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Why Citrus Fruit Drops and Flowers Fail to Develop Is your citrus tree dropping its fruit before they reach full size, or even worse, dropping the flowers before fruit even begin to form? Trees photosynthesise to produce carbohydrates such as sugars which they store as their energy source.

Sobering reading The sun is shining this Easter weekend and most folks in the U.K. are heading to an overcrowded beach in the rush to escape the cities, or consuming their body weight in mass produced chocolate eggs. Perhaps for our generation it has ever been thus. In this home the long weekend break is a little different.

Nunez services donates fence for permaculture project at Christian School Islander Juan Nunez, pictured here, donated his time to build the 400 linear feet of cedar post orchard fence needed to protect the new Seed to Seed permaculture farmstead at Orcas Christian School. Nunez and his wife Mindy run Nunez Services, which offers property maintenance services.

The Cultivator: Resilience Hub teaches skills that build community and sustainable landscapes Using old tools, sustainability concepts and lots of volunteers, the Resilience Hub is remaking public and private landscapes all around Portland, transforming manicured lawns into buffets of natural foods.

MindfulMay Hike & Flow with Aminah Aminah's popping up several Hike and Flow opportunities this #MindfulMay. Why? Because getting outdoors is healing and it's a wonderful time of year to bring the yoga practice outdoors and be inspired by nature. #optoutside #playforwellness. #MindfulMay Hike and Flow with Aminah.

May 9, Sarah Barfield Demand for sustainable, locally produced food is growing across the U.S. This movement has led to a resurgence in local farmer's markets, urban gardening, and farms utilizing sustainable soil practices guided by permaculture principles.

EmpathiKIDS Earth Day Pledge Earth Day is rapidly approaching and my heart is happy that this year more people than ever before celebrate our planet! First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries and more than 1 billion people identifying as Earthlings.

We make soil! Support the building of composting toilets It's believed that the first toilets for human waste were created in an ancient settlement in Scotland dating back to 3000 B.C. That's over 5000 years ago! Sadly enough, today approximately 2.4 billion people, or roughly one-third of the world's population still lack access to proper toilets.

Rosemary Morrow wins Alumni Award for International Achievement Rosemary told the university:. "I am convinced that everyone must know about global warming in order to take steps to prepare their lives. I believe this is a human right. So sometimes I am bitterly unhappy and other times deeply satisfied.

Barbara Jones and Isabella Tree at Weald and Downland Museum Author of Wilding - the return of nature to a British farm, Isabella Tree, will be speaking on Tuesday 7th May, 6.30 - 8pm, sharing the amazing story of the rewilding of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex where she lives with her husband, the environmentalist Charlie Burrell.

Back Forty Update I have been absent from the blog lately. April seems so frantic at work that when I get home I want to read a book or garden or do something creative with my hands or just sit on the porch, where we have lost the wifi signal. I definitely don't want to sit in front of a computer screen.

Speaker advocates "permaculture" farming IRON - Could northeastern Minnesota be growing more of its own food locally? According to Mark Shepard, of Restoration Agriculture Development, it's not a question of could, it's a question of must. "We don't need more studies," Shepard said as he delivered the keynote address at the annual Iron Range Earth Fest, held here this past weekend.

For Melbourne Australia readers - Monash Climate Change Survey The Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub are running a column under Leader Local Newspapers, featuring local climate stories from everyone across Melbourne to help improve how we understand climate change. Changing Climates will be the first dedicated climate column in Australian newspapers.

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture – Item of the Day Today's TSP Amazon Item of the day is Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway. I am often asked where to start with Permaculture and quite often by people with small properties. This is THE BOOK to get for that first step. Gaia's Garden is what I would call very approachable.

Starting from Scratch I've finally moved into the new cottage in Bourke, currently being name tested as 'Foxleigh Farm,' only got to spend two nights there before returning to Sydney and Ngarlga Cottage for the holidays. The difference could not be more extreme. The property in Sydney is a beautiful green chaos of perennial goodness.

20 Flowers You Can Eat The famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once said "just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." When you grow flowers in your garden, you will have many little flowers. And to your surprise you may find that many are in fact edible.

Identifying and Growing Edible Aloe Vera Aloe vera is a hardy succulent semi-tropical plant which is native to North Africa and the SW Arabian Peninsula, but at the present time can almost be found worldwide. It's a very tough plant which will grow in poor soil and hot, dry sunny locations, but can also be grown as an indoor plant in a near a window with bright natural light.

How To Grow Beans For Drying This past season we grew enough purple bush beans to eat fresh and save a bunch for drying and eating in winter. As we've got limited space, it's not enough to supply all our needs, but we like trying new things each year and thought we'd experiment with how much we could do.

Permablitz garden transformation for suburban renters This community-led garden transformation shows it is possible for renters to create a productive and beautiful backyard. The Ballarat Permaculture Guild held a 'permablitz' at Elise Sullivan and Gary Brown's Lake Wendouree rental home on Sunday.

Make Your Own Comfrey Tincture My comfrey plants are powering away in the garden, so it's time to divide the comfrey into several new cuttings and make a few products. Comfrey is propagated from root cuttings, crown divisions, and transplants. On a waning moon, push a shovel vertically down next to the comfrey, then wiggle it under the plant.

Lopsided Lemon This is concerning and something I've been afraid of happening for a long time. Asymmetrical fruit is a symptom of citrus greening, a bacterial infection threatening citrus worldwide. Attracting wasps and hornets to eat the flies that spread the disease has been successful in my garden so far.

Achieving The Impossible: Growing Food In The High Arctic Ben Vidmar is an American chef and entrepreneur living in the wild Arctic desert of Svalbard, half-way between Norway and the North Pole. He has adopted a Permaculture concept to feed his family - and the whole community.

Quail Springs' Focus on Permaculture Living on this 450 acres in California's high desert is complex, with a farm, a greenhouse, composting toilets, yurts, naturally crafted buildings, 11 staff members, a handful of interns who come and go, and lots of outdoor space. Permaculture is at the heart of everything that's done there.

What is a Permaculture Convergence? If you've never been to one then you're missing out - but missing out on what!? What is a convergence? I've been working at the Permaculture Association for almost 5 years now. This September's national convergence near Oxford will be the sixth convergence I've been to.

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