My small-scale sustainable food production
Updated: Jan 6
Washington, DC 7/29/2020
The benefits of Urban Agriculture/gardening: short transportation, therefore less spoilage, fresh and organic. Urban gardens help to reduce the urban heat-island effect, plants are major sequesters of air-pollutants, and they also prevent stormwater runoffs the major source of water pollution. Gardens are therapeutic and it is not only for the elderly.
In my small garden in Washington, D.C I practice BioIntensive Planting.
The first and most important step is to creat a healthy soil. When the soil is healthy the plants will be healthy. To improve the soil quality, which in D.C is mostly clay, I use my own compost. I also grow compost crops to enhance the quality of the compost therefore the soil. For example, I grow corn and sunflowers to improve carbon and nitrogen in the compost. Nitrogen and Carbon are important for plant growth.
I also use the three sister companion planting method. The three sisters are, beans, corn, and squash.
Beans or legumes fix nitrogen from the air into the soil that the plants can use as a natural fertilizer.
Corn will provide support for the beans vine to climb on.
Squash shades the ground, preventing weed growth and create a good, moist environment for the other sisters to thrive on.
I have rain barrels for water Conservation and I use this to water my plants.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Start small!