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How much harvesting of Fomes Fomentarius is sustainable?

I'm fairly new at harvesting mushrooms, and was wondering how much Fomes Fomentarius I can harvest sustainable from a fungal garden.
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How many years does it take to grow a tree big enough for firewood?

There is some land we have doing nothing, and the idea of being semi-sustainable long-term in firewood is attractive. I believe in the northern UK, silver birch is a good choice for fast growing ...
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Advise from experienced farmers

I don't know whether I should ask this question here or not, but I could not find any stackexchange website related to agriculture, so I found this website most near to agriculture, and I think that ...
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Spring onion regrowth and seeding

I have been growing spring onions and am not sure whether or not I am regrowing them the best way. I have a few questions. I have been cutting the spring onions at their base so that the regrow and I ...
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Calorically dense crops that can be grown in southern Ontario, Canada?

I'm experimenting with growing my own food, and have been for a few years now. My goal, in the very long term, is to be able to homestead and grow as much of my own food as I can. In terms of sheer ...
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How many vertical containers to grow food for one person?

The diet would only be plant based, by vertical garden I mean something like this: But with vegetables instead of flowers and a tower that's 3-5 levels How many of these "towers" would be enough for ...
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When doing no till gardening, is it a bad idea to leave grass to act as a cover crop?

In my sunchoke patch, I'm using grass as a cover crop for no till purposes. Is this a bad idea?
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What is the name of the French pioneer of organic/sustainable farming?

I can't remember his name. I think he was active in the 50's to 70's. His techniques involved creating berms of fallen branches and twigs, and later incorporating the decayed matter into his soils. ...
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Permaculture and World Food Needs [closed]

Can permaculture techniques feed the world's nutrition requirements? Are we stuck with GM crops to feed the worlds burgeoning population?
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What sustainable and affordable way is there to control rose chafer beetles?

We are trying to establish a permaculture farm in northwestern New York. We have very sandy soil, and everything we grow is ideal food for the rose chafer beetle. We first noticed them last year and ...
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How to grow vegetables from kitchen scraps?

I have heard a lot about growing vegetables from scraps e.g. using potato eyes, or sprouted garlic/onions to grow new vegetables. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with this? And ...
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Stimulate lower stem regrowth of pepper plant

I've got an indoor pepper plant that has already been through one harvest of 8 peppers. Nearing the end of the first harvest, many of the leaves on the lower stems died off. This may have been due to ...
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Self Sustainable farm for Beginner [closed]

I am a beginner in farming. I would like to learn on self sustainable and self reliant farming. Any advice on best way to start, sites or books that I can look into. I am hoping to learn basic ...
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How would we make our vineyard more “green” (environmental)?

What is some ideas that we could practice to make our vineyard more environmentally friendly, and/or sustainable? We are already a carboNZero certified organisation, but wondering what we can do to ...
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Is rock dust a non-renewable resource?

I've heard many people talk about using rock dust when talking about organic gardening. From what I understand rock dust is made from crushed rocks. If they are to be used in an organic garden I ...
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Do chemicals leach from the sides of raised beds?

Around a year ago I went to a local hardware store to buy some treated pine logs to make a raised garden bed. The guy at the store asked if I was using it for a vegetable bed and he explained that ...
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What are some sustainable alternatives to peat for potting compost?

I've just finished writing the tag wiki for organic and was thinking about wider issues of sustainability. Perhaps the best area where I could improve things personally, would be to use an alternative ...