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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Research Shows Gardens Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption « Urban Farm Hub - http://www.urbanfarmhub.org/2013...
Research Shows Gardens Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption « Urban Farm Hub
"More and more research is being done that shows that when people garden they eat more veggies. This article abstracted in Pubmed provides more proof. Association between community garden participation and fruit and vegetable consumption in rural Missouri. Barnidge EK, Hipp PR, Estlund A, Duggan K, Barnhart KJ, Brownson RC." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
BACKGROUND: Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces chronic disease risk, yet the majority of Americans consume fewer than recommended. Inadequate access to fruits and vegetables is increasingly recognized as a significant contributor to low consumption of healthy foods. Emerging evidence shows the effectiveness of community gardens in increasing access to, and consumption of, fruits... more... - Spidra Webster
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Changes in Bacterial and Fungal Communities across Compost Recipes, Preparation Methods, and Composting Times http://www.plosone.org/article...
"Compost production is a critical component of organic waste handling, and compost applications to soil are increasingly important to crop production. However, we know surprisingly little about the microbial communities involved in the composting process and the factors shaping compost microbial dynamics. Here, we used high-throughput sequencing approaches to assess the diversity and composition of both bacterial and fungal communities in compost produced at a commercial-scale. Bacterial and fungal communities responded to both compost recipe and composting method. Specifically, bacterial communities in manure and hay recipes contained greater relative abundances of Firmicutes than hardwood recipes with hay recipes containing relatively more Actinobacteria and Gemmatimonadetes. In contrast, hardwood recipes contained a large relative abundance of Acidobacteria and Chloroflexi. Fungal communities of compost from a mixture of dairy manure and silage-based bedding were distinguished by a... more... - Spidra Webster
Apparently scientists haven't spent too much time studying compost piles before. - Spidra Webster
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UT and EKU herbaria directors publish unique botany book - http://www.knoxvilledailysun.com/educati...
UT and EKU herbaria directors publish unique botany book
"LEXINGTON, KY — Throughout our history, woody plants—trees, shrubs, and woody vines—have been one of our most common natural resources, providing such basics as food, clothing, housing, and medicines. Being able to identify different species is an important skill, and one that is put to the test during the winter months when a lack of leaves and fruit complicate the problem. To address this difficulty, Ronald L. Jones and B. Eugene Wofford, directors of the herbaria at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Tennessee respectively, have written Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee: The Complete Guide to Their Identification and Use. Jones and Wofford provide a full account of 172 genera (142 native and 30 non-native) and 457 species and lesser taxa (381 native and 76 non-native) in Kentucky and Tennessee. Each genera and species listing includes a physical description; information on habitat, distribution, frequency, and uses; and references to the photographs of that... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
An interesting idea to make a book that helps with ID in winter. - Spidra Webster
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Practical Botany for Gardeners: Over 3, 000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored: Geoff Hodge: 9780226093932: Amazon.com: Books - http://www.amazon.com/Practic...
Practical Botany for Gardeners: Over 3, 000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored: Geoff Hodge: 9780226093932: Amazon.com: Books
"Gardening can be frustratingly shrouded in secrecy. Fickle plants make seemingly spontaneous decisions to bloom or bust, seeds sprout magically in the blink of an eye, and deep-rooted mysteries unfold underground and out of sight. Understanding basic botany is like unlocking a horticultural code; fortunately learning a little science can reveal the secrets of the botanical universe and shed some light on what’s really going on in your garden." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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▶ Beauty! Phytophthora plurivora zoospores attracted to Beech root exudates - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
▶ Beauty! Phytophthora plurivora zoospores attracted to Beech root exudates - YouTube
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"During my PhD I have worked with Phytophthora species, which are very aggressive microorganisms that infect plants, causing huge economic and environmental losses. Commonly Phytophthora species spread and infect plants via zoospores, a motile asexual structure that uses a flagelum for locomotion. The zoospores can "sense" and swim towards plants signals starting an infection In this video I tested the attraction of P. plurivora zoospores to root exudates of European beech. The major decline of beech trees in forests worldwide has been associated with P. plurivora-caused disease. In the video you see a microscopy view of two pipette tips filled with water or root exudates. The pipettes were embedded in a zoospores suspension. Clearly the zoospores were more attracted to the root exudates than water. More information about Phytophthora: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...... Phytophthora plurivora: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...... European beech:... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The Tomato That Ate Cincinnati | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
The Tomato That Ate Cincinnati | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"I haven't had the energy or time to take good care of my garden this year so the tomato is growing largely unstaked. Lately it's decided to really colonize the entire bed and some of the lawn." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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What Happens When a Strawberry’s Seeds Start to Germinate? | RocketNews24 - http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013...
