Growing Hotel Trend: Urban Beekeeping & Gardens

It might seem an unlikely pairing, but urban beekeeping, rooftop gardens, and luxury hotels are a natural match. The best food comes from incredibly fresh ingredients, and upscale hotels contain restaurants that are the domain of talented chefs. Such culinary artists are well aware that the secret to a tantalizing and memorable repast is bigger than the sum of its parts. The fresher it is, the richer the flavor and succulence. After all, freshly harvested is what made farm-to-table dining in such demand. It has no rival. Naturally, if you’re going to have rooftop gardens supplying the chef with...

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Is That a Monsanto Food Company on Your Shopping List?

In early 2011, someone published a Monsanto Food Company List to boycott and it continued to circulate right up into last year. The most recent two publishers took the time to type it out… all 68 names in alphabetical order. The thing is – that list is outdated and contains errors. It’s mostly a list of brands with some companies mixed in. Firstly, brands change hands in the food industry. Secondly, Monsanto doesn’t produce any food or beverages.  But ConAgra does, and this major food producer is a Monsanto subsidiary (according to Corporate Watch in 2005). Finding no news of...

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Diary of an Indoor Grower: Hydroponics Garden Evolution

The only thing that hasn’t changed in my hydroponics garden is its dimensions. It is just over 70 Sq feet (6.6 X 11.2).with 8-foot ceilings. Otherwise, it is in a constant state of flux. Lights, systems, nutrients, fans, controllers, you name it I have changed it. Part of the reason is that I have, especially in the past 4 years, received products to test. I won’t bore you with all the things I have tested and what I thought of them. Most I liked, some I didn’t. In the end, you are far more important than any product and...

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Home Composting

Home composting relies upon one of the simplest axioms of nature: Things of the forest live by eating from the forest, and at their end, they are eaten by the forest. In some ways, the forest floor acts as a stomach. It breaks down dead plant matter and debris to make nutrients available to living plants as well as adding fiber and other organic materials to the soil. In an untended forest, leaves and other plant materials fall to the ground and decompose. Once decomposition is complete what is left behind is a layer of compost and humus. One...

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7 Tips and Helpful Bits on Nutrient Solution Mixology

Nutrient solutions range from straightforward single part feedings to complicated cocktails with recipes that rival those of arcane potion making. Here are 7 tips and helpful bits on nutrient mixology: 1. Start with a plan. Most manufacturers give recommendations for use of their bottles, and some offer more detailed recommendations at their websites.¹ Read ingredients carefully and understand why you are adding something before you add it. 2. Concentrated liquid nutrients should be shaken before use. Organic nutrients, in particular, should be well mixed as sometimes they rely on being part of a suspension rather than being a true...

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