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Meet The Species | Discovering Places

Meet The Species | Discovering Places | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

In the year of London 2012, you can join in on a Cultural Olympiad race to find, identify and record 2,012 animal and plant species.

 

Inspired by the conservation work on the Olympic Park, Meet the Species is encouraging people to get involved in wildlife surveying events across the UK, to find out more about the natural world on their doorstep. The findings will be used to help protect and conserve wildlife in the future, just as the survey work on the Olympic Park has informed experts on the best way to design, build and manage the Park with people and wildlife in mind.

 

Meet the Species has also joined with Local Leaders and Garden for the Games to get people outdoors enjoying green spaces and creating outdoor places that are attractive to people and wildlife.

 

You can also join the race by holding your own Meet the Species events or by logging on and uploading your discoveries. Find out more about how you can take part and meet the selected 2,012 species by visiting the project website:

 

http://www.discoveringplaces.co.uk/our-projects/meet-the-species

 

 

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Try a seed mix to plant a small wildflower garden - Environment - MiamiHerald.com

Try a seed mix to plant a small wildflower garden - Environment - MiamiHerald.com | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Planting wildflowers is an easy way to enhance a yard, particularly with mixed-flower meadows and border gardens.

 

Planting wildflowers is an easy way to enhance a yard, particularly with mixed-flower meadows and border gardens. Nowadays, planting a small wildflower garden, or large meadow, is relatively simple, thanks to ready-made wildflower seed mixes ... Each mix is designed around the needs of specific planting environments, with general purpose, regional and specialized varieties available.

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Wildlife Extra News - Let your grass grow…and invite wildlife in

Wildlife Extra News - Let your grass grow…and invite wildlife in | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Leaving a specific area of the lawn uncut so that the wild flowers bloom and seed heads develop on the grasses will help bees, butterflies and some garden birds says Paul Wilkinson, head of Living Landscape at the Wildlife Trust: ‘With the steady disappearance of traditional pastures, garden lawns are turned to as vital refuelling stations for birds and insects in the search for food.'

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Dawn chorus goes global at RSPB's Arne Nature Reserve

Dawn chorus goes global at RSPB's Arne Nature Reserve | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
The RSPB will be bringing the dawn chorus live into the living rooms and bedrooms across the world in a unique webcast event set to coincide with International Dawn Chorus Day.

 

The RSPB will be bringing the dawn chorus live into the living rooms and bedrooms across the world in a unique webcast event set to coincide with International Dawn Chorus. Sunday 6th of May heralds International Dawn Chorus day, the annual celebration of this natural daily miracle, which can be heard across the UK’s woodlands, parks and gardens during springtime. This year the RSPB will be hosting a live webcast from its flagship Arne nature reserve in Dorset.

 

Those of you who are real early risers will be able to tune in from sunrise on Sunday the 6th of May by going to www.rspb.org.uk/dawn. The idea is to make the birdsong the star of the show but we will be presenting on the day highlighting different species that come to the forefront from 06:00am to 09:00am (BST).

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Balcony Gardening

Balcony Gardening | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Being an apartment dweller shouldn't keep you from having a garden. Many types of gardens can be created on balconies. With the addition of floral color, a balcony becomes an entertainment center just right for relaxing. Turf, small shrubs, and dwarf trees can be used to create a suburban landscape in miniature above the ground. Balconies even offer the opportunity for food production, with flowering fruit trees and container-grown herbs and vegetables."

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How to Start a No-Dig Vegetable Garden | Occupy Monsanto

How to Start a No-Dig Vegetable Garden | Occupy Monsanto | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

I’m often asked about the best way to set up a new vegetable garden, and everyone seems to have their preferred method and materials. I personally, like the idea of a no dig garden bed. After all, who wants to break their back trying to dig up hard compacted clay soil? No dig garden beds are easy, quick and effective in providing vegetables with all the nutrients they need. So here’s my step by step approach to no dig gardens.

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Temperate Climate Permaculture: Plants for Beneficial Insects

Temperate Climate Permaculture: Plants for Beneficial Insects | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"There are a long list of beneficial insects that can aid our gardens and orchards. These insects reduce the number of pests by directly killing and eating the adults, larvae, and/or eggs of these pests. Beneficial insects may also use these pests as hosts for their own eggs and larvae ... While there are a few of these beneficial insects that are completely predatory, the vast majority need food from other sources, namely and chiefly nectar and pollen. The smaller and more numerous the flowers that provide the nectar and pollen are, the more useful the flowers are for the beneficial insects."

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LA Museum Takes Visitors Outdoors to Showcase Nature

LA Museum Takes Visitors Outdoors to Showcase Nature | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California, is redesigning its grounds to bring visitors outdoors, where they can spot hummingbirds and butterflies, take nature walks, and get their hands dirty in a garden.

