About Us - Sadhana Forest Sadhana Forest started its ecological revival and sustainable living work on December 19th 2003. The vision of its founders, Yorit and Aviram Rozin, is to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville. In a spirit of human unity, their aim is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living, food security through ecological transformation, wasteland reclamation, and veganism. Our energy and resources are focused on the creation of a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF). - Journal - diy bokashi bucket composting Happy Monday! This coming Sunday is Earth Day so this week will feature earth friendly posts. Today I'm sharing my latest eco venture—Bokashi composting.
Build Your Own Raised Beds February 24th, 2009 Email 257 users recommend You can build this 4x8 raised bed with basic carpentry skills (see the instructions on page two, at the end of this article). Gardening Blogs UK Top 10 Last updated: 28/05/14. 1. Alternative Eden 2. Fennel & Fern European Commission To Ban Heirloom Seeds and Criminalize Plants & Seeds Not Registered With Government 206Reddit (Arjun Walia) The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe. You can view the entire proposal in the list of sources at the bottom of this article.
Navdanya’s Biodiversity Conservation Farm The Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm, spread across 47 acres, is situated between the Yamuna and the Ganga, the Himalayas and the Shivalik range. The farm is a sanctuary of biodiversity where we are saving more than 1500 varieties of seeds, which attracts life of all forms such as bees, birds, insects and microorganisms. The beginning of the Navdanya farm dates back to 1995, a time when the soil was left barren and degraded due to prior eucalyptus and sugarcane plantations. Since then the soil has been regenerated as we have 690 (and increasing) varieties of rice, 200 varieties of wheat, 60 types of millets, lentils, vegetables, oilseeds, spices and more. The farm has grown from its original seed bank and office to include cattle sheds, a storage warehouse, a vermicompost unit, a medicinal plant garden, a soil laboratory, Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University), and a large orchard with 9 varieties of mango.
Straw Bale Gardens All The Best Tips And Ideas Straw Bale Gardens are the all the go. It’s the easiest and most enjoyable way to grow veggies, herbs, flowers and more! What Are Straw Bale Gardens? -: It’s the answer to your prayers if you have poor soil or a bad back or both! kitchen garden update....#2 This morning I was looking at some of the pictures we took of our new kitchen garden just a couple of months ago. I can't believe how much our garden has grown! Come on in the gate and take a look...
Best and worst companion plants for tomatoes Companion plants are those that work well together. Pairing them provides a benefit to one or both. At the same time, some plants should be kept apart. (Hmm… sounds a lot like people.) When chosen carefully, companion plants can: Russia moves to destroy critical seed bank The world-renowned Pavlovsk Experiment Station outside St. Petersburg, Russia, is slated to be bulldozed to make way for housing. One of the world’s oldest seed banks, the station houses some 4,000 varieties of fruits and berries. Calling this “the largest intentional preventable loss of crop diversity in my lifetime,” Cary Fowler, the director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust in Rome is calling on the scientific community to intervene. Established in 1926 by the Russian geneticist and botanist Nikolai I. Vavilov, the Pavlovsk station is one of 11 such facilities.
Pandora Thomas on responding to the Prison Industrial Complex with permaculture and resilience Pandora Thomas is a teacher, writer, speaker and designer. She currently lives in Berkeley, California and is a board member of Transition US, a founder of the Black Permaculture Network, a co-founder of Earthseed Consulting, and co-creator of the Pathways to Resilience programme. We've been trying to get an interview with her many months, so we're delighted to share this with you as our last blog of 2014. We started by asking her to tell us more about Pathways to Resilience. "For many of you that might not be in the United States or specifically in California, there’s an opportunity that exists that’s grown out of what we call the Prison Industrial Complex. How to Grow Cucumbers in Small Garden Learn how to grow cucumbers vertically to get the most productive plant. Growing cucumbers vertically also save lot of space, which is suitable for small gardens. Cucumber is a refreshing vegetable, especially if picked up fresh. It is eaten in variety of ways: raw in salad, cooked or pickled. It is easy to grow and only requires a warm, sunny exposure and deep and regular watering. *What if you want to grow cucumbers but you have a small garden.
DIY Bird Feeder From A Recycled Bottle There are many stylish handmade bird feeders on the market nowadays. If you don’t want to spend money on such thing than you can make one by yourself. Some wood, a hook, some wire, a plastic bottle and a glass bottle with a screw cap are things you need for that. You’ll get something you can hang anywhere in your backyard that will refill automatically when birds feast on it. Cut two pieces of wood and fix them together using screws or dowels at a right angle. The opening of the bottle should be about 3-4 cm above the base of this construction so mark places where you’ll attach wire to hold it.
What Plants Are Good Companion Plants for Tomatoes? Carrots: Carrots work well with tomatoes because they share space well. The carrots can be planted when the tomatoes are still quite small, and can be happily growing and ready to harvest by the time the tomato plants start to take over the space. Chives, Onions, and Garlic: