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What's eating you? Landscaping workshop on garden pests - Dixie Press Online

What's eating you? Landscaping workshop on garden pests - Dixie Press Online | Gardening | Scoop.it
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What's eating you? Landscaping workshop on garden pests Dixie Press Online GEORGE - On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Washington County Water Conservancy District will host a water-wise landscaping workshop focusing on garden pests at...
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Five ways to attract wildlife to your garden

Five ways to attract wildlife to your garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Five ways to attract wildlife to your garden
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Apart  from  the  @TheRHS   said  I  will  also  add   that  you  got  keep  in  mind  their  4 important  factors  too  
(1)  In  the  case  of   butterflies   they  migrate  to  warmer  climate  in  our  winter  -  so  choose  plants  that  die  down  in  the  late  Autumn  so  they  can  move  on   
(2)  Also  give  them  plants  that  they  can  breed  on  ie  nettles  are  good  food  source  for  the  caterpillars  -  not  Buddleia  as  the  leaves  are  too  tough  for  them  
(4)  Give  the  local  residents  animals  shelter and  a  place  to  hide  away  from  predators  
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Fall Garden Checklist

Fall Garden Checklist | Gardening | Scoop.it
This fall garden checklist is a handy guide to help you wrap up your garden for winter.
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Here  is  a  great  resource of  what  chores  to  do  in  your  garden  this  Autumn.
The  best  way    to  go  about  this  is  to  use  a  To  do  list  this  way  you  wont  feel  the  dread  of  doing  the  chores  but  will  achieve  the  seance  of  accomplishment   
And  remember  Rome  wasn't  built  in  a  day    
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Grow your own lunch at work

Grow your own lunch at work | Gardening | Scoop.it
A company garden in Cork provides food, serenity and inspiration for staff
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I  like  this  idea  very  much  and  can  see  it  will  be  great  hit  over  in  Ireland  and  beyond.
If  it  to  catch  on.
In  fact  many  of  the  top  restaurants  do  that  now  especially  in  Europe  except  they  grow  their  veg   for  their  customers.
I  could  go  and  say    why  not  take  it  one  step  further  and  take  it  to  the  schools.
What  a  terrific  learning  curve  it  would  be  to  grow,harvest, prepare  and  finally  to  eat  their  own  vegetables      
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Growing Tomatoes - Should You Remove Lower Leaves?

Growing Tomatoes - Should You Remove Lower Leaves? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Growing tomatoes at home for high yields. Greenhouses remove lower leaves on tomatoes, but should home gardeners do the same?
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Here  is  an  interesting  question.
Do  you  remove  your  lower  leaves  on  your  plant   or  not.
Since  I  look  after  and  grow  many  of  my  clients  tomatoes  in  their  green  houses  I  tend  to  remove  them  only  when  they  turn  yellow  or  shading  the  fruit.
I  never  remove  them  other  wise    cause  as  this  article  says  leaves  are  needed  for  photosynthesis  so  to  keep  the  plant  healthy  up to  harvest     
As  for  thinning  will  depend  on  the  Tomato  its  self  you  can  pinch  out  the  buds  the  same  as  you  do  any  fruit  to  encourage  the  ones  left  to   grow,but  if  you  haven't  got  that  variety  then  their  no  point  doing  it  
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Intercropping: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why We Do It - The Permaculture Research Institute

Intercropping: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why We Do It - The Permaculture Research Institute | Gardening | Scoop.it
Get into permaculture and within no time an entire field of jargon is sprouting up around you, and while it can be exciting to have all these new ideas to ponder and play with, it can also be a bit intimidating…bewildering…intense. Well, at some point or another we’ve all felt that way, but even so, it’s time to talk about one of those mysterious terms: intercropping. In order to have …
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Here is a  very  interesting article  on  intercroping  from the  @permaculturenews.org  giving  you  a  clear view  on  what  it  entails.

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Make a Cold Frame for Herbs

Make a Cold Frame for Herbs | Gardening | Scoop.it
Appearing in guises from fancy to very plain, cold frames help you grow more herbs and extend your season.
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This  is  another  great  follow  up  to  what  to  do  with  your  window  frames  this  time  use  them  on  your  straw bale  
The  only  thing  i   would  be  worried  about  is  the  straw  catching  fire  as  the  rays  hits  the  glass  
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Food Forests and Natural Pest Control - Observations - The Permaculture Research Institute

Food Forests and Natural Pest Control - Observations - The Permaculture Research Institute | Gardening | Scoop.it
Hearing Geoff Lawton speak about the effectiveness of natural pest control in food forests during my PDC studies is what originally prompted me to design and build a backyard food forest garden. Nature taking care of pests in the garden? It sounded too good to believe, and coming from a science background, I just had to test the concept out. After all, any good science can be replicated! Four years …
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Have  we  been  looking  at  pest  control  the  wrong  way  all  this  time?