What Happens When a Strawberry’s Seeds Start to Germinate? | RocketNews24
What Happens When a Strawberry’s Seeds Start to Germinate? | RocketNews24
"Everyone knows what a ripe strawberry looks like: bright red and dotted with tiny pips. But strawberry pips, like all seeds, are meant to grow new plants. So have you ever wondered what it looks like when all those little seeds sprout? Read on to see the bizarre reality. A user on Reddit posted the following picture to educate us all: What the-? It looks like something you might find under the microscope, but that’s just the pips sending out their sprouts. Not exactly appetizing, but that’s where strawberries come from. Speaking of which, you may think of those little pips as seeds, but it’s actually a bit more complicated than that. Strawberries are a type of fruit known as an aggregate or compound, which means several different ovaries exist in a single flower, growing together on a single receptacle. In other words, each of those little pips is actually a unique ovary with a seed inside, while the fleshy red part they share is just the nutrient pack that will help them all grow. Isn’t nature wonderful?" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
These don't just do this like that. Someone manipulated it to get them to all germinate on a relatively fresh fruit like that. Reddit says deep cold storage does it but I'm going to have to investigate more because I can't figure out why that would trigger germination that way. - Spidra Webster
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Paisley Gardening Gloves with Arm Savers | Cotton Garden Gloves - http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store...
Paisley Gardening Gloves with Arm Savers | Cotton Garden Gloves
"Whether you’re pulling weeds or pruning flowers, you’re in good hands with these stylishly protective paisley garden gloves. A cool alternative to bulky leather working gloves, ours are tailored from lightweight cotton with a hint of Lycra® added for greater finger mobility and comfort, and boast 7" cuffs to protect your arms from scratches and bug bites. The gardening gloves also feature a durable faux-leather palm with a double-reinforced thumb and index finger, an adjustable buckle at the wrist, and a stretchy pull cord at the cuff. Pair with our paisley garden hat (#63960) for even greater protection and style. Machine wash, air dry. Imported. Garden gloves with 7" long cuffs to protect your hands and arms Cotton-rich working gloves with stretchy Lycra added for increased comfort Durable faux-leather palm Double-reinforced thumb and index finger Go great with our matching paisley garden hat (#63960) Now you can garden in style and with confidence thanks to these paisley gardening gloves with arm savers." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Anika
Japanese shopper finds truly terrifying potato - http://www.dramafever.com/news...
