Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

Most people out there are now aware of the meaning of holistic lawn care and holistic weed control, nonetheless, for the few ones who may still find it a bit difficult to understand, holistic weed control is the control of weed organically, naturally or without the use of any harmful chemicals. Organic weed control comes with a number of benefits which include the safety of the household and the environment as a whole.

Holistic lawn care is quickly growing into a trend for big companies and home owners who are beginning to understand the repercussions of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Tests have continued to show that chemicals have dire consequences. These chemicals are harmful to our children, our pets and the environment as a whole especially when used for long periods of time. Continue reading Holistic, Organic and Natural Lawn Care

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Guacamole Garden! Grow Your Own…

“You can start with the seed of an avocado. Wash it. Use 3 toothpicks to suspend it broad-end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed. Put the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see the roots and stem start to sprout in about 2-6 weeks. (If you’ve followed this process so far and have not seen roots or a stem sprout in more than 6-8 weeks, give another seed a try!) When the stem is 6-7 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches. When the roots are thick and the stem has leaves again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10-1/2″ diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed. Water it frequently with an occasional deep soak. Soil should be moist but not saturated. And don’t forget, the more sunlight, the better. If the plant turns yellow, you may be over-watering; let it dry out for a few days. If leaves turn brown and fry at the tips, too much salt has accumulated in the soil. Let water run freely into the pot and drain for several minutes. When the stem is 12 inches high, cut it back to 6 inches to encourage the growth of new shoots.”

Learn MORE about how to care for your own avocado tree at: https://www.californiaavocado.com

 

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Guacamole Garden! Grow Your Own…

“You can start with the seed of an avocado. Wash it. Use 3 toothpicks to suspend it broad-end down over a water-filled glass to cover about an inch of the seed. Put the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. You should see the roots and stem start to sprout in about 2-6 weeks. (If you’ve followed this process so far and have not seen roots or a stem sprout in more than 6-8 weeks, give another seed a try!) When the stem is 6-7 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches. When the roots are thick and the stem has leaves again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10-1/2″ diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed. Water it frequently with an occasional deep soak. Soil should be moist but not saturated. And don’t forget, the more sunlight, the better. If the plant turns yellow, you may be over-watering; let it dry out for a few days. If leaves turn brown and fry at the tips, too much salt has accumulated in the soil. Let water run freely into the pot and drain for several minutes. When the stem is 12 inches high, cut it back to 6 inches to encourage the growth of new shoots.”

Learn MORE about how to care for your own avocado tree at: https://www.californiaavocado.com

 

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The Eden Project – Home to 1 Million Plants from 5000 Different Species!

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“Buried in a steep-sided clay crater, deep within the southwest corner of England you will find The Eden Project; a global garden, home to more than 1 million plants from 5000 different species and housing the worlds largest rainforest in captivity. The site was formally opened on 17th March 2001 after a successful bid to the Millennium commission secured a £37.5 million  investment, helping transform the 35 acre site into nothing anyone had seen before. A small group of people who wanted to make a difference, some brilliant entrepreneurial minds, 7 years and 83,000 tonnes of soil later, the Eden Project you see today was constructed. Displaying over 20 exhibits, weaving human stories and tales of historic adventure around the plants to engage visitors and encourage them to think about our relationship with the natural world you can visit this wonderful place all year round in Cornwall, England.”

Read more about this amazing project at: “EscapeMedic.com

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“Guests of the project are taken on a journey in which they see how plants have changed the world and the ways in which they may continue to do so. Eden itself is a wonderful example of how an old mining site can be reclaimed into a celebration of nature where gardeners can experiment with new varieties of plants capable of thriving in future climates.”

Read more about this amazing project at: “EscapeMedic.com

 

 

DIY – The Perfect Hinged Hoophouse [VIDEO]

Here are some things you’ll need to get started:
Part list:

1,5×4 inch untreated wood

9 x 2 meter 16mm PVC pipes

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Gas cylinder: http://norcut.mamutweb.com/Shop/Searc…

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M12 bolts and nuts

Screws of different sizes

As Urban Agriculture Gains Followers in Idaho and Beyond, Some Cities Loosen Codes

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“Folks used to “homestead” — raise gardens and livestock, milk their own cows and gather eggs from their own hens — until it became easier and sometimes cheaper to purchase mass-produced foods from a store.

