Growing Rhubarb: Why Isn’t It Red?

Many gardeners have a problem growing rhubarb that turns red. We always assume the trouble is the kind of rhubarb we planted. Mine was inherited. It came with the house. The promisingly pink immature stems are bronze-kissed green by the cutting stage! Asking my mom...
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Major Aquaponic Farming Expansion at Urban Organics in Minnesota

Entering the urban farm scene as an aquaponic farming business back in 2013 was highly adventurous. It was still highly experimental, but the co-founders of Urban Organics plunged into it with gusto. The possibilities were incredible, especially in St. Paul,...
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Grow Your Own Kiwi Berries

Technically, known as 'cold hardy kiwi' fruit, these miniature cousins of the familiar fuzzy brown kiwi are known as kiwi berries, kiwi grapes, or baby kiwis. Because super foods and mini fruits and vegetables are all the rage, commercial growers are scrambling...
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The Beginner Gardener: Winging it

I have to admit, I was so stressed when I started planning my outdoor vegetable garden. That pressure grew when my boss asked me if I wanted to write a regular blog on my experience as a rookie gardener. I decided to do my research and the more I read, the more...
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The Rammed Earth House: Sustainable Building

Using compacted soil as a building material is as old as the hills. Many examples are found around the world. A rammed earth house, however, is nothing like a mud hut and need not be primitive. It's a lost art well-suited to sustainable home construction today. When...
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Grow Your Own Kiwi Berries

Technically, known as 'cold hardy kiwi' fruit, these miniature cousins of the familiar fuzzy brown kiwi are known as kiwi berries, kiwi grapes, or baby kiwis. Because super foods and mini fruits and vegetables are all the rage, commercial growers are scrambling...
Read More

The Beginner Gardener: Winging it

I have to admit, I was so stressed when I started planning my outdoor vegetable garden. That pressure grew when my boss asked me if I wanted to write a regular blog on my experience as a rookie gardener. I decided to do my research and the more I read, the more...
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Science Discovers Organic Onions Have More Bioactive Benefits

Wonderful, both raw and cooked, onions enrich the flavor of many recipes worldwide and pair well with just about anything except sweet fruits and desserts. Surprisingly packed with health benefits, recent research proves that organic onions offer higher bioactive...
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Major Aquaponic Farming Expansion at Urban Organics in Minnesota

Entering the urban farm scene as an aquaponic farming business back in 2013 was highly adventurous. It was still highly experimental, but the co-founders of Urban Organics plunged into it with gusto. The possibilities were incredible, especially in St. Paul,...
Read More

Vertical Gardens for growing in Small Spaces

While it is nice to have a large open area that gives full sun to use as a garden, sometimes that isn’t available, but by using vertical gardens, a fence or wall may offer an alternative. The concept is simple: if you can’t go out, go up. Apartment balconies are an...
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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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What Are Seeds?

Seeds are amazing storage containers that allow a plant to travel through space and time. Inside each protective casing is a tiny plant held in status until it is exposed to conditions that initiate development and growth, along with some stored energy (endosperm) for...
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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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Growing Rhubarb: Why Isn’t It Red?

Many gardeners have a problem growing rhubarb that turns red. We always assume the trouble is the kind of rhubarb we planted. Mine was inherited. It came with the house. The promisingly pink immature stems are bronze-kissed green by the cutting stage! Asking my mom...
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How to Make Humidity Disks for Herb Jars

  Simple homemade clay humidity disks (a.k.a. “Grubbycoins”) can be used to extend and improve the life of dried herbs and spices by helping regulate humidity.   Clay particles when bisque fired will fuse together enough that they will no longer separate in...
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Crazy for Cordage

Cording is a specific way to twist fibers to form strands, ropes and perhaps least surprisingly, cords. Cordage is literally one of the oldest technologies humans have. There were civilizations primitive enough not to have discovered the wheel that made it, and there...
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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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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 water or...
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The Rammed Earth House: Sustainable Building

Using compacted soil as a building material is as old as the hills. Many examples are found around the world. A rammed earth house, however, is nothing like a mud hut and need not be primitive. It's a lost art well-suited to sustainable home construction today. When...
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People Street Food: The Urban Food Street

The neighborhood that grows together literally put a healthy twist on street food. It all started with one food street in northeastern Queensland, Australia, and grew to cover a whole section of town. The price of locally grown, organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs...
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Urban Gardens and Green Spaces: Holistic Environmental Health

You don't have to work in a garden or partake of its harvest to benefit from one. Research is proving that urban gardens and green spaces have a profound effect on a person's physical and mental health, and the community environment. An ornamental garden is not...
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US Taxpayers Fund FDA Pro-GMO Campaign

If it isn't one industry group, it's another who sneak the approval or cost of promoting their interest onto a bill. Saving the US government from shutdown over the new budget is always last-minute, and this year's unwanted surprise is providing $3 million dollars in...
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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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