Suzanne Simard: How Trees Talk to Each Other

Suzanne Simard: How Trees Talk to Each Other

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

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Composting Domestic Animal Waste

Composting Domestic Animal Waste

Composting entails the controlled breakdown or degradation of organic material into a product known as humus. This is a natural process that requires air, water, organic matter, microbes and a little human intervention. In general, compost is seen as an excellent source of organic matter that can be added to any farming field. Compost helps improve soil structure as it directly leads to enhanced aeration and moisture-holding capacity of the […]

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Gardening with Bugs

Gardening with Bugs

I grew up in a family of keen gardeners. My father was in the RAF so that meant that every three years he got posted somewhere else so they started making a new garden. For the first fifteen years of my life that was mostly North Yorkshire. I remember aged 7 being awarded a penny for every dandelion I dug from the garden lawn. I was never charged for the […]

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An Embarrassment of Riches. Hardly. Over-Abundance in the Garden Is Never a Bad Thing.

Autumn Abundance

In the scheme of things, be it an edible lawn in the suburbs, a five-acre homestead, or a hobby-sized container garden, none of us set off growing food in the hopes of producing too little. We aim to feed ourselves. Many of us strive for more. We want over-abundance, more food than we know what to do with, breakfasts literally falling from the trees and lunches sprouting up from the […]

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How Does a First Flush System Work?

Raining over a white roof in a hurricane storm

What is a first flush system? It’s a system where you flush the first dirty rainwater after it rains. This is to eliminate or reduce the contaminants present in your rainwater harvesting system. When you harvest rainwater for future use, you have to make sure that it’s clean enough. If it’s not, the debris and contaminants might clog the pipes and the spouts. With a first flush system though, you […]

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Those Glowing LED Lit Milk Cases on Supermarket Shelves may be Degrading Milk

Those Glowing LED Lit Milk Cases on Supermarket Shelves may be Degrading Milk

New research study has found that, milk exposed to LED sources, even for a few hours, degrades the nutrient and perceived quality of milk, more so than the natural deterioration which occurs with time due to microbial contamination. It was observed that, when shielded from LED lights, milk retained its quality for nearly two weeks and was overwhelmingly preferred by the consumers than the milk exposed to LED light for […]

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What is an Earthship?

What is an Earthship feat

What is an Earthship? The name itself is a source of puzzlement and wonder to some readers. Some might even think that it’s a vessel where only a chosen people can go to when the world is going under. Here’s the truth though. Anyone can go to an Earthship. But what is it anyway? An Earthship is actually a place where people can live. The place is applying sustainable practices […]

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About Solar Feed-in Tariffs: Effects and Solutions

Floating solar panels

Solar power is one of the best solutions in answering the energy crisis. Aside from that, it’s renewable and environment-friendly. It’s truly a practical solution that households can take advantage of. Governments also recognize this. That’s why they offer special incentives to encourage homeowners to use solar power. One such incentive is to offer money to solar power users if they can feed energy back into the grid. In other […]

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Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach

Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach feat

To close out the Permaculture Voices 3, Jack Spirko gave an inspirational talk that covered his journey into sustainability, Permaculture and his belief for moving Permaculture forward to the tipping point. Jack has an ability to take an obstacle and not only come up with a sensible solution, but to take it a step further and look at that problem from a number of different ways and work it through […]

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Organic Agriculture Improves Local Economies

Man hoeing vegetable garden soil

Organic food production is the highest growing food industry sector in the United States. Double digits increase in organic food sales every year has been witnessed in the sector surpassing the growth rate for the overall food market. It’s estimated that organic food sales in 2015 jumped by 11 percent to almost $40 billion, far outstripping the 3 percent growth rate for the overall food market. Foods produced organically fetch […]

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The Importance of Food from a Different Source: Eating Perennials

Pigeon Pea (Courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr)

Permaculture and perennial plants seem to be inextricably linked, and such is the case by design, of course. When building a permanent ecosystem, food-based or otherwise, it makes little sense to do so with annual plants. They die; thus, they require cultivation again and again, as well as an abundance of minerals and nutrients to support such fast growth cycles. While some edible annuals may readily self-seed, the quick turnover […]

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Working Wisely with Weeds

Weeds (Hermann Kaser)

Weeds are the fighters of the plant world. They are the pioneers, setting off in uncharted territories and cutting new pathways into lands bare and scorched. Then again, they, too, are sometimes the most firmly rooted, digging themselves deep into the fabric of the soil or spreading out far and wide. Perhaps that is why they are also the most misunderstood, the wild and wily, regularly showing up where they […]

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