5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season. Here are five of the most effective mosquito repelling plants which are easy to grow in most regions of the US: 1. Citronella is the most common natural ingredient used in formulating mosquito repellents. Citronella is a perennial ‘clumping’ grass which grows to a height of 5 – 6 feet. 2. Horsemint leaves can be dried and used to make herbal tea.
Strategies For Grafting Fruit Trees | Your Small Kitchen Garden You’re looking at scions set in the split stump of a small branch that conveniently sprouted two seasons ago. This graft points into a space that could really use a low branch. Notice the leaf buds where the scions meet the stump. The most rapid growth occurs around leaf buds, so the design of the graft encourages the scion to grow into the stump. It’s pruning and grafting time in my small kitchen garden, as it must be for nearly everyone in hardiness zone 6 and lower (north of zone 6). But time is running out. My last five posts have been about grafting and pruning. Harvesting Stock for Scions You can harvest grafting stock all winter and store it until you’re ready to work. If I have a lot of grafting to do, I focus on it almost exclusively until pruning season is drawing to a close. Graft onto Thin Branches I like to graft onto very small branches—ones that are about a half inch in diameter. Graft to Larger Branches The grafting technique I use is very easy to duplicate. Align bark.
Fallen Tree Cutting Boards Project Fallen Tree Cutting Boards 9.1 k Shares Facebook MORE Comment Twitter Google+ Project continues below this project video Fallen Tree Cutting Boards Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2011 Introduction Turn fallen tree trunks into elegant cutting boards with this how-to from "The Martha Stewart Show" crafter Hosanna Houser. Resources: Howard Butcher Block Conditioner and all tools available at The Home Depot. materials Recovered fallen tree trunk Chainsaw Safety glasses Palm sander 50-grit and 120-grit sandpaper Tack cloth Food-safe butcher block conditioner Clean, soft cloths steps Cut tree into slabs ranging from 1 inch to 2 inches thick. From Our Partners You Might Like Promoted Stories Recommended by From Sites We Love Add A Comment Reviews Fave It Made It Rate It Be the first to comment! Related Topics
Cool-season vegetables Arugula grows quickly and flourishes in cool weather. Rob D. Brodman Click to Enlarge Grow your own greens Make healthy meals easy with garden-fresh arugula, chard, lettuce, and more. Get our quick-start guidemore The perfect raised bed A nice, big planting box is just the thing for summer veggies, herbs, and flowers. Cool-season veggies grow best at temperatures averaging 15° cooler than those needed by warm season types. Many have edible leaves or roots (lettuce, spinach, carrots, and radishes); others (artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower) are grown for their immature flowers. Most can endure short periods of frost. For best results, you need to grow them to maturity in cool weather; otherwise, they can turn bitter tasting, or bolt to seed rather than producing edible parts. In warm regions, plant cool season crops from late summer to early fall for harvest in late fall, winter, or early spring. More: Warm-season-crops
Gleaning A group of us in Goshen got together last night for an evening of gleaning, and ohhhh, what a lovely, lovely time! Transition Goshen has a project called, “The Low Hanging Fruit Press,” which many of us crowd funded so that we could purchase a community cider press. As a side part of this project, we also began to map fruit trees in town — on private or public property — in need of harvesting. Many people buy homes that already have fruit trees planted, and they find these trees a nuisance rather than a boon. With permission, those people who do appreciate the abundance of free fruit can save the homeowners a lot of work. In some cases, a timely harvest will even save tree limbs from breaking with the weight of unpicked fruit. I have eaten a lot of apples in my life, but I’ve never actually harvested one from a tree. Something magical happened to me as I approached the trees at sunset. This particular property sits on an old orchard, with rolling hills and twisting trees.
How to: create a Planting Calendar, Allsun style I must say that while I’m finding this market garden experiment very exciting, it’s also rather daunting. What are we planting today? What are we planting next week? Where are we going? Who am i and where are my pants? The solution to all this is Allsun Farm’s planting calendar system. Joyce Wilkie devised this garden card system firstly for her market garden at Allsun Farm, but happily she’s the kind of lady that likes to share. The Allsun Farm planting calendar system works in a simple but powerful way: Each month has a designated card. It’s disarmingly simple, and powerful too. Each month has three columns: Grow Seedlings (ie plant them into pots), Sow into Ground, and Pick. If you don’t know how to plant the crop in question, that bit of research should be done first. 12 months of planting and picking at Allsun Farm, all in your pocket September is busy! The other great thing about these cards is that they are portable, pocket-able and powerless. So what are you waiting for?
Laura Bruno – How I Did Less And Ate Better, Thanks To Weeds ~ Tama Matsuoka Wong At TEDx Manhattan – 28 August 2013 This was fun! Thanks to “And Here We Are.” David and I attended a Goshen event that aired this conference, but somehow we missed this one. “Tama Matsuoka Wong is a professional forager and the principal of MeadowsandMore, which she founded to connect people with wild plants and natural landscapes. “Tama recently authored the book Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in your Backyard or Farmers Market about her several year project with the chef de cuisine at Restaurant Daniel in NYC to turn edible “weeds” from nature in to delicious cuisine. “In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. www.laurabruno.wordpress.com / link to original article Like this: Like Loading...
