The Tasty Weed-Like Desert Raisin Plant

The Tasty Weed-like Desert Raisin Plant

The species Solanum centrale, also known as kutjera in several Aboriginal languages, or the desert raisin in English, stands out in Australia’s wild bush tomato family in more ways than one.

Growing Eggplants - Container Little Prince Eggplant

In this complete growing guide for growing eggplants, we show you how to grow eggplants in containers or pots. The Container Little Prince eggplant variety is an excellent eggplant variety by Renee's

Techniques For Communicating With Nature

Techniques For Communicating With NatureNature is just like us: it likes to be treated with respect, to be approached with an open heart and with care. Our energy fields will then come into harmony with one another and our intuitive perception will be enhanced.

Growing Potatoes the Lazy Way

This is a fantastic way to grow potatoes using minimal effort whilst both building soil and creating an abundance of tubers.

10 Organic Ways to Control Pests in the Garden

In this video, I show you my 10 top organic ways to get rid of pests in your garden. There's no need for harsh pesticides or chemicals just these simple tips to grow lots of fruit and vegetables! Support

Wheatgrass Health Benefits & Wheat Grass Growing Guide

In today's episode we look at wheatgrass and the benefits of using wheatgrass juice or wheatgrass powder to our health. We show you how easy it is to grow wheatgrass in your home in a container. In just

Growing Crossandra Sundance Firecracker Plant

In today's video, we look at how to grow the Crossandra Plant. We look at two plant vareities - the Sundance Crossandra which produces orange flowers and the Firecracker plant which produces red flowers.

Growing Beetroot or Beets In Your Vegetable Garden

Learn how to grow beets or beet root plants in your vegetable garden. We show you show to grow beets from seeds, how to transplant them to containers or raised beds, how to care for your beetroot plants.

How To Grow Bush Slicer Cucumbers

In today's episode we look at growing a compact, bush cucumber variety called bush slicer cucumber. Cucumber can be of vining type or bush type. This cucumber is a bush type, compact cucumber variety

The "Back to Eden" Method of Permaculture Gardening

In our continuing quest to experiment with a multitude of permaculture techniques, this time we decided to construct a Back to Eden style garden bed... and in doing so, also prevented desertification!

Instant Raised Garden Beds by Flipping Sod

Help support our channel: https://www.patreon.com/backtoreality After a long and difficult summer, we're finally ready to give some garden updates. So let's start off with the changes we've been making

How To Grow Potatoes In Containers

Watch this method of growing potatoes and a big harvest - in containers with a well draining potting mix like ProMix HP or a mix of Peat Moss and Perlitte.

How To Grow Okra In Containers

In today's episode we show you how to grow an okra variety called Nombo Giant okra in containers. This okra variety produces giant sized pods and can be easily grown in containers. Growing okra is easy.

3 Ways Cities Can Help Feed The World

3 Ways Cities Can Help Feed The WorldClimate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors.

What Is The Best Garden Hose For Your Garden?

Find out the best garden hose for your home garden as we review different types of garden hoses and how they perform. From the folding garden hose to the traditional vinyl hose to the next generation

Connecting With Earth And Her Gifts

The Importance Of Connecting With Earth And Her GiftsThe opportunity to connect to Earth and her gifts in modern times is often waved away as a childish fantasy or an outdated practice, yet the impact of this disconnect is creating huge problems in our environment and mental health. To those who wave away our connectedness with Earth as a fantasy, I offer you an alternative way to consider these practices.

What Are City Bees' Favorite Flowers?

What Are City Bees' Favorite Flowers?
Planting more flowers is a great idea – but it is difficult to predict which flowers different insects will use the most, and whether enough flowers are being provided for them.

Is Rain Better Than Tap Water For Plants?

Is Rain Better Than Tap Water For Plants?
You might have noticed how bright green your plants look after rain. Or you may have been watering your garden this summer, over many hot days and weeks. So, which water is best for your plants? The stuff that falls out of the sky or the water that comes out of the tap?

Caring For The Wildlife In Your Garden On Hot Days

Caring For The Wildlife In Your Garden On Hot DaysLast night I was watering the garden with a hose. It is easy to see how stressed the plants are on a 38 degree day, but then I remembered that the animals in my garden need water too.

Should You Compost Your Dog's Poo?

Should You Compost Your Dog's Poo?

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 38% of Australian households owning dogs. Dogs improve the quality of our lives, and studies show that exposure to dogs can even improve our immune system.

Vertical Farming Sounds Fantastic Until You Consider Its Energy Use

Vertical Farming Sounds Fantastic Until You Consider Its Energy Use
A company in Scotland has unveiled what it claims is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. Intelligent Growth Solutions’ vertical farm uses artificial intelligence and specially designed power and communication technologies. The firm says this reduces energy costs by 50% and labour costs by 80%...

