Tips on growing great garlic

...November 1. Thereafter, it’s a waiting game. Garlic takes a good six months to mature. You harvest most types of garlic when the stalk is nearly brown. And don’t forget to pick off the flowers if they appear. The flowers pull energy from the plant that is better spent making big cloves. The flowers are also edible: some farmers are actually making more money selling the flowers as culinary exotics. Growing garlic in hot climates I’ve had mixed su...

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Transition Founder Rob Hopkins in Pasadena

Monday, October 14: Pasadena, CA “Just Doing Stuff” Talk and Fair 10:30am–2:00pm Transition Pasadena hosts Rob Hopkins speaking at 11:00am about climate change and how communities across the country and world are transforming their economic, energy and food systems from the bottom up. Welcome by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. At the Fair: Repair Café, Learning Garden tours, potluck lunch, and networking with local sustainability groups and neighb...

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Los Angeles Permaculture Design Course Certificate Series

...rse. WEEKEND TOPICS October 5/6 & November 2/3 Fire, Water, Earth & Air… Introduction to Permaculture Systems Thinking and Natural Pattern Understanding. December 7/8 & January 4/5 Food, Water, Shelter & Energy… Designing & Building the Complete Home Ecosystem. February 1/2 & March 1/2 Community & Green Business… EcoVillage Design and Community Celebration. TEACHING TEAM Instructors include Internatio...

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The tale of the worm bin celery

...omegrown “cutting celery.” Perhaps commercial celery wants to revert to this? Months later, the hot weather arrived, the celery started to bolt (that is, send up flower stalks). When a plant bolts, it puts all its energy into flowering. At that point, its not much use to us as food. I was sad to lose my bottomless celery supply, but I was excited about the flowers. Pollinating insects love celery blossoms. Actually, they adore the who...

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We heal together

...217;ll disagree with anything I’m going to say–but we don’t agree on everything. His thoughts will come later. There is a French term, egregore, which is used to describe the spirit of a meeting, that unique energy that arises when a group of people come together to eat, work, or talk. It is almost a thing in itself, if you see what I mean. It rises out of certain combinations of people coming together for a specific purpose. Su...

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Climate Change and Personal Responsibility

...8217;m just frustrated. The last time that I can remember any president asking us to do something other than shop ’til we drop was Jimmy Carter, way back in 1977 when I was just a sprout: We must face the fact that the energy shortage is permanent. There is no way we can solve it quickly. But if we all cooperate and make modest sacrifices, if we learn to live thriftily and remember the importance of helping our neighbors, then we can find...

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Breadbaking (Level 1) Class at the Ecology Center

...ave one), and an apron (if you have one). By baking bread at home, you’re in charge of what goes into every loaf and can choose to incorporate local and organic ingredients. Other benefits of baking at home include using less energy (used in harvesting, processing, and shipping store-bought bread), using less plastic packaging, and spending less money. Become a baker and join us during this heart-healthy workshop to learn how. Instructor: Erik Kn...

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How to Search for Science-Based Gardening Advice

...ions between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.” All of these databases overlap to some extent and you’ll probably need to check more than one to be thorough. They will also deliver results from trade and popular sources (not a bad...

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Fashion on the Homestead

...sky. He says, Clothing used without consciousness is a mere disguise. Holy men and women do not dress in order to appear, but in order to be. Clothes possess a form of life. When they correspond to your essence, they give you energy and become allies. When they correspond to your distorted personality, they drain your vital forces. And even when they are your allies, if you do not care for them and respect them, they will retaliate by disturbing...

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