Natural extracts from pepper, wild rue and clove can activate defenses against pathogens in tomato plants
European Journal of Plant Pathology
September 2017, Volume 149, Issue 1, pp 89–101

what you can do with a load of prunings!

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Art, Craft & Architecture

Gorgeous Massive Sculptures by Patrick Dougherty
Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn about primitive techni...ques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material.
Beginning about 1980 with small works, fashioned in his backyard, he quickly moved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental site-specific installations that require sticks by the truckload.
To date he has built over two hundred such massive sculptures all over the world.
His home base is his handmade house of log in Chapel Hill, NC where he lives with his wife Linda and son Sam.,

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Beautiful but in the wild they're completely destroying the native forest understory. I.e. they eat nearly all the plants except a handful they don't like.

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Misty morning for the boys at Peel Forest Estate. Thanks to Mark Tapley for the photo.

Inspiring native plants from Isobel Gabites on RNZ NinetoNoon…/nineto…/galleries/coastal-gardens

Getting the best out of a few well chosen species is often the best approach in a small space. This means knowing what their needs are. These sun-demanding plants are clearly thriving in their sunny location.

Creation of a beautiful/bountiful tree!

When artist and professor Sam Van Aken was a kid, he first saw the process of bud or chip grafting trees, adding a budding branch to a host tree so that they join together. At the time, he thought it

At last! Hope you've not been fooled by bamboo

Four retailers that misleadingly advertised rayon clothing as bamboo face penalties totalling $2 million.

In the garden today lilies smelling delicious at 33 degrees

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Chemical free timber!

GISBORNE and the East Coast could be as little as two years...

Happy International Day of Rural Woman. I'm celebrating I am one!

Award winning character educating about farm, food and fibre through stories, songs, apps, videos and performance. News from the world and my real life farm!

An amazing man: Bob Berry and his Hackfalls Arboretum.
This taken from the EC Farm Forestry branch chairman's report Sept 2015
Bob has never wasted any time in his life and completed many amazing projects, and he recently showed me his latest achievement. This is the 'Hackfalls Arboretum information directory book'


Not only has Bob grown and planted all the trees, he has G.P.S. mapped and name tagged them, he has taken colour photos of each tree, its leaves, acorn, fruit and seeds. He has now written the script of each on his computer, and had a few copies of the book printed in colour.

What an amazing book, congratulations on finishing that project, the recent 99th. birthday and receiving another eminent award, the 'VEITCH MEMORIAL MEDAL'

Bob has been very involved in Eastwoodhill, he catalogued that arboretum's species for their initial catalogue.

Bob is a life member of the Gisborne East Coast Branch of Farm Forestry and has served in all the Branch Committee roles and on the NZFFA Executive, 1968-1970, he was awarded the North Island Farm Forester Award in 1989 at the Gisborne EC National Conference.

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NZ plants being tested

To find the best plants to use in green firebreaks, biologists are testing the flammability of plants on the 'plant barbecue'

Saltwater agriculture and salt tolerant plants - investigations in the face of sea level rising

VEDARANYAM, India (AP) On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds - New Zealand Herald

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