Mar
01
2013

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

Paul Stamets is one of the world’s leading mycologists (a.k.a. fungus scientist). One of his most recent books, Mycelium Running, encompasses the history and future of these amazing organisms. Mycelia act as a sort of fungal ‘root’, some of them forming underground networks that spread for thousands of acres. A single cubic inch of soil could have up to 8 miles of mycelia within it! These mycelium assist in decomposition and enrichment of our soils; reconstituting ecosystems, filtering toxic contaminants, … Continue Reading

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Dec
01
2011

The Untz

What is it? The Untz is a great forum for promoting any sort of venture to fans of electronic music: artist releases, events, promotion/production companies, labels, merchandise, and venues. Fans of electronic music, are often frustrated having to search so many websites to find the information they’re looking for.  Specifically, they wanted to track they’re favorite artists, search upcoming local area events, and listen to music samples from a variety of electronic music genres.  They wanted to visit one website for all of … Continue Reading

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Oct
01
2011

Seasons Of The Harvest

What if the genetically engineered crops that we increasingly depend on for food weren’t really created by man? What if they brought a new, terrifying meaning to the old saying that “you are what you eat”? FBI Special Agent Jack Dawson investigates the gruesome murder of his best friend and fellow agent who had been pursuing a group of eco-terrorists. The group’s leader, Naomi Perrault, is a beautiful geneticist who Jack believes conspired to kill his friend, and is claiming … Continue Reading

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Aug
16
2011

The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book by Barbara W. Ellis

What happens between the hopeful spring weekend spent planting seeds and the warm summer morning when the gardener wanders back into the rows of vegetable plants with picking basket in hand? Plenty! Every healthy vegetable garden represents an entire world of activity and every vegetable gardener, no matter how experienced, wants to know more about what’s going on in those tidy rows and how to handle any growing quandary that may arise throughout the season. The Veggie Gardener’s Answer Book … Continue Reading

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Jul
11
2011

Nematodes

Beneficial Nematodes – by Zach Remsburg, Santa Cruz Westside Store Beneficial Nematodes are an effective, environmentally-friendly form of pest control; we sell 1 million nematodes in a pack for $14.50. Beneficial Nematodes are live microscopic organisms that occur naturally in soils throughout the world. They are parasitic to insect pests that typically have a developing (larval or pupa) stage of life in the soil; however, they have been known to also parasitize above ground stages of adults, nymphs and larvae. … Continue Reading

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Jul
06
2011

Square Foot Gardening – by Mel Bartholomew

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When he created the “square foot gardening” method, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert, found the solution to the frustrations of most gardeners. His revolutionary system is simple: it’s an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. Gardeners build up, not down, so there’s no digging and no tilling after the first year. And the method requires less thinning, less weeding, and less watering.sky, and a sun that does nothing … Continue Reading

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May
10
2011

The Monkey Wrench Gang – by Edward Abbey

Abbey’s most famous fiction work, this hilarious, vulgar novel employs the use of sabotage to protest environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest, and was so influential that the term “monkeywrench” has come to mean, besides sabotage and damage to machines, any sabotage, activism, law-making, or law-breaking to preserve wilderness, wild spaces and ecosystems. The book’s four main characters are ecologically-minded misfits who together, form a motley group dedicated to the destruction of what they see as the system that … Continue Reading

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Apr
22
2011

Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally

Designing And Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally by Robert Kourik, Mark Kane and R. Creasy was first published in 1986. This classic is back in print by popular demand. It is the authoritative text on edible landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes. It includes descriptions of plants for all temperate habitats, methods for improving soil, tree pruning styles, and gourmet recipes using … Continue Reading

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Mar
25
2011

Secrets of the Soil

Secrets of the Soil tells the fascinating story of the innovative, non-traditional, often surprising things that certain scientists, farmers, and mystics are doing to save our planet from self-destruction; such as using the techniques of Rudolph Steiner’s biodynamic agriculture with itsreliance on ethereal forces from the planets, Don Carlson’s growth-stimulating Sonic Boom, and rock dust fertilizer to revitalize depleted soils; or gardening with the help of truly amazing new technologies to reverse serious agricultural problems. Many consider this book a … Continue Reading

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Dec
07
2010

The Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire is journalist Michael Pollan’s erudite, engaging and highly original account of four everyday plants and their co evolution with human society. Using the histories of apples, tulips, potatoes and cannabis to illustrate the complex, reciprocal relationship between humans and the natural world, he shows how these species have successfully exploited human desires to flourish. Pollan seamlessly weaves little-known facts, historical events and even a few amusing personal anecdotes to tell each species’ story. For instance, he … Continue Reading

Aug
06
2010

Gardening Indoors with C02 by George Van Patten

With the heat of the summer upon us we can’t help but recommend another installment in the George Van Patten series; Gardening Indoors with CO2. This resource is indispensable for anyone who is seriously considering enhancing his or her garden with the use of CO2. This manual will help the novice and the expert alike. It breaks down the numerous ways of setting up a successful system, from using digital controllers to the old school way of syncing your timer, … Continue Reading

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