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Garden tour: Snapshots of Chatsworth and Alnwick | Vancouver Sun

Garden tour: Snapshots of Chatsworth and Alnwick | Vancouver Sun | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
York – Chatsworth House, one of England’s most famous stately homes, has a formal garden covering more than 100 acres. It was originally conceived as the English equivalent of Versailles.

 

Today, the massive formal layout still exists and is just as impressive as it was back in the 18th century when Lancelot “Capability” Brown worked on adding his touch to the park areas.

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Healthy and Unhealthy Roots

Healthy and Unhealthy Roots | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

 Roots come in all shorts of shapes and sizes but are all designed to help the plant grow and remain healthy. To achieve that the roots themselves need to remain in peak condition and this is where the gardener can help. Start with the right hole in the right place and understand what and why you are doing something.

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The week in wildlife - in pictures

The week in wildlife - in pictures | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Some monkeys quench their thirst, pangolins are rescued in Thailand, a great tit is weighed, plus Europe's last wild horses are all in this week's pictures...
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Explore New York's green rooftops - Interactive

Explore New York's green rooftops - Interactive | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
NYC's billion-square-foot roofscape is getting a climate makeover with solar, living roofs and white paint...

 

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24 of the Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow

24 of the Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Grow these no-fuss houseplants to bring life and color to your home. (#Hardy #House Plants!

 

 

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How Big A Backyard Do You Need To Live Off The Land?

How Big A Backyard Do You Need To Live Off The Land? | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

More and more people are turning away from grocery stores and utility companies in favor of their own back yard. The idea of becoming self-sufficient is an alluring one, but exactly how much land would you need? Assuming a family of four, here are the land requirements to sustain yourself for one year.


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Different Views of Nature »

Different Views of Nature » | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Sometimes in our rush to save the world we forget to enjoy it. We work incessantly to try to prevent the loss of habitats, species and ecosystems. We are driven by a need to protect and conserve as much of the natural world as possible for future generations and in the process we can forget to enjoy the beauty of nature all around us. Give yourself a break today and soak up the pleasure that nature provides us if we only take the time to stop and wonder.

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Regional Garden Guides

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Regional Garden Guides - 15 Articles


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Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? Try Foodscaping It Instead : NPR

When the economy began its steep decline in 2008, almost everything related to housing hit the skids, including the lawn and garden industry. But one sector escaped the pinch: food gardening.

 

In fact, food gardening sales nationwide have spiked 20 percent since then, and they've stayed there. While many households started growing food to be more budget-conscious, some are deciding vegetables and fruits can be beautiful, too.

 

In the extreme, edible landscaping or foodscaping can even mean replacing grass with something edible. For Jeremy Lekich of Nashville Foodscapes, the world is already his salad bar.


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WWF Earth Book for Nature

WWF Earth Book for Nature | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) have launched EarthBook2012.org - an online storybook encouraging people to upload their photographs of the natural world and describe what they love about the earth. Why not submit your own? Some beautiful photographs have already been submitted with a personal story attached to each one. We include a selection of photos here.

 

 

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Nature-Creativity Study Links The Great Outdoors With Positive ...

Nature-Creativity Study Links The Great Outdoors With Positive ... | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

 The more you get away from the stresses of daily life and the more time you spend outdoors, the greater your level of creativity. That's the conclusion from a new study that found a team of backpackers were 50 percent more creative after they had spent four days on the trail.

 

The study — which has not yet been published in a scientific journal — was conducted by Ruth Ann Atchley, department chair and associate professor of cognitive/clinical psychology at the University of Kansas. It was discussed in the Wall Street Journal this weekend.

 

"There's a growing advantage over time to being in nature," Atchley said in a press release about the research last month. "We think that it peaks after about three days of really getting away, turning off the cellphone, not hauling the iPad and not looking for Internet coverage. It's when you have an extended period of time surrounded by that softly fascinating environment that you start seeing all kinds of positive effects in how your mind works. "

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3 Eco-Friendly Weed Killers While We Wait for the Weed-Killing Lasers

3 Eco-Friendly Weed Killers While We Wait for the Weed-Killing Lasers | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Got weeds? Three ways to kill weeds naturally with household items.

