background preloader

Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants

Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants
Recommended this month New Book ** Edible Perennials: 50 Top perennials from Plants For A Future [Paperback] Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form cooperative combinations, make use of layers above and below the soil, and they create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle the rain. The challenge is productivity: how can yields of useful foods and other useful materials be maximised? The latest book from Plants For A Future is a resource for discovering some of the answers. Edible Perennials provides detailed information, attractively presented, on 50 selected perennial plants, based on practical experience and observation, plus a wide range of reputable sources. For more on the Ferns see: The Ferns Addy Fern says: 'Visits to the Field and volunteering there are welcome!' more

http://www.pfaf.org/user/default.aspx

Related:  Garden IIHumane EcologyTree of Life - TaxonomyEdible Garden - Flowers and HerbsFood Specifics

Homemade pH Indicator – DIY Experiments Abstract Make your own homemade pH indicator! Red cabbage juice contains a pH indicator that exhibits a wide range of colours according to the acidity of the solution. This experimental contains in-depth scientific explanation of why certain compounds are coloured and how the colour change occurs. Practical Action - technology challenging poverty Latin America In Peru and Bolivia, we help communities set up small-scale technological solutions in remote areas where there is no access to basic services, including electricity, heating, clean water and sanitation. Western Africa Building on our recent extension of consultancy work into west Africa, Practical Action has recently set up an office to deliver impact at scale in Francophone west Africa.

Trees of Life: A Visual History of Scientific Diagrams Explaining Evolution by Maria Popova Mapping 450 years of humanity’s curiosity about the living world and the relationships between organisms. Since the dawn of recorded history, humanity has been turning to the visual realm as a sensemaking tool for the world and our place in it, mapping and visualizing everything from the body to the brain to the universe to information itself. Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution (public library) catalogs 230 tree-like branching diagrams, culled from 450 years of mankind’s visual curiosity about the living world and our quest to understand the complex ecosystem we share with other organisms, from bacteria to birds, microbes to mammals.

Edible Flowers Chart Edible Flowers This chart is a collaborative research project by Amy Barclay de Tolly and Home Cooking Guide Peggy Trowbridge. The links will take you to full color photos of the specific flowers to help with identification, but please don't depend solely on these photos. Be sure you know exactly what you choose to consume. If you are allergy-prone, it's probably best to forego consumption of flowers. For more information, refer to the article on Incredible Edible Flowers and Poisonous Plants and Flowers Chart.

Foods Rich in Minerals Learn which Foods have the most Minerals and are the healthiest for you Most people can probably name the basic food groups and know which vitamins are necessary for maintaining a healthy body, but minerals are another story. Here is a basic guide to some of the essential minerals explaining how they help your body, foods you should eat to get the mineral, and how much you should have.

10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr Dutch kids have a different relationship to the bicycle Writing about Groningen (twice) has been fun, and reminiscing has brought up a couple of other article ideas. Lloyd and Mike enthusiastically encouraged me to go further down this route, so here's a piece on my observations regarding the quite different relationship Dutch kids have to bicycling (compared implicitly to American kids since I'm American). Walking through the socialization process, let's start with babyhood. As I noted in my first Groningen post, you see a lot of babies on bikes in the Netherlands. Before their memories will even kick in, they are on bikes. Some of their first memories must be from the handlebars or backseats of bicycles.

The Largest Plant Identification Reference Guide - Dave's Garden PlantFiles is the largest plant database in the world, with information and photos for 210,070 different plants! View our 365,378 images and read our 138,488 detailed and helpful comments. Search for a plant by its common or botanical name using the green button below, or scroll down the page and browse through hundreds of popular cultivars, or search for plants by their characteristics (height, hardiness, etc.) Discover which plants grow well in your area, and which plants to avoid. Join the 58,387 gardeners, PlantFiles Pioneers and Uber Gardeners who contribute to PlantFiles, and share what you know. » Add a new plant to the list

Edible Flowers Chart, How to safely choose Edible Flowers, Whats Cooking America Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine Photo of edible flowers picked in Linda's garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil). After falling out of favor for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue once again. Flower cookery has been traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures. Edible flowers were especially popularin the Victorian era during Queen Victoria's reign. Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance.

Safely Preserving Whole Eggs Preserving eggs in the refrigerator for 9 months is unfathomable to most people, let alone safely preserving eggs that long without refrigeration. But today I’ll make crystal clear how you can preserve eggs worry-free without compromising your health and taste standards and perhaps I’ll even shed some light on how you came to believe that eggs can only be preserved in a refrigerator. I assure you that Kellene Bishop has not lost her mind; I’m not some maniacal bad guy accompanied by the theme music from Jaws as I write this. Just read further and you’ll understand that this Preparedness Pro is no fraud but some other trusted entities may have been feeding you a fish story for the past several decades.

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season.

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets One of the perennial topics of controversy in the bicycling community is helmets, and the controversial issue is not about which color is prettiest. I won't spend too much time on the backstory, but the controversy is whether or not helmets should be a must (for their skull & brain protection benefits) or left at the shop (because they inhibit bicycling, which results in less bicycling, which makes bicycling less safe). "Must" could mean a legal requirement, or it could simply mean a personally imposed must – it depends on the conversation.

efloraofindia efloraofindia (eFI in short) website is documenting flora of India that is being discussed on efloraofindia google e-group along with supplementing the working of the group. It has the largest database on net on Indian Flora with more than 10,000 species (along with more than 2,00,000 pictures, from some of the best Flora Photographers of India, at its efloraofindia e-group links). It also includes some species from around the world, which has been posted by our members. efloraofindia e-group (earlier Indiantreepix/ Efloraindia) is the largest Google e-group in the world in this field & largest nature related in India (and the most constructive, with more than 2400 members & 2,00,000 messages on 9/9/14) devoted to creating awareness, helping in identification (e-gurukul) etc. along with discussion & documentation of Indian Flora. It has already completed seven years in June'2014.

Related:  Polyculture GuildsForagingPlant ReferenceArchaeplastidaGardeningEthnobotanyAgricultureGarden PlanningSelf SufficiencyPlantscultivating mother earthMedicineGardening2gardeniangalbraithGolfe du Morbihan - Plantes sauvages comestibles