Japanese shopper finds truly terrifying potato
"A Japanese veggie lover posted a photo on Twitter of a truly terrifying potato she picked up at the market. The one-of-a-kind sweet potato looks exactly like a foot in need of a potatocure, or at least some hard-core exfoliation. There's no word on whether the poster cooked up the feet treat, but when asked for comment, the proud tater proclaimed "I yam what I yam!"" - Anika from Bookmarklet
Ahahaha this looks hilarious! And I am a person who hates both feet images and potatoes :) - grizabella
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Species Plantarum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Species Plantarum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Species Plantarum ("The Species of Plants") was first published in 1753, as a two-volume work by Carl Linnaeus. Its prime importance is perhaps that it is the primary starting point of plant nomenclature as it exists today. This means that the first names to be considered validly published in botany are those that appear in this book and his Genera Plantarum ed. 5 (1753). In the book Linnaeus listed all plants known to him, directly or from his extensive reading. The classification employed in the work allowed easy identification of plants, by placing every genus into an artificial class and order. By counting pistils and stamens, anybody, even without much knowledge of plants, was able to get to a listing of genera that the plant in question should belong to. Linnaeus gave a formal multiple-word description to each plant and an additional epithet to be used with the genus for easier reference, thus separating taxonomy from nomenclature. For example, the tomato was described (page 185) as SOLANUM caule inermi herbaceo foliis pinnatis incisis, racemis simplicibus. The given epithet was Lycopersicum." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"Scientists have used different strains of fungi and bacteria to promote development and health in trees, which have enabled them to accelerate growth of different species up to 40 percent. The importance of the research is tied to re-forestation, in attempt to restore lost woodlands and forests. With this, the scientists have outlined the importance of microorganisms that provide benefits to the trees, for example, increasing their development, giving more stability when transplanted and providing water to the subsoil in situations of drought. By experimenting with the optimal combinations of soil microorganisms, the researchers were able to accelerate the growth of fruit trees (citrus, guava and lemon), achieving fruit development is within three or four years rather than the typical six years required with standard soil. The types of bacteria and fungi selected are described as ‘growth accelerators’ and they are active around the tree roots (or rhizosphere). The rhizosphere is the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Larger article here, but in Spanish. http://www.invdes.com.mx/ciencia... Researcher's page here: http://www.ira.cinvestav.mx/... - Spidra Webster
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"Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, is an invasive stink bug spreading through western Arizona and southern California since 2008, causing severe crop, nursery, and landscape losses. Bagrada bugs gather on plants in large groups. In agriculture, Bagrada bug is a pest of cole crops and other mustard family plants. In home gardens it feeds on these same vegetables and on ornamental plants such as sweet alyssum and candytuft. How to identify Bagrada bug Bagrada bug eggs. EGGS: Laid singly or in small clusters on underside of leaves, stems, or on soil underneath plants. Eggs are initially white and turn orange-red as they get older. WINGLESS NYMPHS: Young Bagrada bugs change color from bright orange to red with dark markings as they get older. Newly molted nymphs and adults are also red but quickly darken. SIMILAR STINK BUG Bagrada bug adults have the same coloring as harlequin bugs, but are smaller, about a quarter to a third the size, with smaller orange markings. Impact of Bagrada bug on... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
These little bastards killed my arugula crop a year or so ago. There wasn't much info on this invader then. Here's a new IPM page on them. - Spidra Webster
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Make a garden compulsory for everyone, urges (gardener) Don - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardeni...
Make a garden compulsory for everyone, urges (gardener) Don - Telegraph
"Don, the television gardener, said having a “stake” in the land was essential to ensure a new generation was interested in plants and flowers. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he argued that everyone should have access to land they can tend, saying all houses must come with a garden, and all flats an allotment. Failing that, he said, he would like to see a “sharing scheme”, where people who can’t manage their garden, or are “simply happy to share it” could work with those without. Don was speaking to publicise his latest book, The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey. When asked how best to inspire the next generation, he told an audience: “It is a problem. There aren’t enough young people coming through, there aren’t enough young people working as gardeners. And you need to get people interested. “It’s very easy to get people interested in primary school but by the time someone’s 13 or 14, they don’t want to be thought of as a kid. Related Articles From... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Misleading headline. He seems to mean that it should be compulsory for developers, cities, counties....that everyone should have access to land to grow on. - Spidra Webster
Ah, that makes more sense, and I'm much more interested in that. - Jennifer Dittrich
They at least have more of a guarantee of it there. Allotments there are a right (of course, getting the land isn't always easy but it's at least seen as a right, which isn't the case here). - Spidra Webster
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Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea - Lose the Lawn - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea - Lose the Lawn - NYTimes.com
"LOS ANGELES — This is how officials here feel about grass these days: since 2009, the city has paid $1.4 million to homeowners willing to rip out their front lawns and plant less thirsty landscaping. Multimedia Video Las Vegas’s Changing Landscape (2007) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times Jessica Seglar in her drought-tolerant garden in Long Beach, Calif. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times A Los Angeles park where new vegetation is being planted. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times A Pasadena neighborhood dotted with lush lawns. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times Flowering artichoke plants in the Aikens' garden. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times Jessica Seglar and her fiancé, Dominic Nguyen, of Long Beach, Calif., decided to replace their lawn with Ceanothus, a lilac native to... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Meanwhile here in MD we just got a "rain tax" applied to our flat-roofed city sidewalk houses because we have no lawns and the rain runs into the Chesapeake Bay eventually. Not that rain harms the Bay, but pollutants do.The tax is supposed to raise funds to clean up the bay. Somehow. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Kristin
You Say Tomato, I Say Potato: The Tomato Potato Combo Plant Lives! - Neatorama - http://www.neatorama.com/2013...
You Say Tomato, I Say Potato: The Tomato Potato Combo Plant Lives! - Neatorama
You Say Tomato, I Say Potato: The Tomato Potato Combo Plant Lives! - Neatorama
"The Tomtato bears cherry tomatoes above ground and white potatoes below. According to the Thompson & Morgan website, horticulturists have tried to create a creation for 15 years but the plants have only recently been successfully produced commercially. When they're just a few weeks old, tomato plants are cut at the stem and grafted onto a potato plant. Scientifically, that works because tomatoes (as well as tobacco plants) are members of the potato family (Solanaceae)." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
witchcraft! sorcery! - holly #ravingfangirl
Even so ... - Kristin
I guess it would save space. - John (bird whisperer)
Which is a consideration in the UK as home lot sizes in cities are generally smaller than in the US. And allotment plots give you only so much room (tomatoes needing to be grown in greenhouses in much of the UK). - Spidra Webster
THIS IS NOT OKAY - Akiva
Couldn't they just tweak the genes and save all that grafting business? - Ken Morley
I wonder how that works? I've been taught that you have to add dirt to cover each new layer of growth so you get multiple layers of potatoes growing. I guess that isn't how this would work. And it seems like they would need mucho nutrition. - Todd Hoff
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250 varieties of apple on one tree... thanks to a bit of hard grafting over the years | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
250 varieties of apple on one tree... thanks to a bit of hard grafting over the years | Mail Online
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"From Granny Smith and Golden Delicious to Brownlees Russet and Wadhurst Pippin, if you like apples then Paul Barnett is your man. He has 250 varieties available to pick – and astonishingly, they’re all growing on just one tree. The horticulturist has spent 24 years meticulously developing the tree in his back garden in Chidham, near Chichester, West Sussex, grafting on new varieties every winter. Apple turnover: Paul Barnett in the apple tree in his garden in Chidham, near Chichester, West Sussex, on which two hundred and fifty different apple varieties grow Laden: Paul has grafted 250 varieties on the 'family tree' over the past two decades Fruitful: There are 6,000 apple varieties worldwide and over 2,000 different types kept at the National Fruit Collection in Kent The tree’s fruits now include rare cooking apples such as the Withington Fillbasket, which originated in 1883, and Eady’s Magnum, from 1908, as well as more recognisable favourites. Mr Barnett, 40, said yesterday: ‘I... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
That's pretty neat! - Jenny H. from Android
I have an acquaintance who has 40 grafts on one tree, but this is way more. - Spidra Webster
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“Super pest” takes hold in Sacramento neighborhood - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California - http://news.ucanr.org/...
