Five Creative Ways City Dwellers Can Still Grow Their Own

Five Creative Ways City Dwellers Can Still Grow Their OwnWith more people than ever living in cities, how do we reconcile our need for fresh fruit and vegetables with the challenges of life in an urban environment where the time and space for gardening are limited?

Ekologiska produktionsmetoder stänger Gap på konventionella avkastning

Ekologiska produktionsmetoder stänger Gap på konventionella avkastning

Vissa bönder har vänt sig till mindre kemiskt intensiva tekniker för att minska de negativa effekterna av jordbruket, såsom ekologiskt jordbruk, som har visat sig överträffa konventionell odling av många standarder för miljömässig hållbarhet. Frågan är om vi kan möta efterfrågan på livsmedel, som förutspås stiga kraftigt under de närmaste 50 åren.

Hem Odling producerar tio gånger Livsmedel av växtodlingsgårdar

Hem Odling producerar tio gånger Livsmedel av växtodlingsgårdarMiljö- och närings påverkan våra livsmedelsval hade varit på mitt sinne för flera veckor när ett år gammal artikel i Telegraph nyligen kom till min kännedom, vilket fick mig att sätta ihop de tankar som hade varit gradvis filmbildande.

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mind As Well As Your Body

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mind As Well As Your BodyMore than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is more than 70%. Yet contact with nature has numerous benefits for both our physical and mental health.

Preserving and Foraging: Depending on Nature for Food

Depending on Nature for Food: Preserving and ForagingLife, for foragers, can be more secure for the simple fact that they understand crop failures happen. Thus, we learn not to depend wholly on one type of food. The lovely thing about foraging is that there are always alternatives. In nature, there are usually plenty of options, and all of them are free.

Helping Plants Fight Off Pathogens By Enhancing Their Immune Systems

Helping Plants Fight Off Pathogens By Enhancing Their Immune SystemsMost people have never heard of Norman Borlaug. He is, thus far, the only agricultural scientist ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His work in the development of high-yielding and disease-resistant cereal crops saved more than one billion (yes, miljard) people from starvation.

Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready

The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don’t have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project.The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don’t have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project.

The Wonder of Worms In The Garden

The Wonder of Worms In The GardenThe key characteristic of the loving landscape is healthy, living soils which foster plant and animal health without artificial inputs. Compost, mulch and worms form the holy trinity of organic soil health.

Urban Farming blomstrar, men vad betyder det egentligen Utbyte?

Urban Farming blomstrar, men vad betyder det egentligen Utbyte?Halvvägs genom våren, nästan nakna plantering sängar av Carolyn Leadley s Rising Pheasant Farms i Poletown stadsdelen Detroit, knappt förebåda den cornucopian överflöd att komma. Det kommer att vara många månader innan Leadley säljer produkter från denna femtedel tunnland tomt.

Back to the Garden: Mulch, Mulch, and More Mulch

Back to the Garden: Mulch, Mulch, and More MulchBoth compost and mulch foster the life of the soil, and both are important components of the loving landscape. Sometimes they are confused for one another, but they are quite different animals. Compost, which we talked about last week, is more nutrient rich than mulch. It’s full of life, and inoculates soil with that life.

Just What Does The Loving Landscape Look Like?

Just What Does The Loving Landscape Look Like?So, let’s say we want to play nice with the rest of nature. Let’s say we want public parks, yards and gardens which exist for more than show, spaces which support a diversity of life, steward our resources wisely and are a joy to the eye. We’ve got to change the existing lifeless paradigm of lawn and hedge and disposable annual flowers.

Can Planting Flowers Help Bees Fight Parasites?

Can Planting Flowers Help Bees Fight Parasites?A growing body of research suggests some animals may derive medicinal benefit from plant chemistry, and perhaps even seek out these chemicals when sick. Could naturally occurring plant chemicals in flowers be part of a solution to the worrying declines of wild and managed bees?

The Miracles Created by Nature (and Goats)

The Miracles Created by Nature (and Goats)The Posey homestead probably wouldn't strike most Americans as a vision of paradise. We lived on dunes dotted with creosote and mesquite bushes, cactus and yucca. Mostly, the land was bare sand. We had seven or eight inches of total precipitation a year...