How to make a really cheap worm farm

Of the vast array of creatures that live on Planet Earth, the earthworm is probably the most important for humans. Few creatures, such as earthworms, are so essential for good plant health and growth, and therefore indirectly they are very important for human health. Earthworms excrete a substance called humus. Humus is a dark brown/black…

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Nikolai Vavilov – Hero of Seeds

Seeds, they are the beginning and the end. Protecting plant varieties and maintaining diversity is a constant challenge. A challenge that Nikolai Vavilov took seriously. Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian agronomist, is still recognized as one of the most prominent plant breeders. He assembled the largest collection of seeds approximately 400,000 from five continents. Vavilov led…

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Welcome to Planet Schooling

We are excited to launch our new project, Planet Schooling. Our inspiration, our muse, is the Planet Earth. Once again we have been motivated to offer an educational option for aspiring gardeners who want to create a backyard farm, parents who want to homeschool, educators who want to support kids to ‘unschool’, and people who want…

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The Buddha Connection

On my travels, I can’t help but notice how the western house and garden is being influenced by oriental philosophies. Buddhas of every kind and dancing Shivas decorate lounge rooms, offices and front yards.  Health shops are filled with traditional Asian remedies to cure, to beautify, to keep us subtle. We have the luxury of…

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Want to get more for less? Design with Principles

Principles are different from dogmas. Principles are propositions, values, a guide for behaviours and evaluations. They can be moral or ethical, or represent essential rules of operation of a system, such as the laws of nature. Unlike dogmas, principles do not require belief or faith, bringing with them the possibility and opportunity to make errors and…

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Add Permaculture to your toolbox

From news reports, we are bombarded by signals of distress of toxic wastes, famines and expiring species, of wars and climate change. Never have so many systems vital to the earth’s habitability been out of equilibrium simultaneously. So why not awaken to the urgency of this global challenge? As a strategy to accelerate the transition…

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Making Eco bricks

For most of the lower grade plastics we use, there is no market to recycle, meaning that they are currently being sent to landfill.  So it’s up to each individual to start taking responsibility for there own trash. The easiest thing is to refuse to buy products that have lots of packaging. Yet if you…

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