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Hugelkultur (HOO-gul-culture) meaning hill culture or hill mound. Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies. The advantages of a hugel bed are many: The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients for the plants. Soil aeration increases as those branches and logs break down...meaning the bed will be no till, long term. The logs and branches act like a sponge. Sequester carbon into the soil. On a sod lawn Sepp Holzer (hugelkultur expert) recommends cutting out the sod, digging a 1 foot deep trench and filling the trench with logs and branches. Hugel and traditional bed comparison. Hugel bed in Ontario, Canada. Hugel bed in Ontario, Canada. Hugel beds covered in lettuces. Resources:

How to Prune Tomatoes Edit Article Questions and Answers When growing tomatoes, the ultimate goal is to help the plant yield as much ripe fruit as possible. If you're growing indeterminate or "vining" varieties (Big Boy, Beef Master, most heirlooms), pruning your plants to remove unwanted shoots and leaves ensures that all the nutrients are going to the tomatoes. Ad Steps <img alt="Image titled Prune Tomatoes Step 6" src=" width="728" height="410" class="whcdn"> Tomatoes Step 6.360p.mp47Top the plant. Reader Questions and Answers Unanswered Questions Add New Question Answered Questions Tips Warnings Article Info Featured Article In other languages:

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds raised garden bed hugelkultur after one month raised garden bed hugelkultur after one year raised garden bed hugelkultur after two years raised garden bed hugelkultur after twenty years It's a german word and some people can say it all german-ish. I learned this high-falootin word at my permaculture training. Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. I do think there are some considerations to keep in mind. Another thing to keep in mind is that wood is high in carbon and will consume nitrogen to do the compost thing. Pine and fir will have some levels of tanins in them, but I'm guessing that most of that will be gone when the wood has been dead for a few years. In the drawings at right, the artist is trying to show that while the wood decomposes and shrinks, the leaves, duff and accumulating organic matter from above will take it's place.

Gourmet Mushrooms: You Buy and Eat Them, Now GROW Them! - StumbleUpon We hope you have enjoyed some nice, juicy portobellos off the grill this summer or this mouthwatering dish. If not, get on it before colder days return! If you love mushrooms like me, then you always find a reason to treat yourself to them when you’re out shopping. The mushrooms you buy in the store or that you see above ground are the ‘fruit’ or fruiting bodies of a much larger network underground, on a tree, or in your growing substrate. The most important tip I can give you is to make sure that all the materials you use are sterilized. Indoor Technique: Spawn Bags & Jars You can find the mushroom variety you would like, which sterile substrate blend is right for it, and pick between already cultured substrate ‘plugs’ or some spores to get your culture going online. Once you introduce your culture to the substrate, depending on the variety you are growing, you want to keep them moist and in a very dark place while the culture colonizes the bag. Outdoor Technique: Logs & Plugs

Lombric et Lombriculture La lombriculture est une culture qui consiste en un élevage intensif de vers de terre du genre Eisenia Foetida ou vers de fumier et Dendrobena Veneta. Ces vers sont spécifiques. Ce sont des épigés : ils vivent à la surface du sol et sont dévoreurs de matières organiques en décomposition. Ils mangent jusqu'à leur poids de nourriture par jour. Les températures situées entre 15°C et 25°C sont idéales pour rendre les vers efficaces dans leur travail. Ces mêmes vers sont d'excellents appâts pour la pêche en rivière. Un lombric peut engendrer jusqu'à 250 descendants par an. Le lombric n'a ni poumons ni branchies. Ces vers sont hermaphrodites : chaque individu est à la fois mâle et femelle ; mais il faut qu'ils soient deux pour échanger leurs cellules mâles et ainsi féconder leurs ovules. Après cet échange réciproque de semence, le clitellum va fabriquer des cocons qui enfermeront les ovules et les spermatozoïdes : c'est à ce moment-là qu'a lieu la fécondation.

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La permaculture peut-elle nourrir les Français? Temps de lecture: 8 min La micro-ferme est adossée au château de La Bourdaisière, en Indre-et-Loire. Elle se situe à deux pas d'un potager conservatoire de la tomate, regroupant 650 variétés du fruit sur un peu moins d'un hectare. Pas de tracteur On trouve de tout chez cet ex-Parisien: des légumes, des plantes vivaces et comestibles, des arbres fruitiers. Dans cette «Ferme d'avenir», tout est étudié à la loupe, en amont. Et ça marche? «Nous explorons la possibilité pour des supermarchés du coin de vendre nos produits, repensant ainsi leur politique sans casser les prix d'achat aux producteurs.» Vive les vers de terre! Il s'inspire surtout des concepts de la permaculture. La permaculture formulée dans les années 1970 par les Australiens Bill Mollison et David Holmgren, mais encore confidentielle en France, ne se résume pas à des techniques de jardinage. «Dans la nature, poursuit le paysan, tout est relié (et) fonctionne en boucle, les déchets de l'un sont la ressource de l'autre.»

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Smart Gardener - simply grow great food About_Us Is It Time For Water-Saving “Hybrid” Gardening? ..if it can be applied in cars, why not to grow vegetables. Not too many years ago there was abundant space and unlimited water available for gardening. Today, with our postage-stamp size yards and increasingly scarce, rationed water resources, a new paradigm for water management by the home gardener has come to the forefront. Traditional in-ground planting with “broadcast” watering is highly inefficient, along with creating an unintended weed bed to cope with. Enter Ray Newstead, a home gardener of heirloom tomatoes in . Unlike manual or drip irrigation top watering, the EarthTainer employs a bottom up, automated watering approach based on the principle of capillary action. Newstead has found that the soil in the EarthTainer warms up to suitable planting temperature in Springtime one month earlier than his in-ground soil bed, permitting him to plant out in early April.

12-companion-plants-grow-alongside-your-tomatoes © MrBrownThumb Companion planting is part science and folklore. Grouping friendly plants together in the garden is suppose to help enhance growth, flavor and protect plants from pests. As an urban gardener with a small garden, my interest in companion planting is mostly centered on maximizing space. If my tomatoes actually benefit from growing alongside these plants, well, that’s a bonus. Here are 12 companion plants I grow with my tomatoes in containers. 1. How effective companion planting is in the garden is up for debate. What do you pair up with tomatoes in your garden? Browse all of our tomato content for mouth-watering tomato recipes, savvy tomato growing tips, and up-to-the minute tomato breakthroughs.