Saturday, 13 February 2010

Kitchen Gardening and Healthy environment

Our future is dependent on building mutually responsible and sustainable patterns of living. The Kitchen Garden Program supports us to develop the capacities to manage kitchen wastage and to make healthy environment. A lovely little kitchen gardening would need vigilant weeding. Pests and insects can be kept away by natural methods like companion gardening. Sadly, in some urgent cases a pesticide can be the only way to save your plants. In such cases go for microbial pesticides, botanical pesticides and pesticides manufactured from petrochemicals. Botanical pesticides, for example, quickly break down after exposure to heat or water causing far less damage than synthetic pesticides. The manure of the kitchen garden can be supplemented by kitchen waste and sweepings. Compost makes an excellent potting soil. We can buy the compost (organic manure) and supplement it with kitchen waste and all other possible organic wastes around the house, which will decompose. If we can introduce some earthworms they will do a fine job of turning the waste matter into rich manure. The kitchen and the garden provide a real-life context for learning in which the theory and practice of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing are interwoven. This differs from many programs where learning is based around simulated exercises. So it is very important for making a healthy environment.

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