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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The Most Surprising Little Urban Farm in L.A. Is on a Mar Vista Side Street

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“Walk north past the Mar Vista Post Office along Grand View Boulevard and enter a tree-lined, residential street. Less than a block in, on the street’s west side, you’ll find a red ranch house surrounded by wooden furniture, an elliptical driveway, and a wooden stand with a blackboard menu that reads, “Take as many as you want, leave what you think they’re worth to you.” This is the unlikely setting for Casamor Farm, an urban farmhouse run by Andre Kohler that grows produce on-site on a Mar Vista side street.”

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“His corrective mission extends to the wild, where Kohler frequently forages for mushrooms, acorns, nuts, berries, herbs, and flowers. His hunt covers the mountains, but also focuses right here in the city, where he snags fruit, avocados, and lemons. He’ll also “forage” frozen fish from grocery store dumpsters to feed his cats. He even prepares a “dumpster Thanksgiving dinner” prepared entirely from “trash,” a vision that brings to mind the dumpster diving documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.”

Read the FULL STORY at: “LAMag.com

Ikea’s Hydroponic Garden Concept Uses 90% Less Water Than a Regular Farm

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“Ikea is known for its low-cost furniture that comes packed in cardboard boxes, but now it’s experimenting with something entirely different: Cutting-edge indoor farming.

At the London Design Festival in September, Space10 — Ikea’s “future-living” design lab — debuted its concept for a salad bar prototype whose ingredients are grown using an indoor hydroponic farming system.”

Read the original article at: “Mic.com

Year Round Veggie Gardening Tips [Info-Graphic]

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Just in time for spring planting is this cool infographic on veggie gardening from my friends at The Spigot. We gardeners are visual people, so I always love graphics like this one. Remember to check with your local County Extension Office for a more specific list of what to plant and when for your area!

How Much Should You Plant for a Years Worth of Food? [Podcast]

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“Most of us aren’t relying completely on what we plant and preserve ourselves, we’re still supplementing with the grocery store. But what if you did have to survive on what you’d planted and put up. How much money would it free up for you and your family?”

Listen to this post and all our episodes of the Pioneering Today Podcast

Keep it Fresh with Herbs [INFO-GRAPHIC]

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How to Turn Fallen Leaves into Gardener’s Gold

“Leaf mold is incredibly useful in the garden, with uses ranging from improving soil, to suppressing weeds, to helping make up the perfect potting soil mix.

Leaves from most deciduous trees and shrubs can be used for making leaf mold, but avoid leaves from trees such as walnut, eucalyptus, camphor laurel and cherry laurel, which contain chemicals that inhibit plant growth. Thicker leaves – for instance horse chestnut – take longer to break down. These, along with tough evergreen leaves, can be included in a general compost pile, where the higher temperatures will help them to break down faster.”

How to Turn Fallen Leaves into Gardener’s Gold
Learn more: https://www.motherearthnews.com/…/turn-fallen-leaves-into-g…

 

‘We Are A Desert’: Community Builds Urban Farm

The community welcomed “Gangsta Gardener” Ron Finley from Los Angeles to celebrate the progress they have made as a neighborhood. “It’s beautiful, I mean the snow, it’s beautiful,” said Finley after touring the garden, “It’s a Winter Wonderland.” Finley gained nationwide recognition for planting fruits and vegetables in a small plot outside of his home in 2010. He had to convince city leaders what he was doing was necessary and get policies changed in order to make that curb strip of dirt he turned into a garden legal.

Read the original article at: “Denver.CBSlocal.com

Giving Away Food for Free at the “FoodIsFree Laneway”

Who else thinks every community should have something like the Food Is Free Laneway Ballarat?

The Domed Greenhouse: Urban Farm BioDomes Mimic Nature’s Designs

“It is predicted that by the year 2050, well over 70% of the human population will be made up of urban dwellers.  Modeling a sustainable and scientific approach to growing, the urban farm domed greenhouse challenges city infrastructures to address the urgent need for creating fresh, abundant local food sources.

BioDome projects are rising to meet the challenge of responsible environmental stewardship through earth-based science.  Forging a new era and working toward the future of life on Earth and beyond, NASA’s BioDome is a working model of such an enclosed, controlled and self-sufficient eco-system.”

Read the original article at: “PacificDomes.com

This is How One Organic Farmer Grosses $100K An Acre

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“We need GMOs to feed the world like a fish needs dry land. A controversial farmer in California is proving that a veritable bumper crop can be had using new farming methods that don’t require GMO pesticides, herbicides, or even weeding, and require 10 times less water than the average farm. The best part – he earned $100K per acre last season without even harvesting all of his land.

What kind of super-fertilizer allows Paul Kaiser to grow so much food on a mere 8 acres? Lot’s of rotten food scraps and rotten plants – otherwise known as compost. And he uses loads of it.”

Read the full article at: “EcoNewsMedia.com