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Smart Gardener - simply grow great food

Smart Gardener - simply grow great food

Food Gardening Specialists - Sonoma County Master Gardeners The Food Gardening Specialist project has the mission of teaching Sonoma County gardeners how to successfully start and maintain food gardens. The Food Gardening Specialists, a group of Sonoma County Master Gardeners who have specialized food gardening training and experience, hail from all three microclimates of Sonoma County. In addition to their horticultural knowledge and interests, they are all passionate food gardeners – many with years of first-hand experience growing crops in their own microclimates. They successfully combine their personal food gardening expertise with advanced and continuing education. Helpful publications, articles, monthly food garden tasks and FGS tips can be found on the Food Gardening page of the SCMG website. Workshops for Food Gardeners Food Gardening Specialists present free spring and fall Food Gardening Workshops in a number of county locations. Community Gardens Services provided to community gardens include, but are not limited to, the following:

All About Compost August 17th, 2010 Email 22 users recommend Easy to assemble and disassemble, Lee Reich's compost bin can adapt to the size of your compost pile. Photo: Virginia Small Easy to assemble and disassemble, Lee Reich's bin can adapt to the size of your compost pile.Composting turns kitchen and yard scraps into a marvelous soil amendment, and you don't have to do much to accomplish this stunning transformation. After you try it, show it off to other members in thegardener's gallery.Post your photos posted in: compost Get special offers, FREE eLetters and your FREE PDF bonus now. Find us on:

the pothole gardener | A guerrilla gardening blog… Cheap PC grow box for less than $20 Cheap PC grow box for less than $20 6.3 years ago indoor growbox I enjoy when I can be rewarded by overcoming mother nature, so when my 6 year old mentioned she wanted to figure out why strawberries will not grow in the winter for her science project I couldn’t have been prouder. Once she determined the reason was because it was colder and the sun wasn’t up as much, she suggested using lights to help them get more light and warmth. The next obvious step was to create a grow box, now if this wasn’t cheap vegetable gardener I would just buy a commercial grow box, but by now you should know better than that… Looking through my garage I found my first victim, an old PC case. In January we had a strange couple weeks of 20 degree days so I also added an incandescent build for some extra light but more importantly little extra heat. After a little over a week we seemed to be getting some good results with our first blossom on the strawberry plant my daughter chose under snow in our garden.

Proposed Food Bill MPI Food Safety Advanced search Reform of New Zealand food regulations: Proposed Food Bill Please see Questions and Answers page Back to top Related information Key contacts Policy Email us Keep up to date Tools: LED Christmas light grow box – Update #2 5.2 years ago cheap, cucumbers, indoor growbox, indoor seed starting, LEDs, wondersoil I noticed some of my daisies were getting a little leggy so added 60 more LEDs (red) to my LED grow box. This time I was a little less calculated about positioning but still fee like I got a decent pattern going. I also decreased the drill size and didn’t even need to use the hot glue gun. As you can see from the pictures below the plants (cucumbers, onions, cilantro, purple coneflowers) have a dark green complexion and are less leggy compared to the results I would get from my window sill. Like this: Like Loading... Tags: cheap, cilantro, growbox, led, outdoor plants, vegetables

NZ food bill to make growing food a government privilege rather than a human right (NaturalNews) The God-given human right to freely cultivate food is under attack in New Zealand (NZ) as special interest groups and others are currently attempting to push a "food security" bill through the nation's parliament that will strip individuals of their right to grow food, save seeds, and even share the fruits of their labor with friends and family members. In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon. According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right.

The most profitable plants in your vegetable garden 5.3 years ago cheap, cilantro, garlic bulbs, organic, seedling, seeds, vertical gardening, winter garden Many vegetables can be expensive to purchase by growing the most expensive vegetables in your garden and buying the least inexpensive vegetables at your grocery store you can easily help drop your food budget. This especially important for people like me with very limited space to grow everything that I consume. It may be impossible to put a price on the satisfaction of bringing in a basket of produce fresh from your garden. As well as the enhanced flavors from having truly fresh produce from your garden compared to that of your local supermarket. I did a little research first to determine yields of various plants per square foot and secondly what the value (organic supermarket prices USD) of the yielded produce at harvest. Sources: for plant yield information, for current produce prices Like this: Like Loading...

What a global food crisis looks like: Oxfam's food prices map Food prices have hovered near an all-time peak since late 2010 sending tens of millions of people into poverty. Oxfam's interactive map shows how poor communities across the world are being hurt by high and volatile food prices. This ‘food price pressure points map’ provides a global snapshot of the impacts of the global food price crisis. Use this code to embed the map on your website: What causes food price spikes? Failed crops – often caused by our changing climate – hit food prices hard. Short-sighted biofuels strategies play a part too – taking food off of people's plates and putting it into car tanks. But despite all these complex causes, the effects on poor people are painfully simple. Whole communities face an uncertain future, because all anyone can think about is where their next meal will come from. It's time to grow out of food price spikes. The way to GROW But what's also needed is more effective global handling of food price crises when they do happen. Related links

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Some people like goats; other people cannot keep them out of the garden. Some people will not slaughter animals and have to sell their surplus stock off to people who will kill them; others will not sell surplus stock off at all because they know that the animals will be killed; and still others will slaughter their own animals to provide their family with healthy meat. For myself, on a 1-acre farm of good, well-drained land, I would keep a cow and a goat, a few pigs and maybe a dozen hens. Raising a Dairy Cow Cow or no cow? On the other hand, the food that you buy in for this family cow will cost you hundreds of dollars each year. 1-Acre Farm With a Family Cow Grazing Management Intensive Gardening Half-Acre Crop Rotation

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