in storage. Despite our willingness to use them, most consumers associate…

Beginner’s Guide to Making Compost: Organic Gardening

Nature creates compost all the time without human intervention. But gardeners can step in and speed up the composting process by creating the optimal conditions for decomposition: Air + Water + Carbon + Nitrogen = Compost Air. Like most living things, the bacteria that decompose organic matter, and the other creatures that make up the compost ecosystem, need air. Compost scientists say compost piles need porosity—the ability for air to move into the pile. I like to think of porosity in…

Tunnel Farming: Low Cost High Tunnel Construction

Introduction High tunnels are becoming increasingly popular for use by small farms who often market directly to consumers.  Although they have proven to be economically advantageous to farmers who wish to capitalize on high prices obtained either early or late in the growing season, permanent high tunnel structures do represent a significant capital investment.  The cost for a standard size tunnel, including plastic (two layers) and all the materials required for construction can range…

Overwintering Coleus: Organic Gardening

By Doug Hall Overwintering Coleus: Organic Gardening Q. I have a gorgeous coleus that I would like to carry over winter so I can enjoy it in my garden next year. What's the best way to get it through the winter months?—Ciel Resendez, Toledo, Ohio A. "It's always hard to see your favorite tender plant reduced to mush after the first frost," says Joshua Coceano, horticulturist at the Scott Aboretum of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Coceano offers a couple of options…

Pesticide-free: Drive to promote organic farming launched

ISLAMABAD: A campaign to promote organic farming to reduce the hazardous impact of pesticides was launched by a consumer rights non-governmental organisation (NGO). The Network for Consumer Protection will encourage farmers to adopting practices of growing organic food , the organisation announced on Friday. The campaign is going to create demand for organic farming by sensitising consumers to opt for safe and healthy food, a statement issued by the NGO said. “The campaign will…

Sources of Soil Organic Matter in Agricultural & Horticultural Soils

The organic matter contents of a good mineral soil are 2-5% which consists of organic matter in the form of living and dead organic matter. Living organic matter consists of soil microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, nematodes and earthworms), plant roots and insects. Dead organic matter is added after the death of these living organisms and addition of leaves, bark of trees and dead animals. Farmyard manure, composts and mushroom compost are also source of dead organic matter. All of this…

10 Reasons to Buy Organic

Organic foods and products are the fastest growing items in America’s grocery carts. Thirty million households, comprising 75 million people, are now buying organic foods, clothing, body care, supplements, pet food, and other products on a regular basis. Fifty-six percent of U.S. consumers say they prefer organic foods. Here are 10 reasons why you should buy organic foods and products: 1. Organic foods are produced without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Consumers worry…

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