EcoQube Frame: Growing Microgreens the Easy Way

Sometimes the simplest things are the most awesome. Take a seed, for instance, packed with everything new life needs to get started. This makes growing microgreens one of the easiest and most nutrient-dense crops. A Sprinkle A Day… Size matters least in terms of health benefits from plants? Yes! The bigger the plant, the more spread out your nutrition is! So, you’ve got to eat a lot more volume in regular veggies to get enough good stuff. But microgreens contain up to 40 times more nutrients and are ready to harvest in as little as 10 days. However, some...

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Keyhole Garden: Growing & Composting Combo

A drought tolerant garden is a must in places where it’s consistently hot and dry through the summer months, making a keyhole garden of huge interest to people in the southwestern US. But there are more benefits to building this kind of garden, and not having to water your veggies as often makes sense no matter how much it rains where you live. Then there’s the benefit of it creating its own organic fertilizer when built properly. A keyhole garden is designed to include a composting tower. It was developed to enable sustainable home gardens and smallholder market farming...

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Growing Hotel Trend: Urban Beekeeping & Gardens

It might seem an unlikely pairing, but urban beekeeping, rooftop gardens, and luxury hotels are a natural match. The best food comes from incredibly fresh ingredients, and upscale hotels contain restaurants that are the domain of talented chefs. Such culinary artists are well aware that the secret to a tantalizing and memorable repast is bigger than the sum of its parts. The fresher it is, the richer the flavor and succulence. After all, freshly harvested is what made farm-to-table dining in such demand. It has no rival. Naturally, if you’re going to have rooftop gardens supplying the chef with...

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How to Build a Greenhouse: DIY Tips

Getting your plants going earlier, gardening longer, and growing food in winter has lots of people interested in how to build a greenhouse. Especially after a little window shopping reveals that even the least expensive greenhouse kit is pricey. Which means… it’s DIY time, but if you’re going to do this, you’ll surely want to know you’re building a greenhouse that won’t fly away or collapse. What kind of DIY greenhouse is best? That depends on where you live. In places with really mild winters, you’ll probably have great success with a super simple, lightweight structure. But high winds and...

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Huge Urban Farming Complex Coming to Shanghai

Urban farming is no stranger in Shanghai. There are small, soil-based growing operations scattered around the metropolis. In fact, a century ago much of Shanghai’s food supply came from 300,000 hectares of farmland that ringed the city. But like many cities, population growth and urban sprawl did away with most agricultural land on the perimeter. Today, Shanghai is home to about 24 million people. Feeding them has become a challenge that vertical farming can change. When approached last fall about handling Shanghai’s new 250-acre urban farming complex design and planning, international architectural firm Sasaki was totally intrigued. The project...

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