Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How To Prune Grapes: Cane Type

How to prune a grape vine. There are two grape varieties as far as pruning goes, Spur prune varieties and Cane prune varieties. In this video Chuck Ingels demonstrates how to prune a Cane type grapevine.

This is a very clear demonstration of cane pruning on a grape vine.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map "2012"

The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.
For the first time, the map is available as an interactive GIS-based map, for which a broadband Internet connection is recommended, and as static images for those with slower Internet access. Users may also simply type in a ZIP Code and find the hardiness zone for that area.
No posters of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map have been printed. But state, regional, and national images of the map can be downloaded and printed in a variety of sizes and resolutions.

This is the link, so you can put in your zip code and see an enlarged picture of your state map.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Behold! A New Map of All the Trees in America

by Michael dEstries January 14, 2012 

Ever wonder where all the woody green in the U.S. is? It took six years – but Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of NASA’s Woods Hole Research Center, in conjunction with the National Geological Survey and US Forest Service, managed to do it.

They poured over space-based radar, satellite sensors, computer models, and a massive amount of ground-based data – all resulting in what may be the best “highest resolution and most detailed view of forest structure and carbon storage ever assembled for any country.”

Awesome. Unless you live in the central U.S. states. No green for you.

So, how many trees are we looking at here? According to one source, scientists estimate that America’s forest land contain some 230 billion trees – around 1,000 for each person. And it’s getting better. There are more trees today than there were 70 years ago. Some 1.5-2.3 billion – an area the size of Connecticut – are planted annually. Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Oregon and Washington are the leading tree-planting states, in that order.

Now you know. For a high-res shot of this map, jump here

About Michael dEstries
Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Understanding the Language of Nature: The fungal-fantastical!

The fungal-fantastical. Emerging from their axial homes, fungi are beginning to be understood as nutrients to the human consciousness and ecological sustainability. Paul explores mycology and compels support for your own good nature and our fungal allies. This is the first in a collaboration of Louie Schwartzberg of Blacklight films ( and Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti (