* Lovely Greens *: DIY Homesteading: Making Your Own Country Wines Week five of DIY Homesteading features an avid maker and connoisseur of country wines, Ben Hardy of Ben's Adventures in Wine Making. In this piece he gives information on how you can get started making wine along with two of his delectable recipes using fruit and flowers available in early summer. If you'd like to ask questions or leave comments, please visit Ben at his blog and if you're interested in seeing more of his recipes, his wine-making book is available on Amazon. Next Wednesday, we'll publish the last piece for this series of DIY Homesteading so make sure to tune back in! I feel fraudulent contributing to a series on ‘DIY Homesteading’. For Christmas 1998, my wife bought me two demijohns (‘carboys’ in America), a plastic tube, other wine making paraphernalia and a book of recipes. Most books on wine-making open with long and intimidating chapters on equipment needed, fearsome dos and don’ts, how to measure specific gravity, and strict rules on storing wine. Rose Petal Wine
No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Can Grow At Home In Containers By Rachel Cernansky Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel. As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil’s about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. Like this idea? Here’s a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home. Tree fruits – including apples 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Citrus fruits 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
How To Grow Goji Berries Attention: Goji Berry Lovers... How To Grow Your Own Goji Berry Plants. Discover how you can grow your own... and when you can expect your first harvest.PLUS... How a little known piece of American history and a fortuitous gift means you can now grow a extremely hardy Goji berry in your own garden. Where Do Goj Berries Like to Grow? Goji Berries are also known as Lycium Barbarum or Chinese Wolfberry. My strain of Lycium Barbarum grows naturally in Zone 5. These Goji berries should do well in zones 4 to 9. There are several species and as many as 88 varieties. At this time (2010) the only commercial source in the world for goji berries is from China or Mongolia. But due to a little known piece of American history (see right), there is a hardy stock of Goji Berries that has adapted itself to North America. Remember Johnny Appleseed? Fast forward and think: Johnny Goji-seed Imagine... YOU can be part of the Grass Roots (so to speak) Movement for Goji to become a common plant in the U.S.! P.S.
In The Heart Of Geneva It Grows Like No Others Geneva Switzerland calls this Foodscaping: Where neighbors communicate with each other, and each specializes in a few crops, and they trade. This is illegal in most cities in America due to legalities on length laws regarding the length of a front lawn. We must share motivation for the fun of growing simply for the pleasure of providing for oneself. Growing is easy in small quantities. This, believe it or not, is 2.8km from the heart of Geneva, Switzerland, the largest city in the country (but not its capital…) The neatness of it all is possibly explained by the fact it’s Switzerland, the Swiss are like that!
7 Natural Uses For Baking Soda In The Garden Share Baking soda is a vital part of green cleaning and has so many uses in the house, but what about the garden. Here are 7 ways to use it in the garden. 1. Make a Non-Toxic Fungicide Mix 4 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 gallon of water. 2. Powdery mildew is causing major problems with impatiens this year, but also can be a problem for other plants, like lilacs, cucumbers, squash and zinnias. Spray Recipe: 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid Mix all the ingredients together and spray plants weekly. 3. Mix in 1 gallon of water, 4 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon biodegradable soap. 4. Pour or sweep baking soda in a thick layer into cracks on a sidewalk or patios. 5. Mix equals parts flour and baking soda and dust plants (cabbage, broccoli, kale) being eaten by cabbage worms. 6. Simply wet the crabgrass, pour a heavy dusting of baking soda on the weed. 7. Source: Plant Care Today
DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden A couple of week ago I did a post on some YUMMY Herb Butter I made to go on corn on the cob (or just about any other savory side!) Ever since we finished it, I’ve been craving more! The only thing stopping me from making it is going to the store and buying the fresh herbs. So when I saw this simple idea from Dimples & Pigtales (how cute is that name!?) And that’s really all you need! Although it’s a bit redundant to give you “directions” on how to make your own window sill herb garden (since I basically just did), here is a quick step-by-step with photos to make it SUPER simple. What you will need: 6 mason jars (I used 3 quart sized and 3 pint sized, just for fun)enough potting soil to fill all your jarsvarious herb seeds (choose your favorites!) Fill the mason jars almost to the top with soil, leaving enough room to add just enough additional soil to lightly cover the seeds. Add seeds to each jar following planting instructions on the seed packet. Cover lightly with more soil.
Cold Hardy Avocado Trees | Cold Hardy Avocado Trees for Sale for Sale Avocados can easily be grown in the home, garden, orchard or patio. They can be grown in America with great success and thrive in warm climates. They require little to no pruning and are easily contained. Seasonal information: Cold hardy avocado trees typically do well areas that have mild winters. Location: The roots are highly competitive, so be sure to allow space or consider potting your cold hardy avocado tree. Planting instructions: Planting in fall or at the start of the rainy season is best. Watering: Cold hardy avocado trees may not need to be watered during the winter season or rainy months, but watch for extended mid-winter dry spells. While the roots prefer to stay on the dry side, Avocado leaves love humidity. Fertilization: Commence feeding young trees after one year of growth by using a balanced fertilizer four times yearly. Weed Control: Mulching will help prevent other weeds from growing nearby, though the cold hardy avocado tree rarely has this problem.
