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If you have been saving seeds from that special veggie and would like to share some with others, list your seeds on the Network. Whether you are offering them for free to replenish another’s lost stock, or would like to trade for something else to add to your collection, just list your terms in the ad along with your contact information, and swap away!

Seed Lady is designed to be a horizontally integrated platform for individual seed sharers to reach out across the globe with their precious seed resources, in order to combat growing corporate control over our food supply, starting with the seed.

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By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

Garden like your life depends on it – because it does!

In this age of rampant contamination of our food supply by pesticides, toxic sludge, radiation, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as increasing regulations restricting family farmers and people that merely want to use the space in their yards for something useful such as growing food, we would all do well to start learning how to plant a garden, and save the seeds from those crops for future plantings and to share with neighbors and friends so that if one person gets shut down, then others can share their saved seeds and the garden can be started right back up again.

This is guerrilla warfare using seeds as weapons of mass deliverance.  (more…)

Source: RootSimple.com

Root Simple

Today, something for our apartment homesteaders. If you’ve got a patch of sun and want to grow some food crops container gardening is the way to go.

But container gardening has several drawbacks. Containers dry out quickly and if you forget to water, especially with vegetables, you can easily kill your plants. In fact inconsistent watering is probably the number one cause of container plant failure. Container gardening also uses a lot of water and can be messy, as the excess water flows out of the bottom of your pots leaving muddy stains on decks and balconies.

Thankfully, there is an elegant solution in the form of self watering containers. The principle is simple. Rather than having a hole in the bottom of the pot, there is instead a reservoir of water. Potting soil is suspended above the water reservoir by means of a perforated barrier. Circular “wicking chambers” reach down into the reservoir and draw water up to the plant’s roots. The reservoir is refilled by means of a pipe that comes out of the top of the pot and the soil in the pot is covered with a layer of plastic that acts as mulch. Depending on how deep the water reservoir is, it’s possible to go many days without having to add water. This arrangement, combined with the mulch layer on top prevent wasteful over-watering that can occur with conventional pots.

Best of all, while commercially made self watering containers such as the Earthbox® are available, it’s possible to build your own with these detailed instructions (warning–long pdf) by Josh Mandel. Or take a look at our how-to video:

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Portable Farms

• No need to water your plants because a Portable Farms™ Aquaponics System uses a timed cycle to circulate the water throughout the system so the plants constantly receive a fresh supply of warm, nutrient-laden water.

• No soil is necessary. Your plants grow in trays filled with gravel or river rock.

• No weeding is necessary, just regular harvesting and replanting.

• No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers are necessary.

• No antibiotics or hormones are necessary.

• The Portable Farms™ Aquaponics System can be Solar or Wind Powered.

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Barb's Indoor Tomato Plants

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

I decided to grow tomato plants indoors this year, as the growing season in my neck of the woods is 37 days, and even then we get enough frost to kill the hardiest tomato plant long before the tomatoes are ripe.

The problem I am facing is little flying bugs that are making life miserable. So, I went to the net to find a homemade recipe that will rid us of this pesky problem and found the following article:

eHow

Natural bug and worm repellents for tomato plants are growing in popularity as people become more aware of the toxins in traditional products. Nothing is more discouraging than to go out to your garden and find those big green hornworms munching away on your beautiful tomatoes! The same goes for some of the primary pesky bugs like aphids, thrips, spider mites, whiteflies, and leafhoppers that devour the plant and leaves overnight or leave it looking half dead. There are probably things in your kitchen or bathroom right now that will work efficiently to make a natural repellent. READ MORE…

The recipe I am trying is this one:

~~Use Baking Soda~~

Mix up 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon mild detergent and 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil in a gallon of water to make a repellent for all kinds of bugs as well as a fungicide for blight and mildew on the tomato plant leaves. Shake it well before spraying and repeat every week for it to be effective.

I just sprayed the plants, and already see a decrease in the flying bug population so thought I would share.

Happy winter gardening!

Barb