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How to get free seeds for your first garden

How to get free seeds for your first garden
Starting a garden from seed can be an expensive proposition if you're ordering online and buying from seed catalogs. A handful of harder-to-find heirloom seeds can cost as much as a frou-frou cup of coffee. Factor in shipping charges and you'll be wondering how starting a garden is supposed to save you money. Fortunately, experienced gardeners can be some of the most generous people — especially where seeds are concerned — and they are often willing to part with seeds to help a new gardener. Below are some tips on places you can go online and in real life to get your green thumbs on free garden seeds. Gardening forums When I started my first real outdoor garden, I was lucky enough to have been part of an online forum filled with gardeners who where as generous with their knowledge as they were with the seeds from their gardens. Sometimes gardeners unload excess seeds on newbies for what is known as Self-Addressed Stamped Envelopes offers. Seed swaps Seed libraries Save your own seeds Related:  New 2 Do

Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's disease NEW YORK - Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study out Monday. The study suggests that seniors with more of the active part of the vitamin in their blood have a lower risk of developing the disease, which eats away at the minds of one in eight Americans aged 65 and older, according to the Alzheimer's Association. However, the findings don't necessarily mean that taking B vitamin supplements will stave off mental decline. Just last summer, for instance, a pair of studies deflated long-held hopes that B vitamins — like B12 and folic acid — would help patients who had suffered strokes or heart attack. "More research is needed before we can get a conclusion on the role of vitamin B12 supplements on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. But he added that many elderly people suffer from B12 deficiency, so the results could turn out to be important. The researchers took blood samples from 271 Finnish seniors without dementia.

100 Best Permaculture & Homesteading Books: The Ultimate Reading List for Sustainable Living If you've ever considered getting into Permaculture, or if you're a veteran Permaculturist who's looking for a new skill to master, the following resources are the absolute best places for you to get started. Each of these books has the potential to introduce you to a whole new skill that you can enjoy for literally the rest of your life! You will find here links to over 60 Free eBook previews and full eBooks! Feel free to post down at the bottom if there are other books you would include on this list. Enjoy and Share with Your friends! Sophia Permaculture - Introductions to the Subject Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway - The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. eBook preview: Gaia's Garden, Second Edition Permaculture - More in depth Forest Gardening

50 Drinking Games Guaranteed to Get You Hammered What’s more fun than hanging out with your friends, getting plastered, and making an ass of yourself? Playing drinking games, hanging out with your friends, getting plastered, and making an ass of yourself. I’m sure in your years of wisdom and experience, you’ve come across a few drinking games. Here are some of your favorites and most likely some you’ve never seen. 1. Across the Bridge You need: A deck of cards and 2 or more people Deal ten cards face down in a straight line. 2. You need: One quarter, a pitcher, beer (of course), 8+ people (2 teams) Pour beer into the pitcher. 3. You need: One deck of cards and 4 people The play: Start by dealing out all of the cards. Ranking system: The four players are ranked as follows for each round played. - President: The first person to go out - Vice President: The second person to go out - Secretary: The third person to go out - Asshole: The last person to go out Ranking Privileges: 4. Don’t worry. 5. Place a deck of cards on an empty bottle. 6. 7. 8.

Bitcoin – Pirate’s Gold or new Global Currency? On July 19th this year, a Doctor Nefario arrived at Seattle airport and was asked if he had enough money to cover his stay in the US. He replied that he did, but it was in Bitcoin, an electronic cryptographic currency. Unfortunately, not only did the Customs and Border Protection Authority not know what Bitcoin was, they didn’t accept it as a valid currency and so refused him entry. The Customs and Border Protection’s ignorance of Bitcoin is shared by many, even though there are currently around 63.6 million USD of Bitcoin in circulation. This may seem trivial in comparison to the approximately $950 billion US dollars in circulation. What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is an example of a “cryptographic currency” that was first proposed in 2008 by a programmer using the supposed alias Satoshi Nakamoto. The other attribute of Bitcoins was that Nakamoto thought that they would be largely anonymous. The Dark Side of Bitcoin? How do you use Bitcoins? You can get Bitcoins in two ways. How safe is Bitcoin?

