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Practical Plants

Practical Plants
Polycultures, Guilds & Companions... In addition to each plant being able to record interactions with other individual plants, users can also create polycultures or guilds of known plant combinations that work well together. We are at the very start of our collection of polycultures with The Three Sisters set up as a quick example. You can create your own favourite polycultures here: An open encyclopedia of plant information There are plenty of sources of plant information online. It belongs to all of us Everything is editable by anybody, and licensed under a Creative Commons license to be used by anybody. A specific focus for a broad audience It's simple: if a plant has practical uses, inform how to propagate, cultivate, and use it. It's practical Covering edible, material and medicinal uses, design functions, propagation, cultivation, environmental preferences, interactions, polycultures (and so on...) The flexibility and strength of a wiki-base Curious about getting involved?

Related:  Permaculture/Alternative food plants

Alternative Food Crops Alternative Food Crops Español Deutsch There are quite literally thousands of species of edible plants that can be grown in temperate climates, yet most people are only aware of the thirty or so species to be found in the Greengrocers, and many of these will have been imported. Soil Structure & Composition Sunday, 06 June 2010 07:35 The Plant Lady Living Matter Mostly in the top 4" of the soil. Good guys & bad guys...but large volume & diversity control the trouble makers by making it a competive environment for resources.

Tools and Approaches This section is a recipe book of popular thrivingresilience tools and approaches for community leaders and folks. Tools and approaches are the hands-on “wisdom systems” that are building thriving resilient communities today: principles and practices, education and training resources, stories, knowledge bases, etc. Wisdom systems vary with the size of community. To help you find what’s useful to you, we first offer a simple local ecosocial system overview and then describe wisdom systems based on community scale. Each social ring builds on the other – personal wisdom is central to group and community wisdom, group process tools are foundational in communities, and cities are made of smaller groups and neighborhoods, etc. – so the smaller scale tools and approaches are relevant to larger scale communities too.

Kwas Kvas Quas Квас Kvass Kvaso Kvassi קוואס Gira - Kvass from oat and wheat bran They used oat when they made real Russian kvass, in the first place coarse husks of oat (bran). Kvass with oat is delicious and bracing. Bioactive substances of oat have positive influence by hepatic diseases, increase fat oxidation in the organism, forward to decholesterolization, increase endurance of the organism by physical activities. Growing Your Own Garlic - Planting Growing Harvesting and Storing Garlic As far as I'm concerned, garlic gets the blue ribbon for growing your own. It's absurdly easy to plant and care for; it tastes great; it looks beautiful and it takes up so little ground that even those with very small gardens can raise enough to be self-sufficient in garlic for a good part of the year. All you have to do is choose the right varieties; plant at the right time, in the right soil; then harvest when just right and store correctly.

Jerusalem Artichoke Index | Search | Home D.R. Cosgrove1, E.A. Oelke2, J.D. Doll3, D.W. Davis2, D.J. Propagating and Starting Potatoes Sunday, 13 March 2011 10:35 Seeds growing from seed is almost unknown (GV) seed potatoes, which are small potatoes saved from last season's crop are the preferred method of starting potatoes Seed Potatoes

PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES DESIGN DECK At the heart of permaculture is a set of teachings from nature. These principles, directives, strategies, approaches, attitudes and design methods can be applied to any system of design and development. This is part of Nature's toolkit for creating and maintaining relationships, approaching challenges and opportunities, and creatively addressing the unique conditions of any site or situation. In 2012 we shared a 64 card design deck.

So, Ya Wanna Make Vinegar From Leftover Wine, Eh? So, Ya Wanna Make Vinegar From Leftover Wine, Eh? Overheard:“Kim, what the heck is that gob of goo?” Or, “You’re Stinkin’ Up The Kitchen Again!” (geo t.) Every now and then the topic of how to make vinegar from leftover wine pops up in casual conversation amongst us winos and foodies. Having been involved in vinegar-making for over 20 years I have amassed a nice little collection of articles and, of course, that wondrous gob of goo called Mother of Vinegar you seen on your left. Whole Foods GOod EAts!! Whole Foods Market is a nice place to browse around for some real natural, organic, and unsynthesized foods, healthful salts, cruelty free beauty treatments, TONS of soaps, and just about everything you already get from your regular grocery store. Here are some of the goods I scoped out during my most recent visit! Natural Celtic Sea Salt – click to read the back info panel for yourself Selina Celtic Sea Salt Soaps, soaps, and more soaps! Pink Himalayan Salt in rock form

All About Growing Jerusalem Artichokes - Organic Gardening Jerusalem artichoke strains vary by skin color, root shape and maturation time. Shown here, from left to right, are ‘Red Fuseau,’ ‘Stampede,’ ‘White Fuseau,’ ‘Red Rover’ and a flowering Helianthus tuberosus plant. (For details on growing many other vegetables and fruits, visit our Crop at a Glance collection page.) Potatoes aren’t the only terrific tuber out there.

Multi-Rain Barrel System I’ve been wanting to build a rain barrel system for a long time! I wanted something that would store a a large volume of water that can be used in the garden during the long periods without rain. I also wanted to build it in a way that it’s expandable. In other words, I wanted to add to it over time to make it larger for storing more water for even longer dry spells. Here’s what I came up with: Dual Rain Barrel India’s Auroville shows the way in green living Summers on the eastern Indian coast are hot and dusty with temperatures often shooting up to 40 degrees Celsius. The red sand in this eastern part of the state of Tamil Nadu is crisscrossed with tiny streets that link together different settlements and villages. It’s an experiment that began 50 years ago — Auroville or the “global village.” Back then, there was nothing much here apart from dusty, red sand. Today, huge banyan, fig and cashew trees provide much-needed shade for Auroville’s estimated 2,000 inhabitants. No two houses are the same in Auroville.