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2009-02-03 08:30:00

Bloomington, IL Program Feb 14 and 15 is Opportunity to Answer Obama's Call to Create New Non-Exportable Jobs in Renewable Energy CHICAGO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA) announced today that it is rolling out the first of its 2009 intensive workshop programs February 14 and 15 in Bloomington, IL to help fast-track new career opportunities and business starts for the rapidly growing renewable energy revolution. David Blume, executive...

2009-01-27 09:06:00

FREDERICK, Md., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- "Today, as growing economic strain collides with growing concern for the environment, a modern-day victory garden movement is emerging," reports Jack Olive, Master Gardener and founder of leading garden retailer MasterGardening.com. During both world wars, the American government promoted "victory gardens" to ease the pressure of public food supply. Consequently, citizens who grew their own vegetables, fruits and herbs became more self-sufficient and...

2009-01-26 08:00:00

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA) announced today that its executive director, permaculture and biofuels expert David Blume, received the American Corn Growers Association's prestigious Truth in Agricultural Journalism award last week at the organization's 22nd annual national convention. The convention featured a one-day workshop presentation by Mr. Blume focused on rural revitalization and non-exportable job creation,...

2008-12-29 16:23:43

Organic plant waste has proven to be an effective weed control for citrus trees, Egyptian researchers reported Monday. Researchers from the National Research Center in Giza, Egypt, studied the effects of plant mulches compared to synthetic mulch and other weed control methods on the quality of mandarin fruit, the American Society for Horticultural Science reported Monday in a news release. Dr. H.F. Abouziena, the project's lead researcher, said rice straw and cattail weeds create plant waste...

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2008-12-29 11:32:39

Non-chemical weed control methods tested on organic mandarin trees Interest in organic crop production is increasing around the world. Organics are healthy for consumers while adding environmental benefits and decreasing the amount of synthetic herbicides in foods, soil, and water. While organics gain popularity with consumers, organic farmers are faced with new production challenges, especially managing and reducing invasive weeds. Synthetic mulches, manufactured from petroleum-based...

2008-10-10 18:00:17

IF YOU haven't yet gone down the composting route, autumn is a great time to start as you gather up leaves, empty plant pots and generally tidy up the garden. Many local authorities now provide compost bins to encourage householders to recycle, so it's worth giving your own council a ring to check. Alternatively, you can make a compost heap by erecting a wire- mesh cage with four corner posts, lined with cardboard or straw. Builders' pallets also make instant compost bins, set on end...

2008-10-08 03:00:14

By Anonymous The Professional Recyclera Of Pennsylvania (PROP) offers three online courses on composting and recycling, with Continuing Education Credits granted through Penn State University. The newest course, "Backyard Composting Basics," is a three-hour online class that covers how to determine your composting needs, what to compost and building a pile. It has an optional unit on composting bin distribution programs. Another three-hour course, "Collection Techniques and Options,"...

2008-10-04 18:00:11

If we get an autumn drought, water trees and shrubs, which are producing next year's buds. Autumn leaves composted separately to kitchen waste produce valuable mulch. If your soil needs improving buy a bale of hay and dig it in. Plant out spring-bedding perennials such as wallflowers and forget-me-nots by the month's end on heavy soil. Lift and store chrysanthemums, also dahlias, above, after cutting back to 4in. Lift, split and replant clumps of perennials which have become...

2008-10-04 18:00:11

By KATE HODAL Anyone who's ever tried to compost and ended up with nothing but soggy lettuce and banana skins, or a Bokashi bin that smells like Freddy Krueger's underwear, knows that being green isn't always easy. But with a bit of knowhow, you can avoid some of these pitfalls and reap the benefits you thought were out of your reach. Because home composting, whether it's a wormery, a Bokashi bin, or saving fruit and veg scraps to put onto your compost bin, doesn't just give you nice,...

2008-10-03 18:00:15

By Booker T Leigh When the leaves start to fall, most homeowners are ready to forget about plant disease and insects until next summer. Normally, fall is the best time to start controlling next year's diseases and insects. A little work now can prevent a lot of problems next year. Here are some things to do to help control disease and insect problems for next year: Rake up and destroy leaves of all fruit trees and small fruits. Also, remove any rotten or dried-up fruit still hanging...


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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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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