Learning resilience from Peru’s ancient civilisations

As the UN’s COP 20 climate negotiations in Lima slowly progressed last month, I went on a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a valley close to Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. I wanted to see how climate change is already affecting the Peruvian Andes. … Continue reading Learning resilience from Peru’s ancient civilisations

Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway

By Jan Spencer This is the third blog describing the 15-year transformation of our quarter-acre suburban property. The previous blogs describe the site in more detail, along with reasons for making these changes, both practical and political. Another blog describes turning the garage into a living space, grass to garden and creating a food hedge … Continue reading Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway

Seed-Buying Tips from a Professional Seedsman

By The Natural Gardening Company The Seed Industry’s Annual Cycle Like the crops you grow at home, most commercially available seeds are planted in the spring, grow during the summer, and are harvested and cleaned in the fall. After cleaning and processing, the seeds are tested for germination and purity to insure they meet certain … Continue reading Seed-Buying Tips from a Professional Seedsman

Crops can do their own weed control

Research from the University of Copenhagen now suggests that the war on weeds can be conducted more sustainably by adjusting sowing patterns and crop density. In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment. On the other hand, organic farmers enlist machines to battle unwanted growth. … Continue reading Crops can do their own weed control