Denver, CO—Nokero International, LLC today announced the launch of an ultra-efficient solar light bulb, the N182, billed as the world’s most affordable LED solar light bulb.Twice the brightness but two thirds the size of previous N180 model, Nokero’s latest design utilizes the highest efficacy LED, a radically redesigned circuit board, and a cost-effective solar panel. Nokero’s launch of […]
In 2006, Austin, Texas, became the first city in the country to ban a commonly used pavement sealant over concerns that it was a major source of cancer-causing compounds in the environment. Eight years later, the city’s action seems to have made a big dent in the targeted compounds’ levels — researchers now report that […]
Did you know that you can start planning towards a brilliant organic garden at any time of the year? Or that the best way of organically controlling insect attacks is to pick them off by hand? These are just two tips which you may be interested to know if you are planning your own organic garden. But if […]
It can be awkward trying to explain to a parent or grandparent what a search engine is. What does it search for? Is it like a book? How does it work? Try unraveling the concept of a self-driven Google pod. A search engine running a car? An electric car concept that doesn’t need oil-based fuels […]
Matt Leacy shares his top ideas to entertain your guests outdoors this summer
Get the most out of this year’s radiant summer and outdoor entertaining by following garden guru Matt Leacy, from Landart Landscapes, tips on creating gardens that are both edible and beautiful for the end of year party season, and Christmas Day celebrations.
Whether it’s a simple get-together with friends, or a joyous banquet with the whole family, Matt has come up with these smart and easy gardening ideas to help your garden produce edible and decorative props to be enjoyed over the coming months.
1. Potted mint
Growing mint by seed can be painfully tricky so head to your local nursery for inexpensive seedlings. Once it’s under way, and with regular water and a little shade, mint will grow vigorously, so pots are the best option – and will ensure that surrounding plants aren’t overtaken or destroyed.
With just a little TLC you will have flourishing mint all summer long to garnish your classic lemonades, iced teas, watermelon salads or to shred through jugs of mojitos.
2. Grow rocket yourself – at home
Baby rocket is ideal to have on hand in your garden for summer salads, to add crunch to sandwiches and as a great side dish. Baby rocket is sweet and nutty as opposed to grown rocket which is often quite spicy. The advantage of growing rocket at home is that it grows extremely quickly, and is also easy to grow from seed.
Simply sprinkle the seeds on soil, lightly cover with seed-raising mix and water gently for a moist start to some healthy salad greens.
Summer can’t go wrong with a light rocket, watermelon and pine nut salad as a tantalising entrée.
3. Plant tomatoes in the sunshine
Red and juicy tomatoes are always a crowd pleaser, particularly when it comes to fresh salads, pasta sauce or just a healthy summer snack. And home grown tomatoes that have soaked up plenty of sunshine are always so much more full of flavor than store bought tomatoes that have often been stored in cool rooms.
Lots of strong and direct sunlight will also help make tomatoes nice and stocky. Planted now you will be harvesting a good haul of garden fresh tomatoes before Christmas.
Enjoy weekend brunches of bruschetta – using your diced red tomatoes, mixed with olive oil and placed on top of toasted crunchy break, then garnish with a bit of basil (also from your garden!) to be transported to the hills of Tuscany….
4. Use versatile lillypillies for festive gardening
While lillypillies are hardy and generally easy to maintain they can be prone to pests and diseases, especially psyllids, so check for any deformed new growth, little lumps or spots before you buy, and check regularly once you have your plant at home. A quick wipe or spray with White Oil insecticide will cure most issues for lillypillies. Syzygium leuhmanii is completely psyllid resistant.
Lillypilly hedging and topiary are perfect for low maintenance and quick growing ornamental decoration in gardens with lillypillies providing anything from a vibrant pink to creamy white flowers and red, purple or white berries for an added festive feel to garden settings, ensuring lillypillies are an ideal addition to all outdoor entertaining areas. They also grow well in pots as well as garden beds, adding to their versatility.
