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Acid rain is back, and thanks to farming, worse than ever



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Policy makers, environmentalists -- even Republicans -- like to congratulate themselves on the "victory" over acid rain. As this American success story is usually told, acid rain's effects were addressed by a 1990 update to the Clean Air Act that created a cap-and-trade system focused on sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Since the system was implemented, sulfur dioxide emissions dropped 70 percent, and threatened forests and wildlife were saved. Hurrah!

Feeding and weeding: organic lawn gardening essentials



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A green lawn is desirable and expected in most communities. Organic lawn care is a good alternative to using pesticides, herbicides, and commercial fertilizers. Earth-friendly lawn care can make lush green lawns with the added benefit that it is easy on the environment.

Mowing and watering are the cornerstones of organic lawn care. The two most important mowing practices are to mow high and to mulch the cut grass back into the lawn. When watering, the best practice is to water infrequently but long and deep. These practices keep the grass healthy and weeds at a minimum.

Organic vegetable gardening techniques



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As a component of organic agriculture, organic vegetable gardening promotes and enhances natural diversity and biological cycles on the farm. Rather than relying on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic gardening is based on making the garden self-sufficient and sustainable.

Companion planting methods for organic container gardening



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In organic container gardening, some vegetables grow higher, heartier and more delicious when established side by side with particular veggies, a method called companion planting. Organic container gardening is the simple practice in which gardeners use no pesticides, chemical fertilizers or other artificial substances in raising plants. Instead, organic farmers depend on compost or purely organic fertilizers to impart crucial nutrients to the crops.

How to make compost for organic container gardening



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Composting is an easy, eco-conscious method of creating natural fertilizer for organic container gardening. Compost is nutrient-rich matter resulting from the biological decomposition of nonsynthetic materials and is added to regular or organic container gardening soil to promote plant development and general health. It’s simple to make your own organic fertilizer for flower, vegetable or herb gardens with these useful pointers.

How to make compost for organic container gardening



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Composting is an easy, eco-conscious method of creating natural fertilizer for organic container gardening. Compost is nutrient-rich matter resulting from the biological decomposition of nonsynthetic materials and is added to regular or organic container gardening soil to promote plant development and general health. It’s simple to make your own organic fertilizer for flower, vegetable or herb gardens with these useful pointers.

How to make compost for organic container gardening



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Composting is an easy, eco-conscious method of creating natural fertilizer for organic container gardening. Compost is nutrient-rich matter resulting from the biological decomposition of nonsynthetic materials and is added to regular or organic container gardening soil to promote plant development and general health. It’s simple to make your own organic fertilizer for flower, vegetable or herb gardens with these useful pointers.

What are organic plants?



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Organic farming and agriculture aims to minimize environmental impact through the “natural” growth and production of plants. The use of genetically modified organisms and synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, additives and other artificial aids is not allowed in organic farming. Organic farming and agriculture use plants that are local to a particular environment and are resistant to disease. Organic farming uses methods such as wide crop rotation, companion plants and biological pest control in place of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.