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The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan Issue #122

The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan Issue #122
The dollar garden is simple in concept: buy as many seeds as you can for one dollar and harvest as much food as possible from the plants you grow. You see, sometime last year my mother, Susan, read something somewhere that claimed a tomato cost some incredible amount to grow on your own. Mom—whose plan to build a house out of firewood worked out just fine—made it her mission to grow as much as she could on as small a budget possible. Mom currently resides on a nice piece of central Pennsylvania acreage which allows her to plant large amounts of just about anything; she remembers all too well, however, the days when she lived in town ("when I got my water from the city and my eggs from the grocery store"). Ever the purist, she made sure that the dollar garden utilized none of the compost from her existing pile, none of the straw in the barn, and no sprays, fertilizer, soil additives, or posts that were already in her possession. Starting the seeds We lucked out when it came to seeds.

Cool Thumb-controlled Watering Pot Made With Recycled Materials : Fun In The Making I got the idea to make these thumb controlled pots from the pottery ones I’ve seen at Historic Williamsburg. The original earthenware “thumb pots” were used in 17th and 18th century English gardens. I reproduced this clever watering device using salvaged plastic bottles and jugs. It is ideal for watering delicate seedlings. I use this watering pot all the time now. To Make: Find a suitable “pot.” Drill a hole in the center of the cap of your container. How it works: It works similar to holding your thumb over the top of a drinking straw. 1. 2. 3. 4. How to hold a thumb pot.

Building a Two-Can Bioreactor Purpose Two-can bioreactors are designed to be used as small-scall indoor composting units for families, and for composting as an educational tool in the classroom. Materials 32-gallon plastic garbage can 20-gallon plastic garbage can drill brick spigot (optional) duct tape (optional) insulation (optional) Construction Using a drill, make 15 to 20 holes (0.5" to 1" diameter) through the bottom of the 20-gallon can. Note: A system of 10-gallon plastic garbage cans that can fit inside 20-gallon cans can be substituted if space is a problem. The composting process in the cans will take from three to five weeks. Credits

Growing Your Own Garlic - Planting Growing Harvesting and Storing Garlic ... As far as I'm concerned, garlic gets the blue ribbon for growing your own. It's absurdly easy to plant and care for; it tastes great; it looks beautiful and it takes up so little ground that even those with very small gardens can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. All you have to do is choose the right varieties; plant at the right time, in the right soil; then harvest when just right and store correctly. 1. Choosing Types of Garlic If you look in a specialist catalog like the one at Gourmet Garlic Gardens, you'll find dozens of varieties of garlic listed. You see where this is going – and you can see a lot more types of garlic on either of those websites, but for general purposes the most important difference is the one between softneck and hardneck. Softnecks are so called because the whole green plant dies down to pliancy, leaving nothing but the bulb and flexible stems that are easy to braid. Gardeners in most of the U.S. can try some of both. 2.

Grow The Easiest Garden on Earth Build a PVC Greenhouse How to build a PVC greenhouse to extend growing seasons. Free plans and projects out of PVC pipe. DIY green house to raise or grow plants at home. PVC Greenhouse Built by Michael Arnold. Return to pictures of PVC projects Home Orchard Search for other topics in Planting and managing your own home orchard can be a very rewarding activity. It takes time and patience to develop a productive orchard, but the payoffs are worth it. Growing fruit trees is measured in terms of years, not months or seasons, but once your young trees are established, the time investment needed to maintain them is relatively low. There's a huge difference between home grown, tree ripened fruit and the fruit you buy in the grocery store. Have you ever eaten a peach picked fresh from a tree at the exact height of ripeness? The Home Orchard - Types of Fruit Trees There are hundreds, if not thousands types of fruit grown the world over. for simplicity I'll concentrate mainly on the fruit tree varieties that are commonly grown in the Mid-west of the US, because they're what I have experience with. Where you live is a big factor in deciding what kinds of fruit orchard you can grow. The Home Orchard - Sizes of Trees

The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. ‘No-till’ gardening is a series of methods in which the soil is never disturbed, thereby protecting the complex subsoil environment for the benefit of growing plants. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. By switching to ‘no-till’ methods, you won’t have to do the heavy tilling or shovel work which so many gardeners suffer through each spring. 2. 3. Displaces weeds. 4.

Fruit Trees That Grow Well in Minnesota The University of Minnesota lists several varieties of plum trees that it considers hardy. They are Alderman, La Crescent, Pipestone, Superior and Underwood. The Alderman plum is noted both for its ornamental value and for the magnificent burgundy-red fruit it produces. La Crescent produces a high-quality yellow plum that looks somewhat like an apricot. In addition to producing high-quality fruit, the La Crescent plum is a vigorous grower.

Can 1 miracle plant solve the world's 3 greatest problems? If someone were to tell you that they had a technology — a weed actually — that could sequester huge amounts of carbon permanently while lifting villagers out of poverty by providing both protein-rich food and super-insulated building materials, you might start to wonder if they were, well, smoking a different weed. But it appears that one retired building contractor, Bill Loftus, has actually come upon a brilliant application of the fast-growing, carbon-sucking plant known as Kenaf. Kenaf is in the Hibiscus family and is thus related to both cotton and okra. But researchers have also discovered (PDF) a corresponding ability of Kenaf to inhale huge quantities of our most abundant global warming gas — CO2. It turns out that Kenaf can absorb 3-8 times more CO2 than a tree. But its not enough to simply absorb CO2.

50 Things Everyone Should Know by Mark and Angel Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. While not totally comprehensive , here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Read the rest of the article