Diary of an Indoor Grower & Hydro System

Indoor gardening is for sure the coolest, manliest and useful hobby in the world. Well maybe not but it’s super useful, relaxing and educational for my children. Our connection to food is practically non-existent and my little garden reminds me and shows my kids the work and knowledge that is necessary to grow practically anything. This blog is about my indoor garden; I live in Quebec in the Laurentian Mountains our summers are fleeting and I spend the majority of my gardening time in my basement. I was fortunate enough to design and help build my own house and...

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Backyard to Basket in 6 Simple Steps

For the last 10,000 years or so, people around the world have been collecting local plants and materials to weave baskets with. Although respect and popularity for the craft has diminished sharply in the past 100 or so years, it is one of the oldest continuously used skills humanity has. There is a Japanese maple in my backyard that was in need of trimming, and I felt I could use another basket in my collection. I spied a bit of honeysuckle vine in the back that could be used as well. Ideally, I’d have collected and cleaned the branches...

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Basic Troubleshooting Strategy

Lights, pumps, plants, and equipment all fail on occasion; being able to troubleshoot effectively can save time, energy and money. Let’s say Hypothetical Hank goes in to check his hypothetical indoor garden and in his single light garden the light isn’t on when it should be. Where should he start troubleshooting? Cheapest, Easiest, Most Likely, Fixes First While it could be true that the solution to the problem will involve an electrician rewiring the outlet that the ballast in plugged into, a better place to start is checking to see if the lamp is turned on. Plenty of problems...

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Huge Urban Farming Complex Coming to Shanghai

Urban farming is no stranger in Shanghai. There are small, soil-based growing operations scattered around the metropolis. In fact, a century ago much of Shanghai’s food supply came from 300,000 hectares of farmland that ringed the city. But like many cities, population growth and urban sprawl did away with most agricultural land on the perimeter. Today, Shanghai is home to about 24 million people. Feeding them has become a challenge that vertical farming can change. When approached last fall about handling Shanghai’s new 250-acre urban farming complex design and planning, international architectural firm Sasaki was totally intrigued. The project...

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New Indoor Garden Systems from Tregren

The most convenient spot for growing your own herbs and salad ingredients is definitely in the kitchen – and the new hydroponic indoor garden systems from Tregren will certainly appeal to the cook who wants truly fresh ingredients. Their new T-series appliances are sleek and contemporary, just the right look for the modern home. Tregren, from Finland, is no newcomer to the compact hydroponic garden appliance scene. Their first system, the Herbie, entered the Finnish market in 2010. Its versatility in allowing the gardener to grow plants from seed or starter pots from the grocery store created demand that expanded...

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