Leaves 3 Oct 2014

Leaves links out to the very best plant-related content I’ve found on the world wild web this week. Geek: Seed microbes ‘Commensal’ bacteria are symbiotic helping plants extract nutrients and defend against invaders. Now, scientists have discovered that plants may package their commensal bacteria inside of seeds to ensure that sprouting plants are colonized. It’s like prepacking a blanket […]

Why trees?

Excellent presentation clearly explaining just why people need trees and the use of trees in urban settings. Wonderfully drawn.

A Short and Snappy Guide to Windbreaks

Why establish windbreaks? Because they: — allow gardens to grow without being beaten to death, — slow erosion, — increase pasture and production, — reduce stock losses, — protect plants, — habitat for wildlife and insects, — manage snow, — can provide fodder, food crops, timber or fuel, — improve work conditions. Windbreak components Height, […]

Friday Seeds of Delight: 21 May (on a Saturday)

Well, this may be a bit late, but hey, it’s pretty! The weather on Friday was so gray, drizzly and miserable… thus the need for the beautiful autumnal colours above. Of course, this is a very rare sight in New Zealand as we don’t have a lot of deciduous trees. We do a lot of […]