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Preserving Health Benefits of Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Many people eat mushrooms because they taste great, but they offer tons more than flavor. They're rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body needs. A recent study, however, discovered that some common ways of cooking them alter important health benefits of...
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Summer Solstice

This is the week of the summer solstice, also known as midsummer (the halfway point of summer). The solstices and equinoxes have traditionally been important to gardeners because of their effect on the flowering habits of some of the most important plants in the...
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BBQ Herb Garden: Growing Herbs for Grilling

Putting miles on the grill is all part of summer, as is the endless supply of fresh fruits and vegetables as the heat index climbs. And if you're into growing your own, chances are there are some herbs in your garden too. But are you growing herbs for grilling and...
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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...
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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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BBQ Herb Garden: Growing Herbs for Grilling

Putting miles on the grill is all part of summer, as is the endless supply of fresh fruits and vegetables as the heat index climbs. And if you're into growing your own, chances are there are some herbs in your garden too. But are you growing herbs for grilling and...
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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...
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Supplemental lighting and Partially Sunny Windows

Supplemental Lighting Supplemental lighting can extend the area that the plants are grown in, and be used to control flowering in plants subject to photoperiodism. While it is nice when there is a full sun window available to light indoor plants with, sometimes that...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Preserving Health Benefits of Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Many people eat mushrooms because they taste great, but they offer tons more than flavor. They're rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body needs. A recent study, however, discovered that some common ways of cooking them alter important health benefits of...
Read More

Summer Solstice

This is the week of the summer solstice, also known as midsummer (the halfway point of summer). The solstices and equinoxes have traditionally been important to gardeners because of their effect on the flowering habits of some of the most important plants in the...
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University Gardens that Give Back by Growing

In recent years, unused land on campuses scattered across the US has been turned into sustainable university gardens that produce organic fruits and vegetables. Not surprising, given the developing importance of super fresh, locally grown food, urban farming, and...
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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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