Getting The Best Garden Tomato Plants

Where do you get them? Definitely not at your local garden center or mega box store. Sure, they will have hundreds of flats ready for you to swoop in and snatch them up, but this isn’t the source of the strongest tomato plants. And here’s why… All the bedding plants, including the veggie garden starts everyone shops for in April-May are grown in commercial grower media, using commercial grower fertilizers (the same stuff used to grow petunias). They have also likely been sprayed for aphids and thrips so you will feel compelled to buy them, and – they are...

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The Aquaponic Harvest: Fish Filleting

Unlike the lettuces, strawberries, and vegetables you can grow in an aquaponics system, fish aren’t something you just pick and eat. There’s some serious prep work to be done here before your freshly harvested home-grown food hits the skillet. Fishing may be a hugely popular sport, but not everyone has been involved in it. If you’re gonna fish, you’re going to learn how to clean your catch and fillet it. Additionally, not all fish are filleted the same way. Some can easily be de-boned, and others… well you simply have to deal with them as you enjoy your dinner....

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The Water Bottle Garden

The more people play around with passive hydroponics, the more cool ideas and nifty products become available. For some, the idea of arranging dissected Coke bottles in the windowsill falls short of their sense of home… venturing into what should be reserved for the garage or a shed out back. The folks at Petomato have changed all that with their little passive hydroponics gadget for used drinking water bottles which is really very cool. This gives you the perfect low investment start-up garden for growing fresh food and herbs indoors, no matter where you live. Petomato has the water...

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City Chicken Bling

If you’re into keeping chickens yet, you probably are aware that there’s some mighty striking looking birds out there. Some of them are so pretty, you feel the urge to collect all those showy roosters just for yard candy. (Not a good idea – been there, done that.) They all pale in comparison to this one here, the Ayam Cemani, the most coveted chicken in the world. Most likely the rarest of the rare breeds, the Ayam Cemani comes from Asia, and is hard to find almost everywhere else on the globe. Supply and demand won’t reach a point...

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Crowdfeeding: Good Food Spreads Everywhere

Anyone who puts in a veggie garden every summer knows full well that it will likely produce more than they can eat, can, and freeze. The same thing happens to gardeners who grow indoors, and many times you really can’t preserve your harvest. Lettuce doesn’t pickle well. Cilantro is never awesome dried, which is the only way to store the stuff for future use. So, we are gladly giving it away to friends and family, but what about others who may be in greater need of food? Emily over at A Girl and A Garden came up with an...

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