Amber, Author at Garden Culture Magazine

“Grow Your Own” Food Trends for 2018

Eating the ‘in’ foods at home might just be a little easier for gardeners in 2018 because a lot of it is plant-based. ¬†Fruits and veggies are highly favored, but with a few unique twists. No Food to Waste This year’s food trends are somewhat inspired by making use of plant parts, sometimes the most nutrient-dense, that are usually discarded in the trash or compost pile. Except for the truly non-edible parts that are overly woody or poisonous, you’ll see some creative use of the commonly tossed, such as watermelon rind pickles and broccoli stalk slaw. Digging into storing...

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Craigslist for Young Farmers: Canadian Style

The challenges young farmers face today seem quite the same in any country. Land prices are too high, commodity and large-scale farming monopolize marketplaces, and the average age of a nation’s farmers increases steadily. We see it in all the places Garden Culture Magazine circulates; the UK, US, Australia, and Canada. Someone has fashioned various programs to link aspiring farmers under 30 with land in all of them, but the best one I’ve seen to date exists in Canada. One newspaper dubbed The Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, “Craigslist for Farming.” It’s a breath of fresh air compared to...

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Meet GroBox: Large Plant Hydroponic Cabinet

Say hello to the latest hydroponic grow cabinet to launch. GroBox introduced the world to the new GroBox One design the other day via a Kickstarter campaign. It’s not their first foray into the realm of indoor growing products, but it is by far to largest. Finally, a compact grow box for large plants you won’t want to hide in the closet that is also quite reasonably priced. They’ve designed the GroBox One hydroponic cabinet to give you what you need to grow a great crop without extra bells and whistles that drive your cost through the roof. Unlike...

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Young American Farmers on the Rise

The statistics show young people becoming American farmers again; an oddity that’s only occurred one other time in the past century. However, the picture painted in recent news articles use outdated statistics as a foundation. It’s 2018, so measuring the current health of agriculture with data from 2012 seems quite out of touch. And 2007 numbers? Please, it’s like counting puffs of dinosaur breath. Hardly keeping a finger on the pulse of an industry. However, it is the government, and no one tallies this stuff between censuses (twice a decade). Judging by the last date of publishing, we won’t...

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Pepper X: New World’s Hottest Pepper

No matter what you do, someone will trump you, including breeding the world’s hottest pepper. Sounds like the guy who bred the previous record holder,¬†Carolina Reaper, got dethroned. However, as luck would have it, Smokin’ Ed Currie bred them both; the Reaper and Pepper X. Is it even possible to beat Pepper X for being the hottest pepper in the world? I can’t imagine why anyone would want to! It’s 3 times hotter than any pepper commercially grown for the food market. And having a Scoville rating at over 3.18 million units makes it 2 times hotter than the...

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