Say what? According to Tero Isokauppila, an expert in the world of all things mushroom. Tero is from Finland and grew up on the organic family farm that’s in it’s 13th generation. He says that about 10 years ago scientists figured out that we actually come from mushrooms, not plants. About 1.3 billion years ago mushrooms came from the sea and were the first things to come to dry land. So these mushrooms were living beings that were eating rocks and creating soil. We as humans are part of the same super kingdom because they breathe oxygen like we do and expel Co2.
Most cultures originally were mushroom friendly, but then some [...]
I’m beginning this article with a confession: I’ve never had a “green thumb.” In fact, I couldn’t keep plants alive if my life depended on it. Until, that is, I learned how to create an indoor garden. This works for me for a few reasons:
➀ I forget about my plants, so unless they are right under my nose, I won’t remember to water them. (Thank goodness I don’t have this problem with my dog!)
➁ An indoor garden doesn’t require a lot of real estate or resources to start – just an area you’re willing to devote to your garden and the natural light (or an artificial lighting system) to grow your leafy goodness.
➂ It’s very rewarding, especially if you are like me and [...]
Think foraging is only reserved for people like Bear Grylls or extreme outdoorsy types? Turns out it’s coming to a city near you.
Food forests are something like a community garden combined with a public park. They offer a nice place to spend time, but also are home to a ton of fruit-bearing trees and plants.
The key difference is that eventually these forests will be self-sustaining and won’t require any maintenance. This of course takes time, but several areas have already started getting the ball rolling.
The Beacon Food Forest in Seattle is already well underway in creating a space where members can freely forage in a lush edible forest. It is seven acres and [...]
Composting is key to a healthy, long-lasting vegetable garden. For the aspiring urban gardener, organic farmer, sustainable development consultant and agroecologist (someone who treats agricultural areas as ecosystems and considers what impact agricultural practices have on the environment) Scott Murray has some tips for better composting.
The Big Picture “Composting is taking a natural process and bringing it to a more compact form,” says Murray. Think of the forest floor: As leaves fall from trees, they generally land on the ground, moisture is added from rain and the leaves start to decompose and build the soil. If you’ve ever been to a spot where the leaves are really [...]