SMART Gardens Head Outdoors

It’s hard to keep on top of maintaining consistent moisture in flower beds and veggie gardens, even for seasoned gardeners. Life can get hectic. Things happen and schedules melt down. It’s one thing to be late for an appointment, but it could cause death in a garden that is too long without water. Now we’ve got smart gardens for the outdoors too. I think the first time I heard about the Edyn smart garden sensor there was nothing but a website. Kind of hard to remember details after a couple of years. If recall is in good shape, I...

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Vitamin C: Cold Remedy or Cure?

There’s not enough Vitamin C in a jug of orange juice to knock out a cold, and worse still, it’s loaded with sugar. Don’t assume that its okay because it’s natural sugar. Ounce per ounce, orange juice contains as much sugar as Coke. Yes, there are other fruits and vegetables with higher amounts, but in this situation, you need way more than you can eat. What you need is a high dose of Vitamin C. There will be many who insist that you can’t cure a cold this way, but it works. It is most effective when you first...

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Magnetic Ballasts: Watts In The Box?

Growers! Sit down—especially if you’re prone to getting angry easily. I’m afraid that I have some frustrating news—for some of you at least. You might want to take the weight off your feet before reading on. There’s no easy way to break this, so let me just wade straight in… This news concerns ballasts—magnetic ballasts, to be precise. We have some very serious quality issues to explore—and no, before you ask, this isn’t some thinly veiled attempt to up-sell you to the new electronic / digital variety. (They can have their own problems too, but that’s for another time.) For now, let’s...

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6 Ways To Maximize Garden Yield

Wondering how to make your veggie garden better? The secret to getting more from the garden is not just fertilizer and water, or even available space. Size does help to maximize garden yield, but not everyone can extend their plot, and for those who can, don’t forget that the bigger your make it, the more time you’ll have to invest in keeping it thriving. Having a bigger garden doesn’t instantly make it more efficient or beneficial. But there are ways that you can get more benefits from the foods you grow, and have more to harvest. 1…   Increase Quality &...

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Secret Fragrance Chemicals: Stink!

What is that smell? It might be pleasant, and it might be foul, but could very well be toxic. A new documentary reveals chemicals used in everyday products carry alarming toxicities one would never suspect, and it’s perfectly legal. For Jon Whelan the road to making this discovery began with a Christmas present he purchased for his daughter in 2011 – pajamas that when removed from the package emitted an awful smell. Trying to find out what it was proved enlightening in a very negative way. Not just those PJs, but the hundreds of chemicals used by manufacturers in...

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