Those of you who have been reading my gardening posts for a while, know that I am committed to gardening organically. I use natural methods to attract bees, deter rabbits, and repel insects. I am committed to green gardening methods because not only do we eat the fruits and vegetables that I grow, but I have incorporated edible foods into our landscaping.
I was excited to see that Adelphi University has created a truly green campus. They are committed to maintaining an eco-friendly campus through their landscaping techniques and other methods to create cleaner air. You can read about their energy conservation methods here.
Adelphi University uses all natural and organic techniques to maintain the plants on their campus. Below are some of the techniques they are using to maintain their grounds using eco-friendly methods:
- They have eliminated the use of all petroleum-based chemical fertilizers.
- They use organic fertilizers that are made from fish and seaweed-based natural nutrients.
- They have eliminated all chemical herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.
- They are using natural pest management methods, such as the use of organic oils and soaps.
- Adelphi University had also converted Motamed Field to an artificial turf surface, so it longer requires chemicals to maintain the field.
Adelphi University is committed to pesticide-free grounds. Pesticides, not only kill the insects that damage plants, but they also kill the beneficial insects like ladybugs. I release ladybugs into my garden each year as a natural way to eliminate aphids, so I especially enjoyed seeing Adelphi University use them in mass quantities on their campus. You can see some of their ladybug release in the video below:
As mentioned in the video, they released ladybugs at the base of two infested trees and the ladybugs eliminated 90% of the aphids in two days. Using eco-friendly methods to control pests is better for the eco-system, water supply, and air quality.
You can read more about Adelphi University’s Fresh Air Commitment, which includes charging stations for those who drive hybrid vehicles. You can also follow them on Pinterest to see some of the plants growing on the campus of Adelphi University.
Are you using any natural or organic gardening methods around your yard? Which ones?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Adelphi University. The opinions and text are all mine.