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Grow your own delicious mushrooms

Grow your own delicious mushrooms | Gardening | Scoop.it
A look at different growing methods and varieties enabling you to pick your
own edible fungus at home
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From  My  experience  mushrooms  are  very  easy  to  grow  it  just  needs  two  things  moisture  and  air  to  live  and  of  course  semi  decayed  matter.
And  after  you  have  harvested  it  you  can  add   the mushroom compost  to  your garden  leaves  to  make  leaf  mulch  
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How To Use Falling Leaves For A Great Garden Next Year

How To Use Falling Leaves For A Great Garden Next Year | Gardening | Scoop.it
Fall has arrived in all it's glory, and that means it's time to use those gorgeous, colorful falling leaves to help recharge your garden.
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Here  is  a  great  simple  guide on  the  benefits  of  composting  leaves, and  in  part  two  it  shows  you  this  achieved.
But  I  like  to  add  that  what  I  learnt  from  what  i  taught    at  either  the  Royal  Horticulture  courses    and  in  my  City  and  Guilds  training  - that  leaves need  three  requirements  for  them  to  rot  down.
(1) Air  plenty  of  ventilation   -  the  wooden  pallets  bins  are  ideal  as  well  as  the  simple  wire  mesh  bin   
(2) moisture   
(3)  and  Fungi  to  break  it  down  if  you  think  about  it   leaves  rot  down  perfectly  well  in  the  woods  and  forest   with  out  the  aid  of  grass  
And  for  fungi  to  flourish  it  needs  (1) and  (2)  
(4)  off  course  there  are  insects,micro  organism  and  earth  worms  that  help  too  
all  this  can  be  added  when  you  rake  and  shred  the  leaves  up  and  put  it  in  your  bin  
These  bins  are  best  left  for  a  year  to  break  down  
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Organic Gardening: Use Egg Shells to Deter Slugs and Snails

Organic Gardening: Use Egg Shells to Deter Slugs and Snails | Gardening | Scoop.it
Did you know you can get rid of slugs and snails with eggs shells?

It’s very effective, organic, green and more https://t.co/ptmtRqCOM4
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Alan Titchmarsh: how to get the perfect lawn

Alan Titchmarsh: how to get the perfect lawn | Gardening | Scoop.it
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so wonderful as evenly striped lawn
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Basic  good  advice  for  beginners  
 
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10 things I've loved about the White House Kitchen Garden

Now that we know the White House Kitchen Garden will continue for at least 17 more years, it's time to look back on its bountiful past.
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I wonder what the next President will do it now only time will tell As I said before Presidents come and Go the only things that remain is the garden and the buildings
 
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The Rabbs' Tree Frog Just Went Extinct

The Rabbs' Tree Frog Just Went Extinct | Gardening | Scoop.it
The last known member of his species has died at Atlanta Botanical Garden
 
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The  last  known  member  of  the  Tree   Frog  species  just  went  extinct.
At  least  we  are  not  to  blame  for  this.  But  unfortunately,  we  are  for  the  rapid  decline  of  our  native  frogs.
Just  by  helping  the  virus  spread  more   widely   than  ever  by  taking  the  tadpoles  out  of  ponds  and  lakes   and  putting  it  in  our  ponds.
 
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How to Make a Quick-Leaf Compost Out of All Those Autumn Leaves

How to Make a Quick-Leaf Compost Out of All Those Autumn Leaves | Gardening | Scoop.it
It’s all about the timing, and right about now is just the right time to get a quick-leaf compost going. Luckily, it’s not at al
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Here is  a  excellent  article  on  how  to  create  what  I  call  in  the  trade  black  gold
But  leaves  only  two  thing  to  break  it  down    in  my  experience  and  they  are  
(1)  air  
(2)  moisture   
To  produce  fungi  that  will  eventually  break  them  down  
If  you  have  mushroom  or  toadstools  in  your  lawn  these  can  be  added  to  your  mix  to  speed  up  the  breakdown    as  well  sprinkling  garden  soil  that  will  add the  soil  micro  organism  too  especially  earth  worms   

putting  grass  cutting  with  the  leaves  will  add  that  carbon  to  speed  up  the  breakdown  of  the  green  matter  
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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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Common Gardening Practices That Hurt Bees

Common Gardening Practices That Hurt Bees | Gardening | Scoop.it
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Here  is  article  I  taken  from  my  paper.li  periodical  http://paper.li/Richards_Garden/1366874524?read=http%3A%2F%2Fgardenrant.com%2F2016%2F 
About  all  the  pratices  that  we  are all  guilty  off  -  taking  a  neat  and  tidy  garden  for  a  wild  life  sanctuary  
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Turning School Gardens into Outdoor Classrooms - Modern Farmer

Turning School Gardens into Outdoor Classrooms - Modern Farmer | Gardening | Scoop.it
Education Outside turns school gardens into classrooms. And today, kids across San Francisco get to study their science curriculum outside.
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11 Ways to Keep Gardening with Back Pain

11 Ways to Keep Gardening with Back Pain | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening can be tough on the back. Here are 11 tips for enjoying time in the garden without aggravating your back.
Via Microgrower, Eric Larson
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In  my  trade  this  occupational  hazard  &  having  seriously injured  my  back  lifting  many  years  ago  I  a  now  cautious  when  lifting  anything  heavy  as  I  don't  wont  to    aggravate it  So  this  article  here  is  well  worth  a  read  if  you  don't  wont  that  to  happen  to  you     
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Stop raking your leaves!

Stop raking your leaves! | Gardening | Scoop.it
No, seriously.
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While  I  go  along  with  this  idea  
Many  of  my  clients  still  want  a  tidy  lawn  with  a  minimum  of  leaves.
But  if  you   can  live  with  that  then  try it  out.  But  be  warned  that  this  attracts  worm  that  bring  the  leaves  down  through  the  soil.
If  the  leaves  aren't  digestible  to  them it  will  produce  warm  cast  on  your  lawn.  
 
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What jobs to do in the garden in October

What jobs to do in the garden in October | Gardening | Scoop.it
From harvesting ‘black gold’ to sprucing up garden furniture, what to do this month
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Fun Teaching Strategies to Educate About Solar Energy

Fun Teaching Strategies to Educate About Solar Energy | Gardening | Scoop.it
Teaching strategies you can use to help your class understand the science at work behind solar energy -- and have some fun at the same time!
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An  excellent  article  of  how to introduce  a  new  science  that  will  affect  our  children's  future.
The  whole  education  system  will  need  to  be  renewed  and   taken  out  of  the   archaic  times   
 
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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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