Seeds: Big Story, Big Screen

Every gardener will tell you that seeds are a beautiful, magical, and very exciting. Seed shopping is a marvelous thing. So many options, intriguing new crops to try out… and one must select only a few, because there is only so much space for growing. And yet, we have lost most of the diversity in edible crop seeds available in 1903. This discovery inspired the concept of an entire movie about seed. Could something so ordinary carry a starring role? The avid backyard grower will gasp at the idea of having to make decisions if faced with over 90%...

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Preserving Food Freshness: Vacuum Sealing

Every time I harvest something, there’s usually more that I can eat in one go, or keep fresh. The daunting question then is what to do with it. Put it in a jar? Freeze it? Give it away? Dry it? Well, there’s another option I’d like to add to that list, vacuum sealing. Advantages of Vacuum Sealing Vacuum sealed foods will last longer than other storage methods, aside from canning. Regular plastic wrap, foil, zip-lock bags, and even air tight containers cannot preserve foods as well as vacuum sealing. Besides lasting longer, they also taste fresher, and the structure of foods (for example, vegetables) feels better...

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Closeup: Microscopic World of Plants

We’ve all seen unrealistic drawings or digital facsimiles of chloroplasts. The cells responsible for creating chlorophyll in plants, which are so tiny that the human eye and standard issue microscope cannot detect them. But that’s what they really look like above. An actual closeup photograph of the chloroplasts inside a plant cell. Who has a microscope this powerful? It takes deep pockets to acquire one. Base models that deliver small images run over $50,000 new. And to get one that gives you these “superior” images? The price tag is $550,000! In the world of biotech, this is a necessity, working...

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The Sealed Grow Room

To gain total control of your indoor growing environment, you need to take it a step further than having a grow tent or grow room. You’ve gotta have a totally sealed space – like a food storage box for the freezer. When you have holes and cracks, air and light leaks in from outside the garden. This makes it impossible to manipulate and customize the optimum conditions for your plants. A sealed grow space isn’t the least expensive approach, but it is what you need for the ultimate harvest. This article is republished from Issue 4 of Garden Culture Magazine where it appeared under the title, The Sealed Indoor Garden. It...

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Monsanto Acquires A Cloak?

Did you think Monsanto would never sell out to Bayer? They accepted the latest offer on Wednesday, agreeing to merge with Bayer for $66 billion, creating an agrigiant behemoth that dwarfs the competition. And Monsanto has no problem giving up the corporate name. It is the most despised company in the world, so disappearing is like… a no-brainer. Especially at the right price, but just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re gone. When this saga started in the spring, Monsanto wanted to buy Bayer. It would seem a surprising about face when, a few weeks later, Bayer decided that they wanted to...

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