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Gardens: organic environment, photos, flowers

Gardening: renewable organic biosphere with soft fruit, tree fruit, vegetables and herbs. Wellbeing with free range/organic backyard chickens, fish, bees


Themes related to Gardens: organic environment, photos, flowers include Popular posts, biodiversity, Self Sufficiency and photos.



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grass carp farming

I've always liked pasture, especially with real, native, mixed species hedgerows and the occasional mature native tree in the field. There's lots of beef and sheep farming hereabouts (North Cornwall), which is fine, but: a. In an overpopulated world, 500 lbs of of meat per acre every other year seems a small crop; b. Small farms are failing, because the profit per acre is miniscule with large

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Breeding goldfish in your garden pond

There is a huge amount of complicated 'advice' about breeding goldfish - especially food for the very young fish (aka fry). The truth is, unless you want to breed as a business, it's really easy: Your top priority is to keep your main pond (#1) healthy. The commonest problem with newcomers to fish keeping is over feeding. An established pond (12 months +) will produce more food than your fish

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carp, ecology, fish, gardens, hobbies, nature, self-sufficiency,
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allotments landscape Cornwall

It makes a change from photos of flowers and food: this is the landscape from the top of the site. Many of the allotments are organic. Most appealing feature (for me) is the diversity. It's amazing how inventive people are when they have the opportunity (in this case, access to land). Related: allotments, Cornwall, landscape, photos, organic, gardens

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kiwi fruit - Cornwall allotments

Bought for the princely sum of £1 a couple of years ago from a supermarket: What was about 3 inches high has gradually grown into a reasonable bush, clinging to  net fencing on my allotment. I am very pleased to discover it has set lots of flowers. garden photos It has had all sorts of weather to contend with - up to 2 inches of rain a day (December to February), very cold and dry April,

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Cornwall, fruit, gardens, kiwi, organic, vitamins,
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organic veg with comfrey compost

The compost experiment I described earlier has been successful, apparently. These are the crops , photographed on 26th May, a few weeks after the very cold weather abated. I'll take more photos today (8th June) to add later. The potatoes are Duke of York. I dug the first root yesterday and the crop is good quality and very tasty. They'd be a lot bigger if I waited, but patience is on vacation

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Build a bird box for native bird conservation

How to make a birdbox An experienced woodworker shows how to build your own smart bird box. birdbox design to benefit wildlife Sussex (UK) Wildlife Trust member, Laura Brook, explains the pros and cons of different bird box designs and materials for several wild bird species. tags: biodiversity, conservation, DIY, environment, gardens, video, wildlife

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Comfrey organic compost experiment

I'm a fan of Comfrey as a mineral mine (especially potassium) for organic growers, but the standard advice to delay your potato planting until the first cut of Comfrey is ready (typically about 5% of the annual crop) makes little sense. So I experimented: Last years' compost bin had 1 bale of wetted straw, a year's growth of Comfrey from 10 plants (about 200 lb), and approximately 200 lb of

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compost, environment, fertility, gardens, organic, soil,
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Allotment Gardening - organic guide

Full title: Allotment Gardening - An organic guide for beginners, by Susan Berger. After 40+ years I hope I'm not a beginner, but this fine book certainly brings me up to date, and has useful sections on rotations, improving the soil and producing your own compost (either in a bin, or by using green manures to keep the minerals from washing away and feeding the worms and bacteria with fresh

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books, compost, gardens, health, healthyfood, internet, organic, soil, wellbeing,
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The Second Book of Job - poem

The Second Book of Job Darkness Past F is for fear the steps lead down through cobwebs and damp to a tomb underground through memories lost embedded in ice trials and torments from lovers of vice all that destroy you those icons of lethargy feed their projections on unconscious envy all that control you say love is too dear and build domination on unconscious fear

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alchemy, empathy, gardens, hope, humanism, institutional mind, meaningful poems, poems, politics, psychology, sociology, spirit, wisdom,
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Grow Your Own Fruit - Carol Klein

Grow Your Own Fruit is published by the RHS (Royal Horticultural society), and covers all aspects of choosing, propagating and protecting your fruit garden. # Hardcover: 224 pages # Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 1st Edition edition (5 Jan 2009) # Language English # ISBN-10: 1845334345 # ISBN-13: 978-1845334345 Nearly every purchaser has given the book 5 stars, so there! I have a

