4/20 Buzz: Mary Jane Constantly Making News Headlines

Marijuana’s high holiday is upon us, and this year, a changing global culture means there’s a little bit more to celebrate on 4/20. Not a day goes by where pot doesn’t make the headlines; recreational marijuana, after all, is on track to becoming legal in...

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,...

Therapeutic Gardening? Social Prescribing Movement Sweeps Across UK

Instead of filling out prescriptions, many UK doctors are telling patients with mild depression and anxiety to grab a set of garden tools. A new movement called “social prescribing” is gaining popularity, and it’s based on the knowledge that not all of...

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...

New To Hydroponic Gardening? What Beginners Need to Know

Hydroponics is a technique used to grow plants in a nutrient-rich, water-based solution. There is no soil involved; instead, the root systems of the plants are supported in inert mediums like vermiculite, moss, perlite, peat, Rockwool or clay pellets. The...

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Cilantro
Are you a cilantro hater or lover? What your taste buds are telling you
How could anyone hate cilantro? Mexican food isn't complete without it, nor are certain dishes from other parts of the world. To me, fresh cilantro tastes somewhat citrusy... kind of like parsley dressed with lemon-lime. But if I want to share fresh salsa...
organic garden
Mixing Flowers With Vegetables: A Trick For Organic Garden Success
The draw to growing an organic garden is largely being able to control pests and disease without chemicals. No one wants to eat those. Still, without the right natural components, being totally free of either issue is a challenge. So, how do you create a...
heirloom seeds
Heirloom Seeds In All Their Glory
Maybe you’re a sustainable gardener who likes to preserve your seeds year after year. Or maybe you’re just trying to distance yourself from the world of GMOs. You could also be looking to diversify your gardens. Luckily, heirloom seeds can help you do all...
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...
hydroponic gardening
New To Hydroponic Gardening? What Beginners Need to Know
Hydroponics is a technique used to grow plants in a nutrient-rich, water-based solution. There is no soil involved; instead, the root systems of the plants are supported in inert mediums like vermiculite, moss, perlite, peat, Rockwool or clay pellets. The...
Container Farming
The Many Advantages To Freight Container Farming
It wasn’t too long ago when freight container farming captured the world’s attention. It was more of an upcycling concept, and if memory serves correctly, first came to life in Scandinavia in 2012. The following year, Kate Hoffman brought the style to...
What Are Seeds?
Seeds are amazing storage containers that allow a plant to travel through space and time. Inside each protective casing is a tiny plant held in status until it is exposed to conditions that initiate development and growth, along with some...
7 Tips and Helpful Bits on Nutrient Solution Mixology
Nutrient solutions range from straightforward single part feedings to complicated cocktails with recipes that rival those of arcane potion making. Here are 7 tips and helpful bits on nutrient mixology: 1. Start with a plan. Most manufacturers give recommendations for...
The Power of Hydrogen (pH)
The pH scale is used to describe how basic (alkaline) or acidic a solution is. Solutions with a pH below 7 are acidic. Solutions with a pH above 7 are basic, and solutions with a pH of 7 are neutral. A water molecule has 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom (H2O). Water...
microplastics
Not As Clean As You Think: Microplastics Found in Bottled Water
There’s good news, and there’s bad news. The good news is, we drink water more than anything else today; we look to nature to quench our thirst over carbonated beverages. The health benefits of ditching sugary drinks for water are endless; doing so can...
Maple water
Maple Madness: Refreshing Drink Found In Maple Water
All around the world, the province of Quebec is known for its poutine and maple syrup. Preferably, not together, but I am seeing a lot of people do some pretty weird things with poutine these days. (Just a quick online search found multiple recipes for...
Backyard Beekeeping
8 Interesting Beekeeping Insights
Beekeeping isn't like any other creature one can keep in the backyard or urban garden. Chickens hang around because they know you'll feed them. Bees, while having homebody tendencies, only need you to locate them where there's plenty of pollen and nectar...
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...
Rain gardens
Rain Gardens: Drainage Solution That’s Easy On The Eyes
Is poor drainage in your yard causing you to get some serious wear and tear out of your billy boots? Introducing the rain garden! It’ll drink up the excess water surrounding your house, and it’s easy on the eyes too. Many of us have tried to solve the...
social prescribing
Therapeutic Gardening? Social Prescribing Movement Sweeps Across UK
Instead of filling out prescriptions, many UK doctors are telling patients with mild depression and anxiety to grab a set of garden tools. A new movement called “social prescribing” is gaining popularity, and it’s based on the knowledge that not all of...
fish and fishermen struggle
Both Fish and U.S. Fishermen Struggle to Stay Afloat
When I think ‘New England’, I think clam chowder. I think about mouthwatering seafood markets and restaurants, serving up fresh, delicious catches of the day. Tom Brady also comes to mind, but that’s for another kind of blog. New England is home to some of...
Got milk
Got Milk? Netflix’ “Rotten” says many of us don’t
We can probably all agree milk that comes straight from the cow to your glass is as fresh as it's going to get. Raw milk, however, is a topic we certainly all don't agree on. Some say it's richer and creamier with tremendous health benefits. Others say...
4/20
4/20 Buzz: Mary Jane Constantly Making News Headlines
Marijuana’s high holiday is upon us, and this year, a changing global culture means there’s a little bit more to celebrate on 4/20. Not a day goes by where pot doesn’t make the headlines; recreational marijuana, after all, is on track to becoming legal in...
cooking root to stem
Root-To-Stem Cooking a Guilt-Free Trend To Follow
It’s being touted as the top food trend of 2018. It’ll help you unleash your creative freedom in the kitchen, and introduce you to a whole new world of delicious flavours and nutrition. It’s called root-to-stem or root-to-leaf cooking, and as an added...
plants and animals
Can’t Live Without You: Study Finds Symbiotic Relationship Between Plants and Animals
When you think about nature, are plants and animals completely separate? They shouldn't be because science is discovering we can't have one without the other. We're not just talking pollinators; plant species actually depend on different members of the...
GH Summer