Kenaf Fire Logs: Smart Renewable Fuel Crop

Now there's a renewable heating fuel that burns hotter and longer than the best firewood, yet it involves no deforestation. Four years into research and development, a fire logs startup has discovered yet another use for the Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) crop....
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Mediterranean Plants: How to plant and care for them

You may have dreams of a luxury villa in the Tuscan countryside or a poolside retreat in the Costa Del Sol, but while the weather may not be as sun blessed, it is possible to recreate some of that Mediterranean garden glamour back home. Whether you want to include one...
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The Monsanto Papers: Suspicions Confirmed

Though spokespersons for the Monsanto Company are running the defense, as usual, the Monsanto Papers, namely emails turned over to the plaintiff's lawyer in a Roundup cancer lawsuit, reveal their claims of rigorous testing and scientific review more questionable than...
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Cannabis Chaos: Marijuana Laws Across North America

With cannabis use legal, in one way or another, in all but seven states in the US, you'd think we'd be approaching something akin to cohesive marijuana law. But that would make sense... instead we have the incoherent approach. For starters, black market marijuana...
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How UK Gardens have altered their appearance over the years

With homes across Britain shrinking, there has been a knock-on effect also witnessed with our gardens. For instance, the homes of today across the country are half the size as those which were constructed in 1920. Meanwhile, the typical British garden was 163.2 metres...
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How UK Gardens have altered their appearance over the years

With homes across Britain shrinking, there has been a knock-on effect also witnessed with our gardens. For instance, the homes of today across the country are half the size as those which were constructed in 1920. Meanwhile, the typical British garden was 163.2 metres...
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Retail Chain Builds Community Garden Network

Anywhere in the world, this seems a situation at odds with business interests, especially with a large discount chain that sells groceries. Yet, six Kaufland stores in Romania will have a community garden at (or near) the location before the end of 2017. And that's...
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Montreal IGA Grows Its Own Rooftop Garden

You won't find fresher supermarket fruits and vegetables in Montreal than the seasonal selection at the IGA Extra in the city's Saint-Laurent borough. The new rooftop garden isn't just the first grocery store to start growing its own produce in Canada. No, the...
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Print Your Own Compact Aquaponics System

As millions seek to become more self-sufficient, to grow their own food in cities, we've seen a number of compact aquaponics system designs come to life. But this is the first personal aquaponic garden that anyone can make anywhere there's a Fab Lab. Barcelona...
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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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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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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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Mediterranean Plants: How to plant and care for them

You may have dreams of a luxury villa in the Tuscan countryside or a poolside retreat in the Costa Del Sol, but while the weather may not be as sun blessed, it is possible to recreate some of that Mediterranean garden glamour back home. Whether you want to include one...
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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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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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Kenaf Fire Logs: Smart Renewable Fuel Crop

Now there's a renewable heating fuel that burns hotter and longer than the best firewood, yet it involves no deforestation. Four years into research and development, a fire logs startup has discovered yet another use for the Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) crop....
Read More

Cannabis Chaos: Marijuana Laws Across North America

With cannabis use legal, in one way or another, in all but seven states in the US, you'd think we'd be approaching something akin to cohesive marijuana law. But that would make sense... instead we have the incoherent approach. For starters, black market marijuana...
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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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The Monsanto Papers: Suspicions Confirmed

Though spokespersons for the Monsanto Company are running the defense, as usual, the Monsanto Papers, namely emails turned over to the plaintiff's lawyer in a Roundup cancer lawsuit, reveal their claims of rigorous testing and scientific review more questionable than...
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How To Avoid PFC Chemical Exposure at Home

Have you seen the newest issue of Garden Culture Magazine? There's an article about PFC chemical toxins, namely PFOA and GenX, polluting the Cape Fear River that supplies some 250,000 people in North Carolina with drinking water. These unregulated chemicals cause...
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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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