Urban Gardens and Green Spaces: Holistic Environmental Health

You don’t have to work in a garden or partake of its harvest to benefit from one. Research is proving that urban gardens and green spaces have a profound effect on a person’s physical and mental health, and the community environment. An ornamental garden is not frivolous or wasted space. They have the power to reduce crime in the city, create community, and offer to heal simply by existing. Has a hospital near you added a ‘healing garden’ recently? It’s a growing trend arising from the work epidemiologist Charles Branas, Ph.D., who is now the director of Penn State’s...

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Preserving Health Benefits of Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Many people eat mushrooms because they taste great, but they offer tons more than flavor. They’re rich in vitamins and other nutrients the body needs. A recent study, however, discovered that some common ways of cooking them alter important health benefits of mushrooms. And the findings don’t agree with earlier studies. What Are the Health Benefits of Mushrooms? Since they don’t come from plants, there are no phytonutrients in mushrooms, yet they are still a natural food with big benefits. They are heart healthy, control blood sugar, and improve your immune system. Low in sodium and carbohydrates, they contain...

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Summer Solstice

This is the week of the summer solstice, also known as midsummer (the halfway point of summer). The solstices and equinoxes have traditionally been important to gardeners because of their effect on the flowering habits of some of the most important plants in the garden. Plants subject to photoperiodism use the length of the dark periods (nights) as a cue to releasing hormones for flowering and fruiting. Due to a misunderstanding of the actual triggering stimulus, the terms “short day” and “long day” were chosen to describe the two types of plants that are photo dependent for flowering. A...

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BBQ Herb Garden: Growing Herbs for Grilling

Putting miles on the grill is all part of summer, as is the endless supply of fresh fruits and vegetables as the heat index climbs. And if you’re into growing your own, chances are there are some herbs in your garden too. But are you growing herbs for grilling and BBQ? It’s not too late to plant what you’re missing from the complete outdoor chef’s array of fresh flavors. After all, if you’re grilling it on the BBQ, the raw ingredients are probably fresh; meats, fish and seafood, vegetables, and even fruits. So, why would you want to spoil...

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EcoQube Frame: Growing Microgreens the Easy Way

Sometimes the simplest things are the most awesome. Take a seed, for instance, packed with everything new life needs to get started. This makes growing microgreens one of the easiest and most nutrient-dense crops. A Sprinkle A Day… Size matters least in terms of health benefits from plants? Yes! The bigger the plant, the more spread out your nutrition is! So, you’ve got to eat a lot more volume in regular veggies to get enough good stuff. But microgreens contain up to 40 times more nutrients and are ready to harvest in as little as 10 days. However, some...

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