Grape Lakes Farm & Vineyard: Garden Culture Tours Organic Asparagus Farm

When I first pull into Grape Lakes Farm & Vineyard I’m greeted by Dewy, a smiling dog who takes her role as the perfect hostess seriously. Without a single bark or jump, she lets you know you’re welcome at the organic farm in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada....

Peat-Free Movement Gaining Steam In UK; Other Countries Should Follow Suit

Peat moss is widely-used in gardens around the world, and for good reason. Plants thrive in peat because it provides a sterile growing medium and delivers highly-absorbent qualities; it retains water better than other types of soil and prevents soil...

If They Grow It, They’ll Eat It: Edible Gardens For Preschoolers

Hands-On Learning The best way for your child to learn will often involve hands-on approaches to education.  Many of us are visual learners, meaning we need to see a concept in action in order to fully understand it. This is especially true for youngsters....

Victory Gardens With A New Twist: Fighting Climate Change, Not War

A new movement aims to bring Victory gardens back to yards across America, only this time around, they’ll serve a different purpose. If you’re not familiar with the idea, Victory gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted across the US, UK,...

How To Make Legal Recreational Cannabis Appealing To Non-Smokers

It’s official; Canada’s 95-year prohibition on recreational cannabis has been lifted. The Senate voted to pass the landmark legislation by a vote of 56 to 30. Now, the bill moves back to the House of Commons where MP’s will debate four dozen amendments...

