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. In addition to getting all the free garden plants you need (and some to share with family and friends), nurturing self-seeders is also a great way to provide a diversity of flowers that supply pollen and nectar for beneficial insects.
Organic Gardening Tips Portal Mirrors Really Tie The Room Together [DIY] There have been other attempts at Portal -themed mirrors in the past, but these are definitely the best out there so far—and all it took was some rope lights. Of course having the portals ends so close to one another sort of defeats the purpose. Get creative and put one on the floor and the other over the toilet. Or one on the wall and the other on the fridge. The possibilities are endless. ( Reddit via Geekologie ) Tags: decor , DIY , mirrors , portal Small Footprint, Big Yield: Create an Easy Micro Organic Urban Garden Today... April 28, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton There are two things urban gardeners are short on: space and time. The Urban Garden, brainchild of Bill Arquitt, resolves both of these issues, making it efficient and simple to plant a vegetable garden with up to 55 plants in a 3-foot deep by 4-foot wide footprint. The contained six level tiered system is nearly maintenance-free, eliminating heavy weeding, and its northwestern cedar construction renders it naturally bug repellent.
15 Homemade Organic Pesticides Back when I started my first garden, a certain celebrity gardener and his books of gardening concoctions were all the rage. You could tell when it was fundraising time on our local PBS station because they'd have him live in the studio, telling us that all we had to do was use items such as baby shampoo, instant tea, and whiskey, and we'd be able to grow our best garden ever. Those claims seemed pretty far-fetched to me back then, and now that I know a little more, I know that several of those concoctions were either just plain bad ideas or that one item in his recipe was the one that was actually doing the work while the rest were either unnecessary or possibly harmful to plants, insects and other soil-dwelling organisms. So please know that my b.s. radar is at high alert when I see anything about homemade gardening sprays and the like. With that in mind, here are 15 homemade, organic solutions for garden problems. I use them, and they work. Pest Control 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Root 4 Kids - Inspire Kids to Dig Real Food Email Does your kid spend enough time outside? Research shows most kids don’t, but new Root 4 Kids program created by Annie’s organic foods aims to encourage and inspire kids and families to get outside, dig into nature and eat healthier by offering recipes, gardening tips and activities — and we’re happy they’re leading the charge. Be Out There notes that kids spend just half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago which makes little sense for green families, since studies show that the best direct route to teaching little ones to care for the environment is to allow them to participate in nature activities before the age of 11. Annie’s new Root 4 Kids program offers a smorgasbord of fun, educational and healthy ideas for families all over the globe. After taking the pledge, get even more involved by visiting the the Eat, Dig, Love and Play sections of Root 4 Kids. + Root 4 Kids Images © Root 4 Kids, just jennifer, Imagebase, Photorious & sxc.
When Weeds Whisper Paper Covered Switch Plate I’ve been working on revamping my powder room. New paint, some new art on the walls, it was all coming together. When Wendy released her Fleury kit this past month, I was seriously swooning! The colors were perfect for this room and I had to figure out a fun way to incorporate my favorite paper from that awesome kit. And then a light came on (pun somewhat intended!) – - switch plate covers! Switch plate covers are such a neat, unexpected way to add a bit of personality to your room. You’re going to need: Fleury Kit by Wendy Page (or digital kit of your choice)Mod Podge (I used Glossy)pencilcutting mat & exacto knife (and/or sharp pointed scissors - I love my CutterBee scissors!) 1. 2. 3. 4. Note: You may want to lightly sand your switch plate here. 5. 6. 7. 8. Enjoy your fun little creation!! Other Articles by ccouch:
5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | Eartheasy Blog It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2. Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden.
4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. You'll need to pick out a container such as a 50-gallon trash barrel or one of those half whiskey barrel planters. Good drainage is critical for the cultivation of healthy potatoes so you'll want to cut or drill a series of large drainage holes in the bottom and bottom sides of your container. 2. Fill in the bottom of your container with about 6 inches of loose planting mix and compost. 3. 4.
How to build a hot bed out of recycled glass bottles | Garden Fowl Earlier this year I designed a wine bottle bed for the 2010 Northwest Flower and Garden Show display we created in partnership with Seattle Tilth. After the garden show I moved it into a spot in our garden and grew our very first RIPE pepper, before any of our tomatoes ripened!!! Ripe pepper in a wine bottle bed The idea is simple: the sunlight warms up the air inside the glass and expands. Because of the limited size of the garden show display we made it small and in a circle large enough for one plant. Follow these steps: collect bottles (wine, beer or soda) that is the fun part! This is a great way to grow warmth loving crops that don’t normally thrive in a limited growing season.
Extended shelf life Novel idea ... Not Tom bookshelf. Old books can be works of art in their own right, beautifully printed and bound and lovingly worn from generations of use. But as the printed word gives way to the digital age, they are also increasingly becoming vestiges from another era. Many are abandoned in markets and thrift shops. Not all are bound for destitution, however. Fine artists have also taken to second-hand books. Such wares are sold online and in design shops but for crafty types who prefer a hands-on approach, many can also be made from scratch. Advertisement A recent publication by the American artist Lisa Occhipinti, The Repurposed Library, shows how to transform unwanted books into a range of quirky objects. Occhipinti believes old books impart a sense of tranquillity to their surroundings. ''We live in this digital age and life is so fast-paced but there's a silence and stillness about books,'' she says. English jeweller Jeremy May, of label Littlefly, agrees.