Saturday, March 15, 2014

The little things that run the world

 ‘The little things that run the world’ is a compilation that has emerged from a study of   arthropod diversity in agro-forest landscapes of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Western   Ghats. It is a brief, simple, non-technical guide to insects and the diversity of critical   ecosystem functions they perform. It is hoped that the booklet will reach out to   indigenous farmers, estate field officers and young children alike, and help promote   organic farming for a healthier planet.
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Hedge- It is more than wall

A "hedge" is a wall composed of plants. Some are purely decorative, while others serve primarily a practical function. Hedge plants used decoratively are often trimmed to precise sizes and shapes and include evergreen and deciduous shrubs. Such shrubs may also serve the practical function of affording a property some security. Here are some resources to start creating a "living wall".
Security is not the only practical function that hedges can serve. They have various environmental, social and economic benefits.
Benefits of a hedge
Green manure
Prevents soil erosion
Habitat for predators, pollinators, seed dispersers, etc.
Moisture retention
Nitrogen fixation
Fire wood
Edible fruits
Thread and wires
Gene bank
Biological pest control agents in different crops

Published on 15 Oct 2013
Gardening columnist Alys Fowler and London roof-top beekeeper Steve Benbow explain their project exploring the relationship between insect pollinators, plants and people.