Home vegetable gardening - Sac MGs Few experiences can match the pleasure of savoring homegrown vegetables, especially if you grow them from seeds or seedlings. The flavor and number of varieties that you can grow far exceed what you can buy at a grocery store. Growing vegetables does not have to be time consuming or difficult. In fact, you do not even need a garden. When you grow your own food, you know where it came from and exactly how it was grown. Resources • Vegetable Gardening 101 covers just about all aspects of growing vegetables in your home garden (PDF 98kb). • Grow your own vegetables tip sheet (PDF 78kb) covers the basics of home vegetable gardening including planting requirements, when and how much to plant. • Growing Vegetables answers frequently asked questions about planning, planting, caring for, and harvesting vegetables from the California Garden Web. • Vegetable Garden Basics, ANR publication 8059 (PDF 86kb), is a 7-page document that covers planning and planting a home vegetable garden.
How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages As I work on turning this one acre homestead into a self-sustaining Garden of Eden, I have two requirements for every single plant I consider putting in the ground: they must be either edible or medicinal. Preferably both. Why? More and more people are beginning to see the benefit of having a garden and growing your own food, but growing your own medicine could be equally as vital to your well being. As I plan my medicinal garden, I choose what to grow by studying different medical emergency scenarios and learning which plants I would be able to use if it ever came down to that. One day as I was doctoring up one of my kiddos, the thought crossed my mind, “What if I couldn’t get any more of these band-aids? Young Wooly Lamb’s Ear settling down for the winter. Wooly Lamb’s Ear. It’s one of my favorites because it’s medicinal AND edible. A Natural Antibacterial Bandage Wooly Lamb’s Ear, botanical name Stachys byzantina, has been used for centuries as a wound dressing on battlefields. 1. 2. 3.
How to make a terrarium waterfall This is a complete tutorial that shows you , step by step, how to make a terrarium waterfall. It is something you can do in a few hours depending on the materials you use, the size you want to make it, and how long it takes the paint to dry. The biggest challenge is getting yourself a water pump. I used the pump from an inexpensive table top fountain that I purchased in a discount store. I have a selection of water pumps you can buy at the bottom of this page. And, if you prefer to just buy a waterfall I have a page of them here: (terrarium waterfalls)The picture below is the waterfall I make in this tutorial. The most important thing you are going to need to make a waterfall is of course the waterpump. After the pump a lot of the materials you will need can be improvised and I used insulating foam that comes in sheets. Here is the plastic container I am using to hold the water and the pump. This picture shows the basic layout and concept of the waterfall. RESOURCES and PUMPS
7 Benefits to Bringing Nature Back to Cities Nature scarcity in cities has been observed for centuries. Only recently have we detailed the acute symptoms of separation anxiety felt by urban society. Urban greening creates projects that simultaneously restore our health and invite plants and animals to reclaim their place among us. The first step to reconnecting to the natural world may be rethinking the appropriate daily dose. The Biophilic Cities Project, led by Tim Beatley at University of Virginia, proposes everyone would benefit from consuming his or her “minimum daily requirement of nature,” similar to caloric intake requirements. Some leading cities are making a balanced nature diet part of their long-term planning by engaging residents in multi-use projects. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. – Miles Becker | 17 February 2014 Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Photo © Matthew Smith Image © Tim Beatley Video © Tamarack Media