 

Karen Wise, the museum's vice president for education and exhibits, says the scientists here study the impact of climate change on species around the world. “And we do that here in LA as well, and now, we're opening up the whole museum, making it an indoor-outdoor experience, so that our visitors can be a part of that experience," said Wise.

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The Healing Power of Nature | Cyndi Gilbert, Naturopathic Doctor

The Healing Power of Nature | Cyndi Gilbert, Naturopathic Doctor | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, I presented at the Ontario Forestry Association's Annual Conference.

 

Intrin­si­cally, most peo­ple know that they feel bet­ter in a nat­ural set­ting, whether that’s in the woods, on the beach, or on a moun­tain­top. That’s why so many peo­ple grav­i­tate to nature to relax and take a break from their daily rou­tine. Even still, many peo­ple find it dif­fi­cult to find the moti­va­tion, time and resources to get out­side. In Richard Louv’s words, many of us are suf­fer­ing from “nature deficit dis­or­der”. Thank­fully, for those who want sci­en­tific evi­dence to prove the impor­tance of tak­ing a walk in the woods, many stud­ies have been con­ducted show­ing how con­tact with nature is ben­e­fi­cial to health, even in the absence of exercise.

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EcoHearth - Natural Garden Pest Control, Part 3: Insects, Worms, Birds, Bats and Other Beneficial Organisms

EcoHearth - Natural Garden Pest Control, Part 3: Insects, Worms, Birds, Bats and Other Beneficial Organisms | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
How to attract animal allies in protecting your vegetable garden.

 

"Your outdoor space, whether an urban balcony or a large-acreage tract, is a balanced ecosystem that at times can shift, resulting in an invasion of insect pests. As we have seen, natural planting practices can help reduce the likelihood of an infestation, and organic pesticide products can help control one. An even better option is to modulate your ecosystem to attract beneficial organisms that will kill and feed on insect pests for you."

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The cuckoos' 6,000-mile journey

The cuckoos' 6,000-mile journey | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Five cuckoos were fitted with solar-powered satellite tags to understand their annual journey...
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Why Trees Matter

Why Trees Matter | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
They offer much more than shade. They cool and clean the earth and reduce stress.

 

Packed with interesting information, including this (which I didn't know):-

 

"What we do know, however, suggests that what trees do is essential though often not obvious. Decades ago, Katsuhiko Matsunaga, a marine chemist at Hokkaido University in Japan, discovered that when tree leaves decompose, they leach acids into the ocean that help fertilize plankton. When plankton thrive, so does the rest of the food chain. In a campaign called Forests Are Lovers of the Sea, fishermen have replanted forests along coasts and rivers to bring back fish and oyster stocks. And they have returned."


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Soil Management for Drought Conditions | Gardeners Tips

Soil Management for Drought Conditions | Gardeners Tips | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Much is said about collecting and conserving water during drought conditions. Careful management of your soil and garden structure can achieve many aims without recourse to extra water. Increasing your soil’s water holding capacity and reducing the evaporation and consumption of water will make significant management improvements during drought conditions.

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In Pictures: A Tribute To Trees - National Wildlife Federation

In Pictures: A Tribute To Trees - National Wildlife Federation | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
A gallery of some of our favorite tree photos in honor of Arbor Day.

 

Trees provide many essential benefits for wildlife, people and the environment, and in honor of Arbor Day on April 27, 2012, we gathered some of our favorite tree photos from past National Wildlife Photo Contest entries.

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How To Grow A Great Garden On A Budget

How To Grow A Great Garden On A Budget | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

If your thumb is even slightly green, a home garden can go a long way to cutting your grocery bills. The National Gardening Association estimates you’ll get a half-pound of vegetables for each square foot in your garden, or roughly $600 in produce over the course of a season for the average 600-square-foot plot. Growing it all could take as little as $70, they estimate.


For a $50 annual investment in plants, Frugal Foodie’s terrace container garden provides a good amount of edibles from March until October, including spinach, peppers and tomatoes for salads, blueberries and snap peas for snacking and herbs for pesto, chimichurri, and fresh flavor in pretty much every other recipe. What’s your best tip for gardening on the cheap? Here’s what home gardeners, chefs and other experts offered up:-

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Five tips to unplug your kids, get them out into nature

Five tips to unplug your kids, get them out into nature | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Unplug your kids and get them out into nature this spring with these five tips. From chasing a lightning bug, to splashing through puddles, they'll have fun, and maybe even learn something about our planet.

 

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson Silent Spring, 1962

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Home & Garden Goods » Blog Archive » My Garden Is My Oasis

Home & Garden Goods » Blog Archive » My Garden Is My Oasis | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"The question arises frequently as to whether it is the process of planting a garden or the simple enjoyment of a garden already planted provides the most notable health enhancing benefits for people. Depending on your nature, you may find a heightened sense of enjoyment from tilling your own soil, planting your own seed and watching your garden bloom before your eyes.

