5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2. Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden.
10 Killer DIY Garden Hacks Gardening is one of the most rewarding home hobbies you can do. It's fun, sustainable and you get healthy, tasty results. A lot of people like the idea of gardening but find excuses like it's too time consuming, it's too expensive, they don't have enough space, blah blah blah. There's no room for excuses when going green, all you need is a little initiative and a little ingenuity to overcome these so called excuses. Here are 10 killer garden hacks that can help you save time, space and money while satisfying your green thumb... 1. Vertical Gutter Garden When Suzanne Forsling moved to Juneau Alaska from Iowa, she found that it was a little bit harder to get her garden to grow. 2. Reclaimed Tire Garden If you have some old tires laying around that you don't know what to do with, you could burn them... if you hate the environment, or you could put them to work as cool looking raised garden beds. 3. DIY Earth Box An Earth Box is more than just a box with soil. 4. Self-Watering Garden 5. 6. 7.
Vinegar Tips - Vinegar uses for your Garden White distilled vinegar provides many safe alternatives to protect and enhance your garden and gardening tools. Not only will you feel good about keeping children and pets (and you!) away from pesticides and other chemicals, you’ll feel great about the low cost of vinegar compared to those other products. Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways. Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. Stop ants from congregating by pouring white distilled vinegar on the area. Discourage cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar. Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase. Keep rabbits from eating your plants.
Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again | 17 Apart: Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again Remember when we tested and shared how to grow onions indefinitely last week? Well, at the same time, we've been testing out another little indoor gardening project first gleaned from Pinterest that we're excited to share the successes of today — regrowing celery from it's base. We've figured out how to literally re-grow organic celery from the base of the bunch we bought from the store a couple weeks ago. I swear, we must have been living under a rock all these years or just not be that resourceful when it comes to food, but we're having more fun learning all these new little tips and tricks as we dive deeper into trying to grow more of our own food. This project is almost as simple as the onion growing project — simply chop the celery stalks from the base of the celery you bought from the store and use as you normally would. In our case, we had a particular homemade bean dip that needed sampling! Update 2: Here's how we are looking at almost 3-4 weeks of growth: Discover More:
6,000 Pounds of Food on 1/10 Acre “In danger of being free.” That’s how Jules Dervaes sums up his journey from a small backyard garden to a super-productive microfarm. It’s a low input, highly efficient urban homestead right next to the metropolis of Los Angeles. Jules, his son Justin, and his two daughters Anais and Jordanne live in a 1,500 sq. ft. craftsman bungalow on 1/5 of an acre. Their mission is to live sustainably and simply, and they are doing it. 90% of their vegetarian diet comes from the homestead and 2/3 of their energy comes from solar panels. “Government can’t do it and corporations won’t do it,” says Jules in the short film Homegrown Revolution. With a corporatocracy running the show in Washington and millions of Americans addicted to television and fast food, the Dervaes family provides a model of what can happen if we change our priorities. Not only do they provide a model for suburban-style sustainability, but their efforts are beneficial to the community and local schools. Related Posts
Composting 101 Unfortunately for us, Earth is not getting any bigger. Therefore, we must do all we can to preserve and protect the earth that we live in. This can be done a number of ways: riding bikes/using fuel efficient cars, being vegetarian, recycling, and COMPOSTING! Composting is another type of recycling only for organic materials. I come from a composting AND recycling household, and let me tell you, the amount of trash we have saved is unbelievable. A little iffy about jumping on the composting wagon? Share This Infographic Get Free Infographics Delivered to your Inbox
100 Best DIY Sites on the Web 100 Best DIY Sites on the Web Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 6:06pm by Site Administrator DIY offers a great way to take on personal projects and make things your own. Although often DIY focuses primarily on home improvement, the DIY ethic expands out to arts, technology, and so much more. Home Improvement In these sites, you’ll find fun and useful projects to take on at home. Arts & Crafts Whether you want to learn how to make your own macro lens, or just find a knitting pattern, these sites will have what you’re looking for. Tech Find everything you want to know about hacking gadgets, electronics, and more from these sites. Makezine: Learn how to make your own fun electronic and tech toys with this site.Freedom to Tinker: Check out this site to learn how to modify and repair tech devices.Hack This Site! Lifehacking These sites present great ways to apply the DIY principle to everyday life. General Check out these sites to find anything and everything DIY.
Organic Authority.com: Four Foods That'll Re-Grow From Kitchen Scraps Written by Lacy Boggs Renner You recycle your bottles and newspapers, you upcycle thrift store finds into decor treasures, and you reuse all your plastic bags. But do you upcycle your food scraps? We're not talking compost here, we're talking re-growing food from scraps you might have tossed. Turns out, several odds and ends you might have tossed can be re-grown into more food! Scallions When your recipe only calls for the green part of the scallions, don't toss the white end with the roots. Lemongrass This delicious, aromatic herb is really just a grass and will grow well in a pot in a sunny spot. Celery The next time you're chopping a bunch of celery, save the root end! Ginger Did you know that ginger makes a beautiful (and useful) houseplant?
Square Foot Gardening Growing Food from Kitchen Scraps There's all sorts of growing experiments you can do with your kids just by using food from your kitchen. The possibilities are nearly limitless...take some time to take stalk of the food supplies you have, and decide which ones you'd like to experiment with. To give you an idea of the kinds of things you can plant, here's a quick list: 1. 2. 3. 4. Most of these seeds and roots will grow best by starting them in water. Here's an example of a couple of ways to get some food growing from your kitchen food supply: Celery Take a bunch of celery and cut the bottom root off. Potato Keep a potato around until some eyes start growing on it. If you're really interested in this kind of kitchen food experimentation, you'll be happy to know about a great book on the subject called Grow it, Don't Throw It!
5 Foods You Can Grow From Leftovers Looking for yet another way to get more from your garden? How about regrowing vegetables from the leftover bits and pieces? Reduce, reuse and recycle in your garden with these five foods that you can keep growing (and regrowing) even after you've gotten a good meal or two out of them. Did you know that you can regrow celery from the leftover stalk stub? Whether you already grow ginger in your garden or have a few fresh nubs from the grocery store, it's possible to plant what you have and recycle your ginger roots. Not sure what to do with those couple of tiny garlic cloves that you can't be bothered to peel? Tired of throwing away all of those crazy-shaped ends from your garden-grown sweet potatoes? It just got even easier to grow green onions. (Images graciously provided by fritz018, jeff1980, forwardcom and 13dede .
6 Easy Ways To Get A Jump On Next Year’s Garden Fall is a wonderful time to look back at your summer garden and evaluate what worked and what didn’t. Reviewing your gardening success from season to season is one of the best ways to design your gardens for next year and beyond. We learn by doing, and you’ve just finished up an entire season of in-the-trenches, hands-on gardening experience. So, whether your gardening experience this past year was good or great, bad or ugly … there’s always something you can learn from it. We gardeners have a slogan we abide by: There’s always next year. Garden Successes … and Failures Think about the things that went well in your garden. Answering these questions will give you a good road map when planning next year’s garden. For vegetable gardens, evaluate which plants produced well and what didn’t. I learned quickly this past year that I need to plant more okra plants, as it is a family favorite, and that my little strawberry patch was a complete disaster and waste of my time and efforts. Rest