home Bow Makers Unite Behind a Precious Tree As the earth’s forests and other natural resources face growing peril, humans are affected in many unexpected ways. In recent years, musicians have found themselves organizing to save the pernambuco, a medium-size tropical tree native to Brazil and known for its unique red wood. Discovered by French bow makers 250 years ago, it provides the primary — indeed only — wood for making high-end bows for professional musicians. (The tree is also known as the pau-brasil.) “No comparable substitute is known to bow makers or musicians,” the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative, a charity created by bow makers around the world to finance replanting initiatives in Brazil, says at its Web site. But the tree, which grows primarily in Brazil’s Atlantic forest, has been so depleted by logging and agricultural and urban development that it is listed there as endangered. Profits from the book, available at a list price of $1,395, will go to the I.P.C.I.
Lawn Seeding: How to Plant Grass Seed - Greenview 5 steps for planting grass seed Planting (or seeding) a lawn is not difficult and can be done successfully by anyone. If you are planting grass seed, follow these five simple steps for best results. Step 1 – Buy the best grass seed A great lawn can only be grown from great grass seeds. The price of grass seed is small compared to the time that will be invested in building a great lawn. Get Greenview Fairway Formula top rated NTEP grass seed today »2 Step 2 – Prepare the soil Step 3 – Plant grass seed Spread the seed evenly by hand in small areas.Use a hand or lawn spreader or a mechanical seeder in large areas.Apply approximately 16 seeds per square inch. Step 4 – Cover Seeds Lightly drag the grass seed bed so no more than ¼-inch of soil covers the grass seed.Cover the grass seed bed with Greenview Grass Seed Accelerator4 to hold seeds in place and retain moisture. Step 5 – Water often When to plant grass seed Grass seed can be planted in the spring and fall with good results. Helpful links
The City Of The Future Will Be Covered In Lichen the free encyclopedia Flore de Camargue Don't Bag Those Clippings! An Easy Answer It's a question we all face when mowing: Should I bag my clippings or leave them on the lawn? In most cases, the answer is easy: Leave the clippings on the lawn! Leaving the clippings will save you time and energy, and it will return valuable nutrients to the lawn. Like Free Fertilizer The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it regularly, and grass clippings contain the same beneficial nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium nutrients as fertilizer. Less Work for You In addition to recycling nutrients back into the soil, leaving the clippings will cut down your mowing time and relieve you of the chores of emptying the grasscatcher and hauling bags of clippings out to the curb. Some Simple Guidelines There are a few things you can do to help keep your grass strong and looking good when you leave the clippings. Not a Thatch Problem The Exception: when Bagging is Okay There are some circumstances when collecting your grass clippings is warranted.
Drift Seeds and Drift Fruits Imagine yourself floating helplessly on the open sea, thousands of miles from land, your destination at the mercy of the wind and currents. Perhaps eventually you may drift ashore on the coral sand beaches of a remote tropical island or distant continent. This is precisely what happens to countless thousands of tropical drift seeds and fruits, a remarkable flotilla of flowering plants that travel the oceans of the world. The following map shows the path of some drift seeds and fruits in the world's oceans: Seeds provide the vital genetic link and primary dispersal agent between successive generations of plants. The tropical islands of Indonesia, Polynesia and the Caribbean probably have the greatest variety of drift seeds. Charles Darwin & Ocean Dispersal Of Seeds Plant dispersal by ocean currents has fascinated many famous explorers, including Charles Darwin and Thor Heyerdahl. During his famous voyage around the world on the H.M.S. The Hawaiian Silver Sword Nickernuts The Coconut Hugh C.
stereomood – emotional internet radio - music for my mood and ac Maps World's 10 Most Threatened Forest Hotspots - Page 2 - CI's Photos | SmugMug Indo-Burma Hotspot: #1 in Conservation International's World’s 10 Most Threatened Forest Hotspots The rivers and floodplain wetlands of this hotspot are tremendously important for the conservation of birds, freshwater turtles and fish, including some of the largest freshwater fishes in the world. The Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River are habitats for the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) and the Jullien's golden carp (Probarbus jullieni). Aquatic ecosystems are under intense pressure in many areas of this hotspot. The photos and illustrations contained in this lightbox are the property of Conservation International (CI) and CI’s partners.
10 Killer DIY Garden Hacks Gardening is one of the most rewarding home hobbies you can do. It's fun, sustainable and you get healthy, tasty results. A lot of people like the idea of gardening but find excuses like it's too time consuming, it's too expensive, they don't have enough space, blah blah blah. There's no room for excuses when going green, all you need is a little initiative and a little ingenuity to overcome these so called excuses. 1. Vertical Gutter Garden When Suzanne Forsling moved to Juneau Alaska from Iowa, she found that it was a little bit harder to get her garden to grow. 2. Reclaimed Tire Garden If you have some old tires laying around that you don't know what to do with, you could burn them... if you hate the environment, or you could put them to work as cool looking raised garden beds. 3. DIY Earth Box An Earth Box is more than just a box with soil. Check out this post on Crafster.org that will show you how it's done (via Crafting a Greener World). 4. Self-Watering Garden 5. Upside Down Planters
Oldest Known Flowering Plants Identified By Genes Oldest Known Flowering Plants Identified By Genes By William J. Cromie Gazette Staff It’s a nondescript shrub with small, unimpressive flowers, and it’s found in only one place in the world – New Caledonia, a minor tropical island in a remote corner of the southwest Pacific. But it has suddenly catapulted to botanical eminence as a key piece in the puzzle of the origins of flowering plants. Called Amborella, the plant is the one remaining species of a lineage that first appeared on Earth more than 140 million years ago, while dinosaurs still ruled the planet. Mathews and Donoghue’s analysis revealed that another early branch includes Austrobaileya, a group represented by one species found only in Australia, and by the more common star anise, which boasts bright red, saucer-shaped flowers. Tracing flowering plants back so close to their roots ranks as one of the major botanical discoveries of this century. Copyright 1999 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Phrasal Verbs A reference of 3,429 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples. If you have a question about phrasal verbs, ask us about it in our English Phrasal Verbs Forum. Subscribe 1) Search the Dictionary Enter single words here. If you have any suggestions for phrasal verbs that are not listed here, you can submit them to us using our online form. 2) Browse the Dictionary Click on a letter above to see phrasal verbs beginning with that letter. What is a Phrasal Verb? Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions, combining verbs and prepositions to make new verbs whose meaning is often not obvious from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. Glossary Definition:Phrasal Verb