Industrial Hemp: An American Saga

Cultivating Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) has provided the people of the earth a sustainable source of fiber for thousands of years. The oldest known human artifact is a piece of hemp fabric from ancient Mesopotamia dating back to around 8,000 BC. The products manufactured from the hemp plant are so numerous that they cannot all be named in a single article. Throughout the centuries people used hemp for making paper, clothing, sails, ropes, fuels, This article by Kyle L. Ladenburger is republished here from Issue 6 of Garden Culture Magazine. It originally appeared under the title, Industrial Hemp: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of...

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Grow Versatile, Edible Indian Corn

A lot of people don’t realize you can eat Indian corn. They think it’s just pretty. One edible Indian corn variety really stands apart. You could use Painted Mountain Corn for fall decoration, and some seed catalogs probably list it as ornamental – but it has far more value. Created to produce a food crop where corn won’t grow, Painted Mountain is more of a multi-use harvest with excellent nutritional benefits for humans and animals. It’s also a fast-growing, fairly adaptive crop that does well in drought, and poor to marginal soils. People who grow Painted Mountain as an edible...

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Is Your Sweet Corn Nuked?

Not microwaved, but exposed to atomic fallout. Word is that supersweet corn hybrids came from radiation seed mutations. Seed corn purposefully placed just far enough away from an atomic bomb blast to ensure the boat stayed afloat. I know, this sounds like some kind of fringe theory, but according to well-known scientific health and wellness author Jo Robinson – it happened. Apparently, there are military documents and scientific journal papers to prove it. She discovered this while researching the scientific research surrounding food plant developments. The mutant ninja corn story, however, goes like this… The science of plant genetics was in its...

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All Fertilizers Are Different

If you have grown a garden then you have used fertilizers. Fertilizer is a human invention that supports the greater part of success in modern agriculture and home gardening. Used properly, fertilizers can provide complete nutrition, and produce premium plants, but did you know that fertilizer is not the only way you can nourish the plants that you grow? This article is republished here from Issue 6 of Garden Culture Magazine. It originally appeared under the title, Higher Levels of Plant Nutrition. All fertilizer is not the same. There are macronutrients and micronutrients, or you can clearly define fertilizers...

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3 New Herbs to Grow

Looking for some unique flavours from the garden? Let’s take a clue from top chefs’ custom crops on new herbs to grow. After all, these are the people who often start the next big thing in cuisine. Not one of these plants is a newly released variety. It’s likely these are herbs you’ve never heard of. This comes from the recommendations of Robert Laing, head grower at Farm.One in Manhattan, who custom-grow herbs for New York City chefs and culinary artisans. So, whether you’re growing your own, or supplying area restaurants, these are the latest in taste sensations to...

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