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Urban gardening, planning a balcony garden ⋆

Urban gardening, planning a balcony garden ⋆ | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
My first gardening experience as an adult with my own home was memorable. The plantings and areas surrounding the house were planned but through the years they weren’t tended to. I started piece by piece and the very first night after digging in the dirt, my dream was filled with earth and earthworms. It was beautiful. That’s when I became obsessed with gardening and spent hours planning, digging, growing, harvesting,… Read More »

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This 700-Year-Old Farming Technique Can Make Super Fertile Soil - The Plant Guide

This 700-Year-Old Farming Technique Can Make Super Fertile Soil - The Plant Guide | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
A farming technique practiced for centuries by villagers in West Africa, which converts nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could be the answer to mitigating climate change and revolutionizing farming across Africa. A global study, led by the University of Sussex, which included anthropologists and soil scientists from Cornell, Accra, and Aarhus Universities and the Rea

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Can mushrooms and solar power fill Japan's vacant farmland? - Nikkei Asian Review

Can mushrooms and solar power fill Japan's vacant farmland? - Nikkei Asian Review | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
TOKYO -- Farmers in Japan could be in for a windfall if a new practice of combining agriculture with solar power generation takes root.Converting idle

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Everyone Says Hydrogen Peroxide Is Great, But Here's What They DON'T Tell You...

Everyone Says Hydrogen Peroxide Is Great, But Here's What They DON'T Tell You... | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it

Everyone knows that hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning wounds, but there is so much more to this chemical compound! From sanitizing surfaces, to busting out stubborn carpet stains, and everything in between – hydrogen peroxide works wonders. After checking out this long list of “unheard of” uses, this strange liquid will be your go-to tool for almost everything! Disclaimers: – The majority of these tips call for a 3% consistency of hydrogen peroxide (which is what’s commonly used in bottles). – The abbreviation “HP” will be used to replace “hydrogen peroxide” in the tips below. So, let’s start learning.


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Grassroots innovation? A fertiliser made of curd is reducing farming costs in Bihar

Grassroots innovation? A fertiliser made of curd is reducing farming costs in Bihar | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Scientists are yet to test this method but farmers in northern Bihar swear by it.

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The business case for soil

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Action on soil sustainability must move beyond the farm and into the boardroom, urges Jess Davies.

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11 Reasons You Should Drink A Tbsp Of Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

11 Reasons You Should Drink A Tbsp Of Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard the claims.  But even if you are aware of all that apple cider vinegar has to offer, you might find it hard to believe that just one food can offer so many benefits. Surprisingly (or maybe not) it’s true!  Drinking apple cider vinegar daily is a sure fire way to improve every aspect of your health and your life.

Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (or ‘ACV’ for short) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth.  It contains a wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are responsible for the majority of it’s health benefits (and there are many!)  The following are 11 reasons that you should start drinking a modest amount of ACV every day.

Just keep in mind that you should never drink apple cider vinegar straight as it can burn your esophagus. Instead, mix one tablespoon with 8 ounces of water. If you don’t like the taste, use a straw to minimize contact with your taste buds. Adding a bit of raw honey can help too.

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7 Scary Essential Oil Dangers Not Enough People Know About

7 Scary Essential Oil Dangers Not Enough People Know About | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Essential oils offer a wide range of benefits for your health, beauty, household cleaning and more – there’s a reason so many people use them. In fact, it may seem like every other friend on your Facebook feed has been touting their miracle abilities.

But, beware, before you haphazardly slather on one of your friend’s favorites, that just because they’re natural, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without some risks. Essential oils do have lots of amazing powerful therapeutic properties, and there are lots of scientific studies to back that up, but they aren’t 100% safe. There are also more than a few essential oil resources online that give some blanket advice about their use that could potentially be dangerous.

Essential oils are very highly concentrated. Just a tiny amount of an essential oil typically has the quality of many cups of herbal tea from the same plant. For example, just a drop of peppermint oil is equal to roughly 26 cups of peppermint herbal tea. You’d probably never ingest that much tea, right? That’s a clue that it’s important to think carefully before consuming that equivalent amount of essential oil.

