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Potted Polycultures - Guilds to Go! Cell Fusion Hybrid Seed is Creepy - The Seed Ambassadors Project. Cell fusion CMS is truly anti-evolutionary and is contributing dramatically to the the loss of agricultural biodiversity in the seed industry, as the genes cannot be recovered from cell fusion CMS hybrids. What is Cell Fusion? What is a Cytoplasmic Male Sterility (CMS) Hybrid? Why is it Creepy? Recently I have been asked by several farmers and seed savers to write up a little something about a technology few people know about that is becoming more and more prevalent in our food system. When I bring it up in passing everyone seems to want to know more and their first question is often, “Why have I never heard of this?”

After discussing it with many other organic farmers a question I always get is, “Is that illegal for organic farming?” Chicory Flower This technology has been called “cell fusion CMS” and it is used to create male-sterile breeding lines, which are then used to create many common F1 hybrid seed varieties. In organic agriculture, GMOs are of course expressly forbidden. Guilds for the Small Scale Home Garden - The Permaculture Research Institute. Building guilds is a clever way to put gardens together. Instead of toiling over providing this or that nutrient for plants or battling with pests or relying on the success of just one crop to provide the food, a massive mixture of productive growth is but a few preparation steps away. We often talk about guilds as a grand scheme, part of growing a food forest, starting with something huge like an apple tree. From this centerpiece, we design outwards, including understory trees, nitrogen-fixers, dynamic accumulator, bug repelling plants, and groundcovers.

These designs, of course, require at least enough space for a large tree then all of what goes around it. But, there is also a lot to be said for creating cultivation compilations in small-scale home gardens. Looking at Classic Companions for the Home Gardens Basically, to guild a classic combo like carrots and onion, we’ll look at what else we might supply for this mutually beneficial relationship, as well as what’s missing.

Related. Companion Planting Information and Chart - The Permaculture Research Institute. An updated chart of basic companion plants we’ve grown successfully over the years We recently received an e-mail from a gentleman in China looking for… … what plants you may have in your garden that you can transplant next to your rose or your apple tree to see how they nurture each other over time. As a result I thought I would post our own updated list of companion plants for him and anyone else interested. While I would love to say this plant or that plant are "best" I feel I must remind folks to keep in mind your climate, soil and many, many other factors that determine how well these plants cooperate together.

What is Companion Planting? P = Perennial plant in our Mediterranean climate Above is a basic chart of companion plants; I’m sure there is a more expansive list out there. I’m also working on a Plant Guild Matrix or species matrix chart which details various plants, their unique characteristics as well as their specific use and ecological function. Related Popular. Permaculture Potato Planting - Using Potatoes to develop beautiful permanent raised beds. Vertical Garden Wall (urban forum at permies) Zone 6 Vegetable Planting Calendar | Vegetable Planting Calendar. To get the most out of your vegetable garden, you need to do a little planning. Knowing when to start your seeds and transplant them outdoors will help to maximize your harvest. There are no hard rules for this, it is dependent on the climate for your particular area, as well as the weather at the time.

These charts were created as a guidelines; a starting point if you will. You should adjust the planting dates relative to your particular area, and the specific variety of vegetables going into your garden. The exact values may be slightly off (~2 weeks) for your particular zone. See the chart (on right) to view the average dates of first and last freeze (low temperature reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit) for each zone. The Vegetable Garden Planting Calendar below will help you plan if and when your seeds should be started indoors, when to start or transplant your seeds/seedlings to the outdoors, and roughly when to expect to harvest your seeds. Unbelievable House Truck Transforms Into Fantasy Castle (tiny house forum at permies) Gardening Know How - Happy Gardening! Ask a gardening question, get a gardening answer.

