The Nano Garden Lets You Grow Veggies Right in Your Kitchen Whether we're scouring the web for funky flower pots or turning old floppy disks into whimsical homes for herbs and succulents, we love all forms of creative gardening. Cities far and wide have started embracing rooftop gardens for bringing fresh local veggies in the spring, summer and fall to city folks. Fire escapes have become perfect spots for tomato plants, and windows have become increasingly jam-packed with basil, rosemary, mint, and sage. But, what about city dwellers and suburbanites who don't have access to a rooftop garden or plant-friendly fire escape? Or perhaps the right dose of rainwater and sunshine just doesn't make it to your particular locale? The Kitchen Nano Garden by Hyundai is a super cool concept for growing a vegetable garden right in your kitchen, without help from sun or rain. We anxiously await the next phase of this awesome concept, and would love to try harvesting an indoor vegetable garden at Brit HQ!
Welcome to Bonsai Clubs International A Guide to Growing Bonsai and Making Bonsai - Bonsai Basics Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary Leaf Morphology: Phyllode/ Cladode: modifyed stems that act as leaves. Ensiform: leaves sharp edges, taper into a slender point (fern) Stellate: hairs come up like fingers. Looks like cluster of hair. Peltate: "petiole joins to the center" in leaves. Glossary of Terms: WHORLED - more than two (2) opposite leaves. OPPOSITE - leaf nodes are on opposite sides of twig. ALTERNATE - leaf nodes alternate in pattern along branch. DECUSSATE - Arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below, resulting in vertical rows of leaves. PALMATE - consisting of leaflets or lobes radiating from the base of the leaf. CAPSULE - a hollow dry fruit with 3+ locules (chambers) Dehiscent = splits open to release the seed. Indehiscent: remaining closed, do not split open at maturity. Capsule Types- Dehiscent: Capsule breaks to release fruit Indehiscent: This is a drupe, no hard capsule that is made to split open A walnut is a drupe fruit. OVATE (ovoid) OBOVATE (obovoid) ELLIPTICAL Root Index
Desert Blooming Department: Back Yard Garden Pools! Graphic shows the Garden Pool’s model. / Courtesy Garden Pool Instead of water wings and inner tubes, Dennis and Danielle McClung’s backyard pool in Mesa, Arizona, is filled with tomato plants, grape vines and wheat. There’s a chicken coop and a fish pond, and the food that comes out of the pool, from tilapia to tomatoes, feeds the McClung family of five. It’s a system that took a few frustrating failures to perfect, but now the McClungs hope to take swimming-pool farming international. When the McClungs bought the foreclosed home in 2009, the backyard was a suburban wasteland with a cracked, concrete, in-ground pool. The McClungs has some farming and building experience — Dennis worked on a dairy farm and at Home Depot, and Danielle grew up on small farm in Ohio — and they’d been trying to become as self-sufficient as possible. The McClungs get most of their food out of the pool (they’ll take their kids out for pizza occasionally) and they’re trying to share the wealth.
Brussel's Bonsai Nursery, Bonsai Trees and Accessories On this page we will cover some of the basics of caring for a bonsai, as well as some of the mistakes that beginners frequently make. If you think we have missed something, drop us a line. Where do I put it? Pines and junipers go in full sun, while deciduous trees, such as maples and elms, will do well in a spot that gets some shade from late afternoon sun. How often do I water it? In general, you should water your tree when the top of the soil is dry. How do I train my bonsai? A bonsai is not, in many cases, simply a dwarf form of a tree. Good Trees for Beginners Good outdoor (temperate climate) trees for beginners include Green Mound juniper, Trident maple and Chinese elm. Indoor or Outdoor? Some people mistakenly believe that all bonsai can be kept indoors indefinitely. Overwintering Indoor bonsai are tropical species that must be keep inside when the weather outside is cold. Bald Cypress - Taxodium distichum The bald cypress prefers very wet, swampy soils. Family: Taxodiaceae
How to Plant an Avocado Tree Some growers find that placing the seed in water to sprout it risks producing a long, leggy tree that fails to fruit. In this case, it is better to place the seed in the ground without soaking first. 1Obtain a good quality avocado fruit. Cut the fruit flesh away from the seed. Synsepalum dulcificum The berry itself has a low sugar content and a mildly sweet tang. It contains a glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue's taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH, miraculin binds and blocks the receptors, but at low pH (resulting from ingestion of sour foods) miraculin binds protons and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, resulting in the perception of sweet taste. This effect lasts until the protein is washed away by saliva (up to about 60 minutes). The names miracle fruit and miracle berry are shared by Gymnema sylvestre and Thaumatococcus daniellii, which are two other species of plant used to alter the perceived sweetness of foods. History For a time in the 1970s, US dieters could purchase a pill form of miraculin. The idea of the "miraculin party" was conceived then. Characteristics Uses
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Everything bonsai, trees, supplies, care, instruction, pictures, When To Prune An Avocado Bonsai - The Bonsai Series - PART II | Ep 67 Everyone (Re)invents Aquaponics What follows is likely one of the most useful posts I've written. It's something I wish I'd known before I started down this road. However, I confess some conflict about posting it because it's potentially self-serving, given that a lot of people recently downloaded my plans. Brilliant and interesting early-adopters, aquapons love nothing more than to innovate new paradigms and tear down sacred cows. Also, it’s kind-of a problem. The trouble comes when people like us try and do things by the book, someone-else’s way. You Won’t Believe What I Found in my Barn! I get a lot of emails and read a lot of forum posts. I’m so excited–I just learned about aquaponics and found your blog. When I see this kind of thing, I get both jazzed and sad at the same time, because–while I relate to the excitement of stumbling across this awesome hobby–I know all too well the road this person is starting down. It was pure hubris. I should have built it exactly the way that Travis intended. Some Plans But not yet.
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