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Ploskorez - permaculture tool from Russia!

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Eco-minded Club presents amazing invention of a Russian gardener Vladimir Fokin (Russian Federation patent #2040133): ploskorez, Russian flat-cutter, cultivator Fokina or Fokin hoe, as Sepp Holzer calls it, Ploskorez Fokina ("ploskorez" means flat-cutter) - a simple and versatile permaculture tool to replace usual gardening tools like spade, hoe, rakes etc, simplifying 20 gardening operations and essential for no-till gardening.

Standard Ploskorez Fokina consists of a steel plate bent in 4 different directions at specific angles (see the picture) and a long wooden flat handle. Three of the cutting surfaces of the plate are sharpened. The blades of the cutting part of the ploskorez must always be sharpened to reduce the resistance of the soil and cutting plants.

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No PayPal account? - Pay by credit (debit) card!

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Eco-Minded Club has two payment options available: PayPal payment and Direct bank transfer.
And what to do if you don't have and/or don't want to open a PayPal account and failed to make a direct bank transfer?

I have good news for you: when you select PayPal payment to pay for your order you don't have to open a PayPal account.
All you need is a credit or debit card. The official PayPal statement: Buyers Can Checkout Without a PayPal Account

And here is step-by-step instruction how to pay by credit (debit) card without opening a PayPal account.

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Easy way to start seeds without soil

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We have just tried an unusual way to start seeds without any soil at all.
It has worked so well that we can't resist sharing it with you.

So, here is what you do.
1. Take an empty plastic bottle with no cap and cut it carefully lengthwise - you get 2 halves.
2. Take the cheapest toilet paper (no odours, no color) and cover the bottom of each half-bottle with a few layers (6-8).
3. Pour some water over the paper layers until it's wet completely, then tilt it bottleneck down to pour out axcess water.
4. Put the seeds on the wet paper and slightly pin each seed down with a finger tip.
5. Place a plastic bag over the half-bottle to make sure that all moisture will stay inside.
6. Leave it this way for 2-3 weeks and watch the seeds growing inside!


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News from Russia

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Kirsten Daly, founder of balancedearth.org.au recently visited Russia to see if the ecovillage vision of the Russian Anastasia/Ringing Cedars series of Books were really a success and reality. Wow - what inspiration. In 15 years since the books were released in Russia (now worldwide in many languages) millions of people have been inspired to return to nature - and Russia alone has over 220 of these ecovillages. Here Kirsten

This sweet family hosted me in Russia. You really should watch it - it is truly inspiring how they changed their life radically and live now nearly self sufficiently...
Family Homestead interview, part 1 of 2:

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Traditional Russian Doll

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In Russian folk tradition doll is not just a toy, it symbolize a person. In this role it focuses on time, history, culture of the country and its people, reflecting the process of their development. Doll is a way to learn more about life both of those who create it and of those who play with it. In present-day Russia it becomes the live means for communication and folk traditions study. In past this small human-like figurine played a magical role, was a sort of an amulet. It “took part” in different rituals, festivals associated with the real life events – birth of a new baby, wedding ceremony, death etc.

There is a surprising similarity of dolls in different nations. They are connected not only by origin (toy dolls usually come from ritual ones) but  also by generally accepted human values and ideas: procreation, parents’ care, attitude to the ancestors. Hand-made toys served to our ancestors as a sort of genetic code showing  landmarks in their life cycle. That’s why there were accidents in the process of their making - everything was meaningful.


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How to order & pay

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Please read this carefully before you place an order.

1. We ship to ANY country worldwide.
Delivery is organized by Russian registered post (your signature is required upon receipt).

2. You will get an email with your postage ID which you can trace here: http://www.track-trace.com/post

3. Shipping cost depends on the total weight of the products you ordered. There is a restriction: your total weight should not exceed 6 kg. If your order weight is more than 6 kg the shipping options will not appear automatically so please ask for help at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


When you complete, the programm automatically summarize weights of all the products you selected.

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How to grow from seeds and seedlings

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Following your requsts I place these notes to help you with organic Heirloom seeds planting.

Planting from Seeds and Seedlings.

You can plant vegetable seeds indoors or outdoors. If you plant seeds indoors, you transplant them into your garden later. With direct seeding, you skip the indoor step and sow the seeds directly in your garden. If you're serious about growing vegetables, you'll probably end up using both options. Consider these points when making your choice:

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Russian heirloom seeds!

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Under the name "Heirloom seeds" we understand original organic seeds produced by the people developing Russian Kin's domains (Family homesteads).
 
These kind of seeds are found in remote rural areas of Russia where they have been grown and carefully collected by "babushkas" on one place for more than 20 years.
Most of these seeds are old, proven over the years cultivars, traditional Russian sorts, that surely has no GMO.
Growing natural organic food from these seeds you help yourself and your family to restore health and also contribute to conservation and sustainable biodiversity of nature.
Buying these seeds you will also help Kin's settlers to earn money for living and developing their Family homesteads.
(The importance and significance of Family homesteads for well-being of the Earth is described in "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" book series.)

We are going to offer wide range of seeds from garden food plants to medicinal plants.
The list of the seeds will be updated regulary with many new varieties added.
Some of the seeds you see are the samples only. To make an order please click "Notify me" button and leave your email.
We will notify you as soon as we get the seeds.

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