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Achillea millefolium. Description[edit] Yarrow leaves Achillea millefolium is an erect herbaceous perennial plant that produces one to several stems 0.2–1 metre (0.66–3.28 ft) in height, and has a spreading rhizomatous growth form. Leaves are evenly distributed along the stem, with the leaves near the middle and bottom of the stem being the largest. The leaves have varying degrees of hairiness (pubescence). The leaves are 5–20 cm long, bipinnate or tripinnate, almost feathery, and arranged spirally on the stems. The leaves are cauline, and more or less clasping.[3] The inflorescence has 4 to 9 phyllaries and contains ray and disk flowers which are white to pink.

The plant has a strong, sweet scent, similar to chrysanthemums.[1] Distribution[edit] Yarrow grows from sea level to 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) in elevation. Pink flowers Varieties[edit] Uses[edit] Achillea millefolium cultivar Cultivation[edit] Achillea millefolium is cultivated as an ornamental plant by many plant nurseries. Propagation[edit] Cultivars[edit] Vertical farming: towering vision, uncertain future | Harvest Public Media. Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out. Growers across the country are heading indoors, using greenhouses and hydroponics – growing plants in a water and nutrient solution instead of soil and using lamps to replace sunlight.

Vertical farming takes that to a new level. But what exactly is a “vertical farm”? Some conceptualized vertical farms are like space-age skyscrapers, while others are simple, boxy structures with racks of artificially lit plants stacked to the ceiling. The man widely credited with bring the term into the mainstream says it’s simple: any high-tech greenhouse that goes up rather than out. “Instead of spreading out,” said Columbia University ecologist and professor emeritus Dr. The mission? Home | Mt. Cuba Center. Perennial Abundance. Absolutely FREE videos by Geoff Lawton, World Renowned Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Consultant. In this video Geoff Lawton visits Permaculture authors Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates and looks at their tiny one tenth of an acre cold climate urban back-yard located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Here they grow over 200 perennial food plants, including bananas and share their secrets – what food is possible to be grown even in the coldest climate zones like theirs, where the outside temperature can drop to minus 20 Centigrade.

In the other free videos you will discover how: Geoff Lawton designed his farm to be totally self-sufficient and how you too can create a paradise on Earth with all the food and water that you need.Property Purchase Checklist. These free videos will only be available for a limited time, to get access to watch these videos right now, fill out your name and email in the form on the right. We will keep you updated via your email as we release the free video series. Food Forest Suburb. Absolutely FREE videos by Geoff Lawton, World Renowned Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Consultant. In this video we explore an idyllic intentional housing estate created 38 years ago by architect Michael Corbett. Geoff Lawton revisits this 60 acre property to see if nearly four generations later it lives up to its reputation as America’s most forgotten Garden of Eden estate.

A place of fruit tree and swales abound in abundance. Could this place be a template of how humanities future will be envisioned? Geoff Lawton explains in detail it’s mysteries. In the other free videos you will discover how: Geoff Lawton designed his farm to be totally self-sufficient and how you too can create a paradise on Earth with all the food and water that you need.Property Purchase Checklist. These free videos will only be available for a limited time, to get access to watch these videos right now, fill out your name and email in the form on the right. Over 7,500 comments and thousands of views. Transforming a conventional orchard into a fruit forest. From 2000-year-old food forests to an amazing, chaotic and largely self-sustaining allotment, we've seen plenty of examples of permaculture projects that aim to rethink the model of how we grow food.

What's often asked, however, is whether permaculture can really replace mainstream farming. Stefan Sobkowiak believes it can. And he's been working for the last 20 years to convert a 12 acre conventional commercial orchard into Miracle Farms, a largely self-sustaining permaculture food forest that uses little to no external fertilizer, and encourages a broad diversity of plants, insects and soil life to maintain its health and produce its bounty. Now a new documentary project seeks to spread the word about his work. And, through Kickstarter, they are looking for your support to do it.