 

Here are three ways you can kill weeds in your garden without reaching for toxic herbicides. . . .


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Conservation Program Has Restored One Fourth of CA Wetlands - The Sacramento Bee

Conservation Program Has Restored One Fourth of CA Wetlands - The Sacramento Bee | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

There is plenty of reason for California to celebrate National Wetlands Month now before May gives way to summer days. The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), a Farm Bill Conservation program, is marking its 20th anniversary and in those two decades the program in California has managed to protect and restore over 120,000 acres of historical wetlands that are home to almost 200 species of birds. All of these wetlands were voluntarily restored through 315 contracts with farmers and ranchers. Collectively this represents the restoration of more than one fourth of all of California's functional wetlands.

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tirra lirra: Kitchen Garden

tirra lirra: Kitchen Garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

This is the Wentworth School's Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. It is a wonderful space. I am keen to volunteer there but work gets in the way... This was ANZAC Day. We dropped off a huge bag of peatmoss that Steve had bought me when I wanted potting mix. The shed is new and serves as a classroom as well. The original schoolroom, 1868 or similar, has been converted to a kitchen where the kids learn to use and cook the garden produce and get to dine in. It is a truly inspiring project.


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Freaky fruit: Nature's weird and exotic foods - BBC News

Freaky fruit: Nature's weird and exotic foods - BBC News | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

For centuries, humans have taken the wild fruit that nature has to offer and cultivated its most desirable features by cross-breeding different varieties, or by simply selecting the best fruits of a native variety to seed another crop.

 

Here are some of the most tempting and bizarre results. ...

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Deforestation at record low, data shows

Deforestation at record low, data shows | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Deforestation of the Amazon has fallen to its lowest levels since records began, according to data recently released by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

 

The boost for the environment comes a week after president Dilma Rousseff was criticised for weakening the forest protection measures widely credited for the improvement, and two weeks before Brazil hosts the Rio+20 Earth summit.

 

Using satellite imagery, the institute said 6,418 sq km of Amazon forest was stripped in the 12 months before 31 July 2011 – the smallest area since annual measurements started in 1988.

 

The data continues an encouraging trend. Since the peak deforestation year of 2004, the rates of clearance have fallen by almost 75%

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Tomatoes … Seriously!

Tomatoes … Seriously! | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

TOMATO TRIVIA … Did you know that?

When the tomato was introduced to Europe in the 1500s, The French called it “the apple of love.” The Germans called it “the apple of paradise.”
Thomas Jefferson first ate a tomato in Paris and sent seeds back to America.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22-24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year.
Heinz released it’s first bottled ketchup in 1876.
Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio.
Tomatoes are a natural antioxidant and high in Vitamin C.
In 1897 Joseph Campbell came out with condensed tomato soup.
The “Hornworm” can eat an entire tomato plant in ONE DAY.

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Nature walks good for body, mind and spirit - Berkeley Independent

Nature walks good for body, mind and spirit - Berkeley Independent | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Scientists in Japan have learned that individuals walking in woods experience more positive physiological benefits than subjects who walked in the city. In one recent study, forest walkers showed lower concentrations of salivary cortisol, known as the stress hormone; lower blood pressure and heart rate; reduction of adrenaline and noradrenalin, also stress-related hormones; and an increase in immunity-boosting natural killer cell activity, and the numbers of NK cells and anti-cancer proteins known to combat cancer.

 

Japanese researchers concluded that walking in dense woods at a leisurely pace at least once a month could even have the effect of helping prevent cancer generation and progression.

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Forest conservation pays - The Sun Daily

Forest conservation pays - The Sun Daily | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

The Heart of Borneo (HoB), an initiative led by three governments to protect and sustainably develop an area of 220,000 sq km of rainforest, is becoming a living laboratory for sustainability.

 

In the HoB, solutions are developed to show how the biodiversity, forests and ecosystems can become engines for green growth in a green economy, World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) HoB leader Adam Tomasek said.

