Completely Free, Detailed Seed Saving How-To for All Common Garden Vegetables Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook Amaranth Amaranthus spp. Amaranth is self-pollinating, but will also cross-pollinate (possibly even between different species). Further, wild amaranths are common in most areas worldwide. Grain amaranths may need support to keep the plants from falling over as they mature because of their large, heavy seed heads. If germination is slow, lightly stir the soil's surface... amaranth seeds need some sunlight after a period of darkness to germinate. Cut seed heads when they are becoming dry and hang them upside-down in large paper bags or over tarps to collect the tiny seeds. Amaranth seeds can last for many years if properly stored, and can sprout in the garden even after several years in the soil. Arugula Eruca sativa Arugula is self-sterile—insects must be able to reach the flowers of different plants for pollination to occur. To save seeds from arugula, leave plants in the ground to overwinter after harvesting leaves for eating during the growing season. Basil
Planting under Oak trees While taking a stroll through a Larkspur neighborhood yesterday I saw something that really got to me-abundant plantings below a mature native Valley oak tree. Valley oaks can tolerate irrigation when young, but after three years or so, the tree should be left to survive and thrive on it’s own. Oaks are very sensitive to disturbance, particularly over watering. It’s best to avoid disturbing the soil within 10′-15′ from the trunk. If any turf should be placed near the tree, it should stop at the drip line of the tree. There are many types of drought tolerant plants are appropriate for use under oaks.
10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence Alex Pietrowski, Staff WriterWaking Times The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home. When renegade gardener Ron Finley said, “growing your own food is like printing money,” he was remarking on the revolutionary nature of re-establishing control over your health and your pocket book as a means of subverting the exploitative and unhealthy food systems that encourage the over-consumption of processed and fast foods. Thanks to the internet, the availability of parts and materials, and good old-fashioned ingenuity, there is a wide range of in-home, and in-apartment, gardening systems that are easy to construct and maintain, and that can provide nutritious, organic, and low-cost food for you and your family. Aquaponics Read: Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together Vertical Gardening Simple Greenhouse Designs Composting
Eg - Stilkeg (Quercus robur) Sælges i bundter med 25 stk. planter. Stilkeg (Quercus robur) anvendes i skovplantninger, i læhegn, ved skovrejsning, allétræ og som solitærtræ i landskabet. Barken er først gråbrun - lysebrun senere gråbrun med dybe furer. Eg er et lystræ som tillader opvækst af andre arter. Form: Stilkeg er et stort træ ca. 30 m højt med bred kegleformet krone og kort tyk stamme med kraftige krogede hovedgrene. I skovbevoksninger hvor de bliver presset af tætstående naboer får de en mere ret stamme med kun ganske lidt grene. Blade: 5-10 cm lange med kort bladstilk og 7-11 afrundede lapper. Høstfarve: Gul - brunlig. Blomster: Små gulgrønne samlet i store hængende stande. Frø/frugter: 13-18 mm lange agern i flade skåle siddende få sammen på lange stilke (deraf navnet stilkeg). Årlig tilvækst: 20-40 cm Lys: Sol til let skygge. Vind: Tåler meget vind. Salt: Tåler salt. Jordforhold: Alle former for jordbund. Frost: Tåler kulde. Se også:
The urban guide to being self sufficient'ish This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles. Ingredients 900grams (2lb) young nettle tops 3.8lts (1 gallon) of water 230 grams (8oz) of sugar, brown or demarrara sugar works best. 7.5 grams (0.25oz) of fresh yeast small piece of toast 7.5 grams (0.25oz) of ground ginger Method Boil the nettle tops in the water for half an hour (you will need a very large pan for this or preferably a cauldron). Keeping the mixture, strain and add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Spread the yeast onto the toast and float on the surface of the nettle liquid. Strain again and put into clean, strong screw top beer bottles, or sealable wine bottles (I used plastic bottles and it still worked). Growing in a small space tests even the greenest of fingers. False Economy Small Space and small budget
Eg - Rødeg (Quercus rubra) Sælges i bundter med 25 stk. planter. Rødeg (Quercus rubra) anvendes i skovplantninger. Barken er først lysebrun senere grå med smalle furer. Grene af rødeg med de store røde blade bruges ofte i buketter og dekorationer om efteråret. Form: Rødeg er et stort træ ca. 30 m højt med kegleformet til rundagtig krone og ret gennemgående stamme. Blade: Store 15-25 cm lange med 7-11 spidse lapper, farven er mat mørkegrøn. Høstfarve: Kraftigt rød især på unge træer, på ældre træer mere brunlig. Blomster: Små gulgrønne samlet i lange hængende rakler. Frø/frugter: Runde agern som sidder i en flad skål. Årlig tilvækst: 40-60 cm. Lys: Sol til let skygge. Vind: Tåler nogen vind. Salt: Tåler nogen salt. Jordforhold: Alle former for jordbund. Frost: Er frostfølsom i ungdomsstadiet. Se også:
How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes. They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. Learn how after the jump... According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Lumber Seed potatoes Soil Careful attention to watering The Times' guide for building a potato growing box yields up to a 100 lbs. of potatoes in a mere 4 square feet is shown below: Plant as early as April or as late as August 1, with an approximated 3 month till harvest turnaround time. Here are some pointers from the article: Cut apart larger seed potatoes, making sure there are at least two eyes in each piece you plant. Seattle Times via LifeHacker.
Seven Vegetables You Can Harvest in Winter We tend to think of plants developing their edible crops in the spring and summer. This seems intuitive given that spring is associated with new life after the harsher conditions of winter, and the fact that many animal species give birth to their young in the spring, giving them the maximum time to feed up and grow before the relative privations of the colder months of the year. And indeed, many crops are ready for harvest in the warmer times, with the longer days giving them more sunshine and so energy to ripen. Cauliflower Given a soil rich in nitrogen and potassium, along with sufficient moisture, cauliflowers will thrive and be available for harvest up until the first frost of winter. Jerusalem Artichoke While Jerusalem artichokes are actually a distant relation of the sunflower, they can thrive when the days draw in and the temperature drops. Winter Squash