Print Your Own Compact Aquaponics System

As millions seek to become more self-sufficient, to grow their own food in cities, we’ve seen a number of compact aquaponics system designs come to life. But this is the first personal aquaponic garden that anyone can make anywhere there’s a Fab Lab. Barcelona start-up Aquapioneers designed it to help more people get involved in urban gardening. Dissatisfied with a high-stress job, Guillaume Teyssié ditched his career and started Barcelona’s Fab Academy, where he met his future business partner, Loic De Goueff, who was working on completing his master thesis in Aquaponics. The two improved Guillaume’s lab-created Open Source Aquaponics...

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Growing Rhubarb: Why Isn’t It Red?

Many gardeners have a problem growing rhubarb that turns red. We always assume the trouble is the kind of rhubarb we planted. Mine was inherited. It came with the house. The promisingly pink immature stems are bronze-kissed green by the cutting stage! Asking my mom what was up with my bronze rhubarb, I learned not all kinds are deep red. But Dad said, “You gotta grow the old varieties… the kind that a single stem fills a pie.” Apparently, everyone (including my grandmother) had that kind in the mists of time. Okay, so the trick is buying heirloom rhubarb...

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Grow Your Own Kiwi Berries

Technically, known as ‘cold hardy kiwi’ fruit, these miniature cousins of the familiar fuzzy brown kiwi are known as kiwi berries, kiwi grapes, or baby kiwis. Because super foods and mini fruits and vegetables are all the rage, commercial growers are scrambling to establish large plantings of this old ornamental vine that happens to bear edible, extra healthy fruits. Since it’s new and cool, this long lost fruit will be pricey until supply exceeds demand (translation: decades). But guess what? It’s actually easy to grow, highly nutritious with antioxidant perks, and delicious with a nicely balanced sweet and tart flavor. Before...

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Science Discovers Organic Onions Have More Bioactive Benefits

Wonderful, both raw and cooked, onions enrich the flavor of many recipes worldwide and pair well with just about anything except sweet fruits and desserts. Surprisingly packed with health benefits, recent research proves that organic onions offer higher bioactive compound levels than when conventionally grown. Not only that, but earlier organic food health benefit studies may very well have flaws. Back in 2012, news media gleefully announced that it was a scientific fact; studies found organic produce was no healthier than conventional. More recently, researchers found that though organic foods have similar nutrition levels, they contain greater amounts of...

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Will Technology Make Community Gardens Obsolete?

With each passing month, a new indoor gardening gizmo or system leaps into existence, a vacant lot or rooftop farm is born, or an indoor agriculture operation starts its inaugural hydroponic crop. One might wonder what will become of community gardens with all the personal agriculture options out there today, along with food banks, soup kitchens, and charities joining the commercial urban farms in growing food in an environment that give complete control of the harvest. While technology has made growing an abundance of local food more possible than in the past, it’s unlikely it will displace community gardens....

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