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books, diet, fruit, gardens, health, wellbeing,
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Renewable energy storage

A 5 megawatt Li-Ion battery storage facility has been opened in Oregon, U.S.A. It is only a demonstration project, as the cost of storing excess energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind generation is still not a practical solution. This demonstration is part of a micro-grid - a local grid that stores energy for the local community, and it can even provide power when the national grid

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batteries, environment, gardens, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar, solar storage,
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organics, soul and planet

On (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8174482.stm) the news  there is a report that organic foods show no benefit to the consumers compared what they call 'normal' foods. By "normal", they mean artificially fertilised, pest controlled etc. It seems typical of this fragmented age that the report doesn't even mention the planet or the human psyche and soul.  The organic movement started to

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biodiversity, Earth, gardens, organic, photos, soil, soul, wildlife,
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coral reef destruction, sand lizard revival

Climate change and coral reef destruction Current climate targets are not enough to save the world's coral reefs - and policymakers urgently need to consider the economic benefits they bring. Those are two of the conclusions from a UN-backed project aiming to quantify the financial costs of damaging nature. “ There's evidence that current levels of CO2 are already causing damage to reefs

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biodiversity, climate change, conservation, coral reefs, environment, gardens, lizards, popular science, wildlife,
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creating healthy eating habits for children

The site eatright.org has a section dedicated to childrens eating habits resources/for-kids They have identified a 3 part strategy to help children develop good habits and knowledge of healthy nutrition. This involves being with the parent(s) during all 3 stages of food from the shop (or garden) to the table. 1. Involving the children in the decisions one makes at the food store. What is a

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children, diet, education, featured, gardens, health, lifestyle, wellbeing,
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cosmological standard model news

It's about time there was an upset in theoretical physics. Sadly, the cosmological standard model seems to have become dogma in much the same way as other theories over the millenia.  Several news stories, a positive flurry in fact, have emerged over the last few month:   Dark matter theory challenged by gassy galaxies result 25 February 2011 Dark matter may solve 'radio filaments' mystery

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astronomy, cosmology, dark matter, galaxies, gardens, photos, physics,
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Diet and obesity

Research reported by cell.com: http://bit.ly/1MrvqJy shows that not all types of calorie restriction are equal. Cutting fat intake resulted in greater fat reduction in the participants than cutting carbohydrates. In the reduced fat intake diet, calories were metabolised by both fat and carbohydrate sources in equal measure. This is interesting research, but hardly prescribes a full solution for

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diet, exercise, featured, gardens, health, obesity, wellbeing,
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Herbs for health

Forget the adverts telling you to buy so and so for your health. There are many health benefits in ordinary herbs and spices (not to mention ordinary foods). A few examples: Turmeric: Reputedly Turmeric can help lower cholesterol and event prevent bad cholesterol from building up in the future. Cayenne Pepper: can help stimulate your metabolism, circulation and digestion. For your

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Mud, glorious dirt ... and healthy bacteria

As sales of multivitamins declines, 'bio' foods like yogurt are increasing, despite the adverse publicity for dairy foods in general. There is also concern that excessively sterile homes may handicap children, through a lack of exposure to relatively harmless germ that trigger the child's immune system. "Of course, we humans eat a lot less dirt than we used to.  In fact, our excessively

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bacteria, environment, food, gardens, health, immune system, wellbeing,
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Soil Association Organic September

In the UK, the Soil Association, our largest accreditor of truly organic standards of food production, is promoting http://www.soilassociation.org/organicseptember to introduce more people to organic food. Food grown in a manner that supports the health / wellbeing of both people and planet Organic sales are steadily growing by around 5% a year in the UK. While spending on food overall is

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agriculture, biodiversity, environment, food, gardens, health, organic, Social media, wellbeing,
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Flowers fruit and veg
Growing watercress at home
mixed border flowers are weeds
blue garden flowers
Flowers in Pasture
photos of cottages gardens flowers
cottage garden flowers and wild flowers
Crabapple blossom
Horse Chestnut tree and blossom
Annual Garden Flowers

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