From the Bottom Up - A DIY Guide to Wicking Beds Wicking beds are a unique and increasingly popular way to grow vegetables. They are self-contained raised beds with built-in reservoirs that supply water from the bottom up – changing how, and how much, you water your beds. In this article, we’ll talk about how wicking beds work and why we love them. We’ll also show you some great examples and leave you with ideas and instructions for creating your own. How Wicking Beds Work A wick works through capillary action – the same force you observe when you dip a piece of tissue paper partially into a glass of water and watch the water climb the paper.
HOW TO PROPAGATE THE SAFFRON CROCUS Although found in the bulb section of most plant retailers come autumn, the saffron crocus actually grows from compressed underground stems known as corms. These specialised stems come complete with dormant buds, each one capable of growing into a genetically identical plant. Each year one new corm will grow on top of the old one, together with some smaller ones which will grow from the base of the plant. These smaller juvenile corms are known as cormels.
Top 100 Herbs for Your Health If you’re interested in supplementing your health and wellness routine with some natural remedies, herbs offer a valuable and time-tested way to do so. Whether you want to boost the health of your heart, ease the discomfort of arthritis, or just wake up your mind, this list of 100 herbs and medicinal plants can help you do it. Please keep in mind, however, that not all herbal supplements are appropriate for all people, so check with your doctor to see if you’re in the clear. Give your vision and hearing a boost by taking these herbs for your health. 1. Ginkgo Biloba: Ginkgo has been attached to many potential benefits, but perhaps one of the most significant is its ability to improve blood flow to the eyes especially in those suffering from macular degeneration.
The Art of Saving Heirloom Vegetable Seeds - Grow It! “At the time, I assumed everyone had grandparents who hoarded rare seeds, enjoyed food they grew themselves and dabbled in the kind of connoisseurship that comes from eating only what is fresh and local (especially your own). I was soon to learn that this was not the case and that what we had found in the freezer was a major collection of very rare seeds, very rare indeed.” This quote from William Woys Weaver’s Harvesting Our Heirloom History pinpoints the moment when heirloom seed preservation became his lifework. Weaver describes heirloom seed saving as the link to a rich horticultural and culinary heritage. In his book, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History, he takes readers through the seed saving mastery of indigenous peoples and the waves of immigrant farmers and homesteaders who followed. Weaver’s book profiles 280 heirloom varieties, with authoritative growing advice and incredible recipes.
D-01-04: Plant protection import and domestic movement requirements for barberry (Berberis, Mahoberberis and Mahonia spp.) under the Canadian Barberry Certification Program - Plants Effective Date: March 20, 2012 (3rd Revision) Subject This directive describes the Canadian Barberry Certification Program (CBCP), a set of phytosanitary requirements relating to the import, as well as to the domestic movement, sale and propagation, of barberry plants (Berberis, Mahoberberis or Mahonia), which may act as alternate hosts of black stem rust disease, Puccinia graminis Pers. This directive has been revised to update the review date, as well as minor administrative changes. The content of this directive has not changed. Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump This information is provided as a service to those wanting to build their own hydraulic ram pump. The data from our experiences with one of these home-made hydraulic ram pumps is listed in Table 4 near the bottom of this document. The typical cost of fittings for an 1-1/4" pump is currently $120.00 to $240.00 (U.S.A.) depending on source prices, regardless of whether galvanized or PVC fittings are used.
Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant One of the characteristics of a truly sustainable garden is that it produces at least some of its own seed. This is most often done when gardeners select, harvest and store seeds until the proper time for planting the following year. But some self-seeding crops produce seeds so readily that as long as you give them time to flower and mature, and set seed, you will always have free plants growing in your garden. You can simply let the seeds fall where they are, or toss pieces of the seed heads into the corners of your garden, or whichever area you want them in — no harvesting, storing or replanting required. With most self-seeding vegetables, herbs and annual flowers, you’ll just need to learn to recognize the seedlings so you don’t hoe them down.
Herbalism guide - growing and using your own herbs The hands-on herbalism guide begins! Welcome to the main page of my herbalism guide. One of the subjects I hope to be covering on the Container Gardening For Food website is that of Herbs and Herbalism - mainly because I've taken up herbalism as a hobby. Storing Vegetable Seeds - Timberline Homestead Every spring we invest in a variety of garden seeds, plant as much as we can fit into our garden, and stash the remaining seeds. When the seeds are pulled out the following spring I always question how viable they are after being stored in a ziplock bag in the pantry all summer and winter. So, the challenge is how to store garden seeds to maximize shelf life. The 3 most important factors in seed storage are moisture, light and temperature. Seeds germinate in warm, moist, and bright environments. Therefore, to successfully store seeds a cool, dry, and dark environment must be created.
Berberis vulgaris Berberis vulgaris L., also known as European barberry or simply Barberry, is a shrub in the genus Berberis. It produces edible but sharply acidic berries, which people in many countries eat as a tart and refreshing fruit. It is a deciduous shrub growing up to 4 m high. Build a Hydraulic Ram Pump - DIY The search for a "perpetual motion" machine is just about as old as civilization itself. And though we all know that such a gadget probably doesn't exist, there is a piece of equipment that comes pretty close: the hydraulic ram pump. The water ram (also known as a trompe) has been around for quite a while and was a widely used means of pumping water before electricity became common in rural areas.