The Environmental Impact of MicroHabitat – Respecting the Ecosystems

All of our projects at MicroHabitat have a direct impact on sustainable development in urban areas. By introducing agriculture in cities, we are changing society’s relationship with nature, and we can quickly see that the benefits are numerous.

Biodiversity

At MicroHabitat, we contribute to the balance of biodiversity

One of our core values is to respect the biodiversity. By definition, it consists of the diversity of biological beings in an environment. From microscopic bacteria to the seagulls that fly over Montreal’s skyscrapers, to our best friends the spiders, we have a responsibility to protect and encourage this diversity of organisms.

All of the produce in our gardens is organic, allowing us to take a holistic approach to the microorganisms in the ecosystem.

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The variety of plants we offer is beneficial to a multitude of insects. In addition to fulfilling a nutritional need, plants provide them with a space to live, protect or reproduce. Gardens allow many species to survive, contributing to the entire food chain. Many birds, mammals, and reptiles need insects for food, they need plants.

By setting up an urban garden, you enter the complex but incredibly charming world of the diversity of biological beings in our environment.

Companionship

Are you familiar with garden companionship?

The technique of companionship is to provide the best environment possible for plants in the garden to optimize their development. This practice is the result of many years of observation by growers, gardeners and horticulturists.

At MicroHabitat, companion planting is found in each pot, respecting the different needs of space, nutrients, light and water of the crops. Plants therefore offer and receive multiple beneficial nutrient contributions!

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What are the main benefits of companionship?

-It limits the use of fertilizer and will save you from applying chemicals, such as pesticides.

– The combination of different species attracts beneficial insects and repels pests.

– Larger plants can provide shade for smaller plants that do not like too much sunlight.

Companionship therefore creates a micro ecosystem, a “MicroHabitat”, which unites a diversity of organisms and plants with different tones and textures. In addition to being aesthetic and productive, our gardens are in harmony with the laws of nature.


“All living things that we pass by can also be respected. »

Boris Presseq

Letting nature take its course

Nature is the main actor in the success of urban agricultural areas. We understand that by respecting the functioning of ecosystems, and by applying the technique of companionship, we can achieve impressive results in terms of harvests.

But what about weeds?

While we tend to eliminate them, they play a crucial role in the balance of the urban ecosystem!

In the video below, botanist Boris Presseq identifies weeds with chalk in the city of Toulouse, France, in order to educate and sensitize citizens about the importance of the nature around them:

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https://www.brut.media/fr/entertainment/toulouse-ce-botaniste-trace-a-la-craie-le-nom-des-plantes-sauvages-f1bbaded-03d9-4f27-9f66-f7bbea25df31


“All large cities, which tend to expand, forget to reserve spaces for wild flora and fauna. »

Boris Presseq

To learn more

Visit the BLOG section of our website to learn new tips on farming in the city.

Don’t hesitate to write to us at info@microhabitat.ca for your urban agriculture needs.