Aquaponics: Europe’s Largest Urban Farm

UF002 De Schilde with almost half an acre (19,000 sq.ft./1,900 m2) of urban farming space devoted to aquaponics and vegetable production celebrates the completion of construction a May 20th Grand Opening event onsite in The Hague. It’s the second major project for UrbanFarmers AG from Basel, Switzerland where UF001 has been producing top quality fish and fresh greens and vegetables since 2012. To some their progress over the past 4 years might seem slow, but they’ve been busy perfecting their technology while supplying a constant supply of locally grown food to a major supermarket in their city. This is...

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Unregulated GMOs: Mushrooms, Corn & More

If you thought GMOs were looking like an endangered species with all the glyphosate being found in even organic foods and wines, how wrong you were. Now we have gene edited foods modified without inserting anything at all. Why bother? In the case of the new genetically modified mushroom it’s a longer shelf life accomplished by destroying the genes that cause natural browning and bruising. Granted, fresh mushrooms are one of those fragile foods the population has grown quite attached to having on hand constantly. They bruise easily, and have at most 9 days of shelf life, if rapidly cooled upon...

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Best Lettuces to Grow

Heads up! There’s something to get excited about in lettuce land. Salanova lettuces have much to offer the indoor grower, backyard gardener, and urban farmer, whether you’re growing fresh food for your own table, or feeding your community. They’re the best lettuces to grow. Besides being simply beautiful, the heads produce 42% more fresh greens per square foot than any other leaf lettuce variety. Salanova Crispy, Lollo, Oakleaf, and Butter are delicious new stars for the salad plate. You’ve got a choice of green or red leaf in each type, making it a cinch to produce your own salad...

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The Phosphorus Fertilizer Dump

Adding phosphorus fertilizer to soil to correct pH or nutrient balance is commonly done by farmers and gardeners. But it’s normally done in small to moderate amounts to boost the P needed in NPK to the level needed by whatever you’re growing. Unless you happen to have tropical soil. Then you need lots of it. So much, in fact, that it’s, well… kind of insane. Phosphorus Fertilizer Abuse It calls for input equal to output – every time you plant. Why? Because the soil makeup locks up phosphorus making it unavailable to the crop. So, in a place like Brazil a single soy bean field consumes exorbitant...

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Good Garden Location Tips

Some problems with garden crops might be due to garden location, whether it’s your first veggie garden ever, or you’ve got a little experience. This first tip had me puzzled for 2 summers in a row, and it wasn’t new to me, but the yard was. Moving the garden solved the problem, but a lot of energy was wasted in doing so! Toxic Trees There aren’t a lot of plants that can tolerate living in close proximity to the black walnut. It exudes a toxic substance known as jugalone – through fallen leaves, branches, and the roots. It doesn’t bother humans, or most...

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