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Spidra Webster
Ebooks in Bloom: ebooks from Timber Press for only $3.99 - http://www.timberpress.com/ebooks-...
3 e-books on discount per month. This month it's "The Edible Front Yard", "The Speedy Vegetable Garden", "The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables". - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The invasive New Guinea flatworm Platydemus manokwari in France, the first record for Europe: time for action is now [PeerJ] - https://peerj.com/article...
"Non-indigenous terrestrial flatworms (Platyhelminthes) have been recorded in thirteen European countries. They include Bipalium kewense and Dolichoplana striata that are largely restricted to hothouses and may be regarded as non-invasive species. In addition there are species from the southern hemisphere such as the invasive New Zealand flatworm Arthurdendyus triangulatus in the United Kingdom, Eire and the Faroe Islands, the Australian flatworm Australoplana sanguinea alba in Eire and the United Kingdom, and the Australian Blue Garden flatworm Caenoplana coerulea in France, Menorca and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has some twelve or more non-indigenous species most of which are Australian and New Zealand species. These species may move to an invasive stage when optimum environmental and other conditions occur, and the flatworms then have the potential to cause economic or environmental harm. In this paper, we report the identification (from morphology and molecular... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Hubby was just telling me today that earthworms are not native to Canada. I had to look it up because it seemed incredible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Interesting. I didn't know that. These flatworms are a disaster because they eat earthworms (where earthworms are native). - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Twitter / Winooski: Radix malorum "cute"iditas ... - https://twitter.com/Winoosk...
Twitter / Winooski: Radix malorum "cute"iditas ...
"Radix malorum "cute"iditas est. RT @FacesPics: An exceptionally suave and sophisticated daikon radish pic.twitter.com/fCynIj9RWu" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
How YOU doin'? - Spidra Webster
Halil
Ajuga reptans, commonly known as bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bungleweed, common bugle, is an herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Ajuga reptans, commonly known as bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bungleweed, common bugle, is an herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe.
Bugle is also known as "carpenter's herb" due to its supposed ability to stem bleeding. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Potted some of these today. - Halil
Halil
Squash, Winter 'Uchiki Kuri' Seeds - http://www.seedaholic.com/squash-...
Squash, Winter 'Uchiki Kuri' Seeds
With butter-coloured flesh that is smoother than butternut squash, this teardrop-shaped squash with an intense, sunset-coloured rind has a pronounced, distinctive chestnut flavour. Each plant forms three to five small pumpkin-like fruits of intense orange red with a golden flesh, averaging 1.5Kg. They are very early to mature and have superb storage characteristics. ~ Red kuri squash http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Halil from Bookmarklet
I've ordered some seeds, let's see how they do :) http://www.amazon.com/Uchiki-... - Ken Morley
Spidra Webster
Twitter / The_RHS: Something pretty and creative ... - https://twitter.com/The_RHS...
Twitter / The_RHS: Something pretty and creative ...
"Something pretty and creative to feast your eyes on - after all they do say we eat with our eyes first!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
A fruit tree grows in Encinitas - Seaside Courier: News - http://www.seasidecourier.com/news...
A fruit tree grows in Encinitas - Seaside Courier: News
"Encinitas is exploring the possibility of planting fruit trees and gardens on public property, with the bounty possibly going to nonprofits that feed the poor. The concept has been gaining favor across the nation, and the City Council recently created a committee that will explore whether such a program could work in Encinitas. Councilmembers Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer will serve on the panel, which will reach out to the community seeking volunteers willing to help maintain the plants and harvest the food they produce. The city has plenty available land at parks, libraries, community centers and even alongside roadways that could be used grow food to feed the hungry, Shaffer said. But planting would be done judiciously. “We’re not going to be planting acres and acres of fruit trees. We’re going to have a tree here, a tree there, a garden here and a garden there,” Shaffer said. “We may be able to work it out so that students and volunteers can harvest the stuff and get it to the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Halil
Queen Of England - Country Garden Roses - http://www.countrygardenroses.co.uk/proddet...
Queen Of England - Country Garden Roses
This remarkable variety has maintained its popularity for over 50 years. It bears large pointed medium pink blooms that have a high centre. They appear throughout the summer and autumn and are double, with 38 petals. A vigorous plant that with light pruning, develops into an impressive shrub reaching around 8ft or even more. - Halil from Bookmarklet
99p store :-) for other roses see 1) Rosa 'Dame de Coeur' http://ff.im/1glbY8 2) Rosa 'Garden Princess' http://ff.im/1glbY7 3) Rosa 'Kronenbourg' http://ff.im/1glbY6 - Halil
Halil
'Dame De Coeur' is a small, compact, deciduous shrub with glossy, mid- to dark green leaves, and large, fragrant, double, mid-red flowers in summer and autumn. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Available at 99p store - Halil
Halil
'Garden Princess' is a bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into glossy, toothed, dark green leaflets and clusters of double, yellow flowers from late spring into autumn. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Available at 99p store - Halil
Halil
'Kronenbourg' is an upright, thorny, deciduous, shrub bearing pinnate leaves with ovate, toothed, glossy, dark green leaflets and, from summer into autumn, cupped, lightly fragrant, double red flowers with yellow on the reverse. Flowers fade to pink with age. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Available at 99p store - Halil
Halil
Flowering Cherry Trees | Prunus Trees - http://www.ornamental-trees.co.uk/ornamen...
If you have the space worth having one, there are dwarf varieties too! Not only are they beautiful, but they also attract lots of pollinators, so you're doing you bit to help dwindling pollinator numbers. - Halil from Bookmarklet
My P. lusitanica still hasn't flowered :'( - Halil
Spidra Webster
A Thinking Stomach: 2013 Bean Report (Better Late Than Never) - http://athinkingstomach.blogspot.com/2014...
A Thinking Stomach: 2013 Bean Report (Better Late Than Never)
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"For the last couple years, since I've been participating in the Rancho Gordo "Bean Buddies" program, which pairs home growers with heirloom beans to test in a variety of conditions, I've been writing up my dry bean harvest. I'm late for the 2013 report: a) It's clearly not 2013 anymore, and b) I've eaten a bunch of the harvest so I can't take pictures of complete quantities. Before I begin, I'll explain that this year had its challenges in all parts of the vegetable garden. All beds were infested with root knot nematodes that greatly reduced the yields of most plants. (I've taken several steps to organically take care of the nematode problem, which appear, at least so far, to have some positive results. But, more on that in another post.) So, my yields may be low, but it also may be of interest to see which varieties succeeded even when challenged. I'll start with the beans I received through the program. Negro Delgado de Arbol: Negro Delgado de Arbol did not grow like a tree but... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
▶ Poisonous Plants 1-2-1 Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
▶ Poisonous Plants 1-2-1 Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus - YouTube
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"There’s been quite a lot about gout in the media in the past few days. Rather than try wading through a selection of those stories, I recommend the NHS Choices article for a measured account. The story made me think that this was the right time for a ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ video about Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus, because the colchicine in the plant is used to treat gout, though care must be taken not to give an overdose. It is also a plant that perfectly demonstrates the principle that the best way to get away with murder is for people to think the victim’s death was natural." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Older Trees Grow Faster as They Age: Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
Older Trees Grow Faster as They Age: Scientific American
"Like a fairy-tale beanstalk, a tree can grow and grow until it scrapes the sky. Instead of slowing down as the centuries add up, old trees speed up their growth, according to a study published today (Jan. 15) in the journal Nature. "Trees keep growing like crazy throughout their life span," said Nate Stephenson, lead study author and a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Three Rivers, Calif. The results of the survey of 403 tree species around the world suggest that trees never suffer the ill effects of old age. In animals, cells change and break down over a lifetime, eventually causing death. But trees seem free from this growth limit, called senescence. Instead, only disease, insects, fire or accidents such as lightning will kill a tree, Stephenson said. (He forgot to mention logging, of course.) "They never stop," he said. "Every year, they are always putting on more weight than before." [Related: What Is the World's Largest Tree?] Missing trees for the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Can Human Urine Replace Chemical Fertilizers? - Modern Farmer - http://modernfarmer.com/2014...
Can Human Urine Replace Chemical Fertilizers? - Modern Farmer
"The Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, is likely the only organization measuring success in gallons of urine. In 2012, Kim Nace, Rich Earth’s administrative director and partner Abe Noe-Hays collected 600 gallons of urine from friends and neighbors. The next year, the organization brought in about 3,000 gallons from 170 human volunteers. Rebecca Rueter, a board member for Rich Earth, invited members of the local women’s chorus to donate their pee. Rich Earth hopes to double that amount this year to a round 6,000 gallons — enough to fill a third of an average American swimming pool. “We’ve given volunteers a few things to make it easier — some funnel devices and things like that,” says Nace. Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium — essential plant nutrients that are usually mined from the earth or the air for agricultural use. The project aims to test human urine as a replacement for chemical fertilizers. Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium —... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
So they are literally taking the piss? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Indeed. Stand and deliver! - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Restoring Heritage Plants From California's Missions - http://www.californiamissionst...
"The Career Horticulture Program at Santa Barbara City College prepares horticultural trainees and apprentices in various skills, techniques, and art forms that allow them to gain employment in horticulture design, landscape construction, ground contracting, nursery/greenhouse technologies, and regenerative and restoration horticulture. The program articulates with four-year universities with horticultural emphasis, such as Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. "Learn by doing" is the key to success and Environmental Horticulture students at Santa Barbara City College have two outdoor classroom gardens to learn many horticultural skills. Off-campus community projects afford expanded practical learning situations. In 1999, the Environmental Horticulture Department began working with Tina Foss, Curator of the Mission Santa Barbara Museum, to explore the possibility of finding and propagating the few remaining heritage plants that still exist from the time of the padres. Each of the twenty-one... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Anika
This factory has found a brilliant new way to go green - http://www.dramafever.com/news...
This factory has found a brilliant new way to go green
"A Chinese factory in Liu Zhou, Guanxi Province has discovered a dual purpose for its rooftop that allows it to "go green." By planting rice on the roof, the factory is saving cooling cost, and the rooftop looks pretty too. [SNIP] Rice requires a lot of water to irrigate, so during the first year the production was not good because the irrigation system was not built well. After improvements were made, they steadily increased the rice production from about 770 pounds to over 1,100 pounds in the last harvest." - Anika from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
In the good ol' Northern Hemisphere, this is the time you can collect dormant scionwood (from temperate climate fruit trees) to graft onto a rootstock/existing compatible tree. So CA Rare Fruit Growers hosts scion exchanges. Here's the list of the upcoming exchanges as far as I know:
How to collect scions for the Scion Exchange: http://www.youtube.com/watch... Local chapter contact info here: http://crfg.org/local.html - Spidra Webster
Inland Empire chapter – Thursday Jan 9, 7pm – 9pm, Jurupa Mtn Discovery Center, Riverside - Spidra Webster
Santa Clara Valley chapter – Jan 11, 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Prusch Park Multi-Cultural Center, 647 S. King Rd, San José, CA 95133 http://scvcrfg.wordpress.com/ - Spidra Webster
Monterey Bay chapter – Sun Jan 12, noon – 3pm – Cabrillo College Hort Bldg, Aptos. Free to paid-up CRFG members, $5 admission for non-members. - Spidra Webster
North San Diego County January 17th – 7:00pm at MiraCosta College, Oceanside Center Directions/details can be found at http://nc.crfgsandiego.org/ - Spidra Webster
Golden Gate chapter – January 18th, noon – 3pm, Ed Roberts Campus across street from Ashby BART station, Berkeley, CA - Spidra Webster
OC chapter – Jan 18th, 9am – 11am – Millennium Barn at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa. http://www.ocfruit.com/Events... - Spidra Webster
Sacramento chapter – Sunday, January 19th at 10:00 at the Sacramento Cooperative Extension Center, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento - Spidra Webster
San Diego chapter – Wed Jan 22, 7pm, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park http://crfgsandiego.org/ - Spidra Webster
Redwood Empire chapter (Napa, Sonoma, & parts north) – Jan 25 – 9am – 2pm, Santa Rosa Veterans Bldg, Santa Rosa - Spidra Webster
LA chapter – Jan 25, 10am, Sepulveda Garden Center, Encino. Free to paid-up CRFG members, $8 http://crfg-la.org/ - Spidra Webster
Foothill chapter (San Gabriel Valley) – Feb 1st, 9:30am-12pm at the LA Arboretum, Palm Room http://www.foothillcrfg.org/calenda... - Spidra Webster
West LA chapter – Feb 8, 10am – noon – Mar Vista branch of LA Public Library, LA. - Spidra Webster
Central Coast chapter February 15 1:30pm Cal Poly Crops Unit at the corner of Highland & Mt. Bishop Road, SLO - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Twitter / LodiGrower: Colloquially: "old vine". ... - https://twitter.com/LodiGro...
Twitter / LodiGrower: Colloquially: "old vine". ...
"Colloquially: "old vine". Technically: "head pruned" and "spur trained". @Lodi_Wine pic.twitter.com/64n0OPmvWJ" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"Photo credit to @RCaparoso and @Lodi_Wine" - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges : The Salt : NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges : The Salt : NPR
"It's not been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, for the second year running, the orange crop to be almost 10 percent lower than the previous year. The culprit is citrus greening — a disease that has devastated Florida's oranges and grapefruits and has now begun to spread in Texas and California. Back in the 1950s and 60s, the Florida Citrus Tower was one of the Orlando area's most important tourist attractions. "You could go up and see thousands and thousands acres of trees," says citrus grower Benny McLean. "And you could buy fresh-squeezed orange juice or you could buy a bag of navels. So it was a big deal back then." It all ended with a series of freezes in the 1980s that devastated citrus in central Florida. In the '83 freeze, 300,000 acres of mature, fruit bearing orange and grapefruit trees died in a single night. Growers eventually recovered by moving and replanting groves further south. Citrus greening poses a similar... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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2013 – 2014 California School Garden Survey - http://www.lifelab.org/2013...
2013 – 2014 California School Garden Survey
"Life Lab, in collaboration with the California School Garden Network, is conducting a survey of California School Gardens. This same survey was conducted in 2010-11 with 580 respondents. The information gathered from this survey will help those that are creating and supporting school garden projects across the state and nation to better understand how school gardens operate. Take the survey at www.http://fluidsurveys.com/s... Please help spread the word of this survey via your school garden team and larger networks. Our goal is for every school in California to respond to the survey. For schools that do not have gardens we want to know what the barriers are. For schools with gardens we want to know what makes them work and what resources are needed to sustain them. IF YOUR SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE A GARDEN PROGRAM THE SURVEY WILL TAKE LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. FOR THOSE RESPONDING THAT HAVE A GARDEN THE SURVEY SHOULD TAKE ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO COMPLETE. Preview all... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur | Permaculture Magazine - http://www.permaculture.co.uk/article...
The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur | Permaculture Magazine
"Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur.png Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound. Instead of putting branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside for the bin men... build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies. The advantages of a hugel bed are many, including: The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients for the plants. A large bed might give out a constant supply of nutrients for 20 years (or even longer if you use only hardwoods). The composting wood also generates heat which should extend the growing season. Soil aeration increases as those branches and logs break down... meaning the bed... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Climate change and winter chill hours | California Climate & Agriculture Network - http://calclimateag.org/climate...
Climate change and winter chill hours | California Climate & Agriculture Network
Climate change and winter chill hours | California Climate & Agriculture Network
"A recent study, Climate Change Affects Winter Chill for Temperate Fruit and Nut Trees, describes the impacts that climate change will have on the temperate fruit and nut industry. This report is of particular importance to the long-term viability of California agriculture which produces almost half the country’s fruits and nuts, valued at $11.8 billion in 2009. Outside of farming circles, the role of “winter chill hours” in fruit and nut production is little known. Chill hours are defined as the amount of time the temperature is below 45 degrees F. In order to produce, many species of fruit and nut trees require a certain number of winter chill hours of dormancy in order to achieve high yields and quality in the spring; the required number varies by species and cultivar. In many regions including California, Chile, and Australia, climate change is already causing a reduction in the number of chill hours, threatening reduced yields or complete crop failures of these industries. In an... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Actual scientific paper here: http://www.plosone.org/article... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Twitter / Botanygeek: Not just for buildings, wouldn't ... - https://twitter.com/Botanyg...
Twitter / Botanygeek: Not just for buildings, wouldn't ...
"Not just for buildings, wouldn't it be awesome to see city buses topped w pollution cleansing roofs? #GardenRevival pic.twitter.com/xmScDhsb45" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Excuse me.. your bus's plant just fell off the roof and hit my car... - Me
Spidra Webster
Twitter / InstantScenery: #Mistletoe growing on the apple ... - https://twitter.com/Instant...
Twitter / InstantScenery: #Mistletoe growing on the apple ...
"#Mistletoe growing on the apple trees we are pruning. Such a romantic parasitic plant http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki... pic.twitter.com/XE9WQj0NZh" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Scientists map food security and self-provision of major cities – University of Copenhagen - http://news.ku.dk/all_new...
Scientists map food security and self-provision of major cities – University of Copenhagen
Scientists map food security and self-provision of major cities – University of Copenhagen
"Wealthy capital cities vary greatly in their dependence on the global food market. The Australian capital Canberra produces the majority of its most common food in its regional hinterland, while Tokyo primarily ensures its food security through import. The Copenhagen hinterland produces less than half of the consumption of the most common foods. For the first time, researchers have mapped the food systems of capital cities, an essential insight for future food security if population growth, climate change and political instability will affect the open market. Several partners in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) are behind the study. "The three major cities in our study achieve food security by different degrees of self-provision and national and global market trade. It is important to understand such food flows in order to relate it to the energy challenge and the risk of national political unrest caused by food shortages and its effect on the open food... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Symphony of the Soil | Symphony of the SoilSymphony of the Soil - http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/the-fil...
Symphony of the Soil | Symphony of the SoilSymphony of the Soil
"Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
"When it’s spring again, I’ll bring again, tulips from Amsterdam.” So go the words of the tune immortalised by the entertainer Max Bygraves in the late 1950s. And there is truth in the lyrics, of course. The Netherlands’ appreciation for the tulip bulb goes back to the 1600s. It reached its zenith – or nadir, given the eventual outcome – in 1637, when tulip mania (or tulipomania) created one of the earliest speculative financial bubbles. During a few months of horticultural madness, single bulbs of named varieties such as “the Viceroy” changed hands for 10 times the annual salary of a skilled craftsman. Fortunes were lost when the bubble burst, but the enthusiasm for and expertise in tulip cultivation has continued to the present day. The Dutch remain the leaders in tulip hybridisation and the memorable displays in their public gardens in spring attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. But the Dutch don’t have the monopoly on expansive tulip displays. Istanbul has an ancient... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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