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OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

If you need a little assistance here and there, have specific gardening questions or just need a place to start, it’s nice to have some tools on hand. There are tons of products, apps and other resources aimed at making gardening easier for the average person. A relatively new concept called OpenFarm seeks to up the usefulness factor of gardening related information. Rory Aronson has come up with idea to develop a large-scale gardening guide database. Recently funded on Kickstarter, OpenFarm lets users check out everything from soil and growing conditions to plant and crop how-tos. Check out the video. What makes… read more

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

Getting Kids Into Gardening

Getting Kids In The Garden

Teaching kids where their food comes from is a valuable lesson that will stay with them forever. Gardening fosters a sense of independence, models sustainability and encourages healthy eating. Match kid’s creativity by rethinking what a garden plot should be. If space is an issue, container gardens or vertical varieties are easier to maintain and can be done to scale in order to fit the child’s abilities and growing plans. A simple planter concept that also reuses plastic bottles can be seen in a product called the Petomato. By taking an ordinary empty water bottle and fitting on the special cap that contains… read more

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects. The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations. The Watercabinet designed by Francien Hazen is a sustainable home water collection kit and supply closet in one. The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse. Used outdoors to… read more

Beautiful Sustenance

Beautiful Sustenance

Seeds are one of nature’s many miracles that may often go unnoticed, though their importance is paramount in sustaining human life. One look into some of the issues surrounding the seed industry is called Open Sesame The Story of Seeds. This film discusses a growing seed movement, but also brings focus to the significance of food supply preservation. To start your own seed supply or to enhance a home garden, check out seed conservation tips from Native Seeds, a nonprofit organization. From pollination to storage, their instructional page will provide an idea of some of the basics of caring for seeds. Try… read more

The Niwa System Makes Homegrown Easy

The Niwa System And App Combo Makes Homegrown Easy

Not everyone has the time or space for gardening. Picking your dinner straight from the backyard plot or container garden is definitely rewarding and healthy, but it does require a designated area and continual maintenance. For horticulturists that want to have all the benefits of fresh grown produce but without the worry of weeds, insects or having to keep up an outdoor area, hydroponic growing can be a perfect option. One indoor system has covered all the bases when it comes to a home hydroponic garden. The Niwa is a kit that works along with an app to grow fresh produce simply,… read more

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Consuming grapes has several health benefits as they are high in many essential nutrients. Rich in manganese, they are potent antioxidants and have proven cardiovascular system benefits. Organically grown grapes, unlike conventional varieties, do not have the extra worry of contaminated soil and water runoff from pesticide residuals. Installing a grape arbor in the backyard can be done on a budget. With a little research, planning and building a main structural support system, establishing a successful start for a grapevine is a project that will pay off. Garden Guides has ideas for basic construction materials to use for a grape trellis. A… read more

Gardening with Your Shotgun

Gardening with Your Shotgun

In a twist on the maxim about beating your swords into plowshares, a Swedish creative studio has come up with a unique method of reseeding your landscape, using a shotgun. Instead of firing lead pellets, the Flower Shells, from Studio Total, disperse a variety of plant seeds into the immediate area, making planting a garden or landscape area as simple as pulling the trigger. Although firing a gun in a residential neighborhood may not be the safest or most prudent thing to do, it’s possible that in rural areas, this type of seeding might make a bit of sense, assuming… read more

Bitponics is Your Virtual Gardening Assistant

Bitponics is Your Virtual Gardening Assistant

If you want to grow some of your own food, but have no garden space outdoors, one option that’s getting more and more attention these days is hydroponic gardening, which is a perfect fit for small indoor spaces. Not that long ago, hydroponic gardening was considered by many people to be too technical or too complex to set up and run on their own, so it hasn’t seen wider adoption yet, except in certain circles. But growing in this way can yield much better results, and much faster growth, than planting in a pot filled with soil, so we’re starting… read more

Planting in Accordance with the Moon

Moon

Planting in correlation with the moon’s phases is a practice that traces back to the beginning of agriculture, and remains an important part of bio-dynamic agriculture. The process of ascending and descending of the moon lasts approximately 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes. During the waxing phase, the amount of sap in plants increases. This is a sign of activity increase in aerial plants. Fruits with higher juice contents are best harvested at this time. It is also best to cut the lawn while the moon is waxing, as it promotes better growth. As the moon begins to wane,… read more