“Super pest” takes hold in Sacramento neighborhood - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California
"A well-established and reproducing population of brown marmorated stink bugs (BSMB) has been found in a Midtown Sacramento neighborhood, reported Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension advisor for Sacramento County. The infestation seems to be centered around 13th St., south of Capital Park. This is the first reproducing population in California outside Los Angeles County. Ingels said he had no difficulty finding the pests on tree foliage and flying around when he visited the site last week. The California Department of Agriculture has designated BMSB a Class B pest. “This is the worst invasive pest we’ve ever had in California, but there is no funding to attempt to eradicate it, nor is there a mandate to do so,” Ingels said. Brown marmorated stink bug affects many different crops and is a serious residential problem. It moves around easily, so can be expected to spread. It can fly up to a half mile at a time and also travels long distances by hitching rides in vehicles or inside... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"Brussels Bureaucrats, apparently, are about to smack us about the head with a particularly ill-judged and potentially damaging piece of looney-toons legislation. Believe me, this one makes the outlawing of curved bananas look sane and reasonable. As part of proposed EU legislation to regulate ‘plant reproductive material,’ Brussels wants all plant varieties to be listed on an official register. To implement that, they want every variety to carry an officially recognized description which could run to two pages. Such descriptions would give details of such life-threatening features as the length of the hairs on a plant’s stems. This would be part of a plan to force nurseries and individuals to sell only registered plants. Registration, because of the exhaustive information required, multiplied up by all the red tape necessary to keep the maximum number of EU civil servants employed, will cost a great deal of money to implement. And presumably, each registration will have to be... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
This is the second time I've heard this. I'm not sure whether she's being overly alarmist but the idea of the EU limiting plant sales to only certain cultivars is nuts. - Spidra Webster
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When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland' | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET - http://www.kcet.org/updaily...
When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland' | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET
When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland' | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET
"Today, it's hard to imagine Southern California without palm trees. They line our streets, shade our gardens, and guest-star in films to establish Los Angeles as the setting. But before the lanky palm conquered the L.A. skyline, another tree played the same metonymic role: the pepper. An import from South America's Andes mountain range, the Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle) is instantly recognizable for its fragrant, lacy leaves, drooping branches, and knotted trunk. It also produces bunches of small, pink berries that resemble peppercorns but are not the stuff of common table pepper; though they can be used sparingly as a seasoning, the berries are poisonous in large quantities. (The Peruvian pepper tree does have a cousin in the Brazilian pepper, or Schinus terebinthifolius, but neither is closely related to the true pepper plant, Piper nigrum.) In its native Peru, indigenous South Americans found many practical uses for the tree, from firewood to medicinal applications. More... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Interesting. I couldn't tell there were that much fewer of these trees than palm trees. These and jacaranda are all over the place where I live now and I'm not even sure I've lived in a place where they weren't on the street on in the front yard. - Anika
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Easy Care For Your Garden Pruners | In-Ground Gardens | Home & Garden | KCET - http://www.kcet.org/living...
Easy Care For Your Garden Pruners | In-Ground Gardens | Home & Garden | KCET
"A good pair of garden pruners is a worthy investment. But like any tool, it needs proper care in order to do its job well and last a long time. These guidelines apply not only to pruners, but also snippers, scissors, and any other metal tools you use in the garden. I'll be the first to admit that I don't always pamper my pruners the way I should, so I try to get in the habit of doing (at the very least) a quick wipe-down with a towel after every use. Even if you only cut one stem, plant sap or residue can linger on the blades and cause rust or damage over time. A better rule of thumb would be to wipe down the blades with a bit of mineral oil (or vegetable oil) to keep them lubricated and ready for next time. Oil is a general protectant that helps prevent rust, and any non-drying light oil will work (to keep it simple, I use a food-grade mineral oil since it's the same oil I wipe down my wooden utensils and cutting boards with). After a heavy pruning job, soak your pruners in warm... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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