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Preparing For Pests: A Gardener's Guide. The Dirt Spring is around the corner and we’ve got gardening on our minds!

Preparing For Pests: A Gardener's Guide

And as we all know, with gardens come pests. While pesticides are just one tool in our toolbox to manage pests and weeds, let’s explore how conventional and organic pesticides work and their effects on our local ecosystems. Spring is coming! 10 natural, easy ways to deal with ant infestations. How Fundamental Physics Shapes the Diversity of Life. In his new book, Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution, Charles Cockell from the University of Edinburgh makes the argument that physical laws limit the diversity of life on Earth and, we might expect, elsewhere in the universe.

How Fundamental Physics Shapes the Diversity of Life

The book uses many examples of living things on our own planet, most convincingly the ladybug, to explain eloquently why everything from microbes to large animals are the way they are. For example, why does the ladybug not fall off a leaf? How does it manage to breathe without lungs? How does it survive winter or fly—considering its aerodynamics are very different from an airplane’s? Having shown that physical factors limit the solutions for life on this planet, Cockell extends the argument to extraterrestrial life. Warm season lettuce-Batavian or Summercrisp lettuces « giantveggiegardener. I like salads, especially in the summer but most lettuces bolted here in my garden in the summer.

Warm season lettuce-Batavian or Summercrisp lettuces « giantveggiegardener

Last year I grew some lettuces that grew well in the summer. Most lettuces are cool season crops that bolt with the heat but Batavian (also known as Summercrisp) lettuces did surprisingly well here. Growing Tomatoes - The Ultimate Guide To Growing Tomato Plants. Starting COLD HARDY VEGETABLES Super Early « giantveggiegardener. So now that the Persephone period is almost over and the magic date of January 15th is upon us, what does that mean?

Starting COLD HARDY VEGETABLES Super Early « giantveggiegardener

It means our day lengths are getting longer and January 15th is when we start getting 10 hours of daylight that will continue to get longer every day. Have you noticed already it now gets dark around 5:30 instead of 5 pm? The darkest time of the year is over. What does that mean to gardeners? In 1886, the US Government Commissioned 7,500 Watercolor Paintings of Every Known Fruit in the World: Download Them in High Resolution. T.S.

In 1886, the US Government Commissioned 7,500 Watercolor Paintings of Every Known Fruit in the World: Download Them in High Resolution

Eliot asks in the opening stanzas of his Choruses from the Rock, “where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” The passage has been called a pointed question for our time, in which we seem to have lost the ability to learn, to make meaningful connections and contextualize events. They fly by us at superhuman speeds; credible sources are buried between spurious links. Truth and falsehood blur beyond distinction. Rich Berries World: Top Most Qualities Of A Professional Tree Surgeon.

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6 Natural Fertilizers for Indoor Plants - Creative Homemaking. Natural Indoor Plant Fertilizer Plants benefit from natural fertilizers.

6 Natural Fertilizers for Indoor Plants - Creative Homemaking

The Science of Soil. #1 Soil Builder Available Here The Soil Food Web.

The Science of Soil

Why is healthy soil important? The Dirt: Have you ever thought about the soil that lies beneath your feet?

Why is healthy soil important?

Soil is responsible for 95% of the food we eat and it supports life on Earth in many different ways. Silt vs Clay: How to Tell the Difference - Silt vs clay.

Silt vs Clay: How to Tell the Difference -

To most people, these two types of soil look very similar. It is more like comparing soil versus dirt. It can be hard to differentiate one from the other. For one, both are considered fine grained. As a gardener, you need to know which soil is silt and which one is clay as it can make a big impact on plant growth. How to Create Amazing Garden Soil from Clay, Silt or Sand. Un Fact: Stephen likes the taste of dirt.)

How to Create Amazing Garden Soil from Clay, Silt or Sand

Our health is directly affected by the health of our soil. In order for us to get the essential micro nutrients we need to stay healthy, we have to eat plants that contain them. 7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables. Image Federal health officials estimate that nearly 48 million people are sickened by food contaminated with harmful germs each year, and some of the causes might surprise you. Although most people know animal products must be handled carefully to prevent illness, produce, too, can be the culprit in outbreaks of foodborne illness.

In recent years, the United States has had several large outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables—including spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and lettuce. 5 people died from eating lettuce, but Trump’s FDA still won’t make farms test water for bacteria. Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities by using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998–2008 - Volume 19, Number 3—March 2013. Author affiliations: Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA Despite advances in food safety, foodborne illness remains common in the United States; >9 million persons each year have a foodborne illness caused by a major pathogen (1). One challenge in preventing foodborne illness is determining how to prioritize limited food safety resources across a large number of foods (2). Furthermore, attributing all illnesses to specific foods is challenging because most agents are transmitted through a variety of foods, and linking an illness to a particular food is rarely possible except during an outbreak.

To help determine priorities for food safety efforts, we organized the large number of foods implicated in outbreaks in the United States into 17 mutually exclusive food commodities. Here, we provide estimates of the number of domestically acquired foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths attributable to these commodities. Microbial Hazards in Irrigation Water: Standards, Norms, and Testing to Manage Use of Water in Fresh Produce Primary Production - Uyttendaele - 2015 - Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. Introduction Fresh produce (fresh fruits and vegetables) consumption has been increasing worldwide for several decades (Leon and others 2009; Betts 2014). The reasons are many, but key is the “healthy eating” advice currently being promoted, where the “5 portions per day” message is being widely advocated. Indeed even 7 portions a day has been recently mentioned. The expansion of the fresh produce market over recent years has resulted in a wide variety of fruit and fresh produce being available throughout the year.

There is no doubt that the consumption of increasing amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables is beneficial to the health of the consumer (Dauchet and others 2005). Experts warn: Must consider role of microbes in climate change. An international group of leading microbiologists, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanography Professor David Karl, has issued a warning: Not including microbes, considered the support system of the biosphere, in any climate equation will lead to incomplete predictions of the environmental consequences of global climate change. More than 30 microbiologists from nine countries are calling for the world to stop ignoring an “unseen majority” in Earth’s biodiversity and metabolism when addressing climate change.

The paper, Scientist’s warning to humanity: microorganisms and climate change, was published in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology. “Microorganisms controls the pulse of our planet,” said Karl, director of the UH Mānoa Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). “They harvest solar energy, recycle organic matter, sequester carbon dioxide, and detoxify many human-made pollutants.

A new giant virus found in the waters off Oahu. The National List. Fire Hazards of Insulation Materials. Tips To Book The Most Competent Pest Controllers - Ready to Search Home - Taxonomy - NCBI. Home Ag Economy Barometer - Nationwide Measure of the Health of the U.S. Agricultural Economy. ... en vue. God Made A Factory Farmer from Nick Wiger and Funny Or Die. Etudes. Ann Bancroft's latest adventure: Finding, and preserving, fresh water. Hearing the Music of the Plants. Edibility. Entutelage. Organica. *joi de vivre. Substantia. Rousting. Gardening. Environmental & Social Sustainability. Yard Projects.