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  Impress Your Loved One: Grow Your Own Chocolate

  Impress Your Loved One: Grow Your Own Chocolate
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter Around Valentine’s Day the worry of what to give that special person is throbbing in ones head. A nice dinner is always a great start to that special day dedicated to couples. Commercials show giving diamonds as a way of expressing ones love but I have another way that may take time but shows true commitment, love, and can address those cravings that we all have had some time in our lives. One may ask what could that be. Growing your own hyper-local chocolate is one way of showing how much you care for an individual. Chocolate mint is one plant that any individual can grow that smells and tastes like the name states, chocolate mint. The cocoa plant is a challenge to grow for even the seasoned gardener. To start this project of love, either purchase cocoa plants from a reputable tropical plant dealer or start with the beans. Before placing the lid on this second container make sure to add water to the bottom. Move the tree to a warm room away from direct sunlight. Related:  Plant Growing Guides & Tips

Restaurant + REIT = Urban Pop Up Farm on Stalled East Side Construction Site | gbNYC Real Estate Group | Green Building in New York City A stalled construction site in Kips Bay is probably the last place you’d expect to find a 6000-plant farm. But at 430 East 29th Street, Riverpark Farm is making a statement about how urban space can be utilized in innovative ways. A stalled construction site in Kips Bay is probably the last place you’d expect to find a 6000-plant farm. But at 430 East 29th Street, Riverpark Farm is making a statement about how urban space can be utilized in innovative ways. Conceived by the life sciences REIT Alexandria Real Estate Equities, the farm is located on a 15,000-square-foot parcel within the Alexandria Center for Life Science, a $200 million Silver LEED for Core and Shell development. GrowNYC, a New York City-based non-profit that promotes green markets, community gardens, and other educational initiatives, helped create and promote the farm, which could serve as a model – and perhaps a job catalyst – for other stalled construction sites throughout the five boroughs. About Stephen Del Percio

Gardening Mistakes I've Made So You Wont - NZ Ecochick Wow I’ve learnt so much in my last year of gardening. Last year when I started I had no idea what I was doing. I mean they are plants right? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Hydroponic / Greenhouse Crops - Small Farms / Alternative Enterprises - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension The primary crops grown in greenhouses include: pepper, tomato, cucumber, lettuce, herbs, and strawberry. The industry in Florida has changed from primarily either tomato or cucumber in the early 1990s to the diversity of today. A variety of structure types are used, as well. Structures include both fan and pad or naturally ventilated systems. Both are successfully used in the state depending on cropping intentions. Florida Greenhouse Production Handbook Considerations for financial issues, construction, crops, production, pest management, and marketing. UF/IFAS Sites The Protected Agriculture Project--Horticulture Sciences Department State & Federal Agencies Other University Sites Organization & Associations Return to top Return to Crops

Projects | Vertical Garden Design Another three vertical gardens at the fairs. View project Three green walls at Malmö University. View project Indoor vertical garden in Replay’s flagship store in Barcelona. View project Outdoor vertical garden in a small patio. View project DIY Wine Bottle Waterer Posted by Lesley on May 28, 2010 Last night’s empty bottle of Malbec and my mother’s obsessive crafting have inspired me! The Irish sprinkler system, first discovered when my sister lived and blogged from Ireland for a year, has been upgraded again. This time with the help of two small items - glass marbles and wire from a hanging candle holder. As I stood over the sink rinsing out the wine bottle, I started to channel my mother, the MacGyver of marbles. It may take a few tries to get the marbles positioned properly, so make sure to place the tip of your finger into the neck before flipping the bottle upside down. Here’s the final product, and it works great!

The Field Guide to Fleece: Wool Characteristics - Homesteading and Livestock With this compact, portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photo of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple length, fiber diameter, and natural colors of its fleece. The Field Guide to Fleece (Storey Publishing, 2013), by Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius, is a great primer for beginners, and a handy guide for anyone who loves working with fleece! You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Field Guide to Fleece. We love wool. Why are we so fond of wool? Not all wools are created equal! Fiber characteristics vary widely not only between breeds but also within breeds, and sometimes even throughout an individual fleece. Wool comes in many natural colors, but it can also be dyed. Crimp Fiber Length Fiber Diameter Wool, Hair and Kemp

recycled shipping containers become organic grow pods for urban centers Wouldn’t it be great to have access to locally grown, organic lettuce in your market all the time – no matter where you live? And I mean, really local … grown, say, right in or near your urban center, without the use of arable land — and without the need to ship lettuce from California to the east coast — saving natural resources, shipping, time … while providing fresh organic lettuce on a steady basis. Matt Liotta, founder of Atlanta-based start-up, PodPonics, aims to offer the ability to grow organic hydroponic lettuce locally in specially outfitted recycled shipping containers. These computer-controlled environmental systems have a bunch of great features: Here’s hoping it takes … more @

Yummy Yards How to Cut and Cure Pork - Sustainable Farming Click on the Image Gallery for the referenced step-by-step photos. OK, homesteaders . . . here's another installment of Morton Salt's superior booklet, A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HOME MEAT CURING. How to Butcher a Pig told you how to butcher, halve and chill a hog. This section takes you most of the way through curing the pork that results. Again, our special thanks to Murray J. It pays to do a neat job of butchering and trimming The black guide lines in the picture show where the different cuts should be made for cutting up the carcass. There is both pride and pleasure in unwrapping a neatly trimmed ham, shoulder, or bacon side months after the meat is cured. Meat should not be cut up and put in cure until it is thoroughly chilled. When salt is applied on warm meat it helps hold the animal heat in and this heat, along with moisture, gases, and a little blood that is usually in the joints, makes an ideal combination to start bone taint which in a short time may cause souring and spoilage. 1. 1.