Advantages of agroecological urban gardens.

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Dear readers, in previous publications we have dealt with aspects concerning urban gardens and the importance they have in the food security of the sector where they are implemented. In this sense, the advantage of developing urban gardens from the point of view of management is that they are smaller surfaces, which allows the application of ecological alternatives in a simple way, since high quantities of elements such as organic fertilizers are not needed and the balance of natural processes in the planted surfaces is maintained.

In view of the above, the following are some of the advantages that, from our perspective, should be considered:

- Use of recycled material: as mentioned at the beginning of the gardens are small spaces where some agricultural crops are grown, some may think that its development can be expensive because they automatically think of cement and blocks, but the truth is that you can use recycled material such as plastic containers that can be filled with water and open some grooves to bury them to achieve delimit the space as shown in the following image.

- Use of organic material: organic material such as cattle manure, decomposing tree trunks, vegetable ash, among other elements that can be applied directly or used as ingredients to make fertilizers such as compost, biol and manure tea that favor the growth and development of crops can be used for composting and fertilizing.

Solid and liquid vermicompost

- Artisanal propagation: we refer to the word artisanal, because we can use seeds from fruits and / or fresh vegetables that are used for the preparation of meals in our homes, generally in our geographical area we use the seeds of paprika, chili bell pepper and tomato, these seeds are placed in water for approximately 12 to 24 hours so that the seed coat softens a little and the process of imbibition occurs, that is to say that the embryo has the necessary moisture for germination.

Obtaining chili bell pepper seeds

- Biodiversity conservation: in sustainable gardens, organic products are used not only for fertilizing but also for pest control, for example garlic extract, neem leaf macerate, which has an excellent allelopathic effect, among other homemade preparations that allow natural control of some insect pests, thus we do not contaminate our soils with toxic surface substances and therefore the soil biota is kept active for the decomposition of organic matter.

Preparation of Neem macerate

- Water recycling: in some sectors rainwater is recycled, which is an ecological activity. This water can bring good benefits to the crop, since, according to some researchers, rainwater contains important nutritional elements for plant growth, such as nitrogen, in addition to being free of substances such as chlorine, which may be contained in the water we use in our homes.

- Harvesting work: iharvesting vegetables is done in a simple way, since, although the orchards can be very long, the width can be approximately 1 meter wide, which allows harvesting the vegetables throughout the orchard in a simple way.

- Integration of the family or the community: when the gardens are made collectively, there is an integration of the people who make it because each one has a specific task for the implementation of the same, in addition to this, it generates a great sense of relevance, because what you made with your own hands has a great value.

Our children involved in the work in the garden

In some opportunities those who begin to make a garden are not specialists in the area and seek advice and information to perform the work in an optimal way, it is obvious that a theoretical and practical learning is acquired and ends up knowing the management of crops, soil, water and even how the weather influences certain items. Growing our own vegetables ensures that we have vegetables available to prepare our meals, in some countries where inflation is very high is something of extreme necessity to save money and of course to feed and have a better quality of life.

In short, dear readers, agriculture is essential to maintain our quality of life, it is an irreplaceable sector because it depends on it to maintain our quality of life and keep us nourished, which to some extent guarantees our health. It is not a matter of establishing vegetable gardens in any place, if you have a free space in your yard you can make it useful and we are sure that after the first harvest, it will become a very enriching habit.

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I read this article with great interest. I live in a rich industrial country in the middle of Europe. About 2% of the population works in agriculture. The rest of the population makes a living in industry or commerce. So far, we have imported what we needed.
But there is now a war between Ukraine and Russia. The market for oil, gas and agricultural commodities is collapsing.
It is quite possible that, out of necessity, we will start establishing city gardens ...

Hello @krakonos, it is difficult the situation you mention especially when it comes to agricultural items, is a great alternative these orchards, produce from home is healthier and does not require much investment as shown in the article, Even in agriculture creativity plays a fundamental factor when such alternatives are established.

So long, you have an excellent weekend and we are in order for any questions about it.

Hi there, I like the concept of Urban Gardens where we can harvest some vegetables. In my town, we recycle rainwater in 200L tanks for further use. It is a fashionable way to use the leftover food from our homes to fertilize the gardens and to generate less organic waste.

Thanks for sharing
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Ritch

Greetings dear friend @ritch, it is pleasant your visit to my blog, I observe that in your community are very organized, rainwater is a great source for irrigation of our crops, it is the natural way to recycle such an important resource, On the other hand, in our area we are also accustomed to recycle waste from the kitchen, for the preparation of fertilizers, currently we have Californian earthworms, which do a great job in the decomposition of organic matter.

So long, have a great weekend.

Good tips! I didnt know about the neem macerate! Thanks for that
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Hello @gwajnberg, the neem a very used plant to repel some insects, we had experience with the ant in grass crops and we had good results, it is very simple to do in future publications we will talk about it.

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