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.)
PART 2 - How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World I recently posted an article, How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres, which featured the work of farmer Will Allen, the Urban Farmer. Will has figured out a self-sustaining agricultural system that can grow 1 million pounds of food every year, on just 3 acres of land using the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system. And you can do it too! The response we received from our previous story was amazing, and we received countless questions from readers who wanted to know more about this simple but ground-breaking concept.
open source garden automation project What is GardenBot? GardenBot is an open source garden monitoring system. This site is a collection of tutorials for how to build things (like a soil moisture sensor), software for running GardenBot, resources, links, and more. To get started, you will want to browse the How-To section to see what is required to build the various modules. The ultimate goal of the GardenBot project is to be a complete garden monitoring and automation system.
How to make a bamboo polytunnel We used a local renewable material, caña (like bamboo). You could use anything long and bendy – we would like to try it with hazel next time we are further north. The only items we paid for are the plastic and string (pita string made from fibres of the giant succulent Agave plant). It took six days with four people working. It's a lovely material to work with, flexible, strong and graceful. The challenge throughout is to balance and work with the natural forces of the material. amaranth (Amaranthus sp. L.) History This Vertical Farm in Chicago Is Cool, But Can It Really Be the Future? Humans will probably be living on Mars within a few decades, but we're still a long, long ways away from finding the next Earth. With our population booming and only about 37.7 percent of the Earth's land even suitable for farming, we're going to continue to have to develop higher and higher tech methods of producing food for ourselves. While productivity in traditional agriculture has increased markedly in the last century, there's still that question of limited space. That's created interested in various alternative methods, included the indoor, vertical farming methods espoused by the subject of the AP's video above.
Growing Shiitake Mushrooms is Easier Than You Think Written by Mindy on January 17th, 2013 Did you know that shiitakes are easy to grow in the home garden? Well they are and they only require a few items beyond the spawn (seeds). But before you jump into the fungus business, there are a few things you will need to know. Shiitakes will produce 6 to 18 months after inoculation and will continue to produce for four to six years.Any hardwood will work. This includes chestnut, sugar maple, beech, alder, and gum but there favorite is oak.
Recycling animal and human dung is the key to sustainable farming © Illustrations in red & black: Diego Marmolejo for low-tech magazine. The innocent looking water closet breaks up a natural cycle in our food supply. Basically, it turns extremely valuable resources into waste products. When we grow crops, we withdraw essential nutrients from the soil: potassium, nitrogen and phosphate, to name but the most important. During the greater part of human history, we recycled these nutrients through our bodies and returned them to the soil, via excreta, food trimmings and the burial of dead. perennialsolutions February 12, 2013 User Admin Eric Toensmeier This post is to celebrate the release of my new Perennial Vegetable Gardening DVD! Perennial Vegetables Defined