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The Environment – Who Cares For It?

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

By Clifford Woods

The whole world is going green. The going green campaign is one that has taken root in all parts of the world as a result of the growing concerns of environmental degradation.

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

From social media to TV advertisements, every possible platform is being used to raise awareness on the horrifying situation we are currently in as far as the environmental care is concerned. There is cause to worry and you can find out why below:

Why Should We Care?

  • 70% of marine life risks extinction
  • By 2100, a third of all species may be extinct
  • Between 15% and 20% of global methane emission comes from farm animals
  • Over 850 million trees are chopped each year
  • 25,000 people die daily due to water contamination and shortage
  • 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide are added to the atmosphere every minute
  • 50 tons of productive soil are blown off and washed away from cropland every single minute

The list is endless and it’s safe to say that we are living in a sorry state as far as our environment is concerned.

Scientists tell us that at this rate, the ozone layer may be depleted to a point where life could be unsupported in just 200 years. This means that only microbial life will be around with higher life forms dying at a much faster rate. It’s not just plants and animals that are at threat of extinction, but the human race as well.

Why Should We Protect The Environment?
The answer for this is quite obvious; we have no other choice. The environment supports life and all components that we depend on for survival is provided via the environment. This means that our reproductive growth, development activities and civilization are all at the mercy of our environment.

Environment Care: Which Way Forward?
While talking about the problem helps, what matters most is getting a solution and we do not need to depend on our governments or celebrities to endorse environmental care. There are two key things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and these are:

  1. Recycle: By recycling and using recyclable products, we reduce the number of landfills we have and the amount of pollution that goes into the air due to production and manufacturing. Can you believe that each ton of recycled paper actually saves 17 trees and 380 oil gallons? This just shows that we can indeed make a difference in our own small way.
  2. Become Energy Efficient: There are many ways in which we can become energy efficient. For starters, we could move to alternative forms of energy. Solar and wind energy are not only feasible, but free. Energy efficiency can be achieved just by changing several things in our lifestyles, such as the way we utilize energy, the products we use every day and even the cars we drive.

Goals that need to be met
So, anything that contaminates the air, water or other areas of the environment can diminish the quality of life as well as shorten a long life. As times go on, we are contaminating more and more of our drinking water, which is the number one resource that all animals, plants, and human beings need to continue to sustain healthy growth.

A famous advocate for environmental care once said that if we were unkind to the environment, nature would not be kind to us.

The Environment – Who Cares For It?

Answer: we all use the environment and so it is we who should care for it.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

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Organic Versus Chemical

Organic Versus Chemical

By Clifford Woods

The world, for almost the past two decades, has become highly aware and concerned about health and environmental issues. Though people were concerned about such issues earlier as well, they definitely lacked the means of raising their voice in this regard. With social media becoming one of the most influential tools in educating people, the advocates of organic have become very active in this dominion and quite rightly so, because there is no reason to doubt the accessibility and effectiveness of this medium.

So, what exactly is it about this organic food?

Organic Versus Chemical

Well, in the simplest scientific explanation, any food substances that are carbon based, which are known to be the basic building block of life, are referred as being organic. Many carbon compounds that are human-made, or synthetic are organic compounds too. Plastics are organic, and so are most synthetic wonder drugs, as far as chemists are concerned.

So a Chemist would even say most of the synthetic fertilizers, the ones that “organic” gardeners don’t use, are organic too. This is because synthetic fertilizers are made of molecules that are made of mostly carbon atoms. By this definition, almost everything that we consume as food is technically organic.
However, it is the agricultural context of food consumables that differentiates organic from inorganic or chemical produce.

Organic food must not contain synthetic chemicals at all, starting right from the ground level, as early as a farmer preparing his fields for cultivation of any kind. He needs to stay away from using in his soil any petroleum based fertilizers or any other material that is chemically altered. To make it easily understandable, compost and manure are to be resorted to as natural fertilizers, but Miracle-Gro is to be totally avoided.

As a matter of fact, the use of chemicals is unacceptable even for disease and pest control. When treatment is needed, the farmer is expected to treat the crops with insecticidal soap as well as Neem oil, but the store-brought chemical based sprays are prohibited when it comes to organic.

Organic food has to be all natural and totally free of any kind of genetic alteration. Instead of achieving the desired results through unnatural ways, organic produce requires resorting to conventional hand pollination and selective breeding procedures.

The GMO foods (genetically modified) are known to have gone through some tempering at a genetic level. For example, in order to produce higher yields or making the crops drought resistant, the genetics of GMO food products are tempered with, which makes it devoid of organic certification.

As a matter of fact, it is not only about how organic produce is farmed; one also needs to make sure that organic food does not come into contact with non-organic food. For that, one also needs to ensure separate packaging and shipment of organic food, avoiding any contact with any types of chemical ingredients at any level. People advocating organic produce not only recommend it for its chemical free nature, but they also deem it as more nutritious and tasty, as also backed up by the results of several studies and researches taken in this regard.

