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Mosquito Management in the Garden
Thursday, 12 December 2013
It would be impossible in this climate and location to have a totally mosquito free garden all year round, but there are a number of strategies that you can employ to reduce and lower their numbers. Unless of course you are completely surrounded by rice paddies, in which case you�d better move! Before you think about plants there are some simple practical measures that you should take that will ...
Save farewell to our forests
Monday, 09 December 2013
AN area of forest larger than Peru has been lost to the world over the last decade, this satellite image shows. A map based on high-resolution images from space shows that from 2000-12 almost 2,305,100sq km ( 890,000sq miles ) was lost and replaced by 800,306sq km ( 309,000sq miles ) of new trees. Malaysia, Paraguay, Bolivia, Zambia and Angola saw high levels of clearance while Indonesia saw th...
Peace makes forest a target
Friday, 22 November 2013
Near a palm oil plantation here, bulldozers and chainsaws can be heard in what is officially �protected forest.� The hilly terrain is not ideal for large scale agriculture, but with few areas left for expansion, the loggers are denuding the land anyway. Aceh, the northern province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is a region made famous by separatist conflict and natural disasters, calamit...
Occupy The Rice Fields
Thursday, 08 March 2012
Bali verdant rice terraces are an ancient and sacred landscape. After about 1200 years of continuous cultivation they are now in jeopardy from the twin threats of development and environmental degradation. ironically, Bali�s traditional agriculture is the cause of its own destruction. The very people who come to admire the classic rice terraces often stay to build houses and hotels on them, taki...
Mosquito Repellant Plants
Monday, 05 March 2012
The best way to begin to reduce mosquitoes in and around your garden is to reduce their habitat and breeding sites. Mosquitoes typically prefer damp shady areas, so a simple garden cleanup will go a long way to reducing their numbers Prune and weed out any areas of your garden which may be overgrown because mosquitoes love to take sanctuary in these areas. Prune out overgrown trees to let more sun...
Amazing Bamboo
Monday, 05 March 2012
Whether you believe in feng shui or not plants are a key source of thought and optimism. The Chinese have revered bamboo for centuries. The association of bamboo with good luck and wealth stems from its rapid growth and long life. Found in almost every kind of climate and region, from cold mountains to tropical forests, bamboo is the tallest member of the grass family. Bamboo is also one of the ea...
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