Diatomaceous Earth (food grade): Bug Killer You Can Eat! Growing food and community in the city. Austin Urban Farming empowers our community with sustainable gardening and homebased food production. Austin Herb Society. Herb & Spice Chart - Home Cooking. A herb by any other name… A-D. Raised garden beds: hugelkultur instead of irrigation. Raised garden bed hugelkultur after one month raised garden bed hugelkultur after one year raised garden bed hugelkultur after two years raised garden bed hugelkultur after twenty years It's a german word and some people can say it all german-ish.
I'm an american doofus, so I say "hoogle culture". I learned this high-falootin word at my permaculture training. Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. I do think there are some considerations to keep in mind. Another thing to keep in mind is that wood is high in carbon and will consume nitrogen to do the compost thing. Pine and fir will have some levels of tanins in them, but I'm guessing that most of that will be gone when the wood has been dead for a few years.
In the drawings at right, the artist is trying to show that while the wood decomposes and shrinks, the leaves, duff and accumulating organic matter from above will take it's place. Self-Watering Veggie Table. A Brief History of Gardening in Containers: Do you like gardening but digging in the dirt is too painful, messy, or time consuming?
Container gardening is your answer. For many years now, container gardeners have been using pots, tubs, and boxes of all sizes to garden in. While raised bed gardens have also gained in popularity, so have "bucket gardens" or tubs become an economical way to garden with more control over your soil and more success with hard to grow vegetables. Recently, the advent of so-called "self watering" containers have helped gardeners to grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs with even more success. At the University of Maryland Extension, Jon Traunfeld designed a Salad Table which is essentially a shallow wooden frame with a large surface area and a mesh bottom that allows water to drain. The Idea: I loved the idea of a salad table as a way to maximize the space I have to grow salad greens to feed myself and my rabbits. What is Self-Watering? Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin.
The Natural Gardener: Organic Gardening Headquarters. Central Texas Gardening. Austin Organic Gardeners - Home. For 65 years, the members of Austin Organic Gardeners have shared information about successfully raising vegetables and ornamentals without using harsh fertilizers that harm the soil and toxic pesticides that disturb the ecological balance.
Monthly meetings are held the second Monday of each month (except October and December) at the Zilker Botanical Gardens at 6:30 P.M. The club's philosophy is that human and animal health depends on the health of the soil that produces their food. Healthy soil, which is rich in organic matter, abounds with organisms that convert minerals in the soil into forms plants can use. The well-nourished plants growing in these soils are better able to defend themselves against attacks from insects, diseases, and other pests.
Join us for our April meeting as Dr. Download 2014 planting dates from Tim Miller of Millberg Farm Visit the AOG Blog Site Check out our events page for upcoming gardening events like a seed swap in February and the AOG plant sale in March. 590 KLBJ Hosts and Shows. John Dromgoole hosts the longest, continuously running, organic gardening talk show in the United States.
For the last twenty-five years on KLBJ AM 590, he has shared his passion and extensive knowledge of organic gardening. Originally broadcast on Saturday mornings, he eventually picked up Sunday mornings, too. His show, GARDENING NATURALLY, is unique in that it takes a non-chemical approach to gardening. John's main focus is protecting the environment while enriching the soil and growing healthier plants. This has proven to be a popular subject for both listeners and advertisers, as the program sells out all advertising space every spring. On Saturdays from 9a.m. to 11a.m., listeners call in with their questions about problems with trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers and vegetable gardens.
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