Creating Green Space Below NYC

Rooftop gardens are fine ways to bring green space to urban centers, but they’re not all accessible to the public. And yes, there are park spaces that already exist in every large city, but they can’t get larger – there is no more available land to increase the size or number of parks as the population swells. Below ground, abandoned caverns in the bowels of a city can present a new opportunity for green urban development, one that modern technology is up to making possible, and sustainable by harnessing the sun to grow plants. Of course, coming up with a...

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Instantly Better Hydroponic Growing Skills

What’s their secret, those indoor gardeners who have such an incredibly green thumb?  It’s not hard to get stumped over the ins and outs of hydroponic growing. After all it’s a totally different scenario that growing plants outdoors in the ground, so even the most seasoned backyard gardener can easily experience unexpectedly not so stellar results.  But it’s got nothing to do with the color of your thumb, and everything to do with how you interpret your role as Mother Nature.   [column size=one_half position=first ] 1   Measure, Monitor, and Check Measuring is one of the most important things when...

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Hydroponic Systems: 4 Things to Know

These are all things you should be aware of before buying a hydroponic system, or building your own. Each of these common issues can make your garden more difficult to maintain, or your crop’s health harder to manage, so choose a setup design that minimizes the possibility that these potential headaches will make your gardening efforts less enjoyable, or less successful. Leaking Considering high pressure hydroponic systems? Leaks in these are more likely than with a low pressure system, which are commonly caused when emitters slide out of place, and around the stab fittings. Drip systems and aeroponic systems...

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Dealing with Grow Room Mites

Do you have them? They’re a particularly annoying form of vegetarians especially fond of indoor gardens. What are plant mites, how did they get in your grow room, and how do you get rid of them? Wait! Get rid of… as in completely? Read on, frustrated grower, you can win the battle with grow room mites. The mite family is very large, with varied feeding habits ranging from your pillow’s dead skin particles to your dog’s ear wax, and so forth – right up to your favourite plants. We will address here the vegan side of the family and...

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Growtown: Detroit’s Urban Farming Legacy

It’s the opposite of the blues, and driven by a power that has nothing to do with engines. Motown has come full circle, the birthplace of the urban farming for food desert relief returns to it’s roots in a really big way. There’s a really massive farm under development in the heart of the city – the next step in Detroit’s agricultural history. It all actually started here in the 19th century. 1896 The Panic, a Victorian era financial depression, placed many Detroiters in a position of having no work, and no food. They also had no land, or not enough to grow their own....

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