Gardeners must unite to save Britain's wildlife, experts urge. From universities, journals, and other organizations Date: January 26, 2010 Source: University of Leeds Summary: Householders in the UK should be looking beyond their own garden fence to protect vulnerable British wildlife, according to scientists. Hedgehog in grass. Credit: iStockphoto/Rafal Olkis To encourage urban biodiversity, neighbours should co-ordinate their gardening efforts to create a network of interlinking habitats where birds, bees and mammals can flourish. Journal References: Davies et al. Cite This Page: University of Leeds. University of Leeds. (2010, January 26).

University of Leeds. More Plants & Animals News from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services. Permaculture Research Institute - Permaculture Forums, Courses, Information & News. How To Grow Vegetables Indoors Using Container Gardening? - Grow Vegetables Indoors | Grow Vegetables Indoors. Growing vegetables indoors in containers is now becoming popular especially among families looking for good alternatives to expensive organic vegetables in the market.

This method of indoor gardening, known as container gardening, is also creating a buzz among plant lovers with little space for outdoor gardening. Vegetable container gardening is a hit for those living in apartments, with no space at all for outdoor gardening. Many households find container gardening the most cost efficient of all methods to set up and grow their own vegetables. In addition, it is easy to grow vegetable plants using containers and the maintenance of these plants do not cost a fortune. As always, the first thing you need to do when using container gardening is to decide which species of vegetables or herbs to grow.

Thereafter, make sure the spot that you choose to grow your vegetable plants indoor has sufficient sunlight. Grow Vegetables in the Shade - Ten Vegetables You Can Grow Without Full Sun. By Colleen Vanderlinden When most people picture a vegetable garden, they imagine a spot that bakes in the sun all day. For some vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash, this is the ideal site. What if we want to grow vegetables, but don't have a site like this "ideal" one available? There are plenty of vegetables that will grow well without full sun. Those of us who have shade can grow vegetables, too. Basically, a good rule to remember is that if you grow a plant for the fruit or the root, it needs full sun. Keep in mind that no vegetable will grow in full, dense shade. Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, and cress.BroccoliCauliflowerPeasBeetsBrussels SproutsRadishesSwiss Chard Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kaleBeans In some ways, growing in a site with part shade is easier than growing in full sun. continue reading below our video Having a shady garden doesn't mean you're destined to live a life devoid of fresh garden vegetables.

Native Plants and Natural Landscaping | Wild Ones. “If we care about the Earth we could heal it by removing lawns, by finding alternatives to lawns. You can do wonderful things on your own property to protect the environment. Each little island, each corridor will help bring back the butterflies and birds.” — Lorrie Otto Many people are talking about native plants these days. Are you wondering what a native plant is?

Are you wondering why they’re talking about native plants? So now that you know about native plants, let’s talk natural landscapes. With the U.S. population nearing three hundred and six million, and growing by more than eight thousand every day, we have to get serious about habitat for our fellow creatures. Besides the fact that it’s the right thing to do, there are a lot of other things that are great about native plants and natural landscapes. It’s FUN! So why not use non-native plants? So now that we’ve convinced you to try native plants and natural landscapes, let’s talk about how to go about doing it.

Audubon: Backyard. Dawn of a New Lawn There are plenty of things to do with your yard. And mowing the grass doesn't have to be one of them. By Andy Wasowski What if your car needed an oil change every month, a tune-up every 500 miles, and the front end realigned every two weeks? You'd call it a lemon and get rid of it--fast. The fact is, most U.S. homeowners have "lemon" landscapes. But high maintenance is just one disadvantage of the typical residential landscape. Lorrie Otto, considered by many to be the matriarch of the natural landscaping movement in America, describes lawn culture more emphatically: "Maintaining a lawn is one of the most evil practices of the upper and middle classes. One of the chief problems with conventional yards is that they just aren't very hospitable to wildlife.

Water use is another problem with conventional lawns. How did we get ourselves into this mess? Conformity was also deemed essential. You might be skeptical of all this talk about low maintenance. 16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps. By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops?

Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it! There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing.

Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. Lemongrass Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Ginger.