Alastair Heseltine Turns a Tedious Job into a Sculpture

Alastair Heseltine's Beautiful Functional Sculpture

Alastair Heseltine’s Beautiful Functional Sculpture

A thing of beauty.  It seems as thought everything that Alastair Heseltine touches turns into a work of art.  I wonder how long it took him to stack his wood in such a beautiful way?

Sculpture Installations Alastair Heseltine.

Biodynamic Gardening and Farming

Have you heard of Biodynamic farming or gardening?  Check out this very in depth and interesting article over at EdibleMadison that offers a great explanation. 

“In 1924, Austrian philosopher, scientist, social reformer and father of anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) introduced a series of eight lectures on agriculture. These lectures are known as the Agriculture Course Lectures and form the early foundation of biodynamic agriculture—the first intentional form of organic agriculture.”

via Cosmic Tilth: The Wisdom of Biodynamics | Edible Madison.

Healthy Hansel & Gretel House

Who needs a house made of icing covered gingerbread with gum drop gables when you have the Eathouse?  Such a creative idea!

“EATHOUSE A house and garden to eat! That you are able to touch, smell, taste, seed, weed, and harvest! EATHOUSE is a house in a garden that attracts visitors with delicious vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.”

via Eathouse by Marijke Bruinsma & Marjan van Capelle « Landezine | Landscape Architecture Works.

Growing Apple Trees Indoors

Who knew you could actually grow apple trees INDOORS?  Check out eHow to learn more.

“Apple trees, known botanically as Malus domestica, are fruit-bearing, deciduous, perennial trees that grow best in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 8. If you live in an unsuitable climate or simply don’t have the space in your garden or home landscape to grow an apple tree, you don’t have to give up your dream of fresh, home-grown apples just yet. Apple trees are just one example of the many types of fruit trees that respond well to being grown indoors in containers. Because standard size apple trees can reach heights of 39 feet, indoor apple growers should select a dwarf apple tree variety.”

via How to Grow Apple Trees Indoors | eHow.com.

Why Heirloom Seeds?

Ever wonder what the big deal is about heirloom seeds?  Read Living Seed Company’s article and find out.

Seed saving and seed knowledge became an integral and sacred part of ancient and modern civilizations.  A ritual that was naturally passed on from generation to generation, from neighbor to neighbor.  Seeds became such an innate and valued part of civilization that they were used as a form of currency throughout the world.  Seeds were considered a fundamental part of every day life.

via The Renaissance of Heirloom Seeds « Living Seed Company.

Air Cleaning Houseplants

I need more plants!  Check out this article on The Wall Street Journal that talks about the benefits of houseplants and how they clean the air in our homes.

“The humble houseplant is on the attack. Building on NASA experiments for air purification in space, scientists are pinpointing plant species—from the peace lily to the asparagus fern—that are particularly skillful at cleaning indoor air of pollutants that can cause a range of health problems.”

via A Superhero Scrubs the Air: The Mighty Houseplant – WSJ.com.

Fall Gardening Time

Anybody who knows me knows that I’d rather have a subscription to Mother Earth News about a thousand times over Vogue or Cosmo.  I’m just that kind of gal.  So in celebration of Fall here’s a great post about when and what to plant this fall.  Enjoy.

“Planting seeds for your fall garden. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens, from tender lettuce to frost-proof spinach, with a sprinkling of red mustard added for spice. In North America’s southern half, as long as seeds germinate in late July or early August, fall gardens can grow the best cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower you’ve ever tasted. In colder climates it’s prime time to sow carrots, rutabagas and turnips to harvest in the fall. Filling space vacated by spring crops with summer-sown vegetables will keep your garden productive well into fall, and even winter.”

via Grow Your Best Fall Garden: What, When and How.