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Urban gardening - how to grow fresh vegetables without a yard using a DIY container garden

Urban gardening - how to grow fresh vegetables without a yard using a DIY container garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
This is the story of how I created a DIY container garden with a small budget and no yard.

 

I love gardening. I have planted at least something most years since I was in preschool and my gardens have ranged from a couple of tomatoes in containers to an acre planted on fertile, former creek bed that grew tomato plants six feet tall!

 

This spring found me living in a city with a broken glass filled patch of sand my landlord calls a yard to make the property seem more appealing. It also found me with my seasonal desire to smell fresh earth while preparing the dirt for planting. So, I made the decision to get creative and not let being a grad student with nowhere to garden stop me from raising my own herbs and vegetables.

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The art of sustainable gardening

The art of sustainable gardening | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

It's good to know what we mean when we talk about "sustainability" when it comes to gardening.

 

By definition, sustainability means something that can be kept going, maintained for a long time, something that endures.

 

But in terms of gardening, the idea of sustainability goes hand in hand with the concept of environmental responsibility - doing things that heal rather than injure, help rather than destroy, and at the heart of this whole idea is the notion of doing no harm, but rather doing something positive and helpful. This approach also includes choosing materials that do not pollute or weaken nature's systems, but complement and enhance our environment. . . .


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Ten Simple Questions to Help You Identify An Insect

Ten Simple Questions to Help You Identify An Insect | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

When I encounter a new insect in my backyard, I want to know what it’s likely to do while it’s here. Is it going to eat one of my garden plants? Is it a good pollinator for my flowers? Will it lay eggs in the soil, or pupate somewhere? I can learn some things about an insect just by observing it for a while, of course, but that’s not always practical. A good field guide or website may provide information about the mysterious visitor, but I need to know what it is first.

 

So how do you identify an insect you have never seen before?

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BBC - Gardening - Gardening Guides

BBC - Gardening - Gardening Guides | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Whether you're a beginner looking for some gardening know-how or an experienced gardener wanting inspiration, our expert guides will help you to get started.

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Which birds sing first in the dawn chorus? - interactive

Which birds sing first in the dawn chorus? - interactive | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Find out why bird species sing in a particular order during the dawn chorus...

 

Why do bird species sing in a particular order as the sun rises? The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, which run the Big Wildlife Garden competition, explain what you might hear and when. Click on the pictures below to find out.

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Lost parakeet shocks cops by telling them its home address

Lost parakeet shocks cops by telling them its home address | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
OK, quick show of hands: How many of you have asked yourselves, "Why do I constantly talk to my pets?" This is why. A runaway (flyaway?) parakeet in Japan was returned to its owner after the bird repeated its address to police officers.
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Be Kind to Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Join the event that’s been celebrated every year since 1915 -- American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. In this annual tradition, we commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same.

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Deadly plants

Deadly plants | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Over the millennia, people have learned through trial and error which plants are good to eat and which are best to avoid. In our modern, urban world, much of that cultural knowledge has been forgotten. Many gardeners may be surprised to discover that they are growing some of the world's deadliest plants in their own backyards.

 

Here are 13 plants with lethal tendancies.

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The Beehive | eat simply live well

The Beehive | eat simply live well | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Each variety of flower produces a unique type of pollen and a unique type of nectar both of which will affect the color, texture, flavor, and others properties of the honey. Since it is a product of nature, nectar and pollen can change from season to season and from year to year. ... In her lifetime, the average worker bee makes only 1/12 teaspoon of honey, just a few small drops. Bees consume about 8 pounds of honey for every pound of surplus taken by the beekeeper."

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Health benefits of kale

Health benefits of kale | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Learn about health benefits of kale: eyesight protection, strengthening bones, fight against cancer...

 

"Kale is a super vegetable by all accounts. Great health benefits of kale make it hard to replace in a healthy menu. Kale is high in vitamin C and K, moderate in Calcium, and low in fat and calories. Kale contains beta carotene, and it has one of the highest amount of the antioxidants among all food measured."


