Easy Urban Micro Gardening

Have you tried growing herbs or veggies only to give up when it doesn’t seem as easy as first thought? Micro gardening is the answer for anyone with limited time, limited space, and less than bountiful sunshine. The goal of eating healthy home grown food, becoming more self-reliant and living more sustainably can sound wonderful in theory but in reality, often presents challenges. Limited space, time, money and sunlight are just a few issues to contend with. Then there’s learning how to garden, what to grow when and pesky possums pinching your produce. If it’s all in the ‘too...

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Homemade Plant Pest Sprays

Whipping up DIY concoctions to get rid of plant pests or diseases to save money is not penny-wise, unless you’ve got the right ingredients. Listen up, frugal gardeners… Homemade plant pest sprays and fungicides aren’t the answer. The same can be said for those who want to avoid nasty chemicals in the garden. Don’t let the cure decrease your harvest, or worse, kill your plants. SOAPS It’s never a good idea to spray dish soap on plants you don’t want to injure. Do you know what’s in that stuff? Even if it is totally free of fragrances, there are...

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Artificial Christmas Trees Toxic

Those soft, supple needles that don’t shed aren’t so wonderful after all. You see, almost all artificial Christmas trees are made in China, and contain lead. Did you pick a model that is already lighted out of the box? Guess what, the amount of lead increases. Well, actually, most strings of Christmas tree lights contain toxic stuff anyway, but pre-lighted trees have lots of lead in the wiring. Talk about the ghosts of Christmas past, each one spent around a fake Christmas tree could certainly come back to haunt you. Why worry about lead-based paint? Curious babes won’t hesitate to...

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Hydroponics for Small Apartments

Just because you live in a shoe box doesn’t mean that you can’t grow delicious food that provides a large supplement to your family’s normal diet. While it may be easier to have the expansive and rich soil of farmland in the Great Plains, you can easily mimic the process of growing food in only a four feet by four feet chunk of space. With the right set up and know-how you can grow almost any type of vegetable or fruit that you can imagine. Hydroponic growing systems are your answer to growing food in tight spaces. When you grow food hydroponically the food grows up...

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The DARK Act Failed

In this week’s news, it’s score one for “We, The People.” The much reviled D.A.R.K. Act is off the table as of late Wednesday night. Following an intense flurry of deadline lobbying, the CFSAF – Coalition for Safe Affordable Food – (or the Grocery Manufacturers Association and cronies), tried getting their H.R. 1599 bill attached to the omnibus bill hoping to get the block on GMO labeling passed before the year ended. Not that such a thing should be part of the government budget, but the effort was made to get the food industry’s pet act voted into law...

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