Extinct Foods

WHAT  WON’T  WE  EAT  50  YEARS  FROM  NOW? In the course of the last ten thousand years the human diet has changed dramatically. Slowly, but surely, we have changed from the famous hunter gatherers into farmers. Humanity has taken matters into their own hands by organizing nature. Now, a few thousand years later, agriculture is still very important for humans, with supermarkets offering hundreds of fresh fruit and vegetables types from all over the world. The choice of new species only seems to be increasing, but is it also possible to imagine that the future would see a decline in the diversity of our diet?...

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Best Seed Starting Method Yet

To the average home gardener mediocre seed starting results are a source of delight. They did it! Coaxed life out of seeds in a windowsill using recycled containers, egg shells, toilet paper tubes … whatever will hold soil and water that cost nothing. Been there. Done that… well, except for the egg shells and toilet paper tubes. I want roots. As many as possible, a clump as big and thick as you can get it in the confinements of a cell-pak tray. And I want it to be developed by or before the plants can survive outdoors after danger...

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Make Your Own Hydroponic Nutrients

There pros and cons to everything, and it’s no different when you decide to make your own hydroponic nutrient solution. For some, this seems a smart way to keep the cost of the indoor garden to the bare minimum. After all, the price of pre-mixed nutes at garden shops includes costs that have nothing to do with the quality of what’s in the bottle. For others, it might be the key to making certain crop traits more outstanding than others, a concept that hopefully follows some growing experience. And then there’s being able to become totally self-sustainable if you decide to...

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Antarctica’s Indoor Gardens

Did you know that they’ve got indoor gardens at the South Pole? If it weren’t for hydroponics, scientists could go a year without a fresh salad. You might assume that food and supplies arrive regularly by air to the different stations Australia has established down south. Wrong. There is only one delivery a year, and it comes by ship. The station chef can’t pop up to the store to replenish resources. The food must last until the following summer. Most of the food is tinned, dried, or frozen on arrival, though there will be ‘fresh’ fruits and vegetables on...

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FYI: Banana Peel Fertilizer

There are several reasons that banana waste would be a great source of plant nutrition, but you might be wise to avoid using banana peel fertilizer in organic gardening. In any garden, really. Knowing what I do about the banana industry I wouldn’t even put them in the flower garden or the compost pile. There’s some things you need to know about this DIY fertilizer, especially for those frugal souls out there trying to make a small budget stretch. Banana Skins Are Toxic Not the skin itself, but the pesticides applied to them on the plantations have made them unsafe. Are they are organic...

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