June 2016 | Garden Culture Magazine

Best Way to Grow Microgreens

by Gaby Bronstein The images and basic directions in this article are by Gaby Bronstein from Garden Sprout. It was originally published in Garden Culture Magazine, US3 in 2014 under the title, “How To Make Soil Tacos for Growing Micro Greens”. Say hello to the cleanest way to grow microgreens! No matter how gently you apply water from above, grit ends up on the leaves and stems of plants that lie close to your growing medium. Here’s a great way to make sure your microgreens are super clean every time… and it doesn’t include bottom watering. Better yet, no fancy gadgets of tools...

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U.S. GMO Labeling Bill: It’s A Deal

A national GMO labeling bill has been drawn up by U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee members. In a race against the clock to stop the Vermont GMO labeling law, they slapped a proposed amendment to the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 together on Thursday. The compromise arrived at just before lawmakers end the current session this week. One which essentially spells out that there will be no GMO disclosure on food labels in the United States. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (Democrat) and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts (Republican) appointed to see the bipartisan agreement through, have yet to schedule a full committee vote. Due to the coming...

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Material Matters: Seed Tray Wicking Mat

After several years of sprouting season service, a seed tray wicking mat really starts looking sad. You remember that reusing things could lead to disease, so looking for a replacement becomes important. After all, not being able to remove ALL the old dried up roots hooked into the fabric covering might present unnecessary problems. But the cost of purchasing new capillary mat (a.k.a. wicking mat) material gives you sticker shock. Hmmm… What else could you use? Surely there is a less expensive way to get the same result. This is the point I reached two years ago. And it wasn’t...

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Surplus Harvest Marketing Techniques

You know the routine; you’ve spent months looking after your crops, cared for them, and watched over them carefully. After all your hard work, on the day you harvest you’re unable to sell your gorgeous harvest at the farmers market because it rained, it’s a holiday, or just bad luck. Perk up! Turn that unmoved abundance into a surplus harvest marketing opportunity to experiment with exciting new approaches to customer direct business models that are a rising trend across the nation. Harvest Marketing on Wheels Mobile farm markets are riding high on the heels of the white-hot food truck trend. It’s a new take on...

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Hydroponic Farming Hits the Arctic

While hydroponic farming may already be well established north of the Arctic Circle in some countries, it’s a pretty novel thing in Alaska. Most surprising, given that over 90% of the food in Alaska is transported thousands of miles from California and Mexico, which means truly fresh fruits and vegetables don’t exist there once the short summer gardening season is over. Imagine what a head of lettuce looks like after steaming into the Port of Anchorage followed by a long drive or even a plane ride to settlements and small towns scattered across the tundra. No doubt there are...

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