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

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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

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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

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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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Organic Produce In High Demand From Colorado Farmers

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Growing numbers of Colorado farmers are making the switch from traditional farming methods to organic ones, to accommodate the increasing demand for organic produce in the local market. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual Certified Organic Survey, the organic agricultural industry in Colorado has more than doubled in sales since 2012 – from $66.2 million to $155.2 million in 2015. Currently, organic farmland covers more than 155,000 […]

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Mental Permaculture, Part 3: Energy Flows

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Permaculture: a set of design tools, a way of creating gardens, of perceiving connections, of gaining insights into our environment. But can it also be rebellious? Co-founder of permaculture Bill Mollison once remarked about a book review describing Permaculture Two (1) as “seditious”,

“If you’re a simple person today, and want to live simply, that is awfully seditious. And to advise people to live simply is more seditious still.” (2)

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The Early Polleniser Polyculture – A Support Polyculture for Orchards, Farms and Gardens

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Paul Alfrey from the Balkan Ecology Project introduces a polyculture to provide pollination support for farms and gardens, yields of nutritious fruits and nuts, valuable nesting sites for endangered native bees, and spectacular flower displays to shake off the winter blues. We’re extending our Polyculture Project to include experimental perennial polycultures. Our aim is to develop models that are low cost to establish and maintain, can produce healthy affordable nutritious […]

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Prime Farmland Destroyed Thanks To Energy Company’s Lack Of Foresight

Farmer Checking Soil Quality of Fertile Agricultural Farm Land

A lack of foresight on the part of Linc Energy has caused “irreversible” damage to more than 300 square kilometres of prime crop land in southeast Queensland. After “flammable levels of hydrogen” were found near Linc Energy’s Hopeland underground coal gasification (UCG) site in 2015, an excavation caution zone was established around the contaminated land and dams associated with the facility. However, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage […]

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Helpers of the Garden

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When we garden we typically can use all the help we can get. We can always use an extra set of hands, cooperative weather, more hours in the day, and a whole lot of luck. Often though, we forget that the very thing we are growing can be our most important partner. One such vegetable that can help out in the garden is the leek. The leek is a member […]

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The Definition of Sustainable – Permaculture

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Sustainable living includes the practice of reducing or lowering your dependency and use of natural resources by replacing it with different kinds of suitable alternatives. It can be ensured via two things: 1. You can either stop consuming products that do not promote sustainability or 2. You can change the way you conduct your daily activities and come up with measures that can promote sustainable living. There are several steps […]

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