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Garden Projects

No-Till Gardening

Practice Caring for the Earth by Gardening. Also called a no-dig garden, no-till is a gardening method where the soil is not disturbed. It is a way of keeping the carbon in the ground because digging releases carbon into the air, adding harmful gases and accelerating climate change.

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Economic, Social and Environmental benefits of Urban Agriculture

The economic benefits of urban agriculture include: generating jobs and supplementing household incomes.

 

Social benefits include improved food access, a more nutritious and diverse diet, and affordability. The producers and their consumers, the urban dwellers, consume fresh fruits and vegetables, regularly improving their diet and health.

Urban agriculture reduces hunger and achieves food security.

 

Greener environments create environmental benefits; greener cities create microclimatic conditions, reducing the urban heat island effect.

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Wildlife-friendly Urban Gardens

Biodiversity's economic and environmental benefits state that pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, benefit natural ecosystems. Pollinator diversity depends on ecosystems that are rich in diverse vegetation.

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Hydroponics, Soilless Growing

What is Hydroponics? It is a sustainable urban farming technology, where plants grow soilless in a greenhouse. Their roots hang in water with a rich mix of nutrients.

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Edible Gardens

Delicious front yard

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If you like to improve the look of your garden, sunflowers are a great way to do so! They add color and vibrancy to an area, and their multiple benefits fascinate me.

-Wildlife loves them; they attract and feed pollinators and birds. 

-Their deep roots help to break up compacted urban soils, 

-They are drought tolerant; this is an essential fact in the hot Portuguese climate

-They remediate urban soil contaminants - absorb toxic heavy metals – lead, arsenic, zinc, and uranium from the soil.

-They are excellent compost crops, adding carbon to the soil 

How about planting more of these beauties?

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