PLANT, PICK, & PRUNE: This week in the Eco-Sense nursery we are focussing on berries. Gord made a quick info page on raspberries and blackberries to help us learn. We are planting more berries this year as we enjoyed eating them all winter…and didn’t have enough. They are incredibly versatile and easy to process. We freeze them whole to eat many ways throughout the winter…including smoothies, in our hot cereal, berry sauce, in clafoutis, and mixed with apples and baked into a crumble. Not only are they super yummy, they are very nutritious. Check out the information that Gord pulled together that also gives links to different trellis ideas. We have many of these in stock at very affordable prices as they are mostly bare root. Take them home this weekend. Here’s our plant list. Lots of other berries are in stock too. Come check out the berry patch.
Nursery is OPEN Sat & Sun from 10am-2pm. 3295 Compton Road in the East Highlands.
LINKS: Here’s a couple links that may be of interest to our readers.
- The text of the short speech just given by Greta Thunberg to the UK’s MP’s: https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/greta-thunberg-full-speech-to-mps-you-did-not-act-in-time?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR1r13gQ1QsvmuwcdONhaQ3uDqRHDvOFhTM45M8qCaG776BQ8Q4ZPL3L3K8
- One-hour BBC documentary with Sir David Attenborough. Climate Change – The Facts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=0ypaUH57MO4
- NATURE study on glyphosate. YES, it’s toxic.
Title: Assessment of Glyphosate Induced epigenetic transgenerational Inheritance of pathologies and sperm epimutations: Generational toxicology
Abstract: Ancestral environmental exposures to a variety of factors and toxicants have been shown to promote the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset disease. one of the most widely used agricultural pesticides worldwide is the herbicide glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine), commonly known as Roundup. There are an increasing number of conflicting reports regarding the direct exposure toxicity (risk) of glyphosate, but no rigorous investigations on the generational actions. the current study using a transient exposure of gestating F0 generation female rats found negligible impacts of glyphosate on the directly exposed F0 generation, or F1 generation offspring pathology. In contrast, dramatic increases in pathologies in the F2 generation grand-offspring, and F3 transgenerational great- grand-offspring were observed. The transgenerational pathologies observed include prostate disease, obesity, kidney disease, ovarian disease, and parturition (birth) abnormalities. epigenetic analysis of the F1, F2 and F3 generation sperm identified differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs). A number of DMR associated genes were identified and previously shown to be involved in pathologies. Therefore, we propose glyphosate can induce the transgenerational inheritance of disease and germline (e.g. sperm) epimutations. observations suggest the generational toxicology of glyphosate needs to be considered in the disease etiology of future generations.
Do you have sweet potato slips for sale?
Yes, we will have just a few. Only unnamed variety this year which is either Georgia Jet or Superior. Both do excellent for us.