For instance, a study conducted at the Newcastle University, United Kingdom reported a boast of about 40% in various nutrients (such as zinc, iron, as well as vitamin C) in organic produce compared to inorganic produce.

Though there is ample room of further research in the domain of organic versus chemical, one cannot deny various health benefits resulting from following natural ways and staying away from chemicals and any genetic modifications.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

Hydroponics and Beneficial Microorganisms

Hydroponics and Beneficial Microorganisms

By Clifford Woods

Hydroponics and Beneficial MicroorganismsHydroponics is a subtype of hydro-culture or growing plants in water with nutrient solutions. It is a soil-less way of planting. Hydroponics derived its name from the Greek word “hydro” or water and “ponos” meaning labor.

William Frederick Gericke of the University of California at Berkeley was one of the first ones to cultivate plants on mineral nutrient solutions. Gericke coined the term hydroponics in 1937 (although he asserts that the term was suggested by W. A. Setchell, of the University of California).

Through these types of studies, it was discovered that plants could thrive not only in soil, but also in water, since water contains the essential nutrients and beneficial microorganisms that are also present in the soil.

Hydroponics turned out to be more advantageous than soil culture, because pests are easy to control in this type of system. In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth. When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots are able to absorb them.

When the required mineral nutrients are introduced into a plant’s water supply artificially, soil is no longer required for the plant to thrive. Almost any terrestrial plant will grow with hydroponics.

Since the water environment of the plant can be controlled, nutrient solutions can be incorporated into the water depending on the nutrient needs of the plant. Many hydroponics growers also incorporate beneficial microorganisms as supplements to nutrients in the water.

There is actually a full range of ways to benefit from beneficial microorganisms, which can be utilized in hydroponics. The secret is only to know when to apply and how much to apply. Here are some of the benefits of beneficial microorganisms.

Development of Seeds and Clones
Beneficial microorganism is not just used on the hydroponics systems itself, but also for propagating seeds and also on developing the cuttings. This stage of crucial development in plant life and beneficial bacteria will help boost the growth and development of these plants and cuttings. During this time, beneficial microorganism incorporation should be three times the normal use.

Elimination of Pathogens in the System
Harmful microorganisms that cause diseases increase even in the hydroponic systems during root development. These harmful microorganisms, which are also called pathogens, result to plant diseases or plant death. There are certain types of beneficial microorganism that kill these pathogens.

It is important to know what type of pathogen is attacking the system to know what type of beneficial microorganism to incorporate in the hydroponics system. Moreover, these also strengthen plants defences against harmful pathogens in a way like the immune system is boosted by supplements.

Boosts Nutrient Uptake of Hydroponics Plants
Most beneficial microorganism types boost the nutrient uptake of plants in the hydroponics system by keeping the roots healthy by strengthening roots and increasing root size, since it is the one responsible for absorption. When spraying leaves with foliar fertilizer, these microorganisms may also be incorporated in the solution to enable the stomata of the leaves to absorb better.

Makes the Environment Suitable for Plant Growth
Beneficial microorganisms control the environment such as correcting the atmospheric nitrogen and producing nitrogen for plants, since plants cannot produce their own. Some fungi types also help in assimilating phosphorous when incorporated in the hydroponics system.

Hydroponics is a new way in cultivating plants where the environment can be controlled to eliminate any usual problems experienced from soil gardening. The strategy is to provide an environment that plants can thrive on and this is through providing the correct amount of nutrients supplemented with incorporating beneficial microorganisms.

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Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

Plants In Ponds

Plants in Ponds

by Clifford Woods

Plants in Ponds

Plants in ponds will reduce the amount of algae that is able to grow, but also use the waste from the fish to give a natural water filtration system.

Plants below the water: These plants are the major contributors to water quality. They will oxygenate during the day and provide oxygen for the fish as well supplying excellent shade. Submerged plants compete with algae for use of nitrogen produced from fish waste and decaying plant material. If you pot these plants it will allow for easy removal for thinning or when winter comes.

A Few Examples

Jungle Val – Hornwort – Cabomba

plants in ponds

Floating and Surface Plants: Pick plant species that grow flowers and leaves on the surface of the water. The difference between floating and surface plants is that floating plants float freely on the water’s surface without attached roots, while surface plants have roots that extend down and anchor into the pond’s soil. Remember to remove plants if coverage exceeds two-thirds of the pond’s surface area.

A Few Examples

Floating Plants: Duckweed – Water Lettuce

plants in ponds

A Few Examples

Surface Plants: Hawthorne – Four Leaf Water Clover- Water Lotus

plants in ponds

Side Plants
Plants that grow well in moist or soggy soil or that grow well in standing water. Plant them along the side or edge of your pond. They will root in the soil and their foliage will spread out over the water.  Careful to not choose plants that grow rapidly or that will spread to much and too far.