Potatoes in a Woodrow Style Mandala Bed Permaculture Research Institute A technique for mounding potatoes in a mandala bed without importing soil, with the benefit of improving fertility and increasing organic matter. by Grahame Eddy I like to mound my potatoes by pushing soil up against the sides of the growing plants eventually creating quite a big mound. The theory is that I can get a greater harvest from the same space. So, I came up with the idea of mounding from a small section of the bed and eventually building a compost heap in the resultant hole. The photo above shows how the potatoes are growing in an arch directly out from where one of the fruit trees grows. When the potatoes reach about this height I then start to dig the soil out from inside the curve and mound it up against both sides of the potato plants just leaving the tops protruding. In this next photo, above, you can see the initial mounding and the beginnings of a hole. Once the potatoes and the bed in general reaches maturity, the compost has rotted down.
Types of Wheat: What to Grow and How to Use It - Real Food Related Content Back to the Old Grind(er) One of our family treasures is an old iron mill. The great diversity we see today in wheat is the result of millions of years of evolution capped by 100 centuries of breeding by humans. There are no “standard” types of wheat. Which Wheat for Which Purpose? Common wheat (Triticum aestivum), sometimes called “bread wheat,” is the most widely grown species, and yields the flour we buy by the bag. Durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum) is used in most dried pasta and couscous, for raised and flat breads in parts of Europe and the Middle East, and, less often, in the United States for raised breads. Ancient wheat varieties are currently grown on smaller acreages in the United States than common and durum wheats. Which Wheat Is Most Nutritious? But if you consume the whole kernel, can you obtain better nutrition from some classes of wheat than from others? Early wheat varieties are usually higher in protein than common wheat. Wheat's Family Tree
How to Grow Your Own Superfoods Indoors 21th November 2012 By Carolanne Wright Guest Writer for Wake Up World No need to bypass all the health perks of fresh superfoods this season — simply grow them inside on a sunny window ledge. What better way than with unprocessed superfoods? An economical and fun undertaking, cultivating a micro-superfood garden is easier than you may think. With food costs skyrocketing this season, consumers are looking for novel ways to stay nourished on a budget. Effortless to grow, these four superfoods are perfect for an indoor garden. Arugula Sometimes referred to as rocket, arugula is a mildly spicy, fast growing superfood. Cilantro Cilantro is an exceptional herb that controls blood sugar, detoxifies heavy metals and possesses strong antibacterial properties. Oregano The great Greek philosopher Hippocrates used oregano for its germicidal qualities and as an tonic for digestive upset. Watercress Forget ornamental houseplants — cultivate an indoor mini-garden instead. Sources for this article include:
Milk Thistle Benefits Milk thistle has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. It is believed to be one of the most popular and effective herbs for the treatment of liver related diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, and gallbladder disorders. Research in the US and Germany suggest that milk thistle is also invaluable in the treatment of damage and side effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs, anesthetics and poisoning. It is also useful in the treatment of psoriasis. Background The milk thistle is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. The religious connection is from when people believed the milk that dripped from the thistle came from the dripped milk of the Virgin Mary while she breast-fed Jesus. Its flowering head can be a purple or reddish color and is often seen as an annoying, fast growing weed which can reach heights of 4 – 10 feet. Milk Thistle and the Liver It is Silymarin that gives milk thistle its healthy properties and has such a beneficial effect on the liver. Peter
4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. Select and prepare a container You'll need to pick out a container such as a 50-gallon trash barrel or one of those half whiskey barrel planters. Good drainage is critical for the cultivation of healthy potatoes so you'll want to cut or drill a series of large drainage holes in the bottom and bottom sides of your container. 2. 3. 4. Other tips to grow bushels of barrel potatoes More gardening tips
Foraging: 52 Wild Plants You Can Eat Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild: Blackberries: Many wild berries are not safe to eat, it’s best to stay away from them. Dandelions: The easiest to recognize is the dandelion, in the spring they show their bright yellow buds. Asparagus: The vegetable that makes your pee smell funny grows in the wild in most of Europe and parts of North Africa, West Asia, and North America. Elderberries: An elderberry shrub can grow easily grow about 10 feet and yield tons of food, their leaf structure is usually 7 main leaves on a long stretched out stem, the leaves are long and round and the leaves themselves have jagged edges. Elderberries are known for their flu and cold healing properties, you can make jelly from them and are very sweet and delicious. Gooseberries: Mulberries: Mulberry leaves have two types, one spade shape and a 5 fingered leaf. Pine: There are over a hundred different species of pine. Kudzu: Daylily: Pecans: Hazelnuts: