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Plastic-free Living Guide

Plastic-free Living Guide | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Do you think it’s possible to live life without plastic? Or to at least live with less of it? Check out this list of plastic-free alternatives and see for yourself.

 

I’ve been compiling this list of plastic-free and less plastic alternatives since June of 2007. It’s not meant to be overwhelming but simply to show what is possible. Choose a few that seem doable and that will make the most impact.

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The real cost of bottled water - National - theage.com.au

The real cost of bottled water - National - theage.com.au | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIA'S love affair with bottled water is costing the planet 314,000 barrels of oil a year. ... Peter Gleick, president of the California-based Pacific Institute, which provides independent research and policy analysis on issues of development and the environment, recently calculated that demand for bottled water in the United States was burning up at least 17 million barrels of oil a year.

 

"And that's just the energy required to make the plastic resin and make it into bottles. It doesn't include the energy needed to get the bottled water to your local store," Dr Gleick says.

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Top food choices for avoiding and beating cancer

Top food choices for avoiding and beating cancer | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

The right food choices can greatly increase the odds of beating cancer. Fortunately, nature offers a multitude of foods which have great cancer fighting and immune boosting properties. Here are some of the very best.

 
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Shoestring Living: Tips for your frugal garden

Shoestring Living: Tips for your frugal garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Occasionally, it absolutely makes sense to splurge. For me, that splurge usually comes in the form of flowers or plants and this time of year, my gardening gloves are itching to hit the dirt.

 

Occasionally, it absolutely makes sense to splurge. For me, that splurge usually comes in the form of flowers or plants and this time of year, my gardening gloves are itching to hit the dirt. As long as our budget warrants it, the budget will include garden spending in the spring.

 

However, garden necessities don’t come cheap, so if you choose to make the investment, you want to be sure that your plants are built to last. Read on for some inexpensive ways to make the most of your gardening dollars.

 

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5 Invasive Plants You Can Eat

5 Invasive Plants You Can Eat | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
As invasive species threaten native ecosystems, why not fight them with your appetite and a sauté pan?

 

The logic of eating wild plants is obvious; the logic of eating invasive wild plants is even more so. Culling aggressive species that have a negative impact on native plants, while avoiding the environmental pitfalls of agriculture? And free, local and abundant? Yes, please.

 

Invasive plants are non-native species that can thrive in areas beyond their natural range of dispersal. These plants are characteristically adaptable, aggressive, and have a high reproductive capacity. Their vigor combined with a lack of natural enemies often leads to outbreak populations -- they can take on horror movie proportions. ...

 

So what can we do? Get eating!


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Plant gardening seed when they’re young

Plant gardening seed when they’re young | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

You’re never too young to garden, although results for the youngest gardeners might be mixed, said Susan Robbins of the National Gardening Association’s Gardening With Kids program.

Some plants are bound to fail, so don’t react by secretly replacing your preschooler’s veggies, Robbins said.

“Failures are a good way for children to understand that the process doesn’t always work, and that you shouldn’t give up,” she said. “Reactive gardening makes them better adults.”

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Go Organic: Make thyme for herbs in your garden - Home and garden - Lifestyle - getreading - Reading Post

Go Organic: Make thyme for herbs in your garden - Home and garden - Lifestyle - getreading - Reading Post | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
I’m having a bit of a revamp of my back garden and one of the top priorities is to sort out a space for some herbs.

 

Abundant fresh herbs are a real joy for enthusiastic cooks.

 

A herb garden will benefit from a bit of forward planning. Some herbs like mint can be invasive thugs and should be confined to stop them spreading. Some, like rosemary, can get very big and are best kept towards the back of the bed. So sketch out you plot before you plant.

 

Herbs can be quite beautiful in their own way and cane lend themselves perfectly to decorative planting.

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Walking - National Trust

Walking - National Trust | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Get your walking shoes on and come and enjoy some of our wonderful walks through the finest countryside.

 

Each walk includes a map, wildlife spotting tips, local lores and legends and places of interest. Compiled by our wardens who know the areas like the back of their hands.

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10 tips for companion planting for natural pest control and organic sustainability - Increase vegetable yields and improve flavor

10 tips for companion planting for natural pest control and organic sustainability - Increase vegetable yields and improve flavor | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
10 tips for companion planting for natural pest control and organic sustainability - Increase vegetable yields and improve flavor...

 

Companion planting for pest control and to encourage plants to grow with more vigor has fascinated men for centuries; however, few backyard gardeners know how to use these natural methods for organic sustainability and how to improve your garden.

 

Plants that work together to help one another grow; plants that repel insects for organic pest management; and plants that repel other plants for natural herbicide control are of great value to both small backyard gardeners and commercial growers.

Certain protective botanicals don't always act instantaneously, and must be planted several years or seasons in advance to be of utmost cumulative effect. For example, companion planting pest control using marigolds to prevent nematode growth should be done at least one season ahead before expecting to see great results.

 

It's important to remember that both secretions and odors from various plants are valuable traits for organic pest control and companion planting where repelling or attracting certain aspects and effects is attempted.

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For richness and beauty in the garden with less fuss than most flowers need, look to amazingly diverse foliage plants

For richness and beauty in the garden with less fuss than most flowers need, look to amazingly diverse foliage plants | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Plant color in the garden is never just about flowers. Other plant features such as stems, berries and seed pods also give us an amazing diversity of color, but most of all it's about foliage. ...

 

Foliage is often overlooked — always in the chorus line but never the soloist. We use it as a foil to flowers or just as a background to borders. But for once, let's bring the foliage plants to the fore and look at how using foliage alone can create a green tapestry.

 

Foliage plants have lots of advantages: They are not as seasonal as flowering plants and are generally low maintenance, and many make superb ground cover. Above all they come in a huge range of shapes, sizes and colors.

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Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science : NPR

Thomas Jefferson's garden was a vast, beautiful science experiment involving over 300 varieties of 90 different plants. And no gardening detail was too small for Jefferson to note in the gardening journal he kept for nearly 60 years.

 

When you listen to All Things Considered host Melissa Block's story about Thomas Jefferson's garden, you'll hear how he cared about putting peas on the table and sharing seeds with his friends. He also set loftier goals for his vegetable garden: Monticello's south-facing expanse was a living laboratory for a lifelong tinkerer and almost obsessive record keeper. Jefferson was, in many ways, a crop scientist.

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Interview by Nikola Stojnic from the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia on Serbian wetlands and the new Ramsar site | Medwet

Interview by Nikola Stojnic from the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia on Serbian wetlands and the new Ramsar site | Medwet | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

" ... This year’s WWD had the theme of ‘Wetlands and Tourism’. Can you tell us about the status of wetland tourism in Serbia ?


Wetland tourism in Serbia is still not developed in a way that it can harm nature values. Wetlands where tourism is good are Zasavica and Carska bara, it is under development on Ludasko jezero and Obedska bara, and in other wetlands it consists of just occasional visits."

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“People’s Garden” Connects Students to Learning; Healthy Eating | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather | Local News

“People’s Garden” Connects Students to Learning; Healthy Eating | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather | Local News | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
HIAWATHA , Iowa – Second-grader Isaac Hofferber plucked a tiny green sprout from a garden growing outside Hiawatha Elementary School.“Here’s a weed,” the 7-year-old said Wednesday, before pointing to a cucumber seedling “and that’s a plant.

 

Second graders Isaac Hofferber, (left), and Audrey Leno, speak with Martha Aitken, of Washington State University the best gardening secrets, on Wednesday, May, 9, 2012, in Hiawatha, Iowa. Hiawatha is involved in a pilot project which incorporates gardening into the curriculum, where children in second and fourth grades learn about nutrition and healthy choices throughout their classroom studies. Linn County Master Gardeners help the students in their outdoor gardens. The project is funded by the UDAA. Iowa is one of four states involved in the project. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)

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Garden tour: The class act that is the Keukenhof | Vancouver Sun

Garden tour: The class act that is the Keukenhof | Vancouver Sun | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Amsterdam – Today we visited Holland’s most famous garden, the Keukenhof, or castle kitchen garden, near Lisse. I was worried that we might have left it a little late to catch the spectacular displays of spring-flowering bulbs. But I was worrying needlessly.

 

The 32-hectare garden was outstanding, better than I could have imagined. The weather was perfect. And everyone in my group had a fabulous time exploring this exquisite immense woodland garden that attracts more than a million people each year to see the world-class show of seven million flowering spring bulbs, which lasts about six weeks from early April to the middle of May.

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Tips for Growing Forget-Me-Nots | Gardeners Tips

Tips for Growing Forget-Me-Nots | Gardeners Tips | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
These plants are very easy to grow from seed. Sow one year and they flower the next because most varieties are biennials. Forget-me-nots are usually blue but are also found in pink and white and shades of blue. Forget-me-nots are dwarf, compact plants upto a foot tall! A fantastic addition to spring beds and borders. The plants complement golden Daffodils yellow Wallflowers and Primulas. Sow May-June and thin out. Plants self sow all over my garden so clear out any invaders. Plants can also be purchased to avoid the problems of sowing your own.
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The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit - Green Living - The Ecologist

The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit - Green Living - The Ecologist | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Whether you live in the city or in the heart of rural England, planting your own fruit trees provides you with a free source of fruit and a boost for biodiversity...

 

The vast variety of apples varieties, tree sizes and root structures mean you can custom design an orchard to fit almost any space. Whether one tree in an urban back garden, or a smallholding in the country, a few simple tips should help you get the best from your bushel. 

