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Meet Oasis Mini Smart Garden System

Fresh out of the box indoor gardening news... A new smart garden crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. The Oasis Mini by Aeroasis is somewhat unique in the hydroponic gardening appliance space. In 2015, Thomas Wollenberger was growing his own in the...
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What Is… Silicon?

“The biochemistry of Silicon in plants is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” -- (Epstein, 2001) Silicon is still not as well understood today as many of the other elements that we commonly use in our plant feeding regimes. It’s probably not...
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Roundup Revelations: Monsanto-EPA Collusion Exposed

It's been a bad week for Monsanto. Money machine hinge pin, Roundup, must be labeled a possible carcinogen in California. Judge Kristi Culber Kapetan handed down the final ruling in Monsanto's lawsuit against the state in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday, March...
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Growing Potatoes in Containers

Crates, tubs, bags, barrels, wire towers, or specially designed potato planters... What's the best way for growing potatoes in containers? A question I didn't know I had until earlier today, but certainly one any urban gardener or container gardener should want the...
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Should You Recycle Greywater for Plants?

Even if you're not in an area suffering from deep or prolonged drought, it makes a lot of sense to recycle greywater for plants. Why throw it away if it's not toxic or potentially harmful? Especially when you pay for it by the gallon from the city water system. After...
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Meet Oasis Mini Smart Garden System

Fresh out of the box indoor gardening news... A new smart garden crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. The Oasis Mini by Aeroasis is somewhat unique in the hydroponic gardening appliance space. In 2015, Thomas Wollenberger was growing his own in the...
Read More

Growing Potatoes in Containers

Crates, tubs, bags, barrels, wire towers, or specially designed potato planters... What's the best way for growing potatoes in containers? A question I didn't know I had until earlier today, but certainly one any urban gardener or container gardener should want the...
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How to Grow Sage… Anywhere

HISTORY & FOLKLORE A word with two meanings, sage the noun refers to a herb with culinary and medicinal uses, and sage the adjective describes a wise and experienced person. Since one benefit of the Salvia plant has long been said to sharpen one’s mental...
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Hydroponics Grows Homeless Teens Futures

A new indoor farm in Anchorage, Alaska is almost ready to launch. There's far bigger things behind the hydroponics system at Seeds of Change than growing tons of lettuce and herbs. The plans are far more ambitious than growing a bazillion tons of veggies, though when...
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Build An Urban Garden Room

A winner of the 2016 Chart Art Fair Architecture competition, the urban garden room display caught a lot of attention late last summer. The structure didn't attract just gardeners and local food fans. Fair attendees with diverse interests loved the experience of...
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Chinampas: Urban Farming Returns to Mexico City

They've been there since long before the day Cortes got his first glimpse the Aztec Empire in 1519. The chinampas have come full circle, from feeding the city's population to ruin, and finally, restoration brings urban farming and local food back to Mexico City. It's...
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What Is… Silicon?

“The biochemistry of Silicon in plants is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” -- (Epstein, 2001) Silicon is still not as well understood today as many of the other elements that we commonly use in our plant feeding regimes. It’s probably not...
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Organic vs. Synthetic Fertilizers & Nutrients

Plants need nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), and other nutrients for healthy growth. These are elements, and as such, there is no difference between the nitrogen (N) from an organic nutrient, or a synthetic nutrient. Elemental nitrogen is the...
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Make Your Own Organic Soil Mix

Soil is like water. Both sustain life as we know it, yet they are so omnipresent that we take them for granted. And due to both their importance and complexity, the limitations of language cannot do them justice. The soil is under our feet at all...
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Should You Recycle Greywater for Plants?

Even if you're not in an area suffering from deep or prolonged drought, it makes a lot of sense to recycle greywater for plants. Why throw it away if it's not toxic or potentially harmful? Especially when you pay for it by the gallon from the city water system. After...
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How to Water Plants Properly

The number 1 reason for plant decline and loss is... not understanding how to water plants properly. It's not a one size fits all situation. Every plant, every type of soil or soilless mix, and every gardening method has it's own unique requirements. However, the...
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Cool DIY Indoor Vertical Garden

The middle of winter is the best time for an indoor garden project. This photo inspired an excellent DIY indoor vertical garden idea. It's totally awesome, has an irrigation system, and well, how hard would it be to copy that?! Visions of repurposed pallet wood and...
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Why is Grow Room Humidity Important?

What exactly is humidity? How does it affect plants? As the controller of grow room humidity, having a keen understanding of what it can do to crop health is vital to your success as a grower. You know those really hot days, when no matter what we do we...
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5 Hot Grow Room Problems

Technology has a big role to play in our indoor gardens. Automated or not, you are using something that involves technology. All lighting used by indoor gardeners is technological in nature. Electrical motors used to pump...
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Best Grow Light Ballasts: Magnetic vs. Electronic

Almost every grow room has a pile of ballasts driving a bunch of lights. There’s a lot of confusion among growers about ballasts. Which ones are the best grow light ballasts? How do they work? What are they for? Let’s take a look... What IS a Ballast? Grow lights are...
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Special Spuds: Crops for Mars

In the movie, The Martian, it appears luck would be on the astronaut's side that he has raw potatoes on hand. These starters for crops for Mars are pure coincidence? Common sense survival tactics? Nope. Science has known for years that crops will grow on Mars. And...
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Double Fruits & Vegetables = Longer Life

Expert dietary guidelines have it all wrong, despite recently increasing the daily minimums. A new study finds that five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is only half what is needed to live a longer, healthier life. Keeping the grim reaper at bay calls for 10...
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Organic Farm Contest: Winner Takes All

No gimmick. This is for real. Someone is going to be the lucky winner of a small organic farm in central North Carolina. What would you do with 13 acres of land? If you've got the right qualifications, outlook, and goals, the current owner wants you to take over from...
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Roundup Revelations: Monsanto-EPA Collusion Exposed

It's been a bad week for Monsanto. Money machine hinge pin, Roundup, must be labeled a possible carcinogen in California. Judge Kristi Culber Kapetan handed down the final ruling in Monsanto's lawsuit against the state in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday, March...
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Plant Patents, Food Sovereignty & Seed Diversity

Concerned about pesticides, chemicals, and GMOs on your plate? Time to broaden your awareness of what’s happening in the world of seed that produces food. While everyone focuses on genetically modified crops and ingredients - food sovereignty and seed...
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Is Your Sweet Corn Nuked?

Not microwaved, but exposed to atomic fallout. Word is that supersweet corn hybrids came from radiation seed mutations. Seed corn purposefully placed just far enough away from an atomic bomb blast to ensure the boat stayed afloat. I know, this sounds like some kind of...
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