How to make your own marshmallows S'mores are more commonly associated with campfires than campy holidays, but there's something about the smell of frosty nights and bonfires in the air around Halloween that has me thinking about one of my favorite childhood treats: a hot toasted marshmallow smooshed between two graham crackers with as much chocolate as possible (parents and activity leaders were notoriously skimpy with the chocolate in my experience). Of course, now that I'm older, I'm not a fan of all the genetically modified sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other food additives I can’t begin to pronounce that are in, and smooshed between, those two graham crackers. So I decided to see if I could whip up the makings of some tasty whole-food s'mores, and as it turns out, homemade marshmallows and graham crackers are surprisingly easy to make. Homemade marshmallows While there is actually a plant called the marshmallow, the bland sweet white pillows sold in plastic bags are, sadly, not its fruits. Ingredients:
Starting a Bee Hive How do I start a Bee Hive ? All beehives must be registered with the Department of Primary Industries in your State. What you need to get started : Please note that some items will need to be assembled as they are sold in kit form. DPI Pack Registration forms etc QLD Free. Hive Body 1 Complete Bottom Board 10 frame $ 13.501 Super ( which is the main box ) 10 Frame $ 25.001 complete Lid 10 Frame $ 20.5010 Frames ( Full Depth ) $ 13.0010 Sheets of Full Depth Foundation ( wax Sheets ) $ 11.501 300 Gram Roll of Wire $ 7.95100 Eyelets $ 5.601 Eyelet Tool $11.501 x 50 Gram Pack of Tacks $ 3.9065 mm x 2.8 mm Flat Head Nails ( 250 Gram ) Pack $ 3.9525 mm x 1.4 mm Flat Head Nails ( 100 Gram ) Pack $ 3.901 Spur wheel Embedder $ 8.751 Embedding Board $ 6.501 Emlock & strap $ 9.301 Entrance Closer $ 3.75TOTAL $ 148.60 Once the hive is assembled and painted you are ready to introduce the bees known as a ( neucleus ) Around $85.00 - $ 100.00 Depending on the Beekeeper. Protective Clothing Tools
ECO-FRIENDLY DIY BUILDING THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH | Kookaburra Eco Lodge Building your own home need not cost your life savings. There are plenty of simple, DIY alternatives for those who want to do it on the cheap and in an environmentally friendly way. Here are just a few ideas. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with a bit of time, elbow grease and a great idea! Earthbag homes These are exactly what they say they are- stacked bags filled with earthen materials. Off grid cabins Plenty of people have tried and succeeded at the truly self-sustaining off-grid lifestyle, and these little beauties have been most helpful to their ends. offgridbuild.com.au simplesolarhomesteading.com/ Shipping container home Who would have thought a disused shipping container could be home sweet home? Straw bale home Why straw? For more interesting home eco-home links: Like this:
Straw bale | YourHome Straw has been used as a building material for centuries for thatch roofing and also mixed with earth in cob and wattle and daub walls. Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago by settlers in Nebraska, USA, shortly after the invention of baling machines. Straw is derived from grasses and is regarded as a renewable building material since its primary energy input is solar and it can be grown and harvested. Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago. Straw is the springy tubular stalk of grasses like wheat and rice that are high in tensile strength. Strawbale walls are surprisingly resistant to fire, vermin and decay. Photo: Paul Downton A ‘truth window’ is a common feature in strawbale homes, providing a glimpse of the material that is otherwise completely rendered over and hidden in the finished building Performance summary Appearance Finished strawbale walls are invariably rendered with cement or earth so that the straw is not visible. Thermal mass Footings
Water Feature Strathcona Beekeepers: The Sun Hive Hive Monitoring: Measuring Primary and Secondary Pests of Your Hive I have always used a sticky board under my screened bottom for mite testing but recently learned that this may not always be a good indication of hive mite population. If your bees are not good groomers or non hygienic you may have a high number of mites that don't show up on your A great BBC series that follows Martha Kearney's beekeeping adventures in England. To view more Bee Documentaries check out the Bee Video page of our website. Our bees have had a great start to the year with a few colonies 4 deeps full. Ohio State University will be presenting their next free monthly beekeeping webinar on May 21st from 9AM to 10AM (Eastern District Time). Eric with his bees Workshops at the Sharing Farm at Terra Nova Park The Sharing Farm is hosting four beekeeping workshops at Terra Nova Park’s Red Barn in Richmond. In l995 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park after a 70 year absence. Sad but true.