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Welcome to Victory Seeds - Rare, Open-pollinated & Heirloom Garden Seeds. Growing Tips, Gardening Plans, Herb Profiles. Providing rainwater catchment, irrigation systems, xeriscaping, permaculture design, water-wise landscaping, water recycling and erosion control. Cascadian Edible Landscapes. Edible Landscaping: Organic Gardening And Landscape Design. Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants. Recommended this month New Book ** Edible Perennials: 50 Top perennials from Plants For A Future [Paperback] Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures.

Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants

They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form cooperative combinations, make use of layers above and below the soil, and they create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle the rain. The challenge is productivity: how can yields of useful foods and other useful materials be maximised? The latest book from Plants For A Future is a resource for discovering some of the answers.

Flea Beetle: Organic Control Options. No dig gardens - how to do no dig gardening by gardening the no dig way! Greenhouse kits, Geodesic Dome Greenhouse, Greenhouses. Garden Supply - Planet Natural. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. How the Dervaes Family Stole My Victory Garden - HOMEGROWN.ORG. Garden Guides, Your Guide to Everything Gardening.

Creative Organic Gardening - Permaculture gardens. (permanent culture) is an approach to everyday life that integrates plants, animals, landscape, structures; people who purposely design all the facets of their lives to enhance environmental sustainability within a permanent, sustainable agricultural and cultural system - a diverse, complex eco-system, where the all of the elements interact in mutually beneficial ways to produce a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts.

Creative Organic Gardening - Permaculture gardens

The art of designing garden areas that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies. Permanent is from the Latin "permanens" - to remain to the end, to persist throughout. Culture is from the Latin "cultura" - meaning the cultivation of land, or the intellect. It is a philosophy, an ethic of caring for the earth and working with, not against nature with an attitude of thoughtful observation, an action-meditation - rather than undirected and thoughtless labor. Permaculture is sustainable land use design. Planting a Permaculture Garden 1. 2. 3. 4. Avant-Gardening: Creative Organic Gardening - All About Organic Gardening.

Creative Organic Gardening - Northwestern New Mexico. Biocontrol Network - Bio-Rational Alternatives for agriculture, horticulture, commercial and residential use. Natural Insect Control. Clicking on ants will take you to another page.

Natural Insect Control

{*style:<b>Aphids: </b>*}For aphid control we carry: 1600 X-Clude , Diatomaceous Earth , Garden Dust Insecticide/Fungicide , Ants "farm" aphids often keeping them in their nest during winter, then bringing them out in spring and placing them on the host plant. The ants eat the honeydew the aphids produce and move them from plant to plant spreading any diseases that are present. The honeydew favors formation of a black fungus known as "sooty mold. " Green lacewings, ladybugs and their respective larvae have a voracious appetite for aphids. Anise, chives, coriander (cilantro), garlic, onions, petunias and radish. Squashing a few aphids around the infested plants releases a chemical signal that makes the other aphids drop from the plants and leave.

To foil aphids: flatten a square of aluminum foil around the base of plants to bounce light on the undersides of leaves. Spread out a barrier of tansy around the base of the plant to stop those ants.


Seed and Pland Sources. Growing Amaranth and Quinoa. Recipes There are so many similarities between quinoa (keen' wah) and amaranth that it seems appropriate to describe them together.

Growing Amaranth and Quinoa

Quinoa, however, is a cool weather crop and amaranth is a warm weather one. Quinoa and amaranth are two very old, high-protein plants that hail from South America. They were held sacred in ancient Inca and Aztec cultures. Both now hold great potential for self-sustaining gardens in the northern hemisphere. Quinoa and amaranth are treated as grains although they have broad leaves, unlike the true grains and corn, which are grasses.

Both quinoa and amaranth are quite adaptable, disease-free and drought-tolerant plants. The wild relatives of both amaranth and quinoa have long been familiar to North American gardeners and are often called by the same name of pigweed. Greenhouse in a Swimming Pool - Winter Harvest. Salad greens, chives and braising greens thrive in this winter growing space, a greenhouse converted from an old swimming pool. Outside temperatures dipped down as low as 3F (-17C); yet this space remains productive without any additional heat. It is heated by the sun during the day, and stays relatively warm (around 32F (0C)) on coldest of nights. Plants are happy and harvest is in full swing. This unheated growing space was created in an old swimming pool that has fallen into disrepair.

Old swimming pools are hard fix; this one was built in the 1950-s and doubled up as water cistern for irrigating fields and pastures. Photo above is taken around 5pm in January - with low winter sun shining from the west (left side on the photo). This greenhouse has another great advantage - being sunken into the earth it has a substantial thermomass, which means it is significantly more immune to temperature swings than a typical freestanding glass/plastic greenhouse.