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Fine Gardening: Expert garden plant advice, tips, and ideas from Fine Gardening magazine, including design, care, and how-to garden techniques.

Fine Gardening: Expert garden plant advice, tips, and ideas from Fine Gardening magazine, including design, care, and how-to garden techniques.
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Lavender projects | Dried Lavender Tempted to do something with the lavender growing in your yard? Letting such a fragrant herb go to waste would be…well, a waste! Gathering, drying and using lavender is really simple. Dried flowers, lavender sugar and potpourri satchels are all quick and easy to make. Photo Credit: Amy Dee Stephens Cut flower stems about 6 inches long. Just one lavender plant produces enough flowers for a nice harvest. After flowers are dry, strip them by hand into a bowl. Attach your drying lavender to a hanger with ribbon, string or clips. Harvesting First, decide how you want to use your lavender. The individual flower stalks shoot up 6 or more inches above the leafy part of the plant. Drying Drying lavender can be done in a number of ways, and each offers pros and cons. Hang Drying Pros: Requires few materials and can be decorative. Bundle approximately 20 lavender stalks together and secure with a rubber band. Oven Drying Pros: Prevents mold growth, no hang space needed and faster processing time. Processing

La pression grandit sur les pesticides, impliqués dans des maladies graves Cancer de la prostate et autres (lymphomes non hodgkiniens, myélomes multiples), maladie de Parkinson : pour ces pathologies, l'Inserm avance une "présomption forte" de lien avec l'usage de pesticides chez les professionnels qui les manipulent (agriculteurs ou fabricants). Des problèmes de fertilité sont également mis en avant chez les professionnels. Le reste de la population n'est pas épargnée, via l'alimentation ou l'exposition au domicile, notamment les femmes enceintes, avec un risque accru pour leurs enfants de développer une leucémie, une tumeur cérébrale ou une malformation génitale. L'Inserm, qui a passé en revue la littérature scientifique existante, recommande "d'améliorer les connaissances sur l'exposition des populations". Malgré le lancement en 2008 du plan Ecophyto, la France reste le premier consommateur de pesticides (herbicides, fongicides et insecticides) en Europe. "Pas toujours utilisés comme il faut" ces/dab/bma/sh

Beginning Farmer: ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service Home >Local and Regional Food Systems > Beginning Farmer Sustainable agriculture and the local food movement offer some of the best opportunities for beginning farmers—defined by USDA as those who have been operating a farm or ranch for less than 10 years. Beginning farmers fit no easy stereotype. Compared to established producers, they are more likely to be female and non-white. If you fall somewhere along this continuum, you've come to the right place. NOTE: Some of the following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. ATTRA Resources to Help New Farmers Non-ATTRA Resources ATTRA Resources for Beginning Farmers Self-Instruction Courses Beyond Text Instructional Materials Are you a beginning farmer? Agricultural Risk Management - English and Spanish Curriculum There are three sections (trainer's manual, participants manual, and reference materials) to this detailed, user-friendly curriculum that guides the trainer and participants in six risk management lessons. ATTRA Publications

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

Guerrilla gardening Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. Guerrilla gardeners plantant des légumes dans le centre-ville de Calgary. Le guerrilla gardening ou guérilla jardinière est un mouvement d'activisme politique, utilisant le jardinage comme moyen d'action environnementaliste, pour défendre le droit à la terre, la réforme agraire, la permaculture. Les activistes occupent des endroits abandonnés, publics ou privés, et y mettent en place des récoltes, afin d'interpeller les pouvoirs sur leur utilisation. Histoire[modifier | modifier le code] D'origine espagnole, le terme signifie « petite guerre » et est emprunté à la terminologie militaire. Le mouvement de guerrilla gardening a débuté officiellement en 1973 à New York avec Liz Christy et la « guérilla verte » (green guerrilla), avec pour objectif de convertir un lotissement abandonné de Manhattan en jardin collectif. En France, les pionniers sont sans doute les membres de l'association Rennes jardin[réf. nécessaire].

Gardening as an Anarchist Plot Do-it-Yourself Absinthe. A companion bed of herbs and vegetables: I planted a thick bed of herbs and vegetables. After selecting the main ones I wanted, I added a few plants purely for their value as companion plants: e.g., horehound for the tomatoes and yarrow for the herbs. Then I sorted everything out according to likes and dislikes, e.g., tomatoes like both dill and carrots, but dill and carrots dislike each other, so the carrots went on one edge and side of the bed; the dill went on the other. Then I arranged things according to soil strata, e.g., root crops mixed with bushy herbs; tallest plants at the back. and kohlrabi thrown in for comic relief. Companion planting also brings out the best in some plants, e.g., sage and peppermint, which I grow for medicinal use, also drive away cabbage butterflies and carrot flies.

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.

VIVANT – La justice penche pour Monsanto, qui a attaqué un agriculteur pour violation de brevets L'agriculteur Vernon Hugh Bowman, devant la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis, le 19 février à Washington. C'est un fermier aux cheveux blancs de 75 ans. Il cultive du soja, du maïs et du blé dans l'Indiana, dans le Midwest américain, sur près de 120 hectares. Il dit qu'il "n'est même pas assez gros pour recevoir le nom d'agriculteur", relate le New York Times. Depuis 2007, il est poursuivi par Monsanto pour avoir cultivé des graines issues de la technologie de la firme, sans les lui avoir achetées directement. Tout commence en 1999, quand Vernon Hugh Bowman achète des semences de soja de seconde génération (issue d'une récolte, et non achetées directement à Monsanto) dans un silo à grains, pour faire des économies. Les semences en question contiennent un gène de Roundup Ready, qui rend les plants résistants au Roundup, un herbicide qui, aspergé sur les champs, peut donc tuer à loisir toutes les autres plantes en épargnant le soja. Pour Monsanto, une victoire de M.

How to Can, Freeze, Dry and Preserve Any Fruit or Vegetable at Home Home canning, freezing and preserving, whether it is jam, salsa, applesauce, apple butter, pickles or whatever, is easy; with these simple, fully illustrated directions with detailed tips and tricks. Save money, eat healthier, with no additives or chemicals... and with much better taste! This page provides the links to our illustrated recipes and canning* directions - so easy ANYONE can do it, along with a multitude of other recipes, guides and canning instructions. For safety, these recipes closely follow the USDA recipes, Ball Blue Book and/or those provided by major university extension services. Whenever possible, instructions also are provided to allow you to choose the options that are important to you; such as types of cooking equipment or choices in sweeteners: honey, Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you'll need do your own conversion) - or Splenda, if you prefer, , Stevia, fruit juice or sugar. United States Contents: