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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DIY Denim Eggs: Natural Egg Dyes

Coloring eggs to celebrate spring and Easter is a great activity for the kids. But natural egg dyes made at home takes this annual event to an entirely new level, one that will have adults looking forward to the project. So much so, that you don’t need to have any youngsters in the house to have a lot of fun dying eggs. Call it a science experiment that results in edible art. It’s fascinating that fruits, vegetables, and even dried spices can become natural egg dyes. And you can achieve a rainbow of colors, sometimes from some really surprising sources....

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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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Growing Potatoes in Containers

Crates, tubs, bags, barrels, wire towers, or specially designed potato planters… What’s the best way for growing potatoes in containers? A question I didn’t know I had until earlier today, but certainly one any urban gardener or container gardener should want the answer to. Because you grow flowers for fun, but veggies are all about providing yourself with the most food possible. It started with this video of how to make a nifty little potato growing container. Ingenious idea, right? A super simple, inexpensive approach to growing potatoes in containers for limited space. It looks a lot like a...

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How to Grow Sage… Anywhere

HISTORY & FOLKLORE A word with two meanings, sage the noun refers to a herb with culinary and medicinal uses, and sage the adjective describes a wise and experienced person. Since one benefit of the Salvia plant has long been said to sharpen one’s mental prowess, sage being a synonym of wisdom cannot be a coincidence. This article written by Tammy Clayton, Senior Editor of Garden Culture Magazine, originally appeared in Issue 7 UK under the title, Sage: Wisdom of the Ages. The word salvia comes from ancient Greek that literally means ‘to save’, or the Latin counterpart for...

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