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    Tian Provençal - Named after the earthenware dish used for both serving and cooking, this French vegetable dish from Provence is one that will surely impress your guests. Eight ingredients is all it takes, plus a little artistic effort that makes it ever-so-pretty.

    Baking it concentrates all of the flavours and celebrates these beautiful summer vegetables. If you’re not the artistic type, forego the radial pattern and layer the vegetables like a lasagne. It’ll be just as good…RECIPE

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    "Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."
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    Hügelkultur (German, meaning “hill culture” or “mound culture”) is the garden concept of building raised beds over decaying wood piles. Decayed timbers become porous and retain moisture while releasing nutrients into the soil that, in turn, promote root growth in plant materials. As the logs decay, they expand and contract, creating air pockets that assist in aerating the soil, allowing roots to easily penetrate the soil. This decaying environment creates a beneficial home to earthworms. As the worms burrow into the soil, they loosen the soil and deposit nutrient-rich worm castings, beneficial to plants. An earthworm can produce its weight in castings on a daily basis.  

    The best decayed wood for a Hügelkultur, according to A Growing Culture, comes from alders, applewood, cottonwood, poplar, maple and birch. Use wood products that have been in the process of decay for about a year (using green, or fresh, wood products will rob the soil of necessary nitrogen). Some wood products, like cedar and black walnut, should be avoided because they produce organisms that negatively effect plant growth.   

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    Permaculture Design Principles
    Companion Planting
    Many of these relationships are fairly general. The best results come from creating diversity by using a variety of herbs and ornamental plants alongside the edible crops planted in the garden.
    Some Companion Plants are:
    • Basil helps repel flies and mosquitoes
    • Birch leaves encourage compost fermentation
    • Borage in the strawberry patch will increase the yield
    • Catnip repels fleas, ants and rodents
    • Caraway helps breakdown heavy soils
    • Chamomile deters flies and mosquitoes and gives strength to any plant growing nearby
    •  Chives grown beneath apple trees will help to prevent apple scab; beneath roses will keep away aphids and blackspot.
    • Elderberry a general insecticide, the leaves encourage compost fermentation, the flowers and berries make good wine.
    • Fennel repel flies and ants
    • French Marigold root secretions kill nasty nematodes (not the beneficial ones) and will repel white fly amongst tomatoes.
    • Garlic helps keep aphids away from roses
    • Hyssop attracts cabbage white moth keeping brassicas free from infestation
    • Mint repels cabbage white moth. Dried and placed with clothes will repel clothes moth.
    • Nasturtium secrete a mustard oil, which many insects find attractive and will seek out, particularly the cabbage white moth. Alternatively, the flowers repel aphids and the cucumber beetle. The climbing variety grown up apple trees will repel codling moth.
    • Pyrethrum will repel bugs if grown around the vegetable garden
    • Rosemary repels carrot fly
    • Sage protects cabbages from cabbage white moth
    • Tansy (Tanacetum, not Senecio) repels moths, flies and ants. Plant beneath peach trees to repel harmful flying insects. Tansy leaves assist compost fermentation.
    • Wormwood (Artemesia, not Ambrosia) although it can inhibit the growth of plants near it, wormwood does repel moths and flies and keeps animals off the garden.

    Some compatible vegetables are:

    • Beetroot: Onions, Lettuce, Cabbage, Silverbeet
    • Cabbages: Beans, Celery, Beetroot, Onions, Potatoes
    • Cauliflower: Celery
    • Celery & Celeriac: Chives, Leeks, Tomatoes, Dwarf Beans
    • Carrots: Lettuce, Peas, Leeks, Chives, Onions, Cucumbers, Beans
    • Broadbeans: Potatoes, Peas, Beans
    • Tomatoes: Asparagus, Parsley, Broccoli, Sweet Basil, Carrots
    • Sweet Corn: Potatoes, Peas, Beans

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    The First fish I ever killed was a beta fish, and it was named Betta by default. Prior to my move to Boulder, I pre-purchased an Aqua Farm from a company that had just launched off of kickstarter: Back to the Roots. The kit arrived right before I moved into the house that I am living in to this day, so it took me a month to actually find time to visit PetCo. It took me two hours to find Betta because initially I wasn’t drawn to the beta fish in general. They weren’t cute! Nonetheless, Betta had a blue sparkle that made the idea of a beta fish palatable. The only issue left was the designation of a suitable name. Essentially, I just kept calling it beta, so I named it Betta. Once the kit was assembled, I purchased a snail as suggested in order to maintain the tank until the plants grew. My entire approach was utilitarian, and slightly detached: the first factor of killing a pet.

    It’s important to note that the Aqua farm is designed well, and the utilitarian approach could have worked had I not started to become so busy that I neglected a few directions. One, top the tank off with concentrated D-Klor ( a de-chlorination product) and an anti-sludge formula at least bi-monthly. Two, taking the necessary steps to avoid shock when acclimating a fish to new water: temperature and pH balancing. With that said, I killed Betts because I shocked him with bad water during an attempt to “re-setup” the entire tank. Trial One.

    After I literally watched Betta struggle to his death, I took a less utilitarian approach to the whole ordeal. I found fish variety that I had an affinity towards: Balloon Mollies! They were cute and tiny. Plus, I could buy two because they enjoy the company of other fish, unlike betas. I knew their names before I even made to the register: Lola and Jasperita. Lola was speckled white and black whereas Jasperita was all black. They were my babes, so the day I came home to find them floating belly up at the bottom of the tank was a tough one. Sure I cared for Betta, but I adored Lola and Jasperita. This time I had the water tested and discovered that the nitrate levels were off the charts because I had been feeding the Mollies more than they could eat in 3 minutes. Oh. My. God. I had been giving them extra food because they always seemed so hungry and ravenous as they nibbled on almost everything in the tank all the time. Ironically I thought I was somehow STARVING them!!!

    After Lola and Jasperita died I was terrified to get another fish. After all at this point I was an accidental, serial fish killer, infamous at the local PetCo. Yet, I eventually gave the Balloon Mollies one more try.  One disappeared , essentially floating dead under the water heater, while the other swam around as happy as could be. I decided that as much as liked and felt an affinity towards the surviving Balloon Mollie (Lola 2.0), I was most likely going to kill her too! Therefore Lola 2.0 had to go back to PetCo  where she would be safe and potentially find a new home. All selfishness aside.


    Persistence at the grace of aquatic life is human privilege that I had thoroughly abused, so I refrained from owning another fish until I studied the requirements of the Aqua Farm again. I decided that I would stick to the type of fish that the Aqua Farm was designed for: a beta. In order to make sure that the conditions were right, I frequented the PetCo until I came across a Black-Deep Purplish-Silver beta that I instantly identified as My Fish. On site I named him Jasper, grabbed his little container, and did my classic slow motion walk to the register (for some reason I was constantly afraid of shaking the fish to death like the little girl did in Finding Nemo SMH). I also purchased a Zen water statue and little Blue-Black shimmery stones to refresh and renew the tank, so the design of the tank became personal. The only utilitarian action was the setup of the tank, and I don’t think I have every followed directions more perfectly in all of my life! Later I also purchased a snail to accompany Jasper, and I named him/her Charlie. Ever since then we have been family!

    Charlie and  Jasper are in my heart, and today, April 1, 2014, I will have had them (kept them alive!) for two months! Each day that I wake up or come home and find them thriving in my “Zen Aqua Farm” I smile on the inside. In fact I’ve even expanded the types of plants that I am growing. I just planted Sage, Chives, Lettuce, Wheatgrass, and Mint with my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

    Persistence. Passion. Patience

    Charlie and Jasper: AquaFarming The First fish I ever killed was a beta fish, and it was named Betta by default.
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    More beautiful Black girls

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