Turmeric

Planting turmeric

Turmeric’s deep, earthy flavour is wonderful, and a favourite way to consume it is fresh, but as we had plenty from this harvest, we processed some. It’s easy to know when Turmeric is ready to harvest. After around eight to ten months in the earth, you will have seen the green foliage flourishing during the monsoon, then gradually browning and dying back as the dry winter season comes in. That’s […]

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Pollution Has Been Discovered Even In The World’s Deepest Ocean Trenches

Underwater landscape, seabed carved by swell into the reef, Huah

High levels of persistent organic pollutants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), were found in crustaceans living in some of the planet’s most remote areas – the Mariana Trench above Australia and the Kermadec Trench off the northeastern tip of New Zealand. The discovery, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, “brings home the long-term, devastating impact” that humans are having on the environment. “It’s not a great legacy we’re leaving […]

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Conditions For Receiving Funding For Conversion To Organic Farming In Scotland

Conditions For Receiving Funding For Conversion To Organic Farming In Scotland

What is Organic Farming? It is a form farming that purely involves natural ways of crop cultivation and rearing of animals. This means that it involves avoiding the use of synthetic inputs like pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, preservatives, additives, veterinary drugs and genetically modified seeds. This is done in order to maintain fertility of the soil and ecological balance to reduce pollution and to keep pests and diseases at bay. It […]

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Graham Bell – A Conversation Between Generations

Graham Bell – A Conversation Between Generations

This is best to listen to when working in the garden, or cooking, doing the dishes, etc. Graham Bell tells a long, winding story, reminding me of those told by Bill Mollison, but also my grandmother. She had a knack for opening several threads, and just as I was starting to get lost in them, she would close them up one by one, in a very satisfying manner. This chat […]

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Attracting Bees to the Garden and Keeping Them There without a Hive

Honeybees

People are in the fight for the rights of bees these days. After a couple of award-winning documentaries (Vanishing of the Bees, Colony) and some real worry in the headlines, the masses have shown up, at least in spirit. The kings of agrochemicals are being badgered, outlawed, and lampooned around every turnover of borders, all in the name of bees. Now, we mustn’t pretend like there are no other voices […]

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Forest Gardening – Urban Style

Forest Gardening - Urban Style feat

As a small scale urban gardener, I would often read about forest gardens & dream of one day having enough land where I could create the food forest of my dreams with a thriving ecosystem that would sing with the sounds of wildlife enjoying the space just as much, if not more, than I did. Ahh..one day when I win Lotto & can afford the land I dreamt. But so […]

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Toxic Oilsands Tailings Could Be Cleaned Up With The Help Of Dandelion Fungi

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) on tree

Upon noting the weed’s unique ability to grow anywhere, Edmonton scientist Kelcie Miller-Anderson started investigating what makes dandelions so hardy. Her findings may provide a solution to one of the oilsands industry’s greatest concerns – the noxious tailing ponds created by bitumen mines, which are releasing “toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals into the air.” According to Environment Canada scientist Elisabeth Galarneau, preliminary results from testing done in 2014 revealed that […]

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Soil Conditions You Need to Consider When Choosing a Garden Design

Earthworms and soil in hand

The properties of soils are crucial for the successful growth of plants. For plants to achieve their maximum potential, the soil must provide satisfactory conditions. The properties that influence plant growth are: ● Biological ● Physical ● Chemical 1. Biological Properties These refer to the living organisms that are found in soil such as earthworms. They differ in size ranging from slightly larger animals like moles to micro organisms like […]

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Australian Scientists Are Disappointed To Admit That Extreme Weather Is Now The Norm

Australian Outback Landscape

At a four-day conference themed around “Australasian weather, climate, and oceans: past, present, and future,” climate scientists from Australia and New Zealand found the topic of discussion drifting repeatedly to global warming, and the impact of climate change on Australian weather patterns. “There is definitely what you would call ‘climate fatigue’ on the part of scientists,” said Dr. Andrew Glikson, from the Australian National University’s (ANU) School of Archaeology and […]

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Super Adobe – An Accessible Doorway to Earthen Building

Super Adobe – An Accessible Doorway to Earthen Building  feat

In the courses I run I observe how much fun people have when building with earth. It is intuitive, kind, forgiving and fun. It literally connects us to the earth. One earthen building technique that’s a creative and low cost way of getting started in the natural building world is super adobe. The concept is old. Bags would be filled to create a barrier that is solid, bulletproof in fact! […]

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Second Steps to a Food Forest in the Southern Tablelands – An Update from 2011

woman hiker legs stand on mountain peak rock

By Inke Falkner & Dominick ter Huurne In September 2010 my partner Dominick and I bought a 40 hectare property in the Southern Tablelands mostly covered with native bush. Initially we bought the piece of land as a weekend retreat, but we enjoyed ourselves too much and moved there from Sydney full-time in January 2016. We have been very busy building our house, but that’s another story. A few months […]

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Prickly Pear Perfection

Prickly Pear Perfection

The prickly pear cactus is a common name used for a variety of species of cacti within the genus Opuntia. Being a true cactus species, it is native to Mexico and the Americas. It is even featured on Mexico’s coat of arms. However, it has been introduced around the world, with one of the earliest records of introduction being in Australia in 1788. Some species of cacti introduced to Australia, […]

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