Before you start using essential oils on yourself, your family, or your pets, keep these dangers in mind, and note how to best avoid them.

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Super useful guys. Something anyone has to know

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18 Apple Cider Vinegar Hacks To Clean Every Room In Your Home

18 Apple Cider Vinegar Hacks To Clean Every Room In Your Home | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses everyone should always have at least one bottle in the house (and if you don’t, you can get a giant bottle from here). It’s gotten a lot of press recently about its medicinal benefits, and offers a myriad of ways to use it in all sorts of recipes, but did you realize there are ways to use it to clean every room in your house?

Like all types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or ACV, offers powerful antimicrobial properties that are at least as effective as store-bought products without harmful chemical ingredients. In fact, when it comes to your health as well as the health of our planet this natural disinfectant is far superior and strong enough to handle just about any germy task. While it can be mixed with other natural cleaning ingredients like lemon juice, salt or essential oils, don’t mix it with baking soda as it neutralizes the acidity of the vinegar. According to Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, the acid in vinegar crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and prompting a release of protons, which causes the cell to die.

Once you’ve read about the many ways to utilize ACV, you may never want to use those chemical cleaning solutions again.

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How (Most) Scented Candles Are Destroying Your Home Air Quality & What To Do Instead

How (Most) Scented Candles Are Destroying Your Home Air Quality & What To Do Instead | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Emitting a soft, warm, ambient glow, candles have been used for centuries for warding off the blackness of night. Dating back to at least 500 BC, candles were developed independently across the globe and were made from natural substances like beef tallow, whale fat, boiled cinnamon, beeswax, and yak butter.

In the 1850s, Scottish chemist James Young first distilled paraffin wax from residues left over after crude petroleum was refined into kerosene. Creating a bluish-white wax that burned cleanly compared with tallow, paraffin wax was cheap to produce and quickly became the preeminent candle making material.

With the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879, candles have become more of a decorative, mood-setting, celebratory item than the lighting utility it once was. And who doesn’t love the glimmer of a flickering flame, the dancing shadows, the subtle light that only a candle can provide?

But, as with so many modern advances, lighting a candle inside your home is not as harmless as it may seem…

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How to Make Wool Dryer Balls - So Easy & So Cheap

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls - So Easy & So Cheap | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Make your own wool dryer balls to help cut down laundry drying time, reduce static and make clothes softer. Wool dryer balls are easy to make.

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Basic Yoga Moves to Improve Balance, Mood and Flexibility

Basic Yoga Moves to Improve Balance, Mood and Flexibility | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
"Yoga protects the brain from the decline in gray matter brain volume as we age. People with more yoga experience had brain volumes typical for much younger people. In other words, yoga could protect your brain from shrinking as you get older."

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Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark

Scientists: World likely won't avoid dangerous warming mark | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
A team of top scientists is telling world leaders to stop congratulating themselves on the Paris agreement to fight climate change because if more isn't done, Earth will hit dangerous warming levels in 35 years.

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Most Common Seed Starting Problems And How To Fix Them - The Plant Guide

Most Common Seed Starting Problems And How To Fix Them - The Plant Guide | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
1. Your seeds never germinate Germination problems can be caused by a variety of reasons. Some of the most common are: Incorrect Temperature. Different seeds have different needs. Cool weather crops such as cabbage, kale or broccoli have a much lower germination temperature while warm weather crops like tomatoes will germinate better with temperatures in the Rea

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How to create fertility without buying fertiliser.

How to create fertility without buying fertiliser. | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
We're told in ever more sophisticated ways that we need synthetic inputs to grow food. But we can create fertility without fertiliser here's how.

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How Does it Grow? Garlic

Telling the stories of our food from field to fork.
Episode Two: Peeling back the layers of nature's most powerful superfood.

