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Do-It-Yourself Soil Test - How to Test Soil Acidity/Alkalinity without a Test Kit

Do-It-Yourself Soil Test - How to Test Soil Acidity/Alkalinity without a Test Kit
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Homepage | Ubuntu NPIN: Native Plant Database Welcome to the latest edition of the Native Plants Database where you can explore the wealth of native plants in North America. Use the options below to search for 7,927 native plants by scientific or common name or choose a particular family of plants. For non-native or introduced species, please visit the USDA Plants Database. Recommended Species lists Use the options below to search for plants based on a combination of characteristics. If there are too many results, try narrowing your search by selecting more characteristics. Plant Database Resources Complete Species List - An alphabetized list of all species in the native plant database.Data Fields - Learn more about Native Plant Database information fields.

YouTube to MP3 Converter - SnipMP3 How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. Learn how after the jump... According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant. Seattle Times via LifeHacker.

Handmade Wednesday: Cinder Block Garden PlanterInspiring Pretty July 20, 2011 23 comments Please, please, please forgive me for being late with this post! Normally it’s up in the wee morning hours but the last few days have been a bit crazy for me and Movie Star. So, I hope this finds you well. I really wanted to post something I have been working on lately but as I sat down to actually work it out, I realized I didn’t have my camera. Anyway, the reason you are here: for a garden planter that you can make with your very own hands. Didn’t you? Just head on over to visit Potted (where this all began) and check out the story behind making this garden planter ! Best Linux Software You’ve made the switch from Windows or Mac OS X, and now you’re looking for applications to install. Or maybe you’re a long-time Linux user who’s keeping an eye out for what’s new. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ve already picked a Linux distro and have settled on a desktop environment. Most of the software below is free and open source. A few require you to download an installer from a website. Browsers Firefox With the new Quantum update, Mozilla has given people reason to check out Firefox again. 9 Reasons to Switch From Chrome to Firefox 9 Reasons to Switch From Chrome to Firefox The days when Chrome was the best browser are long gone. Chrome/Chromium By some measures, Chrome is now the king of the hill. How to Decide If a Chromebook Is Right For You How to Decide If a Chromebook Is Right For You Is a Chromebook for everyone? Opera Opera isn’t open source, but it is free. Web (Epiphany) Browser There aren’t many browsers developed explicitly for Linux. QupZilla Email Geary

Leafsnap, a new mobile app that identifies plants by leaf shape, is launched by Smithsonian and collaborators  The Smithsonian Institution, Columbia University and the University of Maryland have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Smithsonian botanist John Kress uses the new mobile app to correctly identify a katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) growing in the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “We wanted to use mathematical techniques we were developing for face recognition and apply them to species identification,” said Peter Belhumeur, professor of computer science at Columbia and leader of the Columbia team working on Leafsnap. You might also like:

10 Free Websites to download any video off the internet I wrote earlier about how you can convert your youtube videos easily online. Recently I came across at least 10 more websites where you can download ANY video off the internet. Keepvid is definitely one of my personal favorite websites where I download all my videos from. KeepVid supports just about any video sharing site out there. Another great thing about Keepvid is that it displays the most famous videos on the web so you can quickly download the most watched videos. Vixy allows you to convert your youtube video into MPEG4,AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3 and 3GP file online. If you’re looking to covert your videos specifically into mp3 then you can use Flv2Mp3 for best results. It’s is an amazing online video encoding web service that allows you to encode videos into different formats that includes High Quality [HD] very quickly. VideoDownloader is the best Firefox extention for video lovers. One of the most easiest website to use that supports most of the major sites.

Everything You Need to Know About Composting With Worms Following my recent blog post on the Do-It-Yourself Vermipod, I’ve been receiving a ton of questions from folks who built Vermipods and are looking for information on how to manage and maintain their new pets. So here’s a compilation called Everything You Need To Know About Composting With Worms… Common Worm Species Eisenia fetida: Pronounced “iSEEnee a FETid a”, is a worm that can process a large amount of organic material in their natural environment. They tolerate large temperature, moisture and pH ranges and can also tolerate handling well. Eisenia andrei is closely related to the Eisenia fetida and is known as the “red tiger”. Lumbricus rubellus is another worm that can be used for vermiposting. Bedding Materials Worms, like you and me, need both protein and carbohydrates to get a balanced diet. Environmental Conditions Composting worms originate from warmer parts of the globe, typically in wet regions. These are the conditions that the worms thrive in. How Much do They Eat? Amendments

Top Ten Most Nutritious Vegetables and How to Grow Them in Your Garden A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Sweet carrots, pulled from the garden minutes (or even seconds!) before they're eaten. Broccoli is high in calcium, iron, and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, B6, and C. How to grow broccoliGrow broccoli in containers: One broccoli plant per pot, pots should be 12 to 16 inches deep.What to watch out for: Cabbage worm. 2. There is nothing like peas grown right in your own garden — the tender sweetness of a snap pea just plucked from the vine is unlike anything you can buy in at a store. How to grow peasGrow peas in containers: Sow peas approximately 2 inches apart in a pot that is at least 10 inches deep. 3. While snap beans (green beans/wax beans) are a great addition to any garden, it's the beans we grow as dried beans that are real nutritional powerhouses. How to grow beansGrow beans in containers: Bush beans are your best option for growing in containers. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. OK, I cheated here.

| 5.8.7 - StumbleUpon The omnivore's next dilemma: Michael Pollan on TED What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game, the ultimate prize of which is world domination? Michael Pollan asks us to see things from a plant’s-eye view — to consider the possibility that nature isn’t opposed to culture, that biochemistry rivals intellect as a survival tool. Watch Michael Pollan’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances. Read more about Michael Pollan on TED.com. NEW: Read the transcript >> It’s a simple idea about nature and I want to — I want to say a word for nature because we haven’t talked that much about it the last couple days. Let me tell you where I got it. And one of the things I really like about gardening is that it doesn’t take all your concentration. And I realized we actually had quite a bit in common. We have a grammar that suggests that’s who we are. I’ll give you two examples, also from the garden.

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