Did you know that the air within your home could be eerily similar to that of a space station? The connecting factor is this – the stagnant air, both in your home and the space station, can be a breeding ground for sickness. And seeing as how most people spend about 90% of their time inside, it’s easy to see how this could be a problem! Breathing contaminated air can not only irritate your nasal passages, but it can also cause headaches and sleeping problems.
Stevia rebaudiana is a tender perennial which is considered to be native to Brazil & Paraguay in the genus Stevia of the sunflower family and is commonly known as Sweet herb or sugar leaf.
Stevia is grown for its sweet leaves that contain Steviol glycosides e.g Stevioside & rebaudioside and is considered to have 300 times more sweetness than sugar & declared non-glycemic that do not affect the blood sugar level in patients having diabetes. The name Sweet herb was given by South Americans who had long been using its leaf to sweeten teas & medicines since years.
One of the challenges for cool climate gardeners is the short growing season. It can seem like a race to get plants to maturity and ready for harvest in time before the frosts descend once more. One way to extend the growing season is to start crops indoors, on your windowsills, early in the year. That way, you can sow certain seeds long before your last frost date and improve your chances of a viable harvest. But plants grown inside require hardening off before planting out in your garden. Making a cold frame for your garden could be the perfect solution.
Medusomyces gisevii – this is how scientists call Kombucha or tea fungus. It bears a resemblance to a medusa with its dense light brown, sometimes pinkish jelly-like structure. From a biological point of view, it is not a fungus, not a medusa, or even a single organism, but it is a culture of bacteria and yeast.
In this guide, you can learn a little more about bees and the problems they face, and discover what you can do in your garden to help them (and yourself). You will learn about why natural beekeeping could be part of the solution for our honey bees, and some of the basics to help you get started with this useful and sustainable garden activity.
How you manage and conserve rainwater is one of the most important things in an organic garden. Fresh water is essential for our growing efforts. Whether you live in an arid area with low rainfall, or somewhere where rainfall is abundant, it always makes sense to pay attention to how you collect, store and use water in your garden.
There are many different ways to grow food in your garden. One of the most sustainable, productive and efficient ways to feed your household from your garden is to set up an aquaponics system.
By midwinter, most of the leaves from deciduous trees will have fallen to the ground. These leaves do not only drift across your garden making beautiful, natural patterns, they are also a valuable commodity – a boon that you can make use of to help grow other plants next year. They can be a key component in the success of a sustainable, organic garden. Here are some ways to make use of the fallen leaves in your garden: