Sunday, February 16, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Free app test your garden with Mysoil app
mySoil App | Growing our knowledge
App | Growing our knowledgemySoil gives you access to a comprehensive European soil properties map within a single app. Discover what lies beneath your feet and help us to build a community dataset by submitting your own soil information.
Nogbad the bad
PartnershipmySoil has been made possible through collaboration with several major research organisations, including:
European coverageDiscover the latest soil mapping data from across Europe.
More detailed data is available for UK.
Soil informationLearn more about the soil beneath your feet with up-to-date information; including soil pH, texture, depth, organic matter and temperature.
Citizen sciencemySoil need your help!
Join our growing community by submitting your own soil data to help us better understand this precious resource.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Free online Permaculture Design Course
FREE PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
Complete Online Self-Paced Program
Learn from World-Class Instructors
Complete 72+ Hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course Covers:
- Natural building construction
- Pattern observation and site analysis
- Renewable energy and appropriate technology
- Reading the land and natural cycles
- Rainwater harvesting and conservation
- Soil regeneration and land restoration
- Passive and active solar design
- Food forests, trees, and garden design
- Greywater considerations and system design
- Business and financial permaculture
- Waste recycling and treatment
- Urban permaculture for sustainable cities
- ...and much, much more!
Course Instructor: Larry Korn (translator of Fukuoka's book One Straw Revolution) and other world-class teachers.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Utopia - Wislawa Szymborska R.I.P. ( Poems )
with branches disentangled since time immermorial.
sprouts by the spring called Now I Get It.
the Valley of Obviously.
and eagerly explain all the secrets of the worlds....
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Reforestation of City Space Milan, Italy
Stefano Boeri has a different approach in his Vertical forest, Bosque Vertical
for apartment blocks in Milan, Italy.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
William and Catherine Christmas Caganers
Christmas in Cataluna sees the addition of two new Caganer figurine figures for your christmas nativity scene,
Prince William and Catherine (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
Here they are shown wearing their wedding outfits, and having assumed the position of the pooping caganer.
See previous post on Obama Caganer here to learn about the tradition of this fertility symbol.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Caga Tió - Christmas in Catalunya, Spain
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Fira de la Poma L'Armentera 2011
Cartell 2011 obra d'Inés Bordas
Friday, July 22, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Flor de Temps Girona 2011 - Flower festival
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Piquancy in salad leaves
Prunus Cerasifera pissardii flowers
Friday, April 08, 2011
Bats in the mediterranean garden.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Primavera peeps through Mediterranean winter
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Achatina Fulica Giant snail invades Spain
Achatina Fulica the east african giant snail is now resident in Andalusia in southern Spain. As if we don't have enough snails of our own. This invader is known to carry several parasites which are dangerous to humans who should avoid contact with the pest. The snail should never be eaten without intensive cleaning. Consumption has proven fatal to animals.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
GM lobby opens door to EU food chain
Relaxing the EU's zero-tolerance position would greatly benefit US feed exporters. The push for Europe to drop its zero-tolerance policy began in 2009 after EU authorities found traces of GM maize in soy shipments from the US and refused to allow its entry. Such recalls are expensive and those affected are unlikely to receive compensation.
GM supporters warn that the current zero-tolerance policy could result in a dramatic shortage of feed for livestock. But critics dismiss the claims as scaremongering and say there is no evidence to back up them up.
"This is a solution without a problem, and the price could be very high indeed when unknown genetically modified organisms are let loose in the food chain," said Eve Mitchell, food policy adviser at Food and Water Europe, a campaign group.
"Rather than ignoring EU food safety laws to help the US soy industry cut costs, we should simply buy the stuff from countries that segregate their GM properly. If it hasn't been tested, why eat it?"
Many of the GM crops, notably soy and maize, that have been found in animal feed imported into Europe are resistant to multiple herbicides. Critics blame these new GM crops for the recent rise of "super weeds" across vast tracts of the US farm belt.
Friends of the Earth Europe said it had obtained expert legal advice questioning the legality of the EU's plan. But European regulators believe that allowing the import of animal feed containing no more than 0.1% of GM traces does not jeopardise food security.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Repairing garden hand tools - Mattock
This post illustrates how to fix the wooden shaft onto the head of the various garden tools that are sold in Spain, in this case a mattock. The metal wedge which secures the shaft is called a cuña heirro forjado.
If you have to buy a new shaft for your garden hand tools, a good garden tip passed onto me by a blacksmith or farrier; is to rub up and down the handle with a hammer head or metal shaft, thereby flattening the grain and polishing the handle. A light coat of linseed oil will help keep the handle weather proof and comfortable in the hand.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Grafting citrus fruits -
If you like us are still praying that the winter has been kind to your citrus, here is something you could achieve if you master the green art of grafting. The citrus tree in the picture carries 81 different varieties of fruit, all grafted by Joe Real the owner of the tree. Read his description of what he has achieved and see further photographs by clicking on the link.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Winter weather weary, bring on Spring
Madrid (EP) .- The General Directorate of Civil Defense and Emergencies of the Ministry of Interior warned by minimum temperatures "many areas of the country" and "especially" in Catalonia.
Thus, Civil Protection warns that the minimum temperatures are very cold in many parts of the country and which may extend to -10 degrees Celsius to the regions of Catalonia.
Estate agents when selling you a house often tell you that,
Whilst sitting on your patio you can pick your own lemon for your Gin and tonic...
They never tell you that you can take the ice from the swimming pool to chill your Gin and tonic too!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We bought a juicer and have been playing around with recipes with both fruit and vegetables for their health promoting benefits; but today we have been outclassed.