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From Farm to (Veggie)Table:  Growing Your Own Hydroponic Food
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From Farm to (Veggie)Table: Growing Your Own Hydroponic Food

In an era of pesticides and genetically modified foods, the idea of homegrown produce is going mainstream. Hobbyists and professionals are warming to the idea of hydroponic food. Hydroponic farms provide several distinct benefits, including: Water efficiency Hydroponic food consumes only about 10% of the water required by soil-grown food. Organic growing Hydroponic farms grow…

Getting to the Root of the Problem: Spotting and Curing Plant Disease Symptoms
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Getting to the Root of the Problem: Spotting and Curing Plant Disease Symptoms

As a gardener, nothing is more frustrating than watching your plants succumb to disease. Just when your garden is starting to flourish…. BOOM! A nasty case of mildew sends you back to square one. If you’re not careful, common plant diseases can become a persistent problem, turning your green thumb an ugly shade of brown….

Bright Lights, Big Tomatoes: Urban Gardening with Smart Pots
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Bright Lights, Big Tomatoes: Urban Gardening with Smart Pots

An Oasis in the Concrete Jungle The urban gardening movement has exploded over the last two decades. With accelerating urbanization throughout the globe, that’s not likely to change soon. Urban gardens create community space, improve food security, slash carbon emissions… Heck, they even reduce noise pollution. They’re also a welcome change of pace from frenetic…

Getting “Bac” to Basics: Four Tips for  Cultivating Soil Bacteria and Garden Microbes
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Getting “Bac” to Basics: Four Tips for Cultivating Soil Bacteria and Garden Microbes

4 Tips for Cultivating Soil Bacteria and Garden Microbes Plants and microbes have evolved together for hundreds of millions of years. Their connection is a basic building block for earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. Today, scientists recognize microorganisms as key contributors to plant growth and health. In the garden, all those invisible microbes can make or break…

Spring Garden Ideas That Dazzle: 3 Garden Combos You Absolutely Must Try
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Spring Garden Ideas That Dazzle: 3 Garden Combos You Absolutely Must Try

There’s something in the air. You can feel it in your bones. Yep, it’s planting season again. This year why not try something a little different? Shake things up with unexpected combinations that will make your garden pop. Here are three of our favorite spring garden ideas that serve up some serious eye candy. Tulips…

Delivering Oxygen Where it Counts: Tips for Growing Healthy Roots
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Delivering Oxygen Where it Counts: Tips for Growing Healthy Roots

If you’re like most people, you know that plants consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere. Plants are widely known as the planet’s primary oxygen producers. The Amazon rainforest produces about 20% of the world’s oxygen, earning it the nickname “The Lungs of the Earth.” What many people don’t know is that plants…

Key Selling Points for Smart Pots: The Best Pots for Plants
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Key Selling Points for Smart Pots: The Best Pots for Plants

As a consumer category, plant pots aren’t fundamentally different from any other durable good. When comparing products, customers seek maximum value — the biggest bang for their discretionary buck. And when it comes to gardening containers, maximum value unquestionably resides in Smart Pots. Let’s break down key points of differentiation that make Smart Pots the…

Start Your School Garden with Fabric Pots
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Start Your School Garden with Fabric Pots

A popular trend is gaining momentum across America. In communities coast to coast, school gardens are springing up. Student gardens provide a cornucopia of educational benefits — not to mention delicious vegetables for students and their families. Here are just a few of the perks they provide: Strong Social and Emotional Skills — Collaborating on…