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Researchers to Play with Poplar Photosynthesis
Researchers to Play with Poplar Photosynthesis

Courtesy iStockphoto/ThinkstockScientists are investigating ways to enhance poplar trees’ water-use efficiency and photosynthesis to make them more adaptable to dry climates.Putting the water-use-efficient and turbo-charged photosynthesis from plants, such as agave, into woody biomass plants, such as poplar, could hedge against predicted long-term increases in temperatures and reduced precipitation, but it’s not possible—yet.

New Year’s Traditions
New Year’s Traditions

Home /Homesteading /New Year’s TraditionsPhoto by Sue WeaverSpike is ready for the new year in his winter clothes.Humans have strange New Year’s traditions. Did you know that people all over the English speaking world sing a Scottish song on New Year’s Eve? After Scotland’s favorite poet heard this song sung by an old man in Ayrshire, he changed some of the words and published it as a poem in the 1796 edition of the book Scots Musical Museum.

NAIS Lawsuit Filed
NAIS Lawsuit Filed

Farmers opposed to the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to electronically track every livestock animal in the country, have another group in their corner.The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) and Farm-to-Consumer Foundation moved to stop the USDA and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) over its mandatory implementation of the NAIS, according to a release.

5 Ways to Establish a No-Till Garden
5 Ways to Establish a No-Till Garden

If you love the idea of having a no-till garden, you’re not crazy. A properly maintained no-till garden can be a productive and bountiful place to grow food. Not tilling the soil can sequester carbon, retain moisture, encourage beneficial microbial life and bring forth beautiful produce. What people don’t often realize, however, is that no-till gardening has many forms and interpretations, and if one style daunts you or hasn’t worked for you in the past, you might just need to find another method.

The Value Of A Snag
The Value Of A Snag

Home /Farm Management /The Value Of A SnagPHOTO: Dick Pountain/FlickrIt might look spooky: a silhouetted, leafless, shadowy form that punctuates an otherwise pastoral scene. For many properties, especially in suburbia, a dead tree is an anomaly. Municipalities are generally quick to remove a dead tree, aka a snag, to remove any risk of damage to life or property.

Rice Noodles with Pork
Rice Noodles with Pork

Home /Urban Farming /Rice Noodles with PorkPhoto by Judith HausmanQuick and versatile, this Asian-inflected noodle dish is perfect to make use of the first small amounts of new greens and young scallions. I bridged the seasons with the very last of the cabbage from last fall’s harvest and the very first of the spring’s turnip raab.

How To Control Spider Mites
How To Control Spider Mites

Home /Gardening /How To Control Spider MitesPHOTO: Jessica WalliserAs summer’s heat arrives so too do the spider mites. These little critters are barely visible to the human eye. They aren’t insects, but rather relatives of spiders and ticks. They have eight legs, though you’ll need a magnifying glass to count them, and even at full maturity, they measure less than 1/20 inch.

How to Make Chinese Egg & Tomato
How to Make Chinese Egg & Tomato

1Here are the ingredients- 5 eggs cracked and beaten, 2 tomatoes sliced up, and some green onions.2Set the stove to high.3Add some cooking oil to your pan.4Once the pan is very hot (this is important), add the eggs5Let it cook a little6Then scramble away only slightly. You don& 39;t want to break it up too much- the egg pieces should still be pretty big.

UF Hack: Grow An Urban Orchard From Leftovers
UF Hack: Grow An Urban Orchard From Leftovers

Home /Urban Farming /UF Hack: Grow An Urban Orchard From LeftoversLynsey GrosfieldI’ve often found myself staring down at a half-germinated seed in my apple, contemplating the potential contained in such a small kernel. Each and every one is a potential tree, but up until a few years ago in my garden, most of them ended up in the compost.

Landscape Cloth Versus Hardware Cloth
Landscape Cloth Versus Hardware Cloth

Home /Urban Farming / Raised Garden Beds /Landscape Cloth Versus Hardware ClothLandscape Cloth Versus Hardware Cloth – Urban Farm Onlinelandscape cloth, hardware cloth, animal pens, compost bins, block weeds, block grassUrban farmers use two types of cloths: landscape cloth and hardware cloth.A primary use of landscape cloth is to suppress grass if you’re building a raised bed directly on top of the lawn.

Recipe-Free Homemade Pasta Sauce
Recipe-Free Homemade Pasta Sauce

Home /Recipes / Main Dish Recipes /Recipe-Free Homemade Pasta SauceA basic homemade red sauce is a simple and tasty addition to your homemade pasta. Quantities and ingredients vary according to what you’ve got on hand. Use the simpler’s method, and leave the tomato skin and seeds intact instead of trying to remove them.

How to Peel and Dice a Mango
How to Peel and Dice a Mango

1Supplies!2Slice straight through the mango on each side of the seed. Watch your fingers!3Other side!4You will be left with these three pieces.5Take the middle seed piece and trim off the peel. Cut off the flesh from this piece.6Like this. Be careful it& 39;s slippery! You can also lay this on the cutting board.