5. Grow your own Christmas tree
Wollemi Pines are a great option for an authentic and very merry Christmas vibe around the house and garden. By having your own native Christmas tree, not only will you not need to buy another one next year, but you will also be helping conserve a unique endangered species as the Wollemi Pine is one of the world’s oldest and rarest trees and was discovered in Australia.
The look and shape of the Wollemi Pine is perfect for a decorated Christmas tree, or for something less traditional try another Australian native the bottle brush (decorated with garlands wound through the branches, already festooned with festive red bottle brush flowers), or prune a lillypilly into a cone Christmas tree shape.
For a softer fuller looking Christmas native. Try Adenanthos sericeus. Native to Western Australia, it looks a bit like a pine tree but is as cuddly as a teddy bear.
A new breed of super hero is set to inspire a green generation of children to save the world from climate change. (www.theecoheroes.com) Created by UK duo Dave Robinson and Stephen Parkinson, the Eco Heroes show how easy it is to become an Eco Hero and improve the environment where you live. Using […]
A natural history of the bahaviour & qualities of the bee. The story of the bee begins an impressive 100 million years ago alongside the evolution of bright colourful flowers that they were able to feed on in exchange for their pollination services. Now, bees are found across the world, and the twenty thousand or so […]
Up and down the country people are preparing to take part in Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June 2014), so what better way to make a difference in your local community than by brightening up a building or two? Every day there are groups across the UK doing just that – by making the most […]
Food Freedom News
Last year, at the G8 Summit held at Camp David, President Obama met with private industry and African heads of state to launch the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a euphemism for monocultured, genetically modified crops and toxic agrochemicals aimed at making poor farmers debt slaves to corporations, while destroying the ecosphere for profit.
And Bono, of the rock group U2, is out shilling for Monsanto on this one.
It’s phase 2 of the Green Revolution. Tanzania, Ghana, and Ethiopia are the first to fall for the deception, with Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other African nations lining up for the “Grow Africa Partnership,” under Obama’s “Global Agricultural Development” plan.
In Obama Pitches India Model of GM Genocide to Africa, Scott Creighton writes:
But African civil society wants no part of this latest Monsanto aligned ‘public private partnership.’ Whatever will the progressives do now that their flawless hero has teamed up with their most hated nemesis to exploit an entire continent like they did to India not that long ago?
With a commitment of $3 billion, Obama plans to ‘partner up’ with mega-multinationals like Monsanto, Diageo, Dupont, Cargill, Vodafone, Walmart, Pepsico, Prudential, Syngenta International, and Swiss Re because, as one USAID representative says ‘There are things that only companies can do, like building silos for storage and developing seeds and fertilizers.’
Of course, that’s an outrageous lie. Private citizens have been building their own silos for centuries. But it’s true that only the biowreck engineers will foist patented seeds and toxic chemicals on Africa.
Bono says that there has to be a ‘public private partnership’ in order to get this done and that they are going to be using the ideas of the African people and farmers. Really? This is what the African farmers say to that…
‘We request that: – governments, FAO, the G8, the World Bank and the GAFSP reconsider their promotion of Public/Private Partnerships which, as they are now conceived, are not suitable instruments to support the family farms which are the very basis of African food security and sovereignty.’ African Civil Society Organizations
I wonder if that could be any clearer. They don’t WANT the public private partnerships involved in this process…. It’s not enough that huge mega-corporations are bleeding the nations of Africa dry by sucking the valuable mineral resources out of their hills. No. As Bono says about the development in Africa:
‘They’re future consumers for the United States. The president is talking business. This is good. It’s a whole new development paradigm today. The old donor/recipient relationship… it’s over.’
World Land Trust Raises One Million Pounds To Save Orang-utans’ Threatened Habitat In Bornean Rainforest
World Land Trust (WLT), the international conservation charity, today announced they have successfully raised one million pounds to save the rainforest home of Orang-utans and other endangered wildlife in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain of Sabah, Borneo. The announcement was made during World Land Trust’s 25th Anniversary event, entitled ‘Saving Paradise: An Acre-by-Acre Journey’,which took place […]