12 Savvy Small-Space Urban Gardening Designs & Ideas Think you gotta have a farm or even a large yard to grow enough fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to feed your family all summer? You’d be surprised how much food you can get out of the smallest of spaces – even when you live in an urban high-rise. From innovative vertical gardening systems to hanging pots and easy-access planters, these 12 small-space gardening solutions make homegrown produce possible no matter how tiny your outdoor space may be. Small but Expandable Step Garden (images via: urban garden) How do you squeeze every possible square inch of usable growing space out of a tiny balcony or deck? Pop Bottle Drip System (images via: you grow girl) Unless you’re really conscientious, it’s way too easy to accidentally kill plants growing in small pots under the brutal heat of the summer sun, especially in urban environments where reflected heat can dry out soil fast. Square Foot Gardening (image via: serene journal) How much food can you grow in a square foot? Self-Watering Grow Box
Cerveza de ortigas : ¡¡sana y encima ecológica!! - Nightly Llegando el buen tiempo empiezan a brotar las ortigas, una planta considerada como “mala hierba” o invasiva, pero que es una de las plantas que más propiedades curativas tiene. Usada desde la antigüedad por sus efectos medicinales, son ricas en vitaminas C y A, contienen además de Calcio, Hierro, Betacaroteno,Fósforo, Boro y Silicio. Posee propiedades antiinflamatorias, astringentes, diuréticas y calmantes. Las ortigas tienen multitud de usos en la cocina, las puedes usar del mismo modo que utilizas las espinacas, crudas en ensaladas,en cremas, en tortillas, en infusión…conviene recoger las hojas más jóvenes, evitar lugares cerca de carreteras y sitios donde se hayan podido orinar perros y otros animales. Ir adecuadamente protegido no es mala idea. Ponte unos guantes gruesos, ¡gruesos! Foto vista en: las3Rs donde encontraréis otra receta de cerveza de ortigas pero hecha con crémor tartaroCerveza de Ortigas 2 – Añade la levadura cuando retires la olla del fuego.
15 foods you can regrow from scraps! Contact us 15 foods you can regrow from scraps! Posted on June 5, 2013 by admin via: The Healthy Hybrid Various plants (in no particular order) that you can regrow from the food you already have! Apples- Tomatoes- Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes- Green Onions- Leeks- same technique as green onions Carrot Tops- Pineapple- Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery Cabbage- Same technique as celery Celery- Avocado - 10 Cheap Gardening Methods 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
Being An Urban Gardener: Creating A City Vegetable Garden - Gardening Know How By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Even if you’re an urban gardener with little space, you can still benefit from growing a city vegetable garden. A window, balcony, patio, deck or roof receiving six or more hours of sun is all you need, in addition to a few containers. City Vegetable Gardening Designs The urban gardener can enjoy a city vegetable garden in various ways. Growing vegetables is more versatile than one might think. City Vegetable Gardening in Containers Growing vegetables in containers is one of the easiest ways to create a city vegetable garden. Typically, smaller containers are used for more shallow-rooted crops like carrots, lettuce and radishes. In order to help improve drainage and airflow, it may be a good idea to raise your containers about an inch or two off the ground with blocks. Rooftop City Gardens Balcony or rooftop gardening is an excellent way for city dwellers to enjoy growing vegetables. Growing an Urban Vegetable Garden Vertically
How to Make Rhubarb Wine Rhubarb Wine is tasty and easy to make – here’s how we turn our Rhubarb into Wine. Right now is the ideal time (mid June) to pick your Rhubarb stalks. When you pick them, you can either twist the stalk (close to the ground) to snap it off or cut it using a paring knife. Be sure to leave several of the smaller stalks on the plant. This way, your Rhubarb plant will continue to grow. We have 5 Rhubarb plants. Ready to make wine? Weigh the stalks - you will need 5 lbs for every 1 gallon of wine. This year we ended up with 37 pounds of Rhubarb off those 5 plants! Clean out a primary fermenter and snap all the stalks many times. You don’t need to cleanly break each stalk into pieces, just a quick snap so the rhubarb is exposed. Snap the stalks into the primary and pour cold water over to cover them. Hold the Rhubarb above the liquid for a minute to let most of the excess liquid drip back into the primary. According to the recipe, I had to add 3 lbs of sugar for every 1 gallon of liquid.
Boom in de stad redt jaarlijks een leven Stadsbomen doen veel meer dan wat groen in het stadsbeeld brengen. Volgens onderzoek van de Amerikaanse overheid redden ze gemiddeld een mensenleven per jaar. De Amerikaanse dienst voor Bosbeheer deed onderzoek naar de volledige impact van stadsbomen op de gezondheid, met name op de concentratie van fijnstof in tien steden waaronder Atlanta, Boston, New York en San Francisco. Uit het onderzoek blijkt dat elke boom jaarlijks een leven redt, en in New York zelfs tot acht levens. Winstgevende investering "Dit onderzoek toont duidelijk aan dat de Amerikaanse stadsbomen een belangrijke investering zijn om schone lucht en water te produceren, energiekosten te verminderen en steden leefbaarder te maken", zegt Michael T. In steden als Atlanta, dat relatief veel stadsgroen telt, halen de bomen jaarlijks 64,5 ton fijnstof uit de lucht. Stikstof Vorig jaar kwamen Britse onderzoekers van de Lancaster University al tot een gelijkaardige conclusie.