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Urban Gardening In Apartments – How To Grow A Garden In An Apartment

Urban Gardening In Apartments – How To Grow A Garden In An Apartment | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Growing veggies and larger specimens in an apartment can be a challenge. Fortunately, urban gardening ideas abound and there are a host of ways to grow tiny gardens for the space restricted gardener. This article will help.
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Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Container & Soil Mix - YouTube

Learn how to have a "labor free" garden. No Watering, No Weeding, No Fertilizing all season long. Is it possible? It is, with my off-grid, self-watering cont...
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HOW TO IDENTIFY WHAT GRUBS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LAWN AS PART OF THE IPM TREATMENT

HOW  TO  IDENTIFY  WHAT  GRUBS  YOU  HAVE  IN  YOUR  LAWN  AS  PART  OF  THE  IPM TREATMENT | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
White grubs are the white, soft-bodied larvae of several scarab beetle species, including European chafer, Japanese beetle, May/June beetles, Asiatic garden beetle, and Oriental beetle.  They have a brown head and six well-developed legs.

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, June 2, 2015 8:08 AM

Here  is  an  excellent  guide  from  the  university  of   Maine  in the  USA  about  how  to  recognise  what  type  of  grub  is  chewing  up  your  lawn.

Apart  from    their  natural  predators  like  crows  and  ravens  we  have  over  here  in  the  UK  & from reading  about  your  trouble  with  racoons  and  other  mammals  that  like  digging  your  lawn  up  looking  for  their  tasty  treat  these   grubs  are  no  1  enemy to  lawns 

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Decline of bees forces China's apple farmers to pollinate by hand | ChinaDialogue.net

In the last 50 years, the global human population has nearly doubled, while the average calories consumed per person has increased by about 30%.

To cope with the ever growing demand for food, more land has been brought into agricultural production, mainly by clearing forests, and farming has become much more intensive. Fertilisers, pesticides, and development of new plant varieties have allowed farmers to increase the average yield of food per hectare to increase by 130% in the same period.

It is obvious that this pattern cannot go on for ever; we will run out of forests to clear, and we cannot squeeze ever more food from the same area of land. There are cracks beginning to show; highly intensive farming may not be sustainable in the long term.

Globally, about 75 billion tons of soil is lost every year, washed away or blown out to sea after ploughing. Three hundred and twenty million hectares of land have been affected by a build up of salt due to irrigation practices. Roughly 40% of all agricultural land is now degraded in one way or another.

Farming and human health depend upon the ecosystem services provided by wild organisms; worms, woodlice, millipedes and a host of other creatures which help with soil formation, forests to produce oxygen, prevent soil erosion and regulate water flow, birds to eat insect pests, flies and beetles to break down animal dung, bees and other pollinators to pollinate crops.

Modern farming threatens to eradicate these organism, and so undermine itself.

Pollination provides one of the clearest examples of how our disregard for the health of the environment threatens our own survival. About 75% of all crop species require pollination by animals of some sort, often by bees, but sometimes by flies, butterflies, birds or even bats.

 

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Urban Gardening Tips

Urban Gardening Tips | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Basics to set up a garden using window boxes, containers and hanging baskets.

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8 Steps to a Vegetable and Herb Container Garden

8 Steps to a Vegetable and Herb Container Garden | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Flowerpots on a windowsill, a terrace, or a patio can provide delicious food all summer long. Here are the simple how-tos for growing a container garden.
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Easy Foods Kids Can Grow in the Garden

Easy Foods Kids Can Grow in the Garden | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
It can be challenging to get kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables. But when they help in the garden, kids are likely to eat more produce and to try different kinds, too.
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How to Save Arugula Seeds

How to Save Arugula Seeds | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
You can plant arugula continuously year after year without ever buying seeds again by saving your seed from your harvest.
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Automated Aquaponics for Business or Pleasure: A Scalable ... - Make

Automated Aquaponics for Business or Pleasure: A Scalable ... - Make | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
If you're fuzzy on the distinction between aquaponics, aeroponics, and hydroponics, I highly recommend Luke Iseman's handy guide and overview,…
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Saving Basil Seeds

On this episode we show you how to save sweet basil seeds. Saving seeds is very important step in gardening. By saving seeds it allows you to continues the ...
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Planning for Seed Saving - Mother Earth News

Planning for Seed Saving - Mother Earth News | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
When you save your own seeds,you choose what characteristics you want to preserve by your careful selections. Seed saving is an adventure waiting to happen in your own garden.
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Learn how to start saving those varieties you have grown. 

