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Is Soil Releasing Carbon Dioxide Faster Than Thought?

As you probably know, the soil is the single most important factor when it comes organic production of anything really, and especially food. Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought, according to Oregon State University soil scientists.

In a study published in a recent online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, the researchers showed that chemicals emitted by plant roots act on carbon that is bonded to minerals in the soil, breaking the bonds and exposing previously protected carbon to decomposition by microbes.

The carbon then passes into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2), said the study’s author, Markus Kleber, a soil scientist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

He said the study challenges the prevailing view that carbon bonded to minerals stays in the soil for thousands of years. “As these root compounds separate the carbon from its protective mineral phase,” he said, “we may see a greater release of carbon from its storage sites in the soil.”

It’s likely that a warming climate is speeding this process up, he said. As warmer weather and more carbon dioxide in the air stimulate plants to grow, they produce more root compounds. This will likely release more stored carbon, which will enter the atmosphere as CO2 – which could in turn accelerate the rate of climate warming.

Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors

Many people would like to try to start their own organic garden, but don’t have a space for it. They soon give up. If someone told you that there are some fruits that you can grow organically, indoors, in containers, would you believe him/her? Probably not, but the truth is that there are some fruits that can be grown this way.

Mulberry tree

Unlike its “siblings,” the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start from only one seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see an actual fruit. You don’t have to wait – you can speed up this process by buying an organically-raised small tree from your local store. Place it in a large pot in a warm, bright place and let the magic begin.

Fig tree

Why is the fig tree perfect for you home? For various reasons. First of them – it does not require direct sunlight, meaning that it’s perfect for apartments that don’t get a lot of sun. Second, you will have to feed it only a few times during the growing season. It can be kept inside (successfully) even if you live in a place with colder climate.

How to water a garden

There are plenty of small-scale steps you can take to make efficient use of garden water. Here are some no-cost tricks you can try:

  1. Don’t stake plants. Let your tomatoes, beans and other climbers sprawl (on clean, dry mulch), or else grow bush varieties. By doing that you’ll expose less leaf area to the drying effects of sun and wind.
  2. Punch small holes in the bottoms of large cans or plastic milk jugs, set the containers next to thirsty plants, and then fill them with water.
  3. Grow some vegetables in partly shaded areas. Lettuce, parsley, peas, cabbages, and broccoli – among others – can do quite well on just five hours of direct sunlight a day. Fine netting shades crops well.
  4. Hill up sides of raised beds to create basins that will trap and hold as much rainwater as possible.

The soil should be our first concern in all aspects of farming and gardening, because nurturing the diverse life it sustains is the strongest we can take to growing healthier plants. While expensive irrigation systems or conservation strategies will help you save water, the best way to conserve moisture is to make soil improvement your top priority. A humus-rich soil – created by using lots of compost and cover crops – will hold water it gets while still allowing for aeration.

Organic Foods That Are Worth The Money

Organic food is an awesome thing, everybody knows that. However, the fact to the matter is that it costs significantly more than ordinary, “normal” food. And therein lies the catch. Or question, better to say. And that question is: Is paying more money for organic food really worth it or is it just a waste? Well, in our opinion, it is definitely worth it, especially due to the fact that today there are many products that are well-worth paying extra for. Some consider it an investment into their own health, while others view it as common sense. Either way, it is something everybody should try. Here are some organic foods that really pack a mean punch (in a good way).

1. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes often contain five of the longest-lasting chemicals, one of which is dieldrin, an exceedingly toxic and carcinogenic insecticide. Though it was banned in 1974, residues still persist in soils and are taken up through the cantaloupe’s roots and absorbed into the edible portion. When preparing a non-organic cantaloupe, make sure to thoroughly wash the outside of the melon, since a knife can drag exterior residues through the flesh as you slice it.

2. Grapes

Because grapes ripen quickly, tend to mold, and attract insects, growers hit them with multiple applications of various chemicals. The worst are Chilean grapes, which are treated with as many as 17 of them. (Ninety percent of the grapes eaten in the United States from January to April are Chilean.) Make sure to search out grapes that are grown domestically; they tend to be treated with fewer chemicals.

3. Strawberries

Strawberries are one of the most contaminated of all produce items in the world. Do your best to choose local berries over long-distance ones (which generally involve more spraying.) The package should say where they’re from, or the supermarket’s manager should know.

How To Grow Organic Coffee

In general, if you want to grow organic coffee but you’re new to this organic “thing”, you can buy one year old organic coffee trees. Most of these trees are started from “Arabica typica.” If you’re planting more than one coffee tree you should space them in the following fashion. Plant your rows running north to south leaving 6 feet in between trees and 12 feet in between rows. This is important if you intend to maximize your crop as it will allow the maximum amount of sunlight to hit your trees (it will also allow easier maintenance).

Once your trees have been planted it is important to establish a routine for feeding and watering them. If you intend to use some organic fertilizers it’s important to use them when the weather is rainy, cloud cover good and the soil is moist. Watering depends on the weather. Irrigations systems can cost a fortune, so be ready to water your coffee trees “by hand” if that becomes necessary.