Best Shade-Tolerant Vegetables - Organic Gardening Even in shady conditions, you can bask in great garden harvests if you choose the right crops and make a few easy adjustments. By Colleen Vanderlinden When considering which crops to grow in shady areas, think of them in terms of leaves and roots. To learn more about how to grow crops in shady gardens, check out Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade. The estimates in this chart are based on the experiences of the author and the experts mentioned in Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade.
Plants for Pathways These are the most forgiving Woolly thyme likes to stretch its flat branches out over sidewalks and stairs. It is useful in softening the lines described by hardscaping materials like brick and concrete. Ornamental thymes (Thymus spp. and cvs.) are probably one of the most forgiving groups of plants when it comes to foot traffic. Like other thymes, woolly thyme is fairly easy to care for. Edible Flowers, How to choose Edible Flowers, Eatable Flowers, Edible Flower Chart, List of Edible Flowers, Incredible Edible Flowers Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine Photo of edible flowers picked in Linda's garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil). After falling out of favor for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue once again. Flower cookery has been traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures. Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance. One very important thing that you need to remember is that not every flower is edible. In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat. Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. Identify the flower exactly and eat only edible flowers and edible parts of those flowers. How To Choose Edible Flowers - Edible Flower Chart:
12 Gadgets to Survive the Apocalypse Now is a good time to ponder the apocalypse. Iran and North Korea are going nuclear, the wonky weather is a harbinger of catastrophic climate change, and end-of-the-world blockbusters abound. (Tim Burton's '9' came out last week and '2012,' 'The Road,' and 'Zombieland' are all coming up later this fall.) In that dismal spirit, the Switched team has gathered its first choices for last-chance gadgetry -- a collection of 12 must-haves if society is in peril, whether it be by fire or ice, zombies or aliens. Using our handy "What Type of Apocalypse Will It Be?" ACR Electronics Microfix Personal Beacon Good for: Zombie Attack, Rapidly Spreading Virus, Aliens, Floods With an internal GPS, this little guy signals satellites to identify your exact location, as well as your name, address, and medical info. Scope Ford F-650 XUV Eton American Red Cross Solarlink FR360 Radio 400 Ft. Therm-A-Rest Tech Blanket LIFESAVER Bottle Jetboil Personal Cooking System Orange Solar Concept Tent Voltaic Solar Bags
Wind & Sun Farm – A Permaculture Design (Part 2 of 4) - Midwest Permaculture Part 2 of 2 Current Conditions The field is east facing with a substantial slope (approximately 20%) that is presently planted with alfalfa and a host of other prairie and pasture plants. The land sustained many years of agricultural practices including tilling and chemical use which has caused two significant areas of erosion indicated on the map with tan, squiggly line in the sketch below.The excess water running off the hill (during rain events and snow-melt) flows northward at the bottom of the hill where a substantial wet spot, located mostly on the neighbor’s property, has sprouted up many moisture loving trees and shrubs, most notably, black willow.Some aged maple trees boarder the north/south highway, providing substantial shade on the lowest part of the property in the mornings.Area 2 comes right up to the work and living area of the farm (Area 1) and picks up again just south of said area for 200 feet where the ridge meets the southeast corner of the property.
Backyard Farming W e e k - veggies & herbs Hello, friends! We're home from Colorado, rested and centered. I can't wait to share some of the pictures we took along the way- camping, hiking, and spending time on the open road. Before we left, I started Backyard Farming Week. This year, I planted radishes, carrots, jalapenos, beans, sweet banana peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries, and a handful of herbs: basil, rosemary, patchouli, mint, dill, parsley, cilantro, and cat nip. My cucumbers I planted from seeds that I got from Grandma. In no time you'll be making salads, or filling jars to make pickles. My jalepenos are out of control. Most types of peppers grow under the same conditions. My beans were incredibly short lived: In fact, that one bean is the only bean I got from the entire batch. My tomato plants took off, like always. Give them a couple feet of space, a cage to grow on, and let them get busy on their own. This year I bought a couple plants from the Farmer's Market, like I always do. Guilt.
The Natural Gardener The Quick Start Guide for getting prepared image by akeg There’s just no telling when Armageddon will occur, nor is there a date scheduled, yet, for a zombie invasion. However, all this talk lately about the debt ceiling and a looming financial apocalypse has scared a lot of people. Many of them have done very little to prepare and are wondering, “Is it too late?” You’ll know it’s too late when your pantry is empty, right along with grocery store shelves, no water comes from your tap, there’s no electricity, and fifty zombies are coming up your driveway. One small disclaimer: I have absolutely no idea exactly what is going to happen in our country, around the world, or in your particular neighborhood or when. Step 1: Decide what you’re preparing for. Step 2: Examine your financial situation. Step 3: Food storage will be one of your main goals, regardless of what happens. image by daily invention Step 4: Make a list of simple breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. image by motoyen Step 7: Decide how you want to safeguard your finances.
Seed Balls: how to grow trees without really trying While we started off experimenting with annual and ground cover species seed balls, to date I’ve been most impressed by how useful they’ve proved to help us establish trees in unlikely areas. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been trying to figure out how to establish trees and increase biomass on the rocky, soil-deprived parts of Milkwood without breaking our backs or our hearts. And I think seed balls might hold the key. Scarified Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii) seeds, ready to be seed balled Seed ball making: adding sieved red clay from the hill Adding sieved compost Adding water in measured squirts Roughly pinched balls of the mix And then it’s time to roll! Ko Oishii doing a seedball workshop with our PDC students The completed seed balls drying… ready to go forth and propagate! Thanks to Milkwood intern Ko Oishii spending considerable time in 2009 tinkering with seed ball mixes and combinations, we’ve discovered a few things we can now share with you. Uhuh, I hear you say. Related articles:
Tree Tape Measures the Climate Benefits of Your Backyard Trees - Environment Want to know how much that big oak in your front yard is helping in the climate fight? Designer Nitipak Samsen created this very cool—and educational—tool that helps put the carbon sequestering ability of trees into context. The Tree Tape can be customized for specific types of trees—rainforest, native hardwood, or softwood—and will tell you the amount of carbon dioxide that is absorbed in terms of a more common activities like air travel, electricity consumed, and even cheeseburgers eaten. You can download Tree Tape here. Samsen writes: Ever wondered how much CO2 absorbed in a tree? I think this could be really useful for kids and adults alike.
Pruning Tomatoes Side stems affect plant vigor As a tomato grows, side shoots, or suckers, form in the crotches, or axils, between the leaves and the main stem. If left alone, these suckers will grow just like the main stem, producing flowers and fruit. Suckers appear sequentially, from the bottom of the plant up. The farther up on the plant a sucker develops, the weaker it is, because the sugar concentration gets lower as you move up the plant. I keep tomatoes free of side stems below the first fruit cluster. Determinate tomatoes need no pruning other than removing all suckers below the first flower cluster, because pruning won't affect their fruit size or plant vigor. Indeterminate tomatoes can have from one to many stems, although four is the most I'd recommend.