Of pears and espaliers
Espaliers are woody, fruit-producing plants (vines, shrubs, or trees), that are pruned, or grown on structures in order to achieve a flat, artistic, or easily accessible shape.
They can be used to create “living fences,” to maximise production in a limited space, or to extend the ripening season of fruits by situating them against a sunny wall (which will retain and radiate solar energy after the sun has set). With regular pruning, the fruit yield will be consistent, improved, and easily accessible.
If you are working on an edible forest project, espaliers are an excellent idea for ‘choice’ or exotic fruit cultivars. They can also be used instead of hedges; used for privacy screening, pathways, and on building facades; or, for fencing, which allows for previously uncultivated areas in the garden to become highly productive.
Photos 1 & 6: Espaliered trees at a relative’s farm. Photos 2-5: Pears in my garden.
This is hilarious in the darkest way because this tree is holding the dead corpse of one of the other trees
Satsuama Salad with Ravo Dressing
1/2 an avocado
1/2 a courgette
1 dash of lime
1/2 a satsuma
1 pinch of fresh rosemary
Blend until smooth!
It took me a moment. But then I cried.
Fig and grape salad tonight all local from Fethiye turkey. Crazy I’ve been gone for four months so far!
With autumn on the horizon, this graphic looks at the chemicals behind the myriad colours of autumn leaves; bigger version & download here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-sn
Picking some kale this morning, Been a while since I have made a Green juice, need to keep it steady.
Eating on the Wild Side is the first book to reveal the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables. Starting with the wild plants that were central to our original diet, investigative journalist Jo Robinson describes how 400 generations of farmers have unwittingly squandered a host of essential fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. New research shows that these losses have made us more vulnerable to our most troubling conditions and diseases—obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, and dementia.
In an engaging blend of science and story, Robinson describes how and when we transformed the food in the produce aisles. Wild apples, for example, have from three to 100 times more antioxidants than Galas and Honeycrisps, and are five times more effective in killing cancer cells. Compared with spinach, one of our present-day “superfoods,” wild dandelion leaves have eight times more antioxidant activity, two times more calcium, three more times vitamin A, and five times more vitamins K and E.
Image: Garden Correspondent
Holistic and regenerative farming practices focused on the integration of plants, animals, soil health and biodiversity. They keep the ecosystem in balance by producing the nutrients needed to nourish all aspects of the farm with a minimum of inputs imported from off site.
- LOCAL: The New Face of Food and Farming in America, by Douglas Gayeton
The development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
– Permaculture Institute
The interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.
Soil teems with a multitude of organisms which provide the necessary work for healthy plants to grow free from disease, pests and infertility. These interconnected interactions and feeding relationships (quite literally “who eats who”) help determine the types of nutrients present in soil, its depth and pH, and even the types of plants which can grow.
Source and See the video: “Unconventional Agriculture” at PBS
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