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.
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.
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:
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.
Nitro-Pak: World Leader in Freeze Dried Food | Mountain House Food | Emergency Preparedness Siskiyou Permaculture Resources Group - Interview with Fukuoka by Jim Bones (1995) The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. - Masanobu Fukuoka In October of 1994, I traveled to Japan with a team working on a book about the leading methods of sustainable agriculture found around the world. We arrived in Osaka with the unsettled weather that precedes a typhoon. We arrived after noon near the sea coast and checked into an old hotel. A taxi took us to his home at the edge of town where the rice fields and hillside orchards began. We each bowed, and settled onto the floor around a chabudai, a low table in the middle of a simply appointed room. Mr Fukuoka looked at each of us, then asked through Naomi, "Why are you here?" Howard replied, "We have come for answers to a list of questions about Natural Farming for a book on global sustainable agriculture". "Questions, what questions?" Howard showed him a list of standard questions prepared for those to be interviewed for the book.
Growing Carrots - Carrot Cultivation Guidance, hints and tips Factors Affecting the Colour of Carrots 1. Temperatures above and below the optimum (above 70° and below 60°F) reduce the colour of carrots. 2. Spring and summer carrots are often of better colour than autumn and winter. 3. 4. 5. Colour is more intense in the older portions of the root. Carrots can taste soapy or bitter - Two ingredients determine a carrot's flavour: sugars and terpenoids (volatile compounds that impart the carrot flavour). The taste in carrots is based on the right balance of sugars and terpenoids. Many different terpenes in carrot can cause a turpentine-like taste. Storing carrots near apples or other fruits that manufacture ethylene gas as they ripen, encourages the development of terpenoids in the vegetable and causing them to become bitter when exposed to ethylene. A lot depends on the growing conditions ( if you grow your own) - the flavour is best if they mature when days are warm and sunny and nights are cool and still. Maintenance Annual Calendar for Carrots