What Is Gravity Irrigation?

With gravity irrigation, you can water plants anywhere, in the ground or in containers, even if there's no electricity available. These systems work by taking advantage of water's ability to travel the path of least resistance all on its own. You don't...

Preparing your Soil for Winter

Soil is considered as an essential foundation for growing plants and trees. Though each plant type requires different needs, you can easily give them appropriate nutrients through soil preparation. Fall is the best time to prepare your soil for winter....

What Is An Indoor Greenhouse?

Everyone knows what a greenhouse is and it's purpose. In fact, it's a coveted yard feature for avid home gardeners north of the tropics. Yet, the purpose and benefits of an indoor greenhouse escape many. Because you're already protected from the whims of...

What Are Window Farms?

Unlike the tiny confines of a window sill garden, window farms seek to make more efficient use of all that natural sunlight just inside the glass. It's a linear greenhouse arrangement that you could refer to as vertical gardening. This is an especially enticing...

5 Autumn Organic Lawn Care Tips You Should Know

Once autumn arrives, you do not immediately have to store your lawn care equipment. While this is a season when the days become shorter and the temperature becomes cooler, you still need to take a few necessary steps to ensure the optimum health of your...

What Is Gravity Irrigation?

With gravity irrigation, you can water plants anywhere, in the ground or in containers, even if there's no electricity available. These systems work by taking advantage of water's ability to travel the path of least resistance all on its own. You don't...

Preparing your Soil for Winter

Soil is considered as an essential foundation for growing plants and trees. Though each plant type requires different needs, you can easily give them appropriate nutrients through soil preparation. Fall is the best time to prepare your soil for winter....

What Is An Indoor Greenhouse?

Everyone knows what a greenhouse is and it's purpose. In fact, it's a coveted yard feature for avid home gardeners north of the tropics. Yet, the purpose and benefits of an indoor greenhouse escape many. Because you're already protected from the whims of...

What Are Window Farms?

Unlike the tiny confines of a window sill garden, window farms seek to make more efficient use of all that natural sunlight just inside the glass. It's a linear greenhouse arrangement that you could refer to as vertical gardening. This is an especially enticing...

What Is Vertical Gardening?

The perfect way to increase your possible food production in a small space without reducing harvest quality! While square foot gardening has its uses, vertical gardening gives plants better air flow, which in turn, reduces pest and disease issues. Better...

What Is Closed System Hydroponics?

It's the exact opposite of traditional agriculture, and most forms of hydroponic growing are closed system hydroponics. In any conventional farm field, you find open system growing. The farmer must continue putting nutrients in the form of fertilizers and...

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...

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...

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...

5 Autumn Organic Lawn Care Tips You Should Know

Once autumn arrives, you do not immediately have to store your lawn care equipment. While this is a season when the days become shorter and the temperature becomes cooler, you still need to take a few necessary steps to ensure the optimum health of your...

5 Easy Steps to Pickling

There's nothing worse than getting a great yield but not having enough time or mouths to eat it before it's turned. Growing up I remember jars and jars of delicious pickles that my mom made every year. I want that in my pantry - I mean, who doesn't! And...

10 Common Garden Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

Organic life that feasts on weed seeds and harmful insects is a gardener’s friend but when the same creatures start wrecking havoc on your raised bed of vegetable gardens, it is best to keep these unwelcome visitors out of your garden with professional pest control...

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...

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 just can’t...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Do We Really Need Urban Agriculture Regulations?

It's surprising that the US city with the urbanest farming activity has just recently started the process to create their own urban agriculture regulations. New York City, with its numerous rooftop farms, indoor farms, and vacant lot growing operations...

Top 4 True Natural Beauty Products

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and if you don't want GMOs and chemicals in your food, you certainly do not want to slather yourself with them head to foot! But not all hair care, skin care, and makeups that profess organic or natural benefits...

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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