Author: Tammy Clayton

Science Discovers Wheat Crops Grow Faster Under LED Lights

It may sound crazy, but it’ll actually cut your harvest time in half! Crop scientists have recently discovered they can produce wheat faster by raising the grain under LED grow lights. It’s a timely discovery, with increasing global pressure to grow staple crops in a speedy manner. Such a method is essential to feed future populations. Normally, intense seed breeding work takes place in a greenhouse which allows extended growing seasons and multiple crops. Most crops, however, need a far longer daylight period than the winter sun provides. So, breeders add supplemental high-intensity lighting to the greenhouse to finish...

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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 naturally balanced system in your garden? One cut flower farmer discovered a fairly easy approach with beautiful benefits. Here’s the secret: Make room for flowers in your organic garden. Choose many flowers of different variety. No synthetics allowed; Keep it natural. Beneficial creatures will come in droves. Once those natural pollinators see you’ve got...

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9 Herb Garden Plants to Try

Does one ever have a complete herb garden? In trying to locate someone not sold out of epazote seeds, I stumbled onto some interesting plants that are totally new to me. A couple of them are currently hot ticket flavors among trendsetting chefs. So, perhaps your herb garden is due for an update too. 1. Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum spp. Indigenous to the eastern US and Canada, pollinators adore this woods-and-meadow perennial. Sometimes called wild basil, this member of the mint family has a long history of use. Native Americans used the flowers and buds to season meats. The leaves...

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“Big Foods” Cosmetic Standards causing more food waste

Everyone points to consumers as the common cause of food waste. Food, they say, is so cheap no one thinks twice about tossing a lot of it in the trash bin. But the numbers in a new study tells a different story. A huge amount of waste happens at the farm level and the power-player supermarkets are to blame. A study conducted by UK food and environment charity, Feedback, over the past 2 years reveals the number one supermarket behavior at the root of massive food waste on the farm is none other than cosmetic standards. So, on top...

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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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