According  to  this  article   by  the  permaculture .org   we  have.
  Food  for  thought  
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Handed-Down Harvest: Grow the Best Heirloom Varieties

Handed-Down Harvest: Grow the Best Heirloom Varieties | Gardening | Scoop.it
Heirloom seeds have been passed down from generation to generation of gardeners for a reason—they grow the most beautiful, flavorful vegetables.
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Here  is  the  best  guide  for  buying  heirloom  seeds  though  its  based  in  the  states  Us  here  in  the  UK  can  adopt  to  to  growing  in  our  soils  by  replacing  or  substituting    our  natural  vegetables  with  the  ones  mentioned  in  the  article  
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Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems - The Permaculture Research Institute

Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems - The Permaculture Research Institute | Gardening | Scoop.it
I am currently working on a Regenerative Landscape Design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an Agroforestry system known as Alley Cropping wherein rows of mixed species edible trees and shrubs are planted at intervals with spaces for herbs, forage and/or grain crops to be grown in between. It's a dynamic system which is inherently diverse, providing multiple yields and excellent habitat for wildlife while at the same time being relatively resilient to a changing climate.
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Nitrogen  fixing  plants  
This  article  here  from  the  permaculture   research is  nothing  new 
It  is  known  that  legumes  likes  peas  beans  and  clover  are  good  at  fixing  nitrogen  soil.   a  process  called  green  manuring  has  been  going  for decades.
Just  by  chopping  down  your  beans  and  peas  when  they  finished  and  letting  the  nodules  release  back  the  nitrogen in  the  soil.
The  same  with  clover  and  other   green  manure  plants   that  are  left  on   to  flourish  and  die   before  being  rotorvated  back  in to  the  soil.

So  when  I  read  this  article  about  what  they  are  doing  in  Bulgaria  it  took  me  by  suprise    
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Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm - and it's flourishing after 3 years

Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm - and it's flourishing after 3 years | Gardening | Scoop.it
Andrew Martin left the rat race to grow a permaculture farm, which is now flourishing after just three years.
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Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate

Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate | Gardening | Scoop.it
Dark earth won't solve all our climate problems, but combined with reducing fossil fuel use, it could make a huge difference while addressing many agriculture, food security and hunger issues.
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Garden Maintenance Methods: Keep Weeds Under Control

Garden Maintenance Methods: Keep Weeds Under Control | Gardening | Scoop.it
Instead of resisting weeding, embrace it as the caretaking your garden needs to thrive.
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In my  blog  about  weed  control  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/weed-control/ ;
I have  gone  into  great  detail  about  weeding  from  simple  hoeing  techniques   to  chemical  use.
And  am  lately  trying  out  a  gadget  called  the  Cobra head    which  if  you  live  in  the  states  you  probably  are  familiar  with - basicly  it  a  bent  piece  of  cast  iron  with  a  spade  shaped  head  
The  curve  allows  you  to  get  underneath  the  roots  of  the  weeds   and  lever  them  out 
The  omly  draw back  i  have  found  is  that  some  plants  like  dandelions  and  docks  have  very  deep  and  long  tap  roots   which  are  impossible  to  remove.
however   if  you    are  a  beginner  and  a  keen on    organic    this  article  is  just  right  for  you  
Mulching  materials  are  covered  here   in  this  blog  

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Attracting Beneficial Insects with the Plants they Love - Fresh Homestyle

Attracting Beneficial Insects with the Plants they Love - Fresh Homestyle | Gardening | Scoop.it
Many gardeners are intent on keeping bugs out of their garden, but I’m happy to invite them in for a visit, and then encourage them to make themselves right at
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Here is  an  excellent  source  of  wild life  photos  and  information  on  how  to  attract  insects  to  your  plants  
With  the   incentive  keep  it  native  so  it  doesn't  disturb  their  life  cycle  
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10 Favorite Fall Wedding Bouquets

10 Favorite Fall Wedding Bouquets | Gardening | Scoop.it
When it comes to your wedding bouquet, let the seasons be your guide. Fall is a fabulous time for flowers and we’ve rounded up the arrangements that best showcase autumn.
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New York restaurants

New York restaurants | Gardening | Scoop.it
Read our insider’s guide to the best restaurants in New York, as recommended by Telegraph Travel. Find expert reviews, different cuisines, great photos and prices.
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Here  is  a  follow  up  to  the   other  article  about   Offices  and  restaurants  proving  their  own  food.
This  time  its  in  New York    
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Local business uses straw bale gardens to educate employees on nutritional health

