HOW TO PROPAGATE THE SAFFRON CROCUS Although found in the bulb section of most plant retailers come autumn, the saffron crocus actually grows from compressed underground stems known as corms. These specialised stems come complete with dormant buds, each one capable of growing into a genetically identical plant. Each year one new corm will grow on top of the old one, together with some smaller ones which will grow from the base of the plant.
Human Or Just Another Programme? by Elva Thompson The world around is going crazy. I think we’d all agree with that. Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant One of the characteristics of a truly sustainable garden is that it produces at least some of its own seed. This is most often done when gardeners select, harvest and store seeds until the proper time for planting the following year. But some self-seeding crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower and mature, and set seed, you will always have free plants growing in your garden. You can simply let the seeds fall where they are, or toss pieces of the seed heads into the corners of your garden, or whichever area you want them in — no harvesting, storing or replanting required.
Permaculture not Monoculture - The Gardeners Calendar For some time now we at the Gardeners Calendar have been following greener and more environmentally sympathetic lifestyles. We have been harvesting rainwater, reducing our carbon footprints, generating alternative sources of energy, we have planted our vegetable crops using the lunar calendar, we have even had forays into composting toilets. All these things are lifestyle choices we have made because we are concerned with the impact we have on the environment. These choices are a small part of a lifestyle culture known as 'Permaculture'. 30 or so years ago two Australians wrote a book called "Permaculture One", Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.
Greenpop Launches Trees for Zambia 2013 In 2012 Greenpop launched Trees for Zambia, a reforestation and eco-awareness project which began with a 3-week tree planting event and was followed by an ongoing campaign to inspire awareness about deforestation, climate change, tree planting, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Trees for Zambia 2013 will be the second Action Event hosted in Livingstone to boost the project and plant around 5000 trees in schools, on subsistence farms and in reforestation sites . Again Greenpop will host educational workshops for school children, subsistence farmers and volunteers. Trees for Zambia is a holistic awareness campaign based on getting people active about making sustainable changes. From 7 th to 28 th July 2013, the Trees for Zambia Conference of Action will be held in Livingstone, Zambia. Greenpop invites people, young and old, to come along for 1, 2 or 3 weeks.
Guy Creates Trees That Grow 40 Different Fruits Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree. In the spring the “Tree of 40 Fruit” has blossoms in many hues of pink and purple, and in the summer it begins to bear the fruits in sequence—Van Aken says it’s both a work of art and a time line of the varieties’ blossoming and fruiting.
How To Start A Permaculture Food Forest In Your Yard – REALfarmacy.com What if I told you that you can start an edible garden that will continue to produce food year after year with very minimal maintenance, monitoring, and no sowing after the first year (unless you want to diversify). It’s vital that you use open pollinated heirloom seeds to establish this system. Hybrid seeds won’t always produce the same plant that they came from but open pollinated heirlooms will. By using this type of seed you can design a mini food forest in your own yard that will continue to reseed itself year after year. Eurozone Recession Now Longest In Currency's History PARIS — The eurozone is now in its longest ever recession – a stubborn slump that has surpassed even the calamity that hit the region in the financial crisis of 2008-2009. The European Union statistics office said Wednesday that nine of the 17 EU countries that use the euro are in recession, with France a notable addition to the list. Overall, the eurozone's economy contracted for the sixth straight quarter, shrinking by 0.2 percent in the January-March period from the previous three months. Though the contraction is an improvement on the previous quarter's 0.6 percent decline, it's another unwelcome report for the single-currency bloc as it grapples with a debt crisis that has prompted governments to slash spending and raise taxes. "The eurozone is facing a double blow from necessary restructuring of its domestic economy and somewhat disappointing growth in world trade, in particular demand from emerging markets," said Marie Diron, senior economic adviser to Ernst & Young.
Pumpkins and Winter Squash- Harvesting and Storage There are few things better than pumpkins and winter squash to brighten the fall and winter dinner table. Almost nothing is more satisfying than growing them yourself. With the right knowledge, you can turn your harvest into satisfying and nutritious fare for months.
Can Permaculture Feed the World? Can permaculture feed the world? ... Well I would say ‘yes’ to that, wouldn’t I? But whether I’m right or wrong, one thing’s certain: conventional agriculture certainly can’t feed the world for much longer. It’s based on a one-way flow of non-renewable resources and it falls down both on the input side and the output side.
Surviving Survivalism: Free for Everyone (Before It's News) Just a quickie for you today. The popular e-book, Surviving Survivalism is now a free download from the Surviving Survivalism website. Now in its 4th edition, the book provides a comprehensive look at living the off-grid lifestyle. Arboretum Mustila Arboretum Café Uphill from the parking area is an old granary where the cosy Arboretum Café invites visitors from the beginning of May until the end of September. The café is closed during winter season (from October until April).
Persimmon Provisions Persimmons can persists after the leaves drop making them easy to spot. Persimmons: Pure Pucker Power About the only bad thing you can say about a persimmon is that it has pucker power, if you pick it at the wrong time. You’ll have competition for ripe persimmons. What most people don’t know is that the persimmon is the North American ebony, Diospyros virginiana (dye-OSS-pih-ross ver-jin-nee-AY-nuh.) There are few trees more versatile than the persimmon.
Top 7 Mistakes In Backyard Permaculture Design - And What To Do Instead - The Permaculture Life If you’re like me, fresh fruit is one of your favorite foods. I love when we can peaches, because there’s always “bad” peaches that I can’t process and must sacrifice and eat fresh. It’s terrible, but someone has to do it. Might as well be me!