As people moved from the country into the city, many left their animals and their gardening skills behind. During the 1950s, cities across the nation began to outlaw animals within their boundaries, and the concept of sustainability seemed to disappear from the collective consciousness.”

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com

Tips for Wild Foraging Along Roadsides

“Hey everyone! I am cycling across the United States right now and I just had to share this incredible tip with you that has given me so many beautiful days. And that is how to find a ripe berry tree. So, the thing is, you don’t look up. You look down! On the road, you’ll see dropped berries. Dropped berries mean the tree is ripe! So you see that as you’re biking or as you’re walking, and then you head to the tree. And sure enough, here you’ve got a white mulberry tree that’s just full of berries. And then you just go to town. And from this one tree alone, you can fill your entire stomach with berries. Completely free. And the thing is, I could just sit here for an hour and not even make a dent! And the thing is, when you see them like that, on the ground, you know they were going to waste. So you know you’re not taking someone’s berries. So this right here is the good life. I invite you to share this with your friends, get outside, and do some wild foraging.”

“Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, and humanitarian for a sustainable and just world. He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits. His YouTube channel is a source for all things sustainable living, off the grid, simple living, zero waste, tiny house, grow your own food, cycling, and green.”

Watch MORE videos from Rob Greenfield here!

Indiana’s Largest Urban Farm Giving Away Fresh Produce

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“GREENFIELD, Ind. — Jonathan Lawler, executive director of nonprofit Brandywine Creek Farms, has a goal of donating 1 million pounds of fresh produce to those in need in 2017.

Last year, Lawler, with the help of volunteers and seasonal employees, grew 211 tons of produce — over 400,000 pounds.”

“Their goal this year is to produce 40,000 pounds of food on site, with Brandywine committing to another 50,000 to 60,000 pounds of donations. With that, the center hopes to feed a combined 5,200 households in the area.”

Read the FULL article at: “AgriNews-pubs.com

Start Getting Seeds Delivered to Your Door, EVERY MONTH!

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Want to learn more about how our Monthly Seed & Garden Club Works? Signing up is EASY! Let our Garden Gurus put together a custom curated collection of heritage garden seeds, perfect for planting in your specific grow zone and garden type. 

1. Tell us what you’re working with. Answer a couple of questions about where you will be growing a garden and then we will take care of the rest.

2. Get seeds & garden supplies delivered right to your door! Shipments occur on the 5th of every month. What’s included? 5 mystery seed packets, plant markers, seed starting soil pods, instructions, and more!

3. Follow the instructions that come in your package. We promise to make this as easy as we can for you to live a healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Ready to join the club? https://urbanorganicgardener.cratejoy.com

Could Urban Farming End Child Hunger in the Valley?

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“If you thought urban farming was something only Hipsters do in California, think again. Urban agriculture projects in Phoenix have been steadily growing since 2015. Yet, despite its recent popularity, urban agriculture is nothing new. The practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around a village or town has been a regular practice in Europe since the early 19th century. In the U.S., poverty-stricken citizens in Detroit were asked to use any vacant lots to grow vegetables during the Depression to feed hungry families.”

“Using permaculture and chemical-free methods, we grow and harvest hundreds of pounds of fresh produce every week,” the society reports. “These fruits and vegetables are used in our kitchen and added to food boxes for families.

Read the entire article at: “KTAR.com

Youngsters Tend Urban Garden As Part of a Camp in Pennsylvania

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Children on the south side of Reading, Pennsylvania have an opportunity to grow, literally and figuratively, this summer. “We want to teach the kids that whatever you take care of will grow,” said Amanda Aparicio, pastor and director of student programs at City Light Ministry. “And that goes for caring for their environment.”

As part of the program, “the children will be helping tend a 36-by-10-foot garden, where they will grow an assortment of vegetables to be used in the campers’ daily meals. In addition to gardening, the kids will take educational trips to sites around the Reading area every week to learn more about history and culture. The camp will also include community service in the ministry’s neighborhood. The camp won’t be all work, though, as the kids will have a weekly visit to the Bernville Community Pool and also a weekly movie”.

To read the FULL article, visit: “ReadingEagle.com