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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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New Indoor Garden Systems from Tregren

The most convenient spot for growing your own herbs and salad ingredients is definitely in the kitchen - and the new hydroponic indoor garden systems from Tregren will certainly appeal to the cook who wants truly fresh ingredients. Their new T-series appliances are...
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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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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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How To Get Rid of Spider Mites in the Indoor Garden

Few pests bother the indoor gardener like spider mites. They seemingly appear from nowhere, and spread havoc exponentially. The secret to how to get rid of spider mites in the indoor garden? Control. Knowing how to control your growing environment is one of...
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New Indoor Garden Systems from Tregren

The most convenient spot for growing your own herbs and salad ingredients is definitely in the kitchen - and the new hydroponic indoor garden systems from Tregren will certainly appeal to the cook who wants truly fresh ingredients. Their new T-series appliances are...
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Weeding Robot = Organic Weed Control

No more hoeing and scratching? Not if you have a weeding robot! Imagine that. It's a gardener's dream come true when organic weed control is a must. A weed-free vegetable garden without chemicals or sacrificing all your summer weekends to make it happen. Amazing,...
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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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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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Locally Grown: Saltwater Shrimp Farming Indoors

Is the next big thing in urban farming going to be shrimp farming indoors? Not crayfish. Gourmet Pacific White Shrimp is grown in a sustainable greenhouse and indoor aquaculture systems. Over the past few years indoor shrimp farms are popping up between the coasts and...
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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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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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From Diatoms to Diatomaceous

Diatoms are common single-celled algae found in the phytoplankton of both fresh and salt waters. They can also live inland under semi-aquatic conditions on wet soils, mosses, and bark. Microscopic in size; their common length is about the width of a human hair....
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A Hot Tip for Gardening with Thermoplastics: Get a Soldering Iron

Starting seeds in disposable thermoplastic cups has advantages; as a way to get an additional use from something that otherwise would likely be thrown away, because they are cheap, and they are a reasonable size for seedlings. “Five gallon” buckets are another common...
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How To Get Rid of Spider Mites in the Indoor Garden

Few pests bother the indoor gardener like spider mites. They seemingly appear from nowhere, and spread havoc exponentially. The secret to how to get rid of spider mites in the indoor garden? Control. Knowing how to control your growing environment is one of...
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A Hot Tip for Gardening with Thermoplastics: Get a Soldering Iron

Starting seeds in disposable thermoplastic cups has advantages; as a way to get an additional use from something that otherwise would likely be thrown away, because they are cheap, and they are a reasonable size for seedlings. “Five gallon” buckets are another common...
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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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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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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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Post-Organic Produce: The Future of Indoor Farming?

Newly launched Bowery indoor farm company in Kearny, New Jersey thinks so. A recent rash of press announces their crops as the world's first "post-organic" produce made possible through Farm OS, their proprietary automation of every aspect of growing from lights to pH...
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DIY Denim Eggs: Natural Egg Dyes

Coloring eggs to celebrate spring and Easter is a great activity for the kids. But natural egg dyes made at home takes this annual event to an entirely new level, one that will have adults looking forward to the project. So much so, that you don't need to have any...
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Gardening, Kids & Growing Healthy Choices

I was born in the summer of 1985, and the generation that I so emphatically belong to is one that in many respects was the guinea pig test generation for modern food science. As children we had a first hand, participatory role in the rise of the processed...
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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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UN Declares Agricultural Pesticides Unnecessary

So much for the agrochemical industry's insistence that agricultural pesticides are the only way to feed the world. The United Nation's Special Rapporteur on toxins finds the professed need for pesticides unnecessary, and GMO crops right along with them. The idea that...
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Almond Fungicide Threatens Honey Bees

With most managed US hives used to pollinate California's almond crops, it's alarming to learn that a common almond fungicide threatens honey bees. New research published in the Journal of Economic Entomology on Tuesday of this week reports findings that the fungicide...
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