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Plants are important to humans – it offer a habitat for organisms

Plants are important to humans.  Our forefathers had very little of our luxuries in every aspect of their lives. Life was mostly about survival, particularly as they did not have much of an edge over the vagaries of nature. Hence, plants (agriculture) were the base of their sustenance. With access to limited resources and even fewer means to exploit them, man-made do with what he had. A constant companion of man through the ages has been Nature, with all her flora and fauna. Vegetation, specifically, has been a witness to man’s evolution throughout. Plants have surrounded most of us in some of the other forms. Even after so many millennia, we still feel their need and existence in our daily lives. Without plants, the earth would not exist, and so neither would we. Therefore, Plants are important to humans and their survival.

Plants are important to humans to regulate Vegetation and  the climatic condition

The ongoing furor over global warming is evidenced enough of how man-made activities have been hampering the natural balance. One of the key reasons for this imbalance is the massive scale of deforestation.

Plants engage in photosynthesis, wherein they extract the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use the same to prepare their food. This releases oxygen in the process. This is the very oxygen that we breathe. The vapor-transpiratory activities of plants help cool down the atmosphere. This ability of plants to regulate temperature, in a way, affects the rainwater cycle and precipitation. Ultimately the availability of groundwater and the subsequent growth of crops and plants are impacted. This is a cycle.  Hence, plants are vital in regulating weather conditions. In the case of deforestation, we can observe it over a matter of a few years at a local scale, and within a decade at a global scale.

Plants are important to humans and have a role to play towards soil conservation

Plants and the soil conditions are inter-dependent. They derive nutrition and water from the soil to cook their food and survive. In turn, they develop an extensive root system throughout the soil, which grows wider without interruption. The root system holds the soil particles together and aerates them. This allows the percolation of water from the eth surface and maintains the groundwater table.

Also, during flooding and strong storms, a thick plant cover does not allow the soil to be exposed. The particles are held firmly in place by the root system and are not easily carried away. This prevents soil erosion, even in the face of natural calamities.

Plants offer a habitat for organisms

Plants are the home grounds for thousands of living organisms. For generations, these animals, big and small, have been residing in forests and plants. They have evolved to adapt to the existing vegetation. This is a symbiotic relationship, wherein both the flora and fauna benefit from each other’s activities.

A sudden, drastic reduction of plant cover can create a ripple effect across the ecosystem. The most visible impact is the loss of habitat for thousands of animals and birds. They then spill over to human habitations. Needless to say, that does not always end well. In the longer-term, this is likely to impact the weather and soil conditions. Productivity levels of the land reduce; growing crops becomes costlier and entail more efforts. Plants are thus a boon to mankind and we need to protect it at all costs. Plants are important to humans.

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How do I naturally fertilize my garden with organic materials

How do I naturally fertilize my garden with organic materials? It is very easy to naturally fertilize any garden. Every day I produce a lot of organic waste. This waste I can use to naturally fertilize the soil. Organic Waste forms a good fertilizer plus it does not have any ill effects on plants. Plants mainly need Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorous. Organic waste produced at home is full of these nutrients. Making your fertilizers at home is easy and not at all expensive. Let us have a look at all those components which we can use to naturally fertilize my garden.

Mixture of everything

Segregate wet garbage and dry garbage separately. Take wet garbage into a compost bin. Add water and make a slurry. Use this slurry as a fertilizer. This is a very primitive fertilizer that needs minimum efforts.

Fish Liquid to naturally fertilize the garden

Fishbones are an excellent source of nutrients. Take these and crush them into a powder form.  Mix one part of the fish powder with two parts of water. Keep this mixture in the sun till it cooks into a soup. Stir the mixture every day for 10 to 12 days. Use this mixture as a fertilizer (3 gallons per 100 square feet). This is effective in growing leafy vegetables, sprouts, and flowering plants.

Green vegetable remains

Take vegetable remains and bury them around the plant below the soil. This may not be very effective as decomposition might take a lot of time. Making compost of remains, on the other hand, is a very fast and effective way to use vegetable remains. Take vegetable remains in a compost bin. Mix water and keep it for a few days. Keep adding new remains every day. Use this compost before planting a plant. Mix it with soil properly.

Eggshells to naturally fertilize a garden

They are calcium-rich and also act a defensive mechanism against some pests and insects. Crumble eggshells and place them around roots inside the soil. Use crumbled Eggshells once a month. Eggshells protect the plant from slugs, ants, and some other insects.

Banana and other fruit peels

Fruit peels are as rich as fruits in ingredients. Banana peels are rich in potassium. Banana peels are put under the soil when or before planting a plant in a container. Peels decompose naturally. Flowers need potassium to bloom nicely. There is no better source of potassium other than banana peels. Hence, banana peelings are highly recommended for rose and other flowering plants.

Tea leaves and coffee beans

Used tea leaves and coffee beans are very simple yet effective materials to naturally fertilize a garden. Either put a few tea leaves around the plant once in a week. Another method is to make paste or liquid. Take water and tea leaves in ten is to one ratio. Add it to the soil or spray it on the plant.

Human Urine

It may sound disgusting. Human urine has high nitrogen concentrations plus a good amount of phosphorous and potassium. It works as an ideal fertilizer if a person who pees is healthy and free of any infection. Collect urine in a pot or bottle. Mix it with water in one is to eight ratios. This mixture is effective for all sorts of plants. If a plant is small in size then use approximately 250 ml (2 cups). For medium size 4 cups (500 ml) and large plants 6 cups (750 ml).

Egg Shells

Collect your eggshells and crush them into smaller bits so that it gets decomposed easily. You can add eggshells directly into the soil or into your compost bean. Eggshells have more calcium than Nitrogen or Phosphorus.

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