It may be hard to believe, but gardening, although it has an image of being organic and, therefore, good, can damage the environment. Why? Because a large amount of carbon dioxide can be released through soil tillage. This contributes to global warming. When you grow and compact the soil, destroy good fungi. Fertilizers such as nitrogen and manure often escape the soil and contaminate the water you drink.
Did you know that the biggest contributor to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the soil of the earth? It emits up to 10 times more than human activity produces. This comes from pills, microbes, fungi and worms when they breathe, digest food and then perish. Although in the past plants have been able to absorb carbon dioxide caused by small-scale tillage, this is no longer the case.
The increase in the average temperature of the globe has occurred due to the carbon dioxide emitted by the soil when grown. However, the good thing is that, fortunately, this cloud has a positive side, since tillage can be minimized by quilting or composting leaves.
In unworked soils, a beneficial fungus known as vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae, or VAM for short, thrives. VAM actually forms a symbiotic relationship with plants. The filaments increase the hairs of the roots and, therefore, provide nutrients to the plants that, in turn, produce zinc, copper, potassium and phosphorus. Plants provide carbohydrates for fungi in return. It is possible to grow a garden without tilling the soil at all, but by covering it tightly until the soil is soft and friable.
Many gardeners waste nitrogen and manure, while farmers do it differently. Farmers only need between a quarter and a third of nitrogen to mix with an inch of compost, horse manure or cow. Kate Burroughs, of Sevastopol California, uses the same rule for her own lettuce and corns. When it comes to broccoli and pear trees, farmers only need to use a small amount. It is also true that gardeners apply higher amounts of compost and manure than most farmers. Obviously, they are not only wasting their fertilizer, but they are also, in uncertain terms, throwing money down the drain.
The best gardening advice I can offer in these circumstances is to address all things in moderation. Too much of something can be as harmful as too little.