A Few Examples
Side Plants: Western blue flag iris – Sweet Flag – Dwarf Bamboo

plants in ponds

Advice: cleaning your pond and using only organic pond cleaners, makes for healthy ponds, happy fish and thriving plants and it also contributes towards a safer environment for any adults, children or pets spending time in the yard.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
Find out more about our Organic Pond Cleaner – Pond Magician
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and sell Environmentally Friendly Products.

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®

Like humans, with their complement of microbes that aid in everything from immune responses to nutrition, plants rely on a vast array of bacteria and fungi for health and defense. Over the last decade, research has revealed many new functional aspects of the crosstalk between human-associated microbes and human cells, but plant biologists are only beginning to scratch the surface of the often surprising ways that soil microbiota impact plants, from underground fungus-wired alarm systems to soil bacteria that can trigger defensive plant behavior or even act as a sort of vaccine. But despite these benefits, microbes are still primarily thought of as harbingers of disease……

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®.

Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment | WebEcoist

Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment | WebEcoist.

Excellent Read !

 

 

Organic Solutions for Gardens and Plant Pests

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant Pests

By Clifford Woods

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant Pests

 

There is a balance in nature that can be tapped into if you want to keep your garden and plants at their best. And when you want to cultivate and maintain an organic garden and naturally healthy plants it is much easier to work with Mother Nature than against her.

Many organic solutions for garden and plant pests are available. Simple, easy to make remedies you can try making yourself and try them out.

 

 

Here is a list of some combination and single mixtures to help in the fight against pests.

  1. Diatomaceous Earth and Chile pepper: Grind up two handfuls of dry chilies into a very fine powder then mix this with 1 cup of Diatomaceous earth. Add to 2 liters of water and let set overnight. Shake well before using.
  2. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea: These flowers hold a powerful plant chemical component called Pyrethrum. This substance invades the nervous system of insects rendering them immobile. You can make your own spray by boiling 100 grams of dried flowers into 1 liter of water. Boil the dried flowers in water for twenty minutes. Strain, cool and place in a spray bottle. This mixture can be stored for up to two months.
  3. Tobacco: Take one cup of organic tobacco (preferably a tobacco that is natural) and mix it in one gallon of water. Leave overnight and after 24-hours it should have a light brown color. Add more water if it too dark. You can use this on most plants, except those belonging to the nightshade family of plants such potato, tomato, eggplant etc.
  4. Salt Spray: This is used on plants that have spider mites. You can mix 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal Salt into one gallon of warm water and spray on infected areas.
  5. Orange Citrus Oil, Water and Soap: Mix together 3 tablespoons of liquid Organic Castile soap with 1 ounce of Orange oil to one gallon of water. Shake well. This is an especially efficient treatment against slugs and can be sprayed directly on ants and roaches also.
  6. Eucalyptus oil: A natural pesticide for flies, bees and wasps. Simply sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil where the insects are found.
  7. Cayenne Pepper Mix or Citrus Oil: This is another excellent organic pesticide that controls ants. Mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil with one tsp. of cayenne pepper and 1 cup of warm water. Shake well and spray.
  8. Mineral oil: This organic pesticide works well for dehydrating insects and their eggs. Mix 10-30 ml of high-grade oil with one liter of water. Stir and add to spray bottle.
  9. Onion and Garlic Spray: Mince one organic clove of garlic and one medium sized organic onion. Add to 1 quart of water. Wait one hour and then add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of liquid soap to the mix. This organic spray will hold its potency for one week if stored in the refrigerator.
  10. Neem: A very powerful & natural pesticide and you can make your own Neem oil spray. Simply add 1/2 an ounce of organic Neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap to 2 quarts of warm water. Slowly stir it up and then pour it into a spray bottle and use right away.
  11. Garlic Tea: Make your own garlic spray by boiling a pint of water, throw in roughly chopped garlic cloves and steep until the water is cool. Remove any garlic bits with cheesecloth and then pour into a spray bottle and use.
  12. Basil Tea: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1-cup fresh basil. Remove from heat, cover and let cool. Then mix in 1 tsp. of liquid dish detergent. Pour into a spray bottle and use. Basil Tea is good for combating aphids.

Simple-Simple – for both garden and house plants: Mix 1 cup Sunlight dish soap and 1 tbs. of vegetable oil together and then store the liquid in a plastic air tight container. When you need to use it, take 2 teaspoons of this liquid and mix it with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray top and under the plants leaves and any new shoots and buds. When it is hot, repeat every third day – 3 applications over 7 days. In the cooler weather you only need to use it once a week for 3 weeks.

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant PestsEmploying organic solutions for garden and plant pest control would go hand in hand with the soil being organic as well. If you have been using store bought chemical fertilizers and are trying to transition out of this method, be patient. Soil goes through both many changes with the transition from a chemical to organic fertilizer is made. It can take the soil quite a while to adjust. Plants can often go through a few stages of poor yields before producing at peak performance.

An easy transition and sure fire method is adding some Beneficial Microorganisms as they are naturally already in the soil. It is just a matter of populating the soil with these beneficial
microbes – they will do the rest.


Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products.

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