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Is That a Monsanto Food Company on Your Shopping List?

In early 2011, someone published a Monsanto Food Company List to boycott and it continued to circulate right up into last year. The most recent two publishers took the time to type it out... all 68 names in alphabetical order. The thing is - that list is outdated and...
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Diary of an Indoor Grower: Hydroponics Garden Evolution

The only thing that hasn't changed in my hydroponics garden is its dimensions. It is just over 70 Sq feet (6.6 X 11.2).with 8-foot ceilings. Otherwise, it is in a constant state of flux. Lights, systems, nutrients, fans, controllers, you name it I have changed it....
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Home Composting

Home composting relies upon one of the simplest axioms of nature: Things of the forest live by eating from the forest, and at their end, they are eaten by the forest. In some ways, the forest floor acts as a stomach. It breaks down dead plant matter and debris to make...
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7 Tips and Helpful Bits on Nutrient Solution Mixology

Nutrient solutions range from straightforward single part feedings to complicated cocktails with recipes that rival those of arcane potion making. Here are 7 tips and helpful bits on nutrient mixology: 1. Start with a plan. Most manufacturers give recommendations for...
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Meet GroBucket: Inexpensive Self-Watering Planter

The most expensive part of container gardening is usually the container itself, and if you want a self-irrigating design for big plants, they can get really pricey. Here's a new product called GroBucket that will change everything. It allows you to turn any 4-6 gallon...
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Home Composting

Home composting relies upon one of the simplest axioms of nature: Things of the forest live by eating from the forest, and at their end, they are eaten by the forest. In some ways, the forest floor acts as a stomach. It breaks down dead plant matter and debris to make...
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Meet GroBucket: Inexpensive Self-Watering Planter

The most expensive part of container gardening is usually the container itself, and if you want a self-irrigating design for big plants, they can get really pricey. Here's a new product called GroBucket that will change everything. It allows you to turn any 4-6 gallon...
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Meet LeGrow Smart Garden System

An indoor meadow... amazing! That's my first glimpse of new smart garden system LeGrow pictured above. Meadow plants thriving in the depth of winter, or that downtown apartment? Here's a modular indoor garden designed to let you do that and more. LeGrow isn't a...
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Diary of an Indoor Grower: Hydroponics Garden Evolution

The only thing that hasn't changed in my hydroponics garden is its dimensions. It is just over 70 Sq feet (6.6 X 11.2).with 8-foot ceilings. Otherwise, it is in a constant state of flux. Lights, systems, nutrients, fans, controllers, you name it I have changed it....
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Diary of an Indoor Grower

Indoor gardening is for sure the coolest, manliest and useful hobby in the world. Well maybe not but it's super useful, relaxing and educational for my children. Our connection to food is practically non-existent and my little garden reminds me and shows my kids the...
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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,...
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7 Tips and Helpful Bits on Nutrient Solution Mixology

Nutrient solutions range from straightforward single part feedings to complicated cocktails with recipes that rival those of arcane potion making. Here are 7 tips and helpful bits on nutrient mixology: 1. Start with a plan. Most manufacturers give recommendations for...
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The Power of Hydrogen (pH)

The pH scale is used to describe how basic (alkaline) or acidic a solution is. Solutions with a pH below 7 are acidic. Solutions with a pH above 7 are basic, and solutions with a pH of 7 are neutral. A water molecule has 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom (H2O). Water...
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A Simple 3 Part Potting Mix

Potting soils are generally made out of light materials known as “soilless medias”. Almost every gardener I've run into that mixes their own has their own recipe, but here is a basic one to get started with: 1-2 parts plant compost, homemade or from a trusted source....
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4 Steps to Understanding Bell Siphons

Bell Siphons are one way to intermittently fill and drain a container such as for an ebb and flow hydroponic system. While they are not particularly complicated devices, they are easier to understand if simpler siphons are considered first.¹ 1. Simple Siphons A simple...
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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...
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pH Potion with Red Cabbage Anthocyanin

Red Cabbage is high in a special type of flavonoid pigment known as anthocyanin. This gives red cabbage its characteristic purplish color, as well as being responsible for the blue in blueberries and the black in blackberries. It is also color reactive to pH and can...
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Indoor Light and a Homemade Spectroscope

A spectroscope separates light from a source into its component colors. Light is a form of electromagnetic (EM) radiation whose color depends on its wavelength. Although the speed of light is a constant, the wavelength, frequency and photon energy are not. The...
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Beard Hair and Homemade Hygrometers

Ever notice how hair (especially long hair) seems different on humid days than on dry days? That’s because it is. One property of human hair is that it is measurably and reliably longer in humid conditions. A human hair at 100% humidity is about 2.5% longer than at...
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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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Cannabis By Dermis – CBD Oil Transdermal Patches

Transdermal patches can be used to slowly deliver a substance such as CBD oil to a person over an extended period of time. Modern patches are odourless, discrete, long-acting and convenient, allowing in some cases for an alternative to inhalation, oral or suppository...
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Green Building: Sustainable Prefab Home

Innovations in green building Have presented us with several interesting ways of owning a sustainable home over the past few years, but now these qualities are available in a prefab earth-shelter package. Unlike traditional houses, they blend in with the surrounding...
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Cannabis Education at Oaksterdam University

Oaksterdam University¹ is a cannabis cultivation and industry educational institution located in the “Oaksterdam” section of Oakland, California. Inspired by the Cannabis College of Amsterdam; Oaksterdam University was founded in 2007 by Richard Lee, and the current...
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Is That a Monsanto Food Company on Your Shopping List?

In early 2011, someone published a Monsanto Food Company List to boycott and it continued to circulate right up into last year. The most recent two publishers took the time to type it out... all 68 names in alphabetical order. The thing is - that list is outdated and...
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GMO Food Company Has Verified Non-GMO Foods?

The world's largest GMO foods company is in partnership with the Non-GMO Project. Go ahead, read it again, but it's unlikely to change your grasp of the words. It doesn't matter if you're demanding non-GMO foods, or a proponent of GMOs - there's something wrong with...
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Neonics On Tap: Farm Pesticides in Drinking Water

While the University of Iowa has been aware of this situation since last summer, news of a municipal water supply found tainted with neonicotinoids just broke last week. That's right, dangerous farm pesticides in drinking water supplied to homes and business in Iowa...
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