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  1. Tire gardens have many good uses, including growing a variety of crops where only concrete or poor soils exist, such as urban gardens, homegardens, and refugee camp settings. They can be raised onto supports to keep vegetables out of reach of livestock, and have also been used for vermicompost...
     
  2. 2009-04-01 Phosphorus in the hulls of plant seeds, especially legumes and grains, is bound up in an organic molecule called phytic acid. In addition to the bound phosphorus, phytic acid can interrupt the body’s ability to utilize minerals found in food. Unless the phytic acid molecule is broken down, either...  
  3. 1998-12-19 A common prescription for improving nutrition, especially among children, is to promote the addition to people’s diet of dark green leafy vegetables, grown in home gardens. A tremendous variety of native tropical leaf vegetables are delicious and easy to grow, providing a regular source of...  
  4. 2012-01-01 While most of our network members are familiar with “moringa,” the moringa family (Moringaceae) actually contains many species. We have promoted the ever-popular M. oleifera, conducting our own taste-test trials to offer our network a more favorably tasting tree; we also work with the more...  
  5. 2002-07-20 The purpose of this article is to show that with strategic supplementation, using locally available resources (straw, maize stover, poor quality grass, etc.), small-scale farmers in the tropics can have productive ruminants that emit less methane (believed to contribute to global warming) and...  
  6. 2014-07-01 In Haiti, a Yard Garden program is helping families and individuals to make real change in the area surrounding their homes. The results, described and pictured in some photos below, can be impressive! Mark Hare with MPP describes the program as follows: “The Yard Garden program is not about...  
  7. 2013-07-20 ECHO Asia --The latest issue of Asia Notes (Issue 17, May 2013) contains the following articles: Sustainable Decentralized Water Treatment for Rural Developing Communities Using Locally Generated Biochar Adsorbents (by Josh Kearns, MS) An Introduction to Bokashi Fertilizers and Soil Amendments...  
  8. 2013-07-20 The System of Rice Intensification (SRI; see EDN 70, and http://sri.ciifad.cornell.edu/) has changed the way millions of farmers plant rice. The management practices used with SRI have also now been tried with many other crops. Here we present an update about crops that have demonstrated...  
  9. 2001-04-20 Soil acidity, or low pH, limits plant growth in many parts of the world. Although low pH can harm plants in many ways, this article will deal only with one of these factors, aluminum (Al) toxicity.Al is the third most abundant element on the earth (after oxygen and silicon), and the most abundant...  
  10. 1996-10-19 Limit Fertilizer After Transplanting Trees and Shrubs Watering Cups Used in Planting Trees Successful Method of Taking Fruit Trees from the States to Zaire Mud Dip for Roots When Transplanting Tree Spacing Numbers Grow Small Fruit Trees in Circles Danger Signal of Heavy Flowering "The Living...