 

“Across the Asia-Pacific region, the gap between human demand for natural resources and the environment’s ability to replenish those resources is widening,” ...

 

While the global Living Planet Index fell by 28% from 1970 and 2008, the Indo-Pacific region saw a shocking 64% decline in key populations of species over the same period.

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Garden Visitor Can Be Deadly If Eaten - Food Safety News

Garden Visitor Can Be Deadly If Eaten - Food Safety News | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

In the form of a beguiling tall stranger, death lurked in my garden last year. This spring, it reappeared, but this time much closer to the house. I only discovered its identity when, by chance, I bumped into a photo of this stranger while reading some news about the Pacific Northwest on the Internet. Accompanying the photo was a story about how in Washington State it was the suspect in one death and the known culprit in a near-death incident that sent another victim to the emergency room.

 

The photo was of a fernlike plant with features that could be mistaken for a wild carrot, parsnip, or even parsley. But this was none other than poison hemlock, a cousin to the water hemlock, which was served in a tea to political prisoners in Greece as an earlier form of capital punishment.

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'Green curtain' DIY: Japan's Kyocera shows us how to cool buildings ...

'Green curtain' DIY: Japan's Kyocera shows us how to cool buildings ... | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

You can see ivy-covered buildings in many places around the world. But leave it to the Japanese to perfect this practice of cooling buildings with plants by elevating it to an art form called a “green curtain.”

 

These elegant and productive sheets of foliage shade office buildings from the harsh summer sun, reducing energy consumption and producing beautiful flowers and edibles as they ascend. Green curtains have become a signature of Kyocera Group, a global company that makes mobile phones, copiers, printers and other goods.

 

Want to build your own green wall? You can draw inspiration from Kyocera, which has posted pictures of its projects and a how-to on its Green Curtain Activities website.


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In the Garden: Delightful prairie plants for the garden - Lincoln Journal Star

In the Garden: Delightful prairie plants for the garden - Lincoln Journal Star | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
In the Garden: Delightful prairie plants for the gardenLincoln Journal StarOne thing we can all do to help preserve our natural heritage, however, is to plant and utilize prairie plants in our own yards and gardens.

 

With literally dozens of desirable prairie plants to choose from, it can be difficult to focus on just a few species to highlight in a quick summary like this. Ask me tomorrow and this list will have changed, but for now, the following are some of my favorite prairie flowers deserving to be planted more in the landscape.

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Climate Change Causing Hummingbird Missed Connections - LiveScience.com

Climate Change Causing Hummingbird Missed Connections - LiveScience.com | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Climate Change Causing Hummingbird Missed ConnectionsLiveScience.comBut a new study finds that these plants are blooming 17 days earlier than they did in the 1970s, thanks to climate change.

 

That means less food to go around for the 4-inch (10 centimeter) birds, which migrate between Central America in the winter and the western U.S. in the spring. Male hummingbirds typically scout out territories before the first flowers bloom, but the time between the first bird and the first flower has shrunk by 13 days over the last 40 years, McKinney and her colleagues report. If that trend continues, the hummingbirds will miss the first flowers entirely in two decades.

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Butterfly numbers fell by a fifth in 2011, study shows

Butterfly numbers fell by a fifth in 2011, study shows | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Butterfly numbers fell by more than a fifth across the UK countryside last year, a study has revealed.

 

The 22% drop in butterflies in 2011 is thought to be the result of an unusually cold summer and the deterioration of suitable habitat for the insects, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation said.

 

The survey is run by Butterfly Conservation, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) as part of the UK butterfly monitoring scheme.

 

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Create an Edible Ecosystem: No Fertilizer or Pest Control Needed ...

Create an Edible Ecosystem: No Fertilizer or Pest Control Needed ... | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

The idea behind an “edible ecosystem” garden is a different but complementary approach to organic farming. Rather than make a traditional agricultural operation more ecologically sound by using organic methods, the edible ecosystem approach mimics a natural ecological system but swaps in food plants so that the system is particularly productive for humans—although you may still need to outsmart the birds and other creatures also interested in the fruit!

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