 

However, if it is not in your nature to enjoy the planting process, you may still reap significant healthy enhancing benefits from simply sitting in a garden and appreciating the beauty and solace found therein. The important thing is to know yourself and understand whether creating your own garden will serve as a release or an added stress for your daily life."

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Growing Nasturtium as a Food Crop | Gardeners Tips

Growing Nasturtium as a Food Crop | Gardeners Tips | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

The leaves of the nasturtium plant are edible, with a peppery flavour. They can be tossed into salads mixed with sweeter varieties of lettuce. The flowers make a unique garnish to fresh foods and add a splash of colour. The seed pods can be treated like Capers and pickled or used as a crunchy addition to salads.


For tastiest nasturtium leaves, keep the plants well watered, which helps to moderate the spiciness of the leaves and flowers. Keep a bit drier to add a sharper tangy flavour to your summer salads.

 

Growing Nasturtiums near Brassicas can deflect greenfly and white fly on to the nasturtiums to protect your other crops. 

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Hydroponics Garden

Hydroponics Garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Hydroponics is the process of growing plants and flowers without soil in water using some specific techniques. This type of gardening has become very common now a day and people are growing hydroponics garden of Herbs, vegetables and flowers quite successfully. The required minerals and other necessary ingredients are obtained from the water as these necessary ingredients are already absorbed by water.


Hydroponics garden growing has many advantages over traditional soil based gardening. Firstly, it doesnt require any soil and so, no matter in what kind of soil conditions you live; you can grow vegetables, herbs and flowers of your choice in your hydroponics garden. Another benefit of hydroponics gardening is the low cost in terms of water usage as water used once can be again reused."

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Gardens Inspired: Attract toads to your garden

Gardens Inspired: Attract toads to your garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Do you need insect control in your garden? Toads survive on insects and can devour thousands of them.

 

Following are some ways to attract toads to your garden:-

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Tribes Welcome Home Yellowstone Bison - National Wildlife Federation

Tribes Welcome Home Yellowstone Bison - National Wildlife Federation | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
After more than a century NWF and Tribes welcome bison back to Fort Peck and the Great Plains of Montana...

 

The Yellowstone bison are among the few left with no cattle genes. The Yellowstone area is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. Two centuries ago, more than 30 million buffalo roamed throughout North America.

 

By the turn of the 19th century, fewer than a hundred remained after the country’s population expanded west and the animals were hunted for sport and for their hides. Tribal peoples rounded up some of the last bison to save them, establishing the base for the Yellowstone herd. Today, the historic relationship between buffalo and American Indians is coming full circle, as the bison return home to the tribes.

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The Nature Conservancy And Discovery Education Join Forces To Launch Dynamic Environmental Education Program Exploring The Critical Role Nature Plays In Our Everyday Lives

The Nature Conservancy And Discovery Education Join Forces To Launch Dynamic Environmental Education Program Exploring The Critical Role Nature Plays In Our Everyday Lives | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education today launched Nature Works Everywhere, a partnership designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conservation.

 

This new online destination, www.natureworkseverywhere.org , provides middle school teachers, students and families with free tools and resources to explore and understand nature. Launching to coincide with Earth Day celebrations around the world, the site includes videos, interactive lesson plans and an interactive game designed to teach students that nature is more than just a beach or mountain - it's a fantastic factory that produces the building blocks of our lives."

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Tips for Growing Lettuces and Salad Mix

Tips for Growing Lettuces and Salad Mix | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Growing lettuce and salad mix is fairly simple and can be done in small spaces, including pots.

 

Keep the following in mind when planning and planting your lettuce bed:-

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Northwest Herald | Groups teach next generation to experience, appreciate and protect nature

Northwest Herald | Groups teach next generation to experience, appreciate and protect nature | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

"Students are learning by digging, planting, plowing and simply taking in nature. The push to get children outside in what supporters call a “No Child Left Inside” movement is growing through area programs at schools, nature centers and conservation areas.

All are working together to fight the alternative – hours upon hours spent connected to electronic media."

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Children's gardening: multistorey insect hotel - Telegraph

Children's gardening: multistorey insect hotel - Telegraph | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it
Give your local mini beasts somewhere to shelter and hide in style with this multistorey insect hotel.

 

Build this multistorey insect hotel. You’ll find it soon fills up with lots of garden visitors, from bees and ladybirds to lacewings and woodlice.
You will need:-
24 old bricks
Old curved roof tiles
10 short pieces of wood
Materials to fill the hotel, such as corrugated cardboard, bamboo canes, drinking straws, old pots, logs, egg boxes, pine cones, and dry leaves
A selection of hollow tubes (including empty cardboard tubes and plastic pipes or bottles)

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