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Biome Annual rainfall Soil type Major vegetation World locations
Grasslands 10-60cm Rich soil and dry soil acacia (savannas)

grasses (temperate)

North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, India, and Australia.Russian steppes; South African velds; Argentinean pampas
Tundra Less than 25cm Permafrost Herbaceuous plants (without woody stems) the northern latitudes of North America, Europe and Russia

 

Deserts (cold and hot) Less than 25 cm Soil has a course texture (sandy) Cactus, other low-water adapted plants 30 degrees north and south of the equator

 

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Cover Crop Basics

organicgardening.com writes…

“Cover crops just might be the hardest-working plants you’ll ever grow. Cover crops (also called green manure) suppress weeds, build productive soil, and help control pests and diseases. Plus, cover crops are easy to plant and require only basic care to thrive. And they grow well in nearly every part of the country.  Get started! Maybe you already know about the benefits of cover crops but think they’re just for farmers and other large-scale growers. Think again. Cover crops are well suited to all gardens, whether they’re big or small. Here’s a step-by-step guide to reaping the rewards of cover crops in your garden…”

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An Absolutely FREE video by Geoff Lawton, World Renowned Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Consultant.

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journal.wanderlustfestival.com writes…

“What can I do?”  Perhaps the most common question people ask me, this simple request is filled with angst and hidden perceptions.  Often a sigh accompanies the question, kind of a resignation to the power and position of the current food and farming paradigm.     Often the question indicates a the hopelessness of a single person fighting city hall.  When we look out on the Monsantos, the Archer Daniels Midlands, the McDonald’s from our little household vantage points, it can surely take the wind out of our sails…”

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npr.org writes…

“…Now, Washington state has jumped on the foraging bandwagon with plans to develop a 7-acre public plot into a food forest. The kicker? The lot sits smack in the middle of Seattle.

The idea is to give members of the working-class neighborhood of Beacon Hill the chance to pick plants scattered throughout the park – dubbed the Beacon Food Forest. It will feature fruit-bearing perennials — apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and more…”

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