Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Reconsidering The Lawn With Edible Estates

Landscaping as we generally think of it today didn’t become popular until around the 1700′s. Manicured lawns, perfectly shaped shrubbery, greenery and colorful plants – plus water waste, high water bills and inefficient yard space that can work against a home’s efficiency. Not to mention the upkeep, and all for a lawn that provides mostly only an aesthetic benefit. However, this idea of a landscaped yard is a stark contrast from utilitarian views of the space, employed for centuries by farmers, home gardeners and budget conscious residents. Today, the lawn is one of the many areas that are being given a second look… read more

1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

Pumpkins are versatile and as with most produce, it has a variety of uses. They can be cooked, used for skincare and the remaining shell, if not kept for decoration, can be turned into compost. Though any organically grown pumpkin can be used for skincare, if it will be eaten choose a ripe pumpkin that is intended for cooking and consuming. These are often referred to as sugar pumpkins or cheese pumpkins and their flesh will be sweeter, creamier and not as stringy as ornamental varieties. Better Homes and Gardens has a quick guide on measurements to consider for substituting fresh pumpkin for canned,… read more

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assesses that 842 million people across the globe suffer from hunger, which is 12% of the world’s population. More than 70% of those who do not have regular access to healthy foods reside in rural parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of 6 people does not have enough food to eat. 2 billion people are deficient in vital micronutrients. Women account for 60% of those who suffer from devastating hunger. It is estimated that worldwide 26% of children do not develop… read more

The Culinary Lavender

The Culinary Lavender

A fragrant shrub, lavender has tons of uses from medicinal to its effectiveness in aromatherapy. Lavender contains phytonutrients and has benefits when applied topically, inhaled or ingested. Lavender also has many culinary applications. The tops of the flowers can be sprinkled on foods, added in batters and desserts or infused in beverages. Ingesting consumable lavender can ease an upset stomach and aid other digestive problems. It may also benefit the skin’s complexion. Taken orally it can relieve anxiety, calm the mind and help induce sleep. The following recipes provide some ideas on how to add lavender to beverages and food to enhance… read more

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

If you need a little assistance here and there, have specific gardening questions or just need a place to start, it’s nice to have some tools on hand. There are tons of products, apps and other resources aimed at making gardening easier for the average person. A relatively new concept called OpenFarm seeks to up the usefulness factor of gardening related information. Rory Aronson has come up with idea to develop a large-scale gardening guide database. Recently funded on Kickstarter, OpenFarm lets users check out everything from soil and growing conditions to plant and crop how-tos. Check out the video. What makes… read more

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

If you have ever spent way too much on minimal and sub-par groceries, especially produce and beef, you might want to change the way you shop. Joining a food cooperative is an increasingly popular option for purchasing food. Co-ops help format sustainable relationships that are good for you, the community and the service providers that make our foods. Records state that cooperatives date back to as early as 1761 in Scotland with the organization of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society, and consumer co-op numbers worldwide are now perhaps in the millions. Local food is better in terms of freshness and nutrition, and… read more

The Earthworm Advantage

The Earthworm Advantage

Forget high-tech machinery and farm implements. Earthworms themselves are the equivalent of countless inventories of agricultural equipment, compliments of Mother Nature. Vermiculture, or worm cultivation, uses sustainable farming techniques and efficient ways of turning waste into benefit, naturally. Worms eat up what we might consider waste, consuming much of what we just scrape off our dinner plates. They aerate the soil and compost waste organically, helping the soil afterwards. This effect is circular of course, since better soil equals healthier plants which lends to more nutritious meals, and so on. This do it yourself video shows simple steps for creating an… read more

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

Robust Radishes

Robust Radishes

Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae family that also includes cabbages and mustards. Some research suggests that eating radishes may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer, and radishes are also a source of important nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. Radishes are a great diet food. An entire cup of them sliced provides just 19 calories. They’re commonly eaten raw in salads and sandwiches and with dipping vegetables, but they can be lightly sautéed as well. Radish greens, which are also highly nutritious, can be added to salads or soups or lightly sautéed. Radishes grow… read more