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DIY Garden Pest Control [Infographic]

DIY Garden Pest Control [Infographic] | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Learn how to implement 100% eco-friendly, natural pest control methods into your garden, lawn or crop using biological pest control methods using beneficial insects, insectary plants and diatomaceous earth.

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Add some of these tips to your gardening plan. 

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, April 15, 2015 11:34 AM

This  is  a  very  informative    Infographic  guide  on  the  use  of  Organic  or  biological  control  ~  there  is  some  regional  variation  as  we  here don't  have  the  paying  mantis  but  we  do  have  overs  which  are  covered  in  my  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/ ; and  many  more  interesting  subjects  

For  more  info  on  DE  earth   ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/pest-disease-control/ ;  

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

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The Secret To Building A key Hole Garden?

The Secret To Building A key Hole Garden? | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
key hole gardening, raised beds
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The anatomy of a keyhole garden and the benefits of having one in your garden area. 

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Adventures in Gardening and Vegetable Garden Tips for Amending Clay Soil

Adventures in Gardening and Vegetable Garden Tips for Amending Clay Soil | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
This spring, consider building a hoop house, amending clay soil with gypsum and using organic vegetable garden pest control methods.
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5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought

5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
If droughts are here to stay, it's time to start planning gardens that can handle the heat. Find out what water-saving vegetables to plant and how to plant them here.
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Why are my plants turning yellow?

Why are my plants turning yellow? | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
A closer look at yellowing leaves on plants can help gardeners get to the root of the problem.
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Pantry Fertilizers Your Plants Will Love | Care2 Healthy Living

Pantry Fertilizers Your Plants Will Love | Care2 Healthy Living | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Don't spend big bucks on commercial fertilizers. You already own natural fertilizers your plants and the planet will love.
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How Garden Centers Are Getting Toxic, Bee-Killing Pesticides Out of Their Plants and Off of Their Shelves

How Garden Centers Are Getting Toxic, Bee-Killing Pesticides Out of Their Plants and Off of Their Shelves | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Friends of the Earth's report Growing Bee Friendly spotlights businesses that are removing neonicotinoids pesticides from plants. Colony collapse disorder

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Eggplant Seed Saving Tips: Harvesting And Saving Seeds From Eggplant

Eggplant Seed Saving Tips: Harvesting And Saving Seeds From Eggplant | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
If you are a gardener who enjoys a challenge and gets pleasure out of growing your own food from scratch, then saving seeds from eggplant will be right up your alley. Follow the guidelines in this article and enjoy your own eggplants each year.
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Get Started Growing Veggies in Container Gardens

Get Started Growing Veggies in Container Gardens | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Always wanted to grow gorgeous and tasty vegetables in pots? It's easy(ish), fun and satisfying. Here's how to get started.
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Growing oyster mushroom mycelium at home cheap and easy - a great experiment - YouTube

This is the first step in learning how oyster mushrooms grow, cheaply and easily using readily available supplies and non sterile techniques. Here we take a ...
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Maryland honeybee losses among highest in US, survey finds - Baltimore Sun (blog)

Maryland honeybee losses among highest in US, survey finds - Baltimore Sun (blog) | Gardening planning | Scoop.it
Maryland's beekeepers lost nearly 61 percent of their colonies on average in the past year, one of the highest declines in the nation, according to an annual survey released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture .
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15 Herbs and Spices with Special Healing Powers (And You Can Grow You Can Grow in Your Own Indoor Garden) |

15 Herbs and Spices with Special Healing Powers (And You Can Grow You Can Grow in Your Own Indoor Garden) | | Gardening planning | Scoop.it

It has long been know that many herbs and spices have medicinal benefits for treating certain ailments. Unfortunately, there are too many herbs and spices to give a full list of all their properties and health benefits. Here are 15 of the more common ones that you can grow yourself in your own indoor herb garden (or easily find in your local supermarket.)