Cultivating New Farmers Related Content Sweet Carolinas Robyn finds enthusiasm for and interest in green building during a recent trip to the Carolinas. Farming is one of the most useful and satisfying occupations people can pursue. It meets our need to feel useful, exercises body and brain, builds communities, and connects us with nature. Fortunately, there are many young people who dream of becoming farmers, and with the rapidly growing demand for organic and local food, there also are growing business opportunities to meet local needs for fresh, healthy food. The Academic Route A good place to start looking for academic programs near you is the online directory maintained by the U.S. Many of the colleges listed are land-grant universities — state colleges and universities specializing in agriculture. The first U.S. program to offer a Bachelor of Science in sustainable agriculture began in 1988 at the University of Maine. Community colleges with two-year degree programs are another option to consider. Resources

50 Things Everyone Should Know by Mark and Angel Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one. While not totally comprehensive , here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Read the rest of the article

The Demographics Of Bitcoin With the growing popularity and perhaps relevance of a globally decentralized currency system in a world adrift in fiat devaluation death-matches, it is perhaps interesting to understand just who these Bitcoin'ers are? The ongoing survey of Bitcoin users (here) has some intriguing results already: The 'average Bitcoin user' is male (96%), 32.7 years old, libertarian / anarcho-capitalist (37%), non-religious (61%), with a full time job (43%), and is in a relationship (56%). The biggest motivation for new users are curiosity, profit, and politics; and 39% of users do not drink, smoke, gamble, or take drugs. Just over half of users have mined bitcoins and the greatest community fear for Bitcoin is “regulatory/legal intervention” followed by ”reputation problems”. Overall more people seem to find Bitcoin intellectually rewarding (70% have learned more about cryptography) than socially rewarding (22% have made friends). Via Space Druid, Some highlights… Miners How does a miner spend nothing?

Get Smart About Sustainable Agriculture Let’s face it. The way the world goes about the business of agriculture is changing. Take corn, for example: A crop that once was grown only for food now triples as fuel and even a component of biodegradable plastics. This increased demand, along with many other factors, is forcing us to consider the sustainability of our current farming practices. Sustainable agriculture is defined by the U.S. Apprenticeships, Volunteering and Workshops If you seek hands-on instruction, consider becoming an apprentice or intern at a nearby sustainable farm or ranch. Volunteer opportunities range from part-time work on a local farm or a community garden, to traveling across the globe through organizations such as World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Many organizations offer regular workshops to get budding new farmers started, such as Kansas City, Kan. Formal Coursework When You’re Ready to Farm Believe it or not, this is just a sampling of what’s available.

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living? I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Fully live today by being mindful. You don’t need to do all of these, but give a few of them a try to see if they make your day better. Mindfulness Rituals Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders.

Bitcoin: The Cryptoanarchists’ Answer to Cash Illustration: Harry Campbell There's nothing like a dollar bill for paying a stripper. Anonymous, yet highly personal—wherever you use it, that dollar will fit the occasion. You’ll know it when you see it (strippers who accept tips in bitcoins advertise their account addresses right on their bodies). In the long run, a system like this, which restores privacy to electronic payments, could do more than just put the sneak back into the peek. You may have heard about Bitcoin last year, when the digital currency was briefly a major media story and speculators rushed to cash in on the rising value of bitcoins. The dream of an anonymous, independent digital currency—one where privacy is maintained for buyers and sellers—long predates Bitcoin. The pursuit of an independent digital currency really got started in 1992, when Timothy May, a retired Intel physicist, invited a group of friends over to his house outside Santa Cruz, Calif., to discuss privacy and the nascent Internet.

The Half-Acre Homestead: Tools In conjunction with a talk I'm doing at the Bay Area Makers Faire in San Mateo, Calif, and at The Mother Earth News Faire in Puyallup, Washington - titled "The Half-Acre Homestead in the 21st Century" - I picked some time-tested tools that we use in our daily lives. -Lloyd Kahn Listen to Lloyd's Half-Acre Homestead podcast. See Lloyd's two articles in The Mother Earth News related to homesteading: Coping with Critters Protect your home and garden from termites, skunks, gophers, hawks, mice and more The Truth About Septic Systems Vested interests are making on-site wastewater disposal more costly than it needs to be.

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