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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...

“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 ...

By Michelle Moore Owner of The Greenhouse Catalog There is nothing like new life in spring… …and starting seeds is one of the best ways to enjoy the start of the season. Unlike transplants, seedlings are fragile and require newborn-like attention: The right media, temperature, light, water and food. To a new gardener, meeting these needs may seem like a challenge. But with a little knowledge and the right equipment, success is easy and just a few short days or weeks away. With a little knowledge and the right equipment,...

You’ve scouted out the location for your garden… Figured out how much sunlight your space gets… And have decided what you are going to grow. Now it’s time to finally get your seeds started and aren’t sure what to use. That’s why, I wanted to share 5 items that you can start your seeds in. Strawberry containers. If you are growing...

Today I am going to share basic indoor seed starting tips… …along with common mistakes and how to avoid them. It will be a good starting point if it’s your first time, and reminder for those of you who have done this before. The main reason that you are going to want to start your seeds indoors is so that you can get a jumpstart on the season and to the harvest quicker. I’ll say that again – Start your seeds indoors, so you can get to the harvest quicker. — Tweet This 4 Basic Tips for Starting Your...

Michelle Moore Not all light is the same. 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. Kinds of Light Blue light, referred to as cool light, encourages compact bushy growth. Red light, on the opposite end of the spectrum, triggers a hormone response...

Today I am going to show you the easiest way that you can start to grow your own food. And you won’t need any outdoor space… You just need a spot on your kitchen counter. I am going to share with you how to grow your own sprouts indoors. No need to buy fancy gadgets or machines. You can do this on the cheap. You ready? Let’s do it! What you’ll need to grow your sprouts Mason jar Cheescloth or another breathable cloth I used organic alfalfa seeds from SeedsNow.com (you can also do this with any other sprouting...

It’s been a week since I’ve started my indoor mushroom garden. Per the instructions, I’ve been misting the bag two times a day. I was starting to get a bit skeptical, but after the eighth day I started to see some growth bursting out the front of the bag. At this point it almost looks like a piece of cauliflower. On the side of the box, it says that you can harvest your first mushroom as early as 10 days, so I’m not too far off. This seems like a good way to not only grown some of your own food, but also a good...

While I’m running the contest to win your own mushroom garden from Back to the Root Ventures, I am going to be growing the mushroom garden to see how it works. Growing my own mushrooms is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Most of the kits that I’ve seen use logs and require a damp, dark location, which I don’t have. That’s why I’m curious to see how this kit will do. Plus mushrooms are crazy expensive in the store, and I’m all about growing my own food when I can. The set-up...