Tammy Clayton, Author at Garden Culture Magazine

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 to sustain the colony. It’s more of a co-existence thing. They pollinate shade and fruit trees, shrubs and flowers, and all your veggie crops. Not only will you have more abundance and beauty, you have honey in exchange for maintaining the hive. At least, if you do your job as an apiarist right. So, you need a...

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Modern Composting Ideas

Microbes and bacteria haven’t changed, but how you approach composting can. There are some great tips for the modern gardener in the new book by Michelle Balz, Composting for a New Generation. Things that will interest both newcomers to building soil with kitchen scraps, and seasoned gardeners alike. Surprisingly, not all gardeners take advantage of composting. For some, it just seems far easier to just buy all their organic fertilization needs. Maybe they think they have no space for a compost pile, worry about the smell, or even neighborhood bylaw infractions. Buying compost kind of goes against knowing what’s...

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A Peek at Clif Bar’s Corporate Garden

“All the food grown in our garden is organic—a perfect match for our company café, which features fresh-prepared organic meals made with ingredients sourced from regional farms. The organic garden also aligns with who we are as a company. Three-fourths of all the ingredients we use in Clif Bar foods are organic—and we continue to strive to increase that percentage. We believe organic is key to creating a healthier, more just and sustainable food system.” – Kate Cunniff, Office Manager, Clif Bar HQ Clif Bar headquarters in Emeryville, California, has added an organic corporate garden to their campus in recent years to promote employee wellness....

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Dubai Gets First Vertical Farm

Such a densely populated city is perfect for a vertical farm. Dubai, located in one of the harshest desert climates, suffers from food insecurity in a big way. One could say that Badia Farms’ arrival fills several needs in this desert mecca. Imagine the difference between fantastic food, crafted from imported ingredients, to locally grown and harvested replacements. That reputation for fine dining in Dubai will likely escalate now with the entry of truly fresh ingredients. Indoor agriculture is definitely a solution to the food crisis in the UAE. Almost every type of food in this country is imported....

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Win A Successful Hydroponics Shop

If there was ever a perfect time to get into the hydroponics business, this is it. Things are about to get really exciting in this industry – for manufacturers and retailers. Especially if you own a hydroponics shop in a state where at least medical cannabis use is legal. But it will really heat up when the federal status changes. At the moment, it just so happens that there’s a thriving hydroponics shop up for grabs in Largo, Florida. It’s a turn-key setup and reasonably priced too at $115. Yes, one hundred and fifteen dollars (no extra zeroes). It’s...

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