Basil –Basil is a natural tranquillizer and tonic to calm the nervous system. May aid digestion and ease stomach cramps. Basil tea helps relieve nausea.Bay - is used to stimulate and aid digestion. It’s also been used to treat physical problems like high blood sugar, migraine headaches, bacterial and fungal infections, and gastric ulcers.Chili peppers – Chili peppers provide three times more vitamin C than oranges. Chilies also contain a component called capsaicin, which produces its heat. Capsaicin can also relive nerve pain and often used in cream form to ease the pain of shingles. The consumption of chilies has long been prescribed as a way to warm the body, improve circulation and stimulate the metabolism.Chives – Consuming chives can stimulate the appetite and aid digestion.Coriander – Fresh coriander leaves are a tonic for the stomach and heart when eaten. The seeds and leaves are also used for treating urinary tract infections.Dill – Dill has proven to be effective in the relief of gripes and flatulence. Dill seed is used for its anti-spasmodic, diuretic and stomachic properties.Fennel – used to aid digestion, prevent excessive wind, insomnia, and nausea and vomiting.Garlic – Garlic has been used as a medicine for centuries. It has been known to be effective in the treatment of a variety of maladies, including heart disease, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fighting the common cold, and regulating blood sugar levels.Mint – Mint leaves aid in digestion and hot mint tea can help at the start of a cold.Nutmeg – Nutmeg contains myristicin, a substance that causes drowsiness. Warm milk and grated nutmeg at bedtime will promote sleep. When taken in moderation, nutmeg may alleviate nausea, vomiting, flatulence and diarrhea. But taken in large quantities, nutmeg may become toxic.Parsley – Fresh parsley leaves make a good breath freshener when chewed after eating.Saffron – As one of the most expensive spices in the world, saffron has been used in traditional and modern medicine systems to treat a variety of ailments. It is said to relieve menstrual pain, depression, chronic diarrhea and neuralgic pain. Some believe that saffron has anti-carcinogenic (cancer suppressing) properties.Sage – Sage aids in digestion, especially of rich or heavy foods. Sage tea can also be used for indigestion, anxiety, excessive sweating and as a gargle to ease a sore throat.Thyme – When used as a tea thyme is an effective digestive tonic and a cure for hangovers. Diluted thyme oil can be used as a massage for headaches; use of the essential oil in a burner creates an antiseptic room freshener. Thyme can also relieve insomnia, poor circulation and muscular pain.Rosemary – The herb rosemary has been found valuable in headaches, especially those resulting from a cold. It has also been known to act as a stimulant to both the nervous and circulatory systems, and may help to soothe the digestive system, relieving indigestion and flatulence. Rosemary also makes a good antiseptic gargle.


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How to grow more ,save space & harvest with ease

How  to  grow more ,save  space  &  harvest  with  ease | Gardening planning | Scoop.it

 

An  guide  on  how  to  achieve  a  plentiful  harvest  using  verticle  gardening  techniques


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Great  article that explains to  you  step  by  step  through  what  you  need  to  do  to  set  up  a  vertical  garden.

If  you  grow  beans  you are  there  already   basicly  if  a  plant got  tendrils  then  its  a  climber 

Melons  and  grapes  are  an  example 

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, April 11, 2015 1:13 PM

I  like  this  article  a  lot  it  takes  you  step  by  step  through  what  you  need  to  do  to  set  up  a  verticle  garden.

If  you  grow  beans  you are  there  already   basicly  if  a  plant got  tendrils  then  its  a  climber 

Melons  and  grapes  are  an  example 

Try  it  out