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Agroecopolis fights for food security in Greece

Treehugger

One of its goals is to make Community Supported Agriculture programs legal in the country.

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Agroecopolis fights for food security in Greece

Why all is lost: Ford sells an F150 every 35 seconds

Treehugger

The future we want: Big trucks, big houses and big boats

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Why all is lost: Ford sells an F150 every 35 seconds

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes and Other Insects

Farmers Almanac

Which plants repel mosquitoes and other insects in the backyard and garden? Here’s a list of the best insect-repelling plants to use in your garden. It’s not just mosquitoes; gnats, biting flies, ants, and other pests can take the fun right out of any outdoor activity. Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, too, as there are many mosquito-borne diseases out there, including viruses such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue, and now Zika. Block Insect Scent Receptors…

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Watering Wisely in the Garden

Farmers Almanac

Let’s explore some smart ways to save water in the garden. An inch of water a week, is that too much to ask for? It doesn’t seem like much but that is the optimum amount for growing most vegetables and ornamentals. If you spread that inch of water out over a 10X10 foot space it equals 62 gallons! The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that right now 44% of the country is experiencing conditions that are abnormally dry or worse. What’s a gardener to do, especially when some…

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Plant Supports: It’s a Holdup!

Farmers Almanac

Now that your plants are up and growing, you’ll find that some of them need a little support. Encouraging sprawling plants to grow up will keep the fruit cleaner and make it easier to harvest along with giving the whole plant better exposure to the sun. A trellised plant can provide shade for a crop like lettuce that would appreciate a little break from the hot sun. Also, using vertical space gives you more room for planting, increasing the productivity of your garden plot. Different…

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Staying Ahead of Garden Pests

Farmers Almanac

Normally I don’t go looking for trouble, but it is the best way to head off potential problems in the garden. Keep your eyes open when you are weeding and you may be surprised by the kinds of pests you find. Look for telltale signs like holes in leaves, egg masses, and webs. Scouting for Pests Leaf miners tunnel between leaf layers in chard, spinach, lamb’s quarters, and beet greens leaving a light green meandering trail behind. Often you don’t notice them until you cook up the…

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How to Can Tomatoes

Farmers Almanac

By canning tomatoes, you can enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long! Here’s how to can tomatoes, step-by-step. First, when it comes to canning tomatoes for the rest of the year, I like to let my tomatoes get super-ripe on the vine. Farmers really don’t have this luxury, as the fruit becomes too easy to bruise at this stage. However, tomatoes will continue to ripen in the box or on the counter, so it’s best to purchase your…

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