We should all be so lucky.
So get some good advice from the experts! This is one of the best youtube planting tutorials that I’ve ever seen.
Tooley’s Trees is a retail and wholesale nursery in the beautiful Truchas, NM, on the highroad between Santa Fe and Taos, at 7,960’. They are also tree whisperers. If you don’t live in New Mexico, you maybe have never heard of them, but– as you can probably tell from the video– they are worth knowing about. Using native soil in fabric bags and root maker pots, Toooley’s Trees grows a large variety of shrubs, trees, and fruits. Being in the high desert of the Southwest, they focus on growing varieties that are drought-resistant, can tolerate high pHs, and can thrive at high elevation. They use holistic management and organic practices, which they say, “is time consuming and labor intensive, but results in healthier plants, soils, water quality and beneficial insect populations.”
“This is a paradigm-shifting moment,” says Dawn O’Newday, the engineer in charge of the project. “Whatever your game is, this changes it. Big time.”
The new energy source, called TREES (Totally Renewable Energy, Emissions capture, and Storage) is, as the name suggests, completely renewable. Unlike conventional power plants, TREES devices use no fuel; and unlike most solar and wind technologies, TREES requires no non-renewable materials for the manufacture of panels or turbines.
It’s not very difficult. (At least in urban areas.) Just count the trees!
Read more here, and then get planting!
A few weeks ago De Chant wrote in his blog, Per Square Mile, about a research paper he had come across that presented some interesting findings about how trees can be an indicator of income inequality. De Chant explained it in his post:
“[F]or every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. But when income dropped by the same amount, demand decreased by 1.26 percent. That’s a pretty tight correlation. The researchers reason that wealthier cities can afford more trees, both on private and public property. The well-to-do can afford larger lots, which in turn can support more trees. On the public side, cities with larger tax bases can afford to plant and maintain more trees.”
It got De Chant thinking about whether it would be possible to actually see income inequality from space. So he did some googling. And he found that not only was it very easy to spot in cities across the United States, it was also evident in cities around the globe. See for yourself. Click HERE to read more!
2012 and 2013 were tough years for planting/growing anything in much of the US. If it wasn’t flooding, it was a drought.
Trees died. The FSA office of USDA is here to help (with cash to recoup your losses). Even for losses you may have had two years ago!
The farm bill was recently extended, so what’s old is new again. Here’s how it worked last time around:
- http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/1-tap_r03_a05.pdf <—THE LONG ONE
1) Read the above links
2) Call your FSA office
3) Be nice
4) File an FSA-899 form
5) IMPORTANT DETAIL: If you’re a Beginning Farmer (10 years farming or less in last 10) or Historically Underserved (look up the definition if you don’t know), you are EXEMPT from the crop insurance requirement. THAT MEANS YOU CAN APPLY EVEN IF YOU HAD NO CROP INSURANCE.
6)Tell Grant how it goes for you.