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Family Garden - Bottle Drip Irrigation

Family Garden - Bottle Drip Irrigation | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

It’s time to water your plants frugally.

 

One of the best ways to provide a steady water supply to your plants without your constant attention is the gradual watering system or drip irrigation.

 

Through this method a device is employed that slowly delivers water into the soil directly around the roots.

 

Commercial watering spikes can be purchased from you local garden centre; however, using recycled materials you can make your own drip irrigation system for free. . . .

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Petrichor By Naomi Batten

Petrichor By Naomi Batten | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Petrichor, the smell of the earth after rain.

Where before raindrops fell.

Yet now there is just soil.

Steam comes off the mountains

and the air smell fresh.

When the earth is cleaned

and sparkles in the sunlight.

As people merge from doorways

to enjoy wat we take for granted

on a beautiful summers day.


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Bat boxes - Bat Conservation Trust

Bat boxes - Bat Conservation Trust | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
The Bat Conservation Trust was formed in 1990 as an umbrella organisation for the rapidly growing network of bat groups, providing support, training and advice. BCT now acts as the national voice for bat conservation.

 

Bat boxes are artificial roosts designed to encourage bats into areas where there are few roosting sites. There are various designs of bat box from wooden boxes you can make yourself to ready-assembled boxes and even integrated bat boxes that can be built into walls. Different bat species need different spaces.

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A walk through one of Britain's last wildflower meadows – audio slideshow

A walk through one of Britain's last wildflower meadows – audio slideshow | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Britain's few remaining hay meadows are at their most beautiful in June, when they burst into flower. Kevin Rushby heads to the North Pennines and learns about their rich biodiversity and the importance of preserving them."

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Low Maintenance Garden Shrubs and Trees | Gardeners Tips

Low Maintenance Garden Shrubs and Trees | Gardeners Tips | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Shrubs heathers and conifers are great for reducing the amount of maintenance needed in your garden. Big shrubs can cover larger areas with height and spread and need very little care and maintenance.

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How to cash in on an edible landscape

How to cash in on an edible landscape | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

You can reverse the cash flow by eating your lawn instead of having it eat you. Seriously.

 

There is a nationwide trend of turning lawns into multi-dimensional edible landscapes, said Lindsey Mann, owner of Sustenance Design in Decatur, Ga. “While there were no edible landscaping companies in the Atlanta area prior to us starting in 2006, now there are several,” she said. “The same is true in other cities all over the nation.”

The benefit of turning a lawn into an edible landscape is that a family of four can save $1,000 a year by devoting just 100 square feet of the yard to planting edibles, contends Mann. And, it doesn’t even have to be contiguous space, she adds.

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Green spaces 'deter allergies'

Green spaces 'deter allergies' | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

A lack of exposure to a "natural environment" could be resulting in more urban dwellers developing allergies and asthma, research has suggested.

 

Finnish scientists say certain bacteria, shown to be beneficial for human health, are found in greater abundance in non-urban surroundings. The microbiota play an important role in the development and maintenance of the immune system, they add.

 

The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Sprucing up the streets: Urban gardener brightening up cities by creating mini floral designs inside road potholes

Sprucing up the streets: Urban gardener brightening up cities by creating mini floral designs inside road potholes | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
'Guerrilla gardener' Steve Wheen, 34, who lives in London, has been using flowers and small-scale objects to transform urban potholes for the last three years.

 

They're the bane of cyclists and motorists alike, but one urban gardener has grown a fondness for potholes after deciding to spruce up cities around Europe by filling them up with miniature flower arrangements.


Australian Steve Wheen, 34, who lives in London, has been using flowers and small-scale objects to transform urban potholes for the last three years.


The self-styled 'guerrilla gardener' has created mini gardens all around his home city but has now decided to bring joy to commuters across Europe with his unusual pothole creations.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Backyard Composting

The Do's and Don'ts of Backyard Composting | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Follow these simple rules for composting success.

 

It’s International Compost Awareness Week and a perfect opportunity to “Give Back to the Earth” in the form of rich, healthy compost that will nourish it and your garden. 

 

Finished compost is a free soil amendment and fertilizer for the garden. It is mild and won't burn plants like chemical fertilizers. By adding compost you'll improve the overall texture of your soil enabling it to retain and drain water better.

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Seeds: Nature’s Perfect Little Packages

Seeds: Nature’s Perfect Little Packages | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

On pure aesthetics alone, they’re fascinating! Occurring in a huge array of shapes, sizes and textures, and in as many hues as a box of crayons, seeds deserve an art genera all their own.

 

But it’s the majesty that lies within that keeps me in a perpetual state of awe. No matter how many times I observe its unfolding, the intrigue never fades.

What is a seed, anyway? Well, let’s peek inside.

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Bird identifier

Bird identifier | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Use our improved, interactive bird identifier to work out what bird you saw. Tell us a few details about the bird and we'll suggest what it could have been. It's quick, easy and fun!

 

The identifier includes all the wild birds you're likely to see in the UK - everything that's in our A-Z of birds. We've improved the speed and simplified things without removing any options. Find by place, size, colour, and more. You can search with a single criterion or a combination of several.

 

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Wet weather helps ailing wildlife in England and Wales

Wet weather helps ailing wildlife in England and Wales | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Fish, newts, dragonflies and some birds benefit from record rainfall levels, although hundreds of wading birds lose nests...

 

"While river flows are back to normal levels, groundwater levels have started to move back up but are still low for this time of year, said the agency in an update on Friday. The vast majority of England remains in drought, with many regions in the south and east under hosepipe bans that are forecast to stay in place until the end of the year."

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This weekend...listen up! - Notes on nature - Wildlife - The RSPB Community

This weekend...listen up! - Notes on nature - Wildlife - The RSPB Community | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Having spent March and April warming up their vocal chords, the time has come for birds everywhere to ramp up the noise and defend their territories and sing to attract a mate. You want me up at what time?

 

There's no getting away from the fact that the best time to enjoy the dawn chorus is early in the morning. The first birds tune up about an hour before sunrise!

Across the UK this weekend, we'll be running lots of events (check out a reserve near you) to celebrate this wonderful birdsong symphony.

 

Why? Because Sunday (6 May) is International Dawn Chorus Day.

 

If you really can't find the strength to leave your bed, over at Arne they'll be doing the hard work for you. You just need to lie back and listen.

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How to Make an Organic Fruit and Vegetable Wash

How to Make an Organic Fruit and Vegetable Wash | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
You never know what kind of pesticides, insects or dirt may be lurking on the surface of your favorite fruits and vegetables. That's why it's always a good idea to thoroughly wash all your produce before eating it.

 

"Although washing with plain water can accomplish a lot, adding some natural sources of acid (namely lemon and vinegar) to the wash can provide a bit of additional, natural disinfecting power. Follow these easy steps to find out how to make a fruit and vegetable wash that is both inexpensive and completely organic."

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Judge a Plant by the Stem Base to Make Sure It's Not a Dud Before Buying It

Judge a Plant by the Stem Base to Make Sure It's Not a Dud Before Buying It | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
It's hard enough not to kill houseplants with your own neglect, but if you start with a dud of a plant you're asking for failure.

 

" ... The base of a plant's stem has a few telling details that can help you easily gauge a plant's health. If the plant has yellow leaves, black spots, or a blackness on the stem, it's not worth buying. Additionally, when you're poking around the stem look for a gap between the soil and the pot. This is an indication the plant was left without water for a while. If you're the type to kill a perfectly good houseplant within a few months it's best to at least start the process with a good one."

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