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This 5-minute video is a good introduction to garlic, it's production, environmental requirements, nutritional profile and diffusion.  Historically, garlic was far more important than I ever imagined.  The geography of food goes far beyond the kitchen and there are many more episodes in the "How Does it Grow?" series to show that.

 

Tags: foodeconomicfood production, agribusiness, industryvideo, agriculture.

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(With music) Capillary water and how it can help to fight desertification

Groasis – a high tech agricultural company from Holland - sells the low cost Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology. The Groasis Ecological Water Savin

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7 tips for desert gardening success! - The Permaculture Life

7 tips for desert gardening success! - The Permaculture Life | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening in the desert can be harder than other climates, especially if you're not used to it. I live in the high desert, ~6500 feet. We only get 9-10 inches of rain a year, with a hot dry summer. Plus we have cold (-20F) and snow (no tropical fruits, sad!), high winds (very drying and blowing…
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Decline of bees threatens the evolution of plants, study suggests

Decline of bees threatens the evolution of plants, study suggests | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
The feared demise of bumblebees could bring the evolution of the plants they pollinate grinding to a halt – leaving them vulnerable to new diseases and other threats – a new study suggests. Researchers in Switzerland tested what happened when field mustard plants were pollinated solely by bumblebees or hoverflies over nine generations. The results were dramatic: the bee-pollinated plants grew taller and produced twice as much scent.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, March 16, 2017 9:38 AM

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Charcoal at Pebble Garden - Part 2/3 - Bernard's Charcoal Kiln

 This is a 3 part series. I was not able to load the first part. View this and in all probabalitiy you will get the links for part 1 & 3.



Bernard Declercq demonstrates the process of creating charcoal with an Iwasaki charcoal kiln. Part 1, Charcoal for Depleted Soils


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31 Minimalist Hacks - De-clutter Your Life In Just One Month

31 Minimalist Hacks - De-clutter Your Life In Just One Month | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Minimalists realize that the years we spend working, saving, paying a mortgage and needlessly accumulating a mass of ‘stuff’ don’t actually equate to happiness. They believe that our possessions only serve to distract us from what’s really important – living a full, meaningful and joyous life.

Today the average US person has as much individual space in their home as an entire 1950s family shared. Naturally, you would think these bigger houses could cope with all our material possessions but, scarily, there are now more self-storage facilities in America than McDonald’s restaurants!

At the same time, research says that Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades.

Clearly, material goods don’t build happiness…so maybe minimalism is the way to go!

Why not check out these 31 ways to de-clutter your home and life and see if it works for you?

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Homemade 2 Minute Vapor Rub To Blast Away Sinus Congestion

Homemade 2 Minute Vapor Rub To Blast Away Sinus Congestion | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
No one likes that stuffy congested feeling that tends to pop up in the wintertime. Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils are great at opening up the sinuses, and are the star players in this easy vapor rub. Naturally clear your head and breathe better with this simple recipe.

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What Are the Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

What Are the Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency? | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Vitamin B12 is essential, meaning it must come from food or supplementation. Know the signs and symptoms of vitamin b12 deficiency and the top vitamin b12 benefits.

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How Regenerative Farming Methods Can Restore Ecology

How Regenerative Farming Methods Can Restore Ecology | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Using regenerative land management that incorporates livestock can increase organic matter in the soil back to healthy levels within a couple of decades.

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12 Best Home Remedies For Blackheads Backed By Science

12 Best Home Remedies For Blackheads Backed By Science | straw bale gardening | Scoop.it
Blackheads are small bumps that appear due to pores becoming clogged with oil and dead skin. They’re a mild type of acne that usually form on the face, often where they’re most noticeable, such as on or around the nose, but they can also appear on the back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders, most commonly in teens and pre-menstrual women.

As blackheads can make it feel as if you’ve got a target right in the center of your face, banishing them as quickly as possible is a must, and these 12 all-natural remedies have been found to be the fastest and most effective for getting rid of them.

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