One local business is inspiring their employees to make positive diet changes with unique gardens.
Via Joel Karsten
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How three U.S. mini-farms are sowing the seeds of global food security

How three U.S. mini-farms are sowing the seeds of global food security | Gardening | Scoop.it
Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than conventional approaches.
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Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than conventional approaches
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12 Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Spiders (No. 6 Will Do It FAST) | Off The Grid News

12 Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Spiders (No. 6 Will Do It FAST) | Off The Grid News | Gardening | Scoop.it
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Here  is  an  excellent  follow  up  on   how  to  get  rid  off  spiders  in  your  home.
Though I  have  my  doubts  about  using  DE  as  it  "suppose  to  piece the  under  bellow  of  slugs  and  snail  and  invertebrate"  allegedly whilst  other  say  it  does nothing  at  all      
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Greenhouses from Repurposed Windows

Greenhouses from Repurposed Windows | Gardening | Scoop.it
++ Dishfunctional Design http://bit.ly/1g7GOYd
Via Recyclart
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technically this  is  not  a  green  house  but  a  cold  frame  where  you  acclimatize  plants  to  the  outside  environment
But  never  the  less  if  you  inherited  a  broken  down  glass  house  this  is  good  ideal  of  re-using  the  old  window  frames  on your  raised  beds  and  boxes        
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This Man Has A Patent Which Could Destroy Monsanto

This Man Has A Patent Which Could Destroy Monsanto | Gardening | Scoop.it
Neon Nettle - This Man Has A Patent Which Could Destroy Monsanto - Paul Stamets was granted a patent in 2006
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Biological  war  is  the  last  form  of  defence  in  the  IPC   control  of  insects.
And   this  pioneer  has pushed  it  one  step  further  with  this  parasitic  fungi.
But  alas  this  would  be  an  expensive  product  to  get  hold  off if  its  proven  that  it  does  work.
As  I  speak  research  into  aphid  control  is  still  on  going      
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What is The Best Potting Soil?

What is The Best Potting Soil? | Gardening | Scoop.it
SuperMoss (01121) HeirBloom All Purpose Potting Soil with Fertilizer, Small Bale (2.33 ft3) SuperMoss (01121) HeirBloom All Purpose Potting Soil with
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How to re-use old compost – ten useful ingredients

How to re-use old compost – ten useful ingredients | Gardening | Scoop.it
Traditional gardening books often tell you to replace the compost or soil in your pots each year. But if you have more than just a few pots, emptying and
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How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change

How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change | Gardening | Scoop.it
Feeding more than 7 billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat.
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Biochar  not  charcoal  could  be  what  we  need  to  put  back  our  carbon  foot  print.
But  from  what  I  know  of  the  history   is  that  it  was  used  in   prehistoric  waste  pit   long  ago.
Waste  being  the  operative word  biochar  alone  is  useless  unless  it  mixed  up  with  anything  and  left  to  absorb   for  weeks.
Otherwise  its just  soaks  up  the   nutriments  from  the  soil  then  releases  it  after  a period  of  time  
The  process  of  biochar  is  rather  long  and  drawn  out   the  wood  is  actually  green   and  is  burnt  in  incinerators at  high  temperatures   with  NO  OXYGEN   that is  where  CharCoal  and  Biochar  differ        
They  both  are  known  to  absorb  impurities  from  the  soil  and  with  Biochar  being  more  porous  can  absorb  twice  its  weight  in  liquid.
In  fact   it  was used  first  in  Egypt  in  the  flooded  with  delta    years  ago  with  some  success
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Gardening With Children: Fun Themes

Gardening With Children: Fun Themes | Gardening | Scoop.it
Until children see the cycles of growth and dormancy, they can’t appreciate what is in season and why a strawberry bought in the store in December pales in taste comparison to one eaten straight from the plant in June.
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Here  is  a  great  article  written  by  Phillipa  Forester  of  the  importance  of  teaching  your  children  the  value  of  food  especially  from  the  garden.
As  many  young  adults  these days  think  that  their  vegatables  come  from  the  supermarkets.
Only  by  watching the  growing  process  to  the  harvest   will  they  appreciate  it  more    
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How To Use Food Scraps To Control Pests And Help Your Garden Thrive | Care2 Healthy Living

How To Use Food Scraps To Control Pests And Help Your Garden Thrive | Care2 Healthy Living | Gardening | Scoop.it
Some food scraps should be applied directly to your garden for the greatest benefit. Here are a few suggestions.
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5 Great  tips  on  how  to  control  pest  organicly  
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