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2012-05-14 10:04:17

From getting hands on with salt-tolerant samphire plants, to a lecture on 3D plant imaging and a tour of a permaculture garden, the activities for Fascination of Plants Day will give Australians a new insight into plants. In the two weeks around 18 May, Australian plant scientists from around the country are organizing events that showcase why plants are fascinating. Fascination of Plants Day is a worldwide event with 39 countries planning celebrations. The day is being organized by the...

2012-04-30 13:13:00

There is more going on in DPR Korea than rocket science: local people in collaboration with natural resources scientists are taking control of their food supply through agroforestry. How participatory agroforestry restored land and secured the food supply The report, published online on 24 March, notes that in DPR Korea a bottom—up participatory process of developing locally appropriate agroforestry has been a revelation to many and is helping to reverse the chronic food...

2011-12-03 11:28:01

Encouraging climate-smart agriculture can lead to climate change adaptation Encouraging climate-smart agriculture can lead to climate change adaptation practices in a partnership where the farmer's needs are addressed. "Climate-smart agriculture has the potential to increase sustainable productivity, increase the resilience of farming systems to climate impacts and mitigate climate change through greenhouse gas emission reductions and carbon sequestration," says Henry Neufeldt the lead...

2011-12-02 08:00:00

San Joseâs professional landscaper, Palomares Tree and Gardening Service, offers helpful tips on fall planting. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 02, 2011 San Jose professional landscaper Palomares Tree and Gardening Service provides 10 easy tips on how to protect gardens during the fall season. 1.    Do weeding and mulching in the fall, leaving less work to do in the spring. 2.    Start composting. Chop up leaves and make a pile to be used...

2011-11-18 02:39:19

Non-chemical method matches herbicides for managing weeds Traditionally addressed through hand-weeding and/or herbicide application, controlling weeds is one of most costly operations in nursery production. Increased labor costs have made hand-weeding prohibitive as the sole method of weed control, and although herbicides may be effective and less expensive, non-target herbicide loss can be as high as 86% and can harm the environment. To address the economic and environmental impact of...

2011-08-04 00:00:00

A $1.5M Ranch Retreat and Cash Giveaway is Happening Now in the Wine Country of Northern California With a Letter Essay Contest That Will Determine the Ultimate Owner of a 125-Acre Ranch in Wine Country Two Hours North of San Francisco. This Amazing Property Will Be Title-Transferred "Free and Clear" by the Chicago Title Company as the Grand Prize Award With 66 Cash Prizes and Proceeds to Charity Demonstrating How to Make a Difference Differently as Detailed on the Website at...

2011-06-30 02:00:00

LEBANON, Pa., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- While you're enjoying that well deserved summer vacation, don't forget your garden will be home working hard. Here are some simple tips from www.preen.com to keep your garden going while you're on the go. A Good Soak - Give flower and vegetable gardens a good final soak before flying the coop. This is especially important if rainfall has been inadequate, or sparse precipitation is predicted. The good news is that further watering may not be a...

2011-06-29 12:02:43

Agroforestry management can improve yields and reduce environmental costs The evaluation of both nutrient and non-nutrient resource interactions provides information needed to sustainably manage agroforestry systems. Improved diagnosis of appropriate nutrient usage will help increase yields and also reduce financial and environmental costs. To achieve this, a management support system that allows for site-specific evaluation of nutrient-production imbalances is needed. Scientists at the...

2011-03-02 15:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Now entering its 26th year with a bigger, better, and greener approach to outdoor living, nothing says Spring like the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show www.sfgardenshow.com. Twenty installations from top designers, seminars by experts including edible gardening guru Rosalind Creasy, national award winner Jeffrey Gordon Smith, and Yoga for Gardeners teacher Gail Dubinsky all invite attendees to "Get Your Green On" Wednesday, March 23...

Latest Permaculture Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Forest Gardening
2013-07-31 15:46:47

Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the forest garden. The canopy level consists of the tallest fruit/nut trees with dwarf trees in the...

Three Sisters
2013-05-18 07:30:48

Three Sisters crop is a technique of gardening used primarily by Native Americans, but gardeners of any kind may also use this technique. These crops use three types of plants; in the Tewa tribe, they use four. The traditional seeds used are corn, beans, and squash. There are many benefits from this method, the first being the use of the corn stalks for the beans to grow on. The beans themselves then provide nitrogen for the corn and squash, while giving the corn amino acids, lysine, and...

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