What is going on?, created by Invisible Gardener

What is going on?, created by Invisible Gardener 

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How to protect your trees and whole property from the drought.

With the coming heat and with less and less ground water, we must take measures to insure that your trees and whole property are well protected from damages that can occur from this type of weather combinations.
Keep water below ground. Did you know that you lose around 75% of the water you give to your plants to the air if you water above ground? By keeping the water below ground you can use only 25% of your past water usage and still have beautiful plants and trees. There are many types of drip systems on the market that allows them to be buried and not get clogged. I would simply lay down a line in the proper areas and then start the rock dust compost and mulching process. I would lay down a thin layer of rick dust twice a year, a layer of compost several times per year as needed and another layer of mulch. Wood chip pebbles would work fine. You get get a good deal from your local tree trimming companies, just make sure its clean and nothing toxic.
Over the years, you keep building up a certain amount of layers that protect the soil while allowing a small amount of measure needed by plants to grow. You should not see any barren soil, everything should be covered over. In areas where you are always planting different plants etc, you should apply a fine mulch like azalea mix. The mix will help to keep moisture at the roots of plants where they belong.

In a vegetable garden, you should rely on mulch as your main tool for keeping water around longer to your plants. Raised beds provide 7 times more food in same area as in ground while using 75% less water! In a raised bed , you should bury the soaker hose or that special drip line at around mid way up from the base of the bed. Should be about 2 feet below the top of the soil level. This will allow you to plant without damaging the line (yes a good raised bed should be 2 feet deep and 2 feet high). I would always recommend that you apply a good layer of azalea mix as a mulch for all your raised beds.

There is no need to remove your lawn and replace it with astro turf! Here is a simple solution: reseed several times per year with a California native grass called Red Fesque. This wonderful native grass will look great with very little water and loves the foggy days. While it may not stay green during winter months, Malibu winters are often very warm and the ones I have tented to have managed to remind green year round!

You do not need to pull out the old grass, simply reseed every few months until the new grass has started then reseed once or twice a year as needed. This grass will reseed itself if allowed to grow otter wise you will need to reseed it. I would feed it a good organic fertilizer which it needs a small amount of as well as some rust dust to keep it green.
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What GMO’s are Good and what GMO’s are Bad?

What GMO’s are Good and what GMO’s are Bad?

Genetically Engineered Organisms and Genetically Modified Organisms are not the same thing. As new GMO bills come into Law, we will find ourselves not being able to buy any Genetically Modified Crops at all!  Why? Because they are  all grouped together right along with the dangerous types of GMO’s. What? There are good types of GMO’s?  GMO’s fall under several classifications: Natural mutations show up in nature on their own, Open-Pollinated are either self pollinated or thru specific cross pollination with certain traits in mind thru controlled cross-breeding within proper species, some open pollinated varieties are  (being my favorite vegetable) for example the Bloomsdale spinach or Sugar Snaps or Super sweet Corn, to name a few. Traditional hybrids arise from controlled cross-breeding to achieve a certain trait of the parent for example Sweet 100 Tomato is actually a traditional hybrid achieved thru GMO techniques as is also Many types of Arugula, Squash, Pumpkin, Watermelon and so on. You can see that the above list can be extensive and as such these types of GMO’s must not be included in any new laws that are intended to govern the next type of GMO’s called Genetically Engineered.
I have been doing my radio show called “Don’t Panic Its Organic©” for over 38 years now and around 1984 I started talking about GMO’s. I read that in 1982 – FDA Approved the  First GMO: Humulin, an insulin produced by genetically engineered E. coli bacteria then same year it appears on the market and then by 1994 – GMO Hits Grocery Stores The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the Flavr Savr tomato for sale. It was in 1996 that   GMO-Resistant Weed were detected in Australia.
All during this time, I was trying to tell folks that these are the types of GMO’s that we must be aware of. Genetically engineered GMO’s fall into three categories: First there is rDNA: DNA that have been altered by joining of two different types of genes in the test tube. Think BT ready corn or  Round-up ready Corn. Then there is Protoplast fusions:joining two cells of two different plants that would not normally join in nature. Another category is Chemical or radiation induced mutations: these are spices that are either through chemical or through the use of exposing them to radiation, the plants seeds produce a mutation of the parent(s).  These three types of GMO’s are called “Transgenic” and it is these that we must be careful in what we allow to happen and what we do not want to happen. These transgenic GMO’s can have devastating effects on all living things right down to what is growing below in the ground.
A good example of how GMO’s can help mankind is a recent discovery of a GMO banana that has no chemicals in the DNA is is one of the Genetically-engineered carotene-enriched ‘super’ banana. I have read all that I could find and it does not saying anything about chemicals of any kind being added and if this is so, it will be good for mankind but if it is another way to allow Round-Up ready bananas it is not. So did the writer get it straight that it is a Genetically Engineered Banana or is it a Genetically modified organism? That would make a difference.
You can hear this article live on my latest radio show.
Any questions? Email me andy@invisiblegardener.com or leave as comment
 Andy Lopez
Invisible Gardener


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Don’t Panic It’s Organic! – Invisible Gardener Radio:

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Don’t Panic It’s Organic! – Invisible Gardener Radio:. More on HLB Citrus Disease and its natural control and prevention Scientists are developing ways to detect diseased trees and are working on GMO varieties of Citrus. They are also working on … Continue reading

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Its Panic Time! – Polyphagous shot hole borer- a natural solution:

Its Panic Time! – Ambrosia beetle control-naturally:. This is the written part to the above radio show: An Organic Solution to Ambrosia Beetle Polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), Ambrosia Beetles and a fungus (Fusarium sp.) You should look google this … Continue reading

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Its Panic Time! – Plastic, GMO, Nuclear Waste, Climate Change and our food,Oil, HLB citrus disease, the facts about Round Up

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Plastic, GMO, Nuclear Waste, Climate Change and our food,Oil, HLB citrus disease, the facts about Round Up Its Panic Time! – Live & Recorded Episodes:.   susbscribe today to this radio show  while it is still free!

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Got Hard Pan?

Got Hard Pan?

 No, I do not mean the pan you cook with. 

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