Soil Erosion

One of my passions in life is gardening.

  I have been hooked early on to outdoor and indoor gardening.  While my indoor gardening has always been limited to several potted ornamental plants which I enjoy raising to brighten our home, outdoor gardening for me has always meant vegetables.  Aside from being fun, vegetable gardening is a rewarding hobby because it indirectly augments our family income by providing us with vegetables.  However, after reading the text, I now know that in my little way, I am contributing to soil erosion.Vegetable gardening causes soil erosion in two ways:  destruction of roots and grasses and the effect of flowing water on the topsoil.

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   After choosing the right spot for my vegetable plots, I am required to clean the land by removing the grasses, bushes, and even small trees in the area to enable me to prepare my vegetable plots.  Preparing my plots entails loosening up the soil and pulverizing it afterwards, a process which means removing more roots, in fact, every root from the land.  By this time, my favorite hobby has already caused soil erosion because there are no more roots left to hold the soil and prevent its loss.

  Moreover, that patch of land is by now denuded, so that even strong winds will suffice to reduce its topsoil.After the plots have been planted, watering the plants inevitably causes some water to flow away from the plots.  This flowing water also contributes to soil erosion because it carries with it some of the topsoil which is the source of nutrients for the land.

  The net effect of my favorite hobby, therefore, is to rid the land of all its nutrients so that whoever raises vegetables in the same land, stands to suffer from poor harvests.



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