Weeding Robot = Organic Weed Control

No more hoeing and scratching? Not if you have a weeding robot! Imagine that. It’s a gardener’s dream come true when organic weed control is a must. A weed-free vegetable garden without chemicals or sacrificing all your summer weekends to make it happen. Amazing, right? I don’t know about you, but I gotta have one of these robotic weed control gadgets. Just because you’ve got a crazy busy life doesn’t mean you don’t want fresh homegrown vegetables. But the weeds are always at the bottom of that To Do List. And once they’re out of control, which seems to happen overnight,...

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Gardening, Kids & Growing Healthy Choices

I was born in the summer of 1985, and the generation that I so emphatically belong to is one that in many respects was the guinea pig test generation for modern food science. As children we had a first hand, participatory role in the rise of the processed food market. For many of us, real nutritious foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, represented a small portion of our overall diet. The other This article written by Kyle L. Ladenburger originally appeared in Issue 7 UK of Garden Culture Magazine, under the title, Teach ‘Em Young. part? Filled with fast...

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Almond Fungicide Threatens Honey Bees

With most managed US hives used to pollinate California’s almond crops, it’s alarming to learn that a common almond fungicide threatens honey bees. New research published in the Journal of Economic Entomology on Tuesday of this week reports findings that the fungicide iprodione greatly reduces foraging honey bee survival rate. Not in excessive amounts, but in doses commonly used by almond growers. The study done by the apiculture lab in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University included testing repeated three times in the fall of 2015. The team working on the project included USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists,...

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Meet Oasis Mini Smart Garden System

Fresh out of the box indoor gardening news… A new smart garden crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. The Oasis Mini by Aeroasis is somewhat unique in the hydroponic gardening appliance space. In 2015, Thomas Wollenberger was growing his own in the community garden across campus from his dorm at the University of Florida. But the heat and bugs became made it less than enjoyable. Especially the insects. His crops had pest issues. Indoor gardening captured his attention. Fresh, home grown produce without all the uncontrollable problems. What he learned as he discovered indoor growing paved the way to the founding...

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What Is Silicon?

“The biochemistry of Silicon in plants is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” — (Epstein, 2001) Silicon is still not as well understood today as many of the other elements that we commonly use in our plant feeding regimes. It’s probably not used as widely as other additives, and yet it is (in my opinion) one of the most important tools in a grower’s arsenal. I say this because of what it can do for your plants throughout all stages of growth and reproduction. The benefits vary from helping the plant to support itself through stronger cell walls to This article by Stephen Brookes...

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