Rooftop Hydroponic Farming in Tel Aviv

Finding the only rooftop hydroponic farming company in the heart of Tel Aviv won’t be easy from the street. It’s hiding on top a mountain of concrete known as the Dizengof Center, a massive shopping mall surrounded by high rises, busy streets, and pedestrians. But it’s up there, and churning out 10,000 heads of lettuce a month, among other crops. Green In The City (Yarok Bair in Hebrew) occupies the roof of the four-level parking garage. It’s started as a collaborative partnership between the mall and local LivinGreen, an urban gardening equipment and training company. Dizengof Center may very...

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Off Grid Aquaponics Anywhere

Growing fresh tomatoes in the basement year around? Awesome! The electric bill, however, was scary. The solution? Off grid aquaponics with its own power plant. While it’s possible to generate energy from organic waste to power an aquaponic system in your basement, that’s not what this married couple decided to do. While kicking around ideas to make their personal indoor food production cost-efficient, it dawned on them that they weren’t alone in this dilemma. It isn’t just home growers that need a way to escape the cost of powering their indoor garden, but farmers in many climates are in the...

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Why is Grow Room Humidity Important?

What exactly is humidity? How does it affect plants? As the controller of grow room humidity, having a keen understanding of what it can do to crop health is vital to your success as a grower. You know those really hot days, when no matter what we do we just can’t cool ourselves down? That’s mainly due to high humidity! When the air around us becomes saturated with water vapour, making it impossible to cool ourselves, as the sweat from our skin can’t evaporate. Then we have the really hot days that we could just lay in the sun all day, but...

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Growing Dill: A Powerful Herb

The first reason for growing dill that pops into a gardener’s mind might be pickles. But its value is far greater than enhancing cucumbers. This easy to grow garden herb deserves equal billing for natural healing and the kitchen. HISTORY Technically known as Anethum graveolens, the common name of dill comes from the German language. A native to southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and western Africa, the first known instance of dill having curative properties was 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. They used it for soothing ailments, as an aphrodisiac, and for protection from witches. To Greeks of old,...

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Grow Your Own Wheat

It’s a little early for seed catalogs, but the first to arrive has me pondering grow your own wheat possibilities. Not just any wheat, but landrace wheat. Red Fife is a heritage grain with a reputation for growing in many climates. It exhibits great disease resistance, and can be grown as a spring wheat or a winter wheat crop. On top of all those attributes, it has wonderful flavor, and an excellent choice for those with gluten intolerance problems. Food intolerances like lactose and gluten are genetic issues, just not due to human genetics in most instances. They are...

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