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Hen harriers 'being wiped out'

Hen harriers 'being wiped out' | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Hen harriers are "perilously close" to being wiped out as a breeding bird in England, with just one pair nesting this year, a wildlife charity says.

 

The RSPB said last year's breeding in Bowland had been helped by landowner United Utilities, who tried to support the birds of prey on their estates.

 

It said if only one pair nests in England this year, it will be the worst breeding season since they recolonised the country in the 1960s after being driven to extinction by persecution in the late 19th Century.

 

A government-commissioned report found the English uplands could support more than 300 pairs of hen harriers, and that persecution was keeping numbers low.

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A weekend of wild food

A weekend of wild food | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Foraging for wild food is a local, organic and seasonal approach to eating. I recently spent the weekend learning about wild food from UK foraging expert, Miles Irving.

 

Donning gloves to pick nettles I can do.  But battling through a forest of Japanese Knotweed, and pulling rushes out of a little swampy lake?  I was a little hesitant about what we’d be eating (and wondering if I should have brought an emergency supply of ‘normal’ food!)  But I was with Britian’s foraging expert, so I decided to stop thinking and just enjoy the journey.

 

What is wild food?  Wild food is food that you forage from the natural environment – eating wild plants that grow around you. Although you might imagine this resulting in lots of grassy-tasting salads, in reality, you can cook with wild food just like any storebought vegetable – with delicious results.

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Ten Plants for Sun Ten for Shade and Ten Tips | Gardeners Tips

Ten Plants for Sun Ten for Shade and Ten Tips | Gardeners Tips | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

You can grow in most kinds of light but some plants do better than others depending on the sun partial shade or available light. Knowing your conditions and matching them to the plants you use can increase the pleasure you get from gardening.
From a selection of thousands we give 10 plants for each light condition. Also below are our ‘Ten Tips about Light for Plants’.

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Five Senses For Gardeners | Gardeners Tips

Five Senses For Gardeners | Gardeners Tips | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

If we are lucky to have a full complement of all five senses we are fortunate gardeners. At different times of our life these senses may wax and wain, I for one can no longer read the small print on seed packets nor hear my wife when she asks me to do something other than gardening.

 

Gardeners would garden just for the sheer pleasure but they also want to take into account and compensate for those with impaired senses. Here are some suggestions to help focus on the five senses one at a time but the pleasure is doubled by combining plants that augment all the senses. I you have focal points for viewing what do you call points for touching, smelling, hearing and tasting?

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5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden

5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest...

 

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.

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Creating natural protection from bugs

Creating natural protection from bugs | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Amanda Husmann remembers the day about five years ago, when her daughter came home with an allergic reaction to a vaccine. There was no simple over-the-counter remedy.

 

So, she began to research natural herbs for medicine. Now, in addition to medicines, she's found a way to make her own bug spray. ...

 

At the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Husmann taught a class how to make her bug spray solution. She mixes dried yarrow, with vodka, and lets it sit for a week, so the herb infuses its way into the alcohol.

 

Essential oils, like eucalyptus or lavender, can be added to the sprays. Husmann say some of the ingredients are expensive, but they last for years.

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World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and to help raise awareness around a specific theme.

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Off on the grandest garden tour of them all | Vancouver Sun

Off on the grandest garden tour of them all | Vancouver Sun | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Today I will be flying to Amsterdam to lead two of the longest and most ambitious European garden tours I have yet designed, with visits to more than 20 world-class gardens across four countries, starting in Holland, moving into Belgium, across to England and then up to Scotland.

 

This month-long adventure will also include visits to two of the most famous international gardening events - the once-every-decade Floriade in the Netherlands and the Chelsea Flower Show in England, rated the best garden show in the world, plus time at Europe's Mecca of floriculture, Aalsmeer, where 20 million flowers are sold every day.

 

You can follow along with me each day on this grand tour by visiting my In the Garden blog, where I'll be posting stories and pictures. I will also be filing specialty stories for this section on the highlights of the Floriade and Chelsea show and a lot more.

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Hanging Plant Balcony Works Like a Drawbridge

Hanging Plant Balcony Works Like a Drawbridge | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
A window planter system lets apartment dwellers create their own hanging balcony for plants.

 

"Volet Végétal," French for "plant shutter," is a folding balcony for a garden, built right into the window. ... Volet végétal is the work of design firm Barreau & Charbonnet, a submission for the upcoming exterior design expo in Paris, Jardins Jardin. It's a pretty simple design. A wooden frame holds three planters that are set up to rotate, so that when the frame goes from vertical to horizontal, the plants remain upright. A pulley system raises and lowers the setup.

 

It's a lovely way to get your plants plenty of sunlight ... !

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