My small-scale sustainable food production
Updated: 3 days ago
Washington, DC 7/29/2020
The benefits of Urban Agriculture: low transportation, less spoilage, fresh and organic, reduction of urban heat-island effect, sequester of air-pollutants, the introduction of ethnic crops, prevent stormwater runoff the major source of water pollution, social, 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!