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StarTribune article and images from December 17 by Kim Palmer Season-extending structures are helping some Minnesota gardeners defy winter. Even in late November, Dawn Pape’s newest garden was a welcome sight for winter-weary eyes. In her Shoreview yard, under a blanket of snow, is a polycarbonate-topped, 2- by 8-foot box — or “cold frame.” Brush aside the show, lift the lid, and inside was...

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Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don’t have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel. If you’re up to the challenge—and it really isn’t much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so...

It’s obvious Ann Forsthoefel of “Aqua Annie” is excited by aquaponics, the growing of plants fed by nutrients from fish, which in turn provide a source of food when they reach maturity. “There are so few inputs compared to growing crops in the soil,” she said. With her gardens, she’s constantly building up the soil that is depleted at the end of each growing season....

by Abby Quillen of CustomMade.com 1. Homegrown food is safer, more nutritious, and tastes better. When the latest salmonella or e-coli outbreak dominates the headlines, it’s comforting to know exactly where your food comes from and how it’s raised. And because vitamin content is depleted by light, temperature, and time, freshly picked produce grown near your house is more nutritious than conventional...

This homeowner observed his boring green lawn, and he started to ask himself, “so what’s the point?” Although it looked nice, it gave him no satisfaction. It was a lot of work to keep too. So he decided to try something else. Check out what he did next. Since the city was giving away compost for free, he got some and that’s what you see in the boxes. Support systems started coming up as...

“An obese mother-of-two who lives on benefits says she needs more of taxpayers’ money to overhaul her unhealthy lifestyle.  Christina Briggs, 26, says she hates being 160 kilos but she can’t do anything about it because she can only afford junk food. Meanwhile, exercise is out of the question because she doesn’t have the funds to join a gym.” Unemployed Christina gets...

Not all light is the same by Michelle Moore Plants respond differently to different colors of light. Light on either end of the spectrum, blue light or red light, have the greatest impact on photosynthesis. Kind of Lights Blue light, referred to as cool light, encourages compact bushy growth. Red light, on the opposite end of the spectrum, triggers a hormone response which creates blooms. Orange and...

This is the movie the food industry doesn’t want you to see. FED UP blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and weight loss, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT...

“Grow 40 plants in 4 Sq. Ft. Find out how to make an organic, sustainable, cheap, easy, and efficient grow tower. I built this for $6 and will grow 40 plants in 4 square feet. With the power of vermicomposting, this is a self fertilizing, and semi-self watering system. Great for patio gardeners or People tight on space.” MIgardener ...

This is a collection of images we’ve found floating around the Urban Organic Gardener facebook page. Hopefully this will give you some motivation to transform your yards into something like this. d   wqwq Grow your own food! Everywhere! Urban Gardening Masterpiece! Photo Credit: crustyroll35 ...

Here is a simple trick to make you the boss of the picnic. Create a refreshing watermelon smoothie with essentially no mess in 2 minutes. ...

A 7-month time lapse documenting the first full growing season at the Brooklyn Grange’s farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At 65,000 square feet, it’s the largest rooftop farm in the world. Brooklyn Grange – A New York Growing Season from Christopher St. John on Vimeo. For more info, check out brooklyngrangefarm.com Shot and edited by Christopher St. John A big thanks to Ratatat for...

This post was found from SeedsNow.com BLOG If you want to have vegetables to eat this fall, then you need to start planting in summertime. This might be your first time growing a fall garden, & these vegetables are a great place to start because they can all be grown in containers! 1. Radishes- The trick with growing perfect radishes, lays in the soil. Literally. Keep the moisture level of the...

Fall and winter gardens are possible, even when growing in containers. Stick with these cool-weather crops and planting suggestions for success. Get planting! First, we’re going to break it down by container size.  If you go to a local garden center you’re going to come across the same thing. 1-gallon, 2-gallon, 3-gallon, and 5-gallon containers are all great for growing food.  You’d...

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Planters and urban gardening tools at Kennedy Greenway in central Boston, the site of the Occupy Boston encampment! ...

Source: Whole Foods Market: UOG’ers know all too well about the top 5 Genetically Engineered crops grown and consumed here in the United States of America. Sugar Beets – A lot of people actually don’t know about this one. Soy – Yup!  Pretty much in everything. Canola – No Canola Oil in my kitchen. Cotton – Like the shirt you’re wearing, Corn – This...

“Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.” -http://www.ted.com ...

Heather Chapin from our Facebook page writes, “I have a tiny apartment and I’ve managed to grow 30 tomato plants, 3 flats of lettuce, peppers, green beans, sugar snap peas, avacado, basil, rosemary, potatoes and many more plants in just my kitchen and living room using the light that comes from three windows. Didn’t even have a grow light until just recently and I’ve had fresh...

I don’t know about you guys but I think this is pretty badass! The produce grown on the roof goes directly to a restaurant one floor down. The practices are innovative — like growing arugula in round kiddie pools to save space and resources — and sustainable. ...