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Grape Lakes Farm & Vineyard: Garden Culture Tours Organic Asparagus Farm
When I first pull into Grape Lakes Farm & Vineyard I’m greeted by Dewy, a smiling dog who takes her role as the perfect hostess seriously. Without a single bark or jump, she lets you know you’re welcome at the organic farm in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada....
Soil Tests
Easy Home Soil Tests Every Gardener Should Be Doing
My family and I recently moved to a new house with plenty of gardens. In the past, I’ve been so eager to get shrubs and flowers into the ground that I never even stopped to think about the soil and how its condition would impact the plants. I’ve learned...
Flavor
Putting Flavor And Nutrition First; Chefs and Seed Breeders Grow Together
How many times have you eaten something bland and just shrugged it off? It’s a funny thing; we seem to be very forgiving of foods that fail to impress our taste buds. Flavor is something we should all be concerned about. Shouldn’t we, the consumer, demand...
Lufa Farms
Lufa Farms: A Model For Feeding Cities And Reconnecting People To Food
Fixing a broken food system and reconnecting people with the food they eat is no easy task. But Lufa Farms in Montreal is doing it. With three rooftop greenhouses spread out across the city, Lufa has 140,000 sq. ft. of growing space dedicated to feeding...
Modern Farming
Quality Over Quantity: Modern Farming Company Changing The Foodscape
Quantity over quality; that just about sums up today’s food industry. We want lots of food, we want it fast, and we want it cheap. So, we turn to mass-produced foods that are often genetically modified and full of chemicals, herbicides and other things we...
government grants
Hydroponic Help: Government Grants For Farmers Making The Switch
We love hearing from our readers, and just recently, we got a great question about what kind of government support there is for people looking to start farming with hydroponics. This is such a timely topic! The world’s population is currently at 7.6...
Cannabis
How To Make Legal Recreational Cannabis Appealing To Non-Smokers
It’s official; Canada’s 95-year prohibition on recreational cannabis has been lifted. The Senate voted to pass the landmark legislation by a vote of 56 to 30. Now, the bill moves back to the House of Commons where MP’s will debate four dozen amendments...
phytonutrients
Phytoremediation: Using Natural Plants To Rejuvenate And Clean The Earth
It’s one of the biggest environmental challenges we face: around the world, there are a countless number of sites contaminated by toxins. Heavy metals, chemical waste, and in some places, even radioactive material pollute our soils. The environmental...
Weed Killers
US Government Finally Studying How Toxic Popular Weed Killers Really Are
All-natural and homemade herbicides are starting to look really good. A study by US government researchers has found popular weed-killing products might be more dangerous to human cells than the active ingredient is by itself.   The ingredient in question...
edible garden
If They Grow It, They’ll Eat It: Edible Gardens For Preschoolers
Hands-On Learning The best way for your child to learn will often involve hands-on approaches to education.  Many of us are visual learners, meaning we need to see a concept in action in order to fully understand it. This is especially true for youngsters....
ticks
Gardeners Around The World Beware: Ticks On The Rise
I live in a fairly densely-wooded area north of Montreal, Canada. I’m surrounded by nothing but trees; my kids and dogs spend hours roaming the forest beside our house, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Unfortunately, there are some risks associated...
water
Quenching The Thirst Of Your Plants Without Wasting A Ton Of Water
The summer is finally near, which means we hopefully have some hot spells on the horizon! And while I love really warm temperatures, I know my gardens get thirsty. We’re on our own well here at my house, so I don’t have any seasonal water restrictions...
Peat
Peat-Free Movement Gaining Steam In UK; Other Countries Should Follow Suit
Peat moss is widely-used in gardens around the world, and for good reason. Plants thrive in peat because it provides a sterile growing medium and delivers highly-absorbent qualities; it retains water better than other types of soil and prevents soil...
honeybee
Attracting The Honeybee To Your Garden; Why We All Need To Help
Now that everything is in bloom, you’ll probably be seeing creatures both great and small paying a visit to your backyard or garden. Of all the animals you might see, our buzzing bee friends are among the most important. You might be a little wary of these...
Composting Food
Healthy Soil, Healthy People: Why Composting Food Waste Is So Important
Every year, a third of the food we produce is wasted. That alone is a travesty, but what's even worse, is the wasted food often ends up in landfills, where without proper airflow, it decomposes and emits methane into the atmosphere. One of the most...
greenhouse
Garden Culture Tours World’s First Commercial Rooftop Greenhouse
It’s not every day you get to tour a farm that has revolutionized the way food is grown and how people eat. Lufa Farms built the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse on an industrial building in Montreal, Canada. Depending strictly on hydroponics,...
wildlife
Do Your Part! Tips For Wildlife Conservation In The Garden
Here’s a scary thought: declining populations of pollinators is putting the existence of certain plants in jeopardy. In the U.S., the list of endangered pollinators includes two types of insects, four kinds of bats, 16 different birds, and 25 butterfly,...
Build a Rain Garden
Drainage Woes, Be Gone: How To Build A Rain Garden
If you’re looking for a way to solve drainage problems in your yard, look no further than a rain garden. It’s a good-looking, effective way to manage soggy ground, and also protects our lakes, streams and wetlands from polluting water runoff. Rain gardens...
Victory Gardens
Victory Gardens With A New Twist: Fighting Climate Change, Not War
A new movement aims to bring Victory gardens back to yards across America, only this time around, they’ll serve a different purpose. If you’re not familiar with the idea, Victory gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted across the US, UK,...
Canadian Tulip Festival
Elegant Stems Grace Ottawa During Breathtaking Canadian Tulip Festival
Tulips are one of the very first signs that spring has sprung, so what better way to celebrate the gardening season’s return than by attending the Canadian Tulip Festival? This time of year, the nation’s capital of Ottawa is home to sprawling garden beds...
plastic pollution
Saving The Oceans: The UK Takes On Plastic Pollution With Straw Ban
At the end of February, a lifeless sperm whale washed ashore on a beach in southern Spain. His stomach was full of 64 pounds of plastic waste he had mistaken for food. Unable to digest the plastic bags and water bottles, scientists say his stomach...

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Garden Culture is a print magazine. Published bimonthly by 325 Media, Inc., and distributed in eight countries on three continents. The only magazine in the world dedicated to the art of growing food. We focus on growing in a challenging location, urban gardening, progressive growing techniques, and today's social issues. Grow your own - no matter where you live. Truly local. Beyond fresh. Available in hard copy at progressive garden shops, and in digital versions online.