Garden Design

Keep your cool, save your plants – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Saturday, July 01, 2017

How do gardeners beat the heat? We put a lot of sweat and effort into our green thumb efforts. We hate to see our plants – and us – wilt under rising summer temperatures. When it comes to summer gardening, get an early start. Make the most of cool mornings. Do yardwork early in the day. Keep yourself hydrated; remember to drink plenty of water. Wear sunscreen and a hat….

In India, critics assail proposal to build 100 waste-fueled power plants – Science Magazine

Posted: Saturday, July 01, 2017

A worker collects trash near India’s Yamuna River to recycle and sell on the local market. By Gopal KrishnaJun. 30, 2017 , 11:45 AM An Indian government proposal to build up to 100 incineration plants to burn municipal waste and produce electricity is drawing sharp criticism from opponents, who say the plan flies in the face of the nation’s efforts to cut air pollution and shift to cleaner energy sources….

Now We Know How Plants Get Their Message Out – Forbes

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017

Next time you stop to smell the roses, give a thought to the proteins that made it possible. Scientists have figured out for the first time how flowers get scent molecules from inside their cells out into the air. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages) Until now, scientists didn’t know how the molecules that make flowers smell got from inside cells where they’re made, to the surface of the plant where we can smell…

How plants release their fragrant molecules – Chemical & Engineering News

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017

“It’s pretty huge,” says Jonathan Gershenzon of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, who was not involved in the work. “For years, people thought that plant volatiles just passed through membranes and that there was no active mechanism for getting them out of cells.” This discovery, he says, suggests plants have invested a lot of resources in emitting VOCs, in part to control the timing and rates of their…

How to save seeds from your Colorado garden – The Denver Post

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017

A tray of seeds arranged for a photograph at Deb Neeley’s Green Gate Urban Farm and Gardens in Denver. There are many reasons to save seeds from your garden this summer, and the task itself can be relatively easy and thoroughly rewarding. Saving seeds to plant a garden with next year moves a gardener one step closer to food security and self-reliance. But the act of trading little packages of…

How to create dramatic container plants and flowers – The Mercury News

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

With the wide variety of plant colors, shapes, sizes and textures, an empty pot becomes a blank canvas for your garden. Related Articles Converting your irrigation system to drip How to set up a backyard vineyard The blessing and curse of olive trees Contra Costa Master Gardener Shawna Anderson, who specializes in creating beautiful plant displays in containers, offers her tips for planting thrillers, fillers and spillers. Choose plants that…

Gene networks dictate plants’ responses to cold, stress – Science Daily

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

While researchers have been uncovering one distinctive gene co-expression network after another in recent years, “Most people have stopped there and thrown their hands up,” says Scarpino, a former Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow and current professor at the University of Vermont. Understanding interactions between different gene networks, which are evolved to respond to different stressors, and understanding natural variation in these responses could have important agricultural applications in challenging…

How Our Third Year Growing Rooftop Cannabis Plants is Going So Far – Willamette Week

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

About Sophia June Web editor Sophia June is a Portland native. After graduating from the University of Oregon, where she spent too many nights as a radio DJ, she is happy to be working at her hometown alt weekly.

Carpenter Art Garden transforms a community – wreg.com

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — What was once a dilapidated lot five years ago, has become something new that has transformed an entire neighborhood. Erin Harris said she didn’t have a plan when she started the Carpenter Art Garden’s Outside After School Art Classes in Binghampton back in 2012. She just wanted the children to have a safe place to learn art. “This street was definitely the hardest street in Binghampton when…

Hydrogen peroxide protects plants against sun damage – Phys.Org

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chloroplasts, better known for taking care of photosynthesis in plant cells, play an unexpected role in responding to infections in plants, researchers at UC Davis and the University of Delaware have found.

Overlooked Water Loss in Plants Could Throw Off Climate Models … – Scientific American

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Errors in how scientists account for water loss from leaves may be skewing estimates of how much energy plants make through photosynthesis, according to the latest research. This in turn could jeopardize models of how individual leaves function and even of the global climate. The errors are particularly pronounced when a plant’s water supply is limited — a condition of increasing interest as plant breeders and climate scientists grapple with…

Farmers Say This Weedkiller Is Also Killing Their Soybean Plants … – Mother Jones

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

A soybean field.United Soybean Board Across the Southern United States, a virulent new pest has been afflicting soybean crops.  Farmers claim it causes the plants’ leaves to cup together, their budding stems to die back, and their beans to curl into twisted, malformed pods. But this scourge is not your usual insect or fungus: It is dicamba, a potent weedkiller. Monsanto sells a version of this herbicide that is harmless…

Official: Town Center may be ‘economic generator’ in Garden City … – Savannah Morning News

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Plans for a new mixed-use development around Garden City City Hall got one step closer to being realized this week. During a meeting of the Garden City Planning Commission on Tuesday, board members voted unanimously to approve site plans for the Garden City Town Center — a new blend of multifamily housing and light commercial properties proposed for just less than 20 acres on Dean Forest Road — along with…

Antarctica’s expanding ice-free areas threaten animals and plants, study says – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

An Adélie penguin at Lovill Bluff Colony in West Antarctica.(Photo: Jasmine Lee/Australian Antarctic Division) Ice-free areas in Antarctica could expand by close to 25% by 2100 and drastically change the animal and plant life of the continent, research published Wednesday shows. The new study also looks at the likely impact of man-made climate change on native Antarctic animal and plant species, including penguins, seals and sea birds. The paper is…

Metroparks to take over city garden – Toledo Blade

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Metroparks of the Toledo Area is taking over the day-to-day operations of the Toledo Botanical Garden under an agreement reached between the two groups and approved Wednesday by park commissioners. Metropark and Toledo Botanical Garden officials said the arrangement will allow TBG to focus on its horticultural mission, including Toledo Grows, which is a community garden outreach program. …

Overlooked Water Loss in Plants Could Throw Off Climate Models – Scientific American

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Errors in how scientists account for water loss from leaves may be skewing estimates of how much energy plants make through photosynthesis, according to the latest research. This in turn could jeopardize models of how individual leaves function and even of the global climate. The errors are particularly pronounced when a plant’s water supply is limited — a condition of increasing interest as plant breeders and climate scientists grapple with…

O’Meara: Heat arrives early, taking toll on plants – Longmont Times … – Longmont Times-Call

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This summer is shaping up to be known as the Slide Into Insanity season. After starting off with freezing snow in May, in a handful of weeks we’ve tipped the other way into broiling heat. To say this makes me grumpy is an understatement: My spouse…

Overlooked water loss in plants could throw off climate models – Nature.com

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

In dry conditions, leaves might lose more water through their outer surfaces than scientists suspected. Videvo/CC BY 3.0 Errors in how scientists account for water loss from leaves may be skewing estimates of how much energy plants make through photosynthesis, according to the latest research. This in turn could jeopardize models of how individual leaves function and even of the global climate. The errors are particularly…

Several Marijuana Plants Seized from Clinton Home – NBC Connecticut

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Police raided a home on Cow Hill Road in Clinton Tuesday, seized several marijuana plants and arrested a resident.  Police said they served the warrant around 5:30 and found several marijuana plants in various stages of growth as well as others that had been harvested and were in the process of drying.  They also seized were several items commonly used in the growth and distribution of marijuana, according to police. …

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