Spiders Scare Me, But I Also Find Them Fascinating

Spiders Scare Me, But I Also Find Them FascinatingEight schools in London have closed this month because of an infestation of spiders. The schools reported that they were concerned for the children’s well-being so they sent their pupils home – in one case for a whole month.

Wasps, Aphids And Ants And The Other Honey Makers

Wasps, Aphids And Ants And The Other Honey Makers
There are seven species of Apis honey bee in the world, all of them native to Asia, Europe and Africa. Apis mellifera, the western honey bee, is the species recognised globally as “the honey bee”. But it’s not the only insect that makes honey. Many other bee, ant and wasp species make and store honey. Many of these insects have been used as a natural sugar source for centuries by indigenous cultures around the world.

Do Butterflies Remember Being Caterpillars?

Do Butterflies Remember Being Caterpillars?It is highly unlikely that a butterfly or moth remembers being a caterpillar. However, it may well remember some experiences it learned as a caterpillar.

That fact in itself is especially amazing because inside the pupa (or chrysalis), the caterpillar actually turns to liquid as it transforms into a butterfly or moth (the adult stage).

Why You Can Smell Rain

Why You Can Smell Rain
When those first fat drops of summer rain fall to the hot, dry ground, have you ever noticed a distinctive odor? I have childhood memories of family members who were farmers describing how they could always “smell rain” right before a storm. Of course rain itself...

Are They Watching You? Bees And Wasps Can Recognize Your Face

Are They Watching You? Bees And Wasps Can Recognize Your FaceRecognizing faces is essential for how we interact in complex societies, and is often thought to be an ability that requires the sophistication of the large human brain. But new evidence we published in Frontiers in Psychology shows that insects such as the honeybee (Apis mellifera) and the European wasp (Vespula vulgaris) use visual processing mechanisms that are similar to humans’, which enables reliable face recognition.

How To Make Your Garden Frog Friendly

How To Make Your Garden Frog Friendly
Many people forget that our gardens can be important havens for wildlife. But with ponds drying up, amphibians are losing out.

The Language of Flowers for the New Prince

The Language of Flowers for the New Prince
While you may be familiar with your zodiac sign and maybe even the precious stone associated with the month of your birth, did you know that The Language of Flowers shares with us blossoms connected with not only the month, but also the day and even land of your birth?

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity
When it is done properly, organic growing methods can deliver two to three times the yield of conventional methods. Of course if you take two fields and plant each with a monocrop, then the one without pesticides will do worse than the one with, but that isn't really what organic farming is.

Why Zombie Slugs Could Be The Answer To Gardeners' Woes

Why Zombie Slugs Could Be The Answer To Gardeners' WoesSlugs and snails are the bane of almost every vegetable planting gardener and farmer. Slugs in particular have voracious appetites and are relentless in eating stems, leaves and shoots.

5 Reasons Not To Spray The Bugs In Your Garden

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The weather is getting warmer, and gardens are coming alive with bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders.

This Common Herb Could Bring Bees Buzzing To Your Garden

This Common Herb Could Bring Bees Buzzing To Your GardenUnlike parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, marjoram missed out on a role in the classic song Scarborough Fair, made popular in the 1960s by Paul Simon. But it does have a key advantage over most herbs.

How Healthy Soils Make For A Healthy Life

How Healthy Soils Make For A Healthy Life

The next time you bite into an apple, spare a thought for the soils that helped to produce it. Soils play a vital role, not just in an apple’s growth, but in our own health too. The Conversation

Why Farmers May Want To Keep, Not Kill, Weeds

Why Farmers May Want To Keep, Not Kill, WeedsFarmers looking to reduce reliance on pesticides, herbicides, and other pest management tools may want to heed the advice of agricultural scientists: Let nature be nature—to a degree.

A Revolution Disguised As Organic Gardening

A Revolution Disguised As Organic GardeningIt is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Bill Mollison on Saturday, September 24 (1928-2016). He was one of the true pioneers of the modern environmental movement, not just in Australia but globally.

The Science Says Gardening Is Good For You

The Science Says Gardening Is Good For YouAs the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that forgotten patch of your backyard. This week we’ve asked our experts to share the science behind gardening. So grab a trowel and your green thumbs, and dig in.

Do Kids Who Grow Kale Eat Kale?

 If kids grow kale, do they eat it? U.S. Department of Agriculture, CC BY It’s back-to-school time in the United States, and for countless children across the nation, it’s also time to get back into the school garden.

Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens

community gardens 8 16On a recent Monday evening in Seattle’s Central District, a handful of people gathered to work on a community farm. They pulled weeds, talked about the best ways to string up tomatoes, checked the progress of the greens and beans, harvested radishes and planted wildflowers.

While Some Bees Are Workers And Others Born To Bee Free

While Some Bees Are Workers And Others Born To Bee FreeBees provide us with an invaluable service by pollinating plants, an indispensable part of natural and agricultural ecosystems. This is why declining bee populations are such a big concern.

What Makes Sunflowers Face The Sun?

What Makes Sunflowers Face The Sun?Plant biologists have discovered how sunflowers use their internal circadian clock, acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow.

Why Don't Plants Get Sunburn?

Why Don't Plants Get Sunburn?The one fact about plants that most people probably remember from school is that they use sunlight to make their own food. That process, photosynthesis, means that plants are dependent on sunlight.

How Your Garden Could Help Stop City Flooding

urban gardening1 5 14Urban flooding represents the most common yet severe environmental threat to cities and towns worldwide. Future changes in rainfall extremes are likely to increase this threat, even in areas that could become drier.

Five Creative Ways City Dwellers Can Still Grow Their Own

Five Creative Ways City Dwellers Can Still Grow Their OwnWith more people than ever living in cities, how do we reconcile our need for fresh fruit and vegetables with the challenges of life in an urban environment where the time and space for gardening are limited?

Organic Farming Techniques Are Closing Gap On Conventional Yields

Organic Farming Techniques Are Closing Gap On Conventional Yields

Some farmers have turned to less chemically-intensive techniques to reduce the negative impact of agriculture, such as organic farming, which has been shown to outperform conventional farming by many standards of environmental sustainability. The question is whether we can meet the demand for food, which is predicted to rise substantially in the next 50 years.

Home Growing Produces Ten Times the Food of Arable Farms

Home Growing Produces Ten Times the Food of Arable FarmsThe environmental and nutrient impact of our food choices had been on my mind for several weeks when a year-old article in the Telegraph recently came to my attention, prompting me to assemble the thoughts that had been gradually coalescing.

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mind As Well As Your Body

Why Gardening Is Good For Your Mind As Well As Your BodyMore than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is more than 70%. Yet contact with nature has numerous benefits for both our physical and mental health.

Preserving and Foraging: Depending on Nature for Food

Depending on Nature for Food: Preserving and ForagingLife, for foragers, can be more secure for the simple fact that they understand crop failures happen. Thus, we learn not to depend wholly on one type of food. The lovely thing about foraging is that there are always alternatives. In nature, there are usually plenty of options, and all of them are free.

Helping Plants Fight Off Pathogens By Enhancing Their Immune Systems

Helping Plants Fight Off Pathogens By Enhancing Their Immune SystemsMost people have never heard of Norman Borlaug. He is, thus far, the only agricultural scientist ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His work in the development of high-yielding and disease-resistant cereal crops saved more than one billion (yes, billion) people from starvation.

Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready

The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don’t have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project.The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don’t have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project.

The Wonder of Worms In The Garden

The Wonder of Worms In The GardenThe key characteristic of the loving landscape is healthy, living soils which foster plant and animal health without artificial inputs. Compost, mulch and worms form the holy trinity of organic soil health.

Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?

Urban Farming Is Booming, But What Does It Really Yield?Midway through spring, the nearly bare planting beds of Carolyn Leadley’s Rising Pheasant Farms, in the Poletown neighborhood of Detroit, barely foreshadow the cornucopian abundance to come. It will be many months before Leadley is selling produce from this one-fifth-acre plot.

Back to the Garden: Mulch, Mulch, and More Mulch

Back to the Garden: Mulch, Mulch, and More MulchBoth compost and mulch foster the life of the soil, and both are important components of the loving landscape. Sometimes they are confused for one another, but they are quite different animals.  Compost, which we talked about last week, is more nutrient rich than mulch. It’s full of life, and inoculates soil with that life.

Just What Does The Loving Landscape Look Like?

Just What Does The Loving Landscape Look Like?So, let’s say we want to play nice with the rest of nature. Let’s say we want public parks, yards and gardens which exist for more than show, spaces which support a diversity of life, steward our resources wisely and are a joy to the eye. We’ve got to change the existing lifeless paradigm of lawn and hedge and disposable annual flowers.

Can Planting Flowers Help Bees Fight Parasites?

Can Planting Flowers Help Bees Fight Parasites?A growing body of research suggests some animals may derive medicinal benefit from plant chemistry, and perhaps even seek out these chemicals when sick. Could naturally occurring plant chemicals in flowers be part of a solution to the worrying declines of wild and managed bees?

The Miracles Created by Nature (and Goats)

The Miracles Created by Nature (and Goats)The Posey homestead probably wouldn't strike most Americans as a vision of paradise. We lived on dunes dotted with creosote and mesquite bushes, cactus and yucca. Mostly, the land was bare sand. We had seven or eight inches of total precipitation a year...

The First Step of Foraging: Know What Grows Where

The First Step of Foraging: Know What Grows WhereWhen foraging, as with gardening, it is important to know what is available where one lives. The best way to forage is to simply get outside, slow down and walk around, listening and looking. This is really the only way to get to know an area, but when driving anywhere, we will...

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