(NaturalNews) Different local authorities throughout the USA have been harassing homeowners for growing veggies or herbs in their front lawns.
Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!" Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -"Double Indemnity" (1944) Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election?
If you're really keen to go down the green shed route, here's an ambitious project for you - build it out of recycled plastic bottles. Above is an example belonging to Crafty People 's Sister C at the historic St Anns Allotments . Built around a timber frame, the bottles were collected from friends and family before being cut to size (there's a good explanation of how that's done on her site). Alternatively, try doing one without any timber at all like Jane Burt's installation below. Her ‘Green Green House’ was made with more than 1,000 recycled plastic bottles collected from friends and the local recycling centre.
Author: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 30 November 2012 | Comment So why on earth would you want to make your own greenhouse out of plastic bottles? Well, we all know that the British weather can be less than reliable. So for green-fingered Brits, a greenhouse tends to be a vital piece of kit if you want your growing endeavours to prove successful. And although the price of a greenhouse has become more affordable in recent years, they can still be expensive to maintain.
First off I bought the "plastic fantastic" booklet from Earthship Fyfe (see link below). I then set about collecting the parts together, namely : Fenceposts, reasonably thick wire, and of course empty 2 litre plastic bottles. For this I turned to Freegle, and after 6 months I had a garage full of bin liners of plastic bottles, some fence posts, and I bought some garden wire from ebay and Wilkos. Whilst I was still collecting bottles I started to process what I had, which involved taking the labels off the bottles, cutting off the bottoms and stacking them together. I stacked most them in 3's initially as they then fitted back into the bin liners nicely, but some went on bamboo canes in my garden to see how they would fare over the winter.
How to construct a Greenhouse using Plastic Water bottles !! Well I think from the picture you have already seen, I reckon you will have a good idea as how to make your greenhouse, however take a look here à ( http://www.reapscotland.org.uk/reports/greenhouse%20v1.pdf ) there were certain points on the site that I didn’t like, so I adapted my construction a little different to theirs, since my 1 st green house I have adapted even more. also I used only 1.5 litre water bottles that friends on the island collect for me, in 3 months I had collected over 7000 bottles, fortunately most had easy peeling labels, the rest are awful to peel, but hey! It’s all for a great cause. Did you know, it takes over 100 years for a single plastic bottle to completely decay? 1 )You need a terrific amount of storage space to keep your collected bottles, the greenhouse I made measures 2mtrs x 2mtrs and 1.9 high and took a little over 1000 bottles to make !
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Corn variety trials at Gathering Together Farm A handful of Oregon farmers are teaming up with Oregon State University as part of a nationwide effort to broaden the availability of organic seeds. Responding to new pressure from organic food certifiers, the effort is aimed at testing new seed varieties on organic farms in hopes of luring companies to produce the seed commercially. "There are a few companies out there that produce seed that is certified organic," said Jim Myers, a professor in the Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University . But organic seed can otherwise be tough to find, he said.
All these companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. A listing of other companies that have signed the pledge is available at Gene-Watch Org http://www.gene-watch.org/programs/safeseed/sourcebook.html . A griculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants .
The Cold War phrase "peaceful coexistence" has been revived in a new context: as a potential solution in the clash between organic agriculture and genetic engineering. This agricultural battle is global in scope, but one place where the tension is most tangible — and where its consequences are most concrete — is the valley along Oregon's Willamette River. "This valley is not big enough to have genetically engineered crops and normal crops growing together without cross contamination happening," says Frank Morton, an organic farmer who grows Swiss chard for seed. Dan Charles for NPR This valley is a wonderful place to grow things; the soil is fertile and the climate is mild.
Torsten Kjellstrand/The Oregonian Hank Keogh (center, in white) joins Karen Morton (left) and her sons, Taj and Kit, as they stomp and whack a pile of gold chard to loosen the organic seeds grown at Gathering Together Farm in Philomath. PHILOMATH -- Critics of genetically modified crops have warned about "frankenfood" and "superweeds" for years. But today, more than four-fifths of the nation's corn, cotton and soybean crops are altered to resist pesticides and insects.
We are outside Oregon City, in Beavercreek, 20 miles from Portland, Oregon. Our farm is dedicated to providing the most sustainable, amazingly fresh, humanely pasture raised breeding stock, meats & eggs, and heirloom seeds to the Portland, Oregon and the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. For genetic diversity purposes we our ship heirloom seeds all year & day old ducklings to 49 states and Canada, April through August. At Boondockers Farm the focus is rare Heritage Poultry, specifically the Ancona, and Saxony for ducklings, breeding stock, hatching, eating eggs, and meat when available.