Vertical Gardening Techniques for Maximum Returns - Organic Gardening Whether your garden is large or small, you can make better use of every square inch by using vertical gardening techniques to grow upright crops. Pole beans typically produce twice as many beans as bush varieties, and the right trellis can double cucumber yields. Then there are crops, such as tomatoes, that need some type of support to keep them above damp ground, where diseases have a heyday. All properly supported plants are easier to pick from and monitor for pests, plus you’ll get help from bug-eating birds that use trellises as hunting perches. How Plants Climb Plants that benefit from garden trellises use a variety of methods to cling to support, including curling tendrils, twining stems or, in the case of tomatoes, long, ropy branches that form roots in places that touch the ground. Curling tendrils produced by peas and cucumber-family crops will twist around whatever is available, so you have plenty of versatility when supporting these crops. Temporary or Permanent?
Alternative Energy | Home Solar Power Systems | Energy Scavenging | Solar LED Lighting | Solar Powered Telemetry | Solar Tracking System | Wind Turbine Pitch Control | Newark.com There are many viable reasons for considering an alternative energy solution to power new designs, especially for those with ultra-low power requirements. Lower total cost of ownership, environmental benefits, and ease of implementation are just some of the many benefits that alternative energy sources can bring. A solar-powered home is probably the most economical and practical use for an alternative energy at this point in time. The long term savings of not having to constantly depend on the energy grid easily outweighs the initial setup costs. Small scale wind power generation schemes have been used for household electricity generation in conjunction with battery storage over many decades, especially in remote areas. It is easy to think of all alternative energy as giant wind farms or hydro plants, but many alternative energy sources can be as simple as a single solar cell powering a remote sensor and wireless transmitter.
Vegetable Garden planting guides - Gardeners Calendar Growing Pumpkins There's an old saying: To be a successful gardener, grow pumpkins. With this truth, you only need one thing to produce pumpkins: seeds! Still, there are always questions. Ace of Space: Planting a DIY Vertical Garden By Tammy Strobel | Posted May 25th 2010 12:29PM Updated May 25th 2010 4:45PM If you live in a tiny apartment, chances are you don't have a porch or a huge backyard to grow a garden. Last year, I discovered the concept of vertical gardening and Patrick Blanc's concept of design and space. Vertical gardens are commonly referred to as living walls. When these living walls are used effectively they can make gardening in small spaces a reality. Even if you live in the heart of a big city, it is possible to design a small vertical garden to meet your needs. But there are ways to create this effect at less cost.... In these tough economic times, spending extra money on gardening supplies might not be a feasible. A Frame and Backboard. The water well catch is placed at the bottom of your living wall. If you're not ready for vertical gardening or window farming, join a community garden or ask a neighbor lucky enough to have a yard to share a little soil space. Below are resources to get you started:
International Biochar Initiative | International Biochar Initiative 5 Simple Ways to Create a DIY Living Wall Photo: ELT Vibrant living walls are a striking way to infuse a little more green in urban areas (not to mention the air quality health benefits they provide) -- and having your own is easier than you'd think. No space? 1. ELT started out making living walls for commercial spaces in Mumbai -- but now you can put their expertise to use in your home with the DIY kits. The super-simple kits come in two sizes, single and double, and mount on an interior wall so you can bring a little bloom to any room in your home. 2. Photo: Woolly PocketWoolly Pocket's Wally gardening system consists of bright pockets constructed from recycled plastic bottles, with a design that makes them durable, breathable, and soft -- plus they're modular, so you can combine as many as you need for a custom design. 3. Photo: Plants on Walls The Floraframe living wall kits from Plants on Walls combine modern aesthetics with natural blooms. 4. Photo: Bright Green USA 5.
Free-Energy Devices, zero-point energy, and water as fuel Digest: Vertical Farming Startups Seek Profit by Bringing Sustainable Agriculture to Cities August 12, 2011 | seedstock It’s Vertical Farming day over at Seedstock and we’re celebrating with a digest that features stories on a number of vertical urban agriculture startups that have the potential to play an outsize role in furthering the goals of sustainable agriculture. Enjoy your reads! Rooftop Farm Couples Science with Sustainability Finding fresh, high-quality produce in Montreal is a challenge. Growing a Million Heads of Lettuce on a Pin To grow one million heads of lettuce using conventional agriculture methods in the US requires either 16 acres of land in the Northern states, 8 acres of land in the Southern states, or .9 acres in a traditional hydroponic greenhouse operation. Home Town Organic Farm Goes Vertical in the City Dan Gibbs, CEO of San Diego, CA-based vertical organic farming startup Home Town Farms, doesn’t believe he’s introducing a new company, but an entire industry that will benefit consumers, the environment and the future of sustainable agriculture.
No Dig Gardening Via Scoop.it – Permaculture To teach people an easy way to build fertile soil to grow organic vegetables with free videos and written information describing the no dig gardening technique.Via www.no-dig-gardening.org Like this: Like Loading... Polanter Vertical Gardening System The Polanter Vertical Gardening System is a simple and practical kit and is hung onto walls or fences with the brackets provided. The brackets remain fixed to the wall and the Polanter can be lifted off the brackets to enable it to be re-planted and then easily re-hung by slotting the Polanter back onto the brackets. The planting holes for the Polanter measures approximately 4cm across and are ideal for planting plug plants. The Polanter Vertical Gardening System comes in a choice of 8 colours (see the table below). Did you know that the Polanter is ideally suited for growing your own produce?
Fire Piston: A Never Fail Way To Build A Fire In The Wilderness Fire Piston: a simple and effective way to start a campfire without matches when stranded in the forest. A wilderness survival tool that may save your life. You are lost in the woods. It is getting cold and dark. You should seek any available wild foods around you, such as wild leeks and fiddlehead ferns (both in the springtime,) milkweed (year 'round) and Cossack asparagus (cattails.) You can make some sort of hand-tool like a primitive stone hand-axe for cutting vines to make a shelter or bust apart a rotted log in search of grubs. But what about building a campfire? Assuming that you do not have a reliable fire-starter, here is a simple and very effective tool that one should carry on their person for camping, hiking or hunting expeditions called a Fire Piston. A Fire Piston is a small wooden device which consists of two pieces. If the matches accidentally get moist they won't work, or might not work at all (try lighting a fire with matches in a light drizzle or in a heavy damp fog.)
Living close: strata title permaculture Lucinda's great DIY vertical gardening system The too-hard basket seems often applied to fledgling aspirations of creating bountiful gardens in rental or strata title properties. Which is really quite understandable, in some ways. To succeed in such ventures one needs to effectively communicate with (sometimes dubious) landlords and fellow residents, which is no small thing. Recently, though, we came across Lucinda’s garden, which is a beautiful example of such communications gone right. The mini food-forest up the side of the apartment Lucinda owns a low-rise apartment which is within a block of perhaps 8 dwellings. more vegies and a patio I’ve not had much experience with the ‘body corporate’ aspect of owning a strata title, but from the grumblings of multiple friends who have, i get the idea that negotiating any sort of change, especially aesthetic change to one’s apartment, can be a long-winded process. small but healthy pond with wonky mirror behind to increase sense of space