Antarctic Greenhouse Yields First Crop Scientists at Germany’s Neumayer Station III, in Antarctica, have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or
Soil Contains Bacteria That Kills Melanoma A bonus to gardening: Soil commonly contains bacteria that produce a molecule called mensacarcin that kills melanoma cancer cells, according to research from Oregon State University. Few therapies treat this skin cancer, so contact with dirt is an easy choice.
Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant Children benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow.
Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn When we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health.
The theme for this May issue is Healing the Hard Stuff, or Natural Care First (page ). The article, in part, asks why natural healing is often used as a last resort in combating illness. It’s an interesting question. On the face of it, I think most people would agree that they would prefer to use a natural health modality than undergo surgery
On Saturday, March 3, the Whole Health Nation health symposium comes to Zen, in Greenville. The intention of the conference is to help the community regain control of their health by learning to practice the behaviors of our forefathers. Classes such as Weeds: Friend or Foe?, Seed Saving, Mushrooms for Immunity, Culinary Herbs for Healing Meals, Potato Gardening in Containers, and Growing
Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat.