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What Can I Grow in My Hydroponic Garden?

hydroponic tomatoesToday I am continuing my brief series about hydroponic gardening.  

Earlier this week, I blogged about why hydroponic gardening is eco-friendly.  If that got you interested in starting your own hydroponic garden, you might also be wondering what kinds of crops you can grow hydroponically.  

At first, I thought that there was a limit to what you can grow in a hydroponic garden.   But I'm happy to say that I was wrong!

Surprisingly, you can grow almost anything in a hydroponic garden!   Here's a brief list of common hydroponic crops.... read more

Is Hydroponic Gardening Eco-Friendly?

hydroponic gardeningHydroponic gardening is a great option for many people.   It's awesome for urban gardeners with limited (or no) outdoor space.  It's also nice for people who live in cooler climates where you can't garden year-round.  

What is hydroponic gardening?  

Hydroponic gardening is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid using added nutrients an no soil.  Hydroponic gardening is often touted as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gardening.... read more

Things You Can Compost

potato peels are compostableAre you new at composting?  Or are you a long-time composter unsure of what exactly you can compost?  I've been composting for about 6 or 7 years now and it has really helped my garden thrive.    At first, I was being very conservative with what I'd throw in the compost bin, but after a while I realized that there were a lot more I could be composting.

Here are some common household items that you can compost.  Some might be obvious, but some of these might come as a surprise!  ... read more

Frugal gardening tips for a small backyard

small backyard gardeningIf you enjoy gardening but have only a small backyard, do not despair for you can still come up with some great ways of making it bountiful. You can make your backyard come alive with a neat lawn, plants, vegetables and flowers. Apart from the beauty of the garden you will also benefit from growing your own vegetables for the kitchen. This will save you a lot of money in the long run, although the initial cost may strain your pocket a bit. Here are some frugal gardening tips which will help you to maintain a small backyard garden throughout the year.

Make your own compost

Start collecting all your kitchen waste items like coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, tea leaves and eggshells to make your own compost. If you have no space in the corner of your garden to make compost pile then bury the waste right inside the soil. This organic compost will enrich your soil and will save you a lot of money on readymade compost.

Trade with a neighbor

If you have excess seeds and seedlings, trade seeds and cuttings with neighbor. It takes a little longer to start a plant from seeds but works out cheaper in the process. Look out for seed sales and stock them up and grow them indoors before the gardening season. You need not buy expensive containers for the seeds as you can use recycled containers which you might have at home. If you are starting from scratch, then invest in heirloom seeds for the first year so you can harvest and keep your own seed supplies for the next season.... read more

How to Start Gardening in the Spring Season

With the first warm seconds of spring, some additional gardening works are lying ahead to be carried out. Those falling branches and rough, dead leaves need to be cleaned off the ground and garden lawn. However, wait until the wetness of soil starts to disappear. However, don’t wait for too long or else the old weeds all get tangled for new growth. Cutting and cleaning the old plants is easier as long the new growth doesn't take place. So, be quick in your approach. Let's have a clear discussion on the cleaning process.

To start with gardening during the spring season, the very first task is to remove all the remains of dead annual plants. These plants will never return to their original state. So, their presence is not needed. They need to be removed and cleaned off properly. If this step is not taken, then the garden will showcase a very ugly outlook. The perennials of last fall need to be pruned back. There are a whole lot of different perennials that need to be left standing all through the winter season. This is primarