Did you know that lupine flour is used to prepare gluten-free foods, biscuits and even chocolate and mayonnaise? And that lupins are the protagonists of an agricultural technique called sustainable dry farming which consists in the production of cereals resistant to water shortage? Well perhaps it is not only with lupins that we will feed the world, but certainly these hyper-nutritious legumes deserve a mention in the Milan EXPO 2015 carousel dedicated to the theme of nutrition under the motto 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'.
Those lucky enough to live in the countryside cannot miss the opportunity to raise turkeys according to a natural method, between pastures and rustic shelters where the turkeys can shelter from the elements. The turkey is at least as faithful an animal as the dog, with this we do not mean that it is possible to bring turkeys on a leash but only that they are easy to raise outdoors, do not run away and no fencing is required.
For the first time, the European Commission has asked Member States to authorize the cultivation of a new type of genetically modified maize. This is TC1507 maize, produced by the US multinational Pioneer. Environmentalists find this demand irresponsible and have reminded everyone of the threat GMOs pose to biodiversity.
Who among you wouldn't want a lush green, golf-style lawn? Here are some tips for getting a soft, green and healthy turf. A green lawn needs care, a lawn that does not need maintenance has not yet been invented… in reality, irrigations can be programmed for a few pennies while the wealthiest can use robotic lawnmowers to cut the lawn.
Before the arrival of severe frosts, the most sensitive to cold vegetables such as endive, celery and cauliflower must be harvested. To protect the garden from the cold, it will be necessary to organize greenhouses, in this context we have already explained how to create a tunnel greenhouse. Some garden crops, if not protected, will yield nothing during the winter: lettuce, radicchio, parsley, radishes ... can be grown in the garden in winter only if adequately protected from the cold.
Those who love variety can not help but grow an abundant mixed salad of vegetables. When we talk about mixed salad we refer to a mixture consisting of different varieties of salads and radicchio particularly suitable to be grown together and usually cut. On the market there are different types of mixed salad, each with its precise percentage composition.
Do you own a small piece of land around your home? It might be a good idea to make a vegetable garden out of it. Having our own vegetables and aromatic plants represents a source of economic savings. But not only! A small garden of our own allows us to eat fresh and wholesome food, not treated with pesticides, preservatives and other chemicals.
There are different types of soil which are characterized by structure rather than by quantity of nutrients or pH; so we have clayey, loamy and sandy soils. What is the most suitable soil for garden cultivation? As any good organic farmer will surely know, vegetables, fruits and vegetables need healthy soil to grow well.
Among the operations to be done in the garden to ensure maximum growth and productivity of fruit trees we find pruning. Certainly it is not a very simple task and should be followed by those who have specific knowledge on the subject. Why is it important to prune? Pruning is a necessary operation to be able to contain the growth of more developed trees and shrubs and to encourage fruit production.
Agriculture in Italy, how are things? Waiting for the final national data for 2013, we see the numbers of Veneto (made available by Veneto Agriculture) which is an important region in the sector. Agriculture and more generally the primary agri-food sector in Veneto saw a decrease in 2013 both the number of agricultural enterprises (-6.3) and that of food industry enterprises (-0.1).
Growing Hemp in Italy is legal as long as the variety of hemp grown contains a percentage of THC less than 0.2 and as long as the procedure established by Italian law is followed or by the circular of the MIPAAF (Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies) nr .1 of 8 May 2002.
Unicredit CEO Federico Ghizzoni at Fieragricola in Verona Agribond is the name of the 600 million euro line of funding for agriculture that Unicredit announced it had made available in the 2014-2015 two-year period. On behalf of the farmers who will use it, the SGFA Funds Management Company, a public body headed by the Institute for the Agricultural Food Market, will guarantee.
The mandarin is a tree belonging to the Rutaceae family characterized by a robust and deep root system. Growing mandarins does not require difficult cultivation practices; it is enough to always keep in mind some simple rules to see the plants grow luxuriantly and to guarantee a good harvest.
Those who take care of garden maintenance will have often found themselves faced with this dilemma: better a lawn mower or a brush cutter? In recent times, battery-powered lawnmowers, more properly called electric lawnmowers, have rapidly spread on the market and electric brushcutters have also arrived in parallel.
How to grow melon: the ideal period to grow melon, the care to devote to the cultivation of melon and all the instructions to start the cultivation of melon starting from the seed.To start an amateur cultivation it is good to choose the variety of melon carefully to cultivate.
In the field of mulching, the so-called "anti-weed tunnel" is rapidly spreading. Consisting of perforated, rigid PVC pipes, as the name suggests, the anti-weed tunnel helps to keep weeds away from the garden.How is an anti-weed tunnel made? The anti-weed tunnel is composed of modules in rigid and recycled PVC.
The productivity of arundo donax as an energy crop can be estimated at about 8-10 tons of dry matter per hectare in the first year of planting, 20-25 t s.s. / ha in the second year and up to about 30-35 t. s.s. / ha from the third year onwards, when the cultivation is expected to be fully operational.
The mulberry tree reaches 10-20 meters in height. In Italy, two varieties of the mulberry tree are mainly widespread, the white mulberry, botanically known as Morus alba and the black mulberry, known as Morus nigra. The mulberry tree (whether white or black) does not need much care and can easily be grown in the garden for the production of blackberries, compound fruits.
The cultivation of panic (panìco) for energy purposes has the advantages of a good yield in terms of biomass, a high tolerance to drought combined with easy drying in the field and adaptability to haymaking machines. This last feature penalizes all the multi-year herbaceous energy crops a little, including miscanthus, common reed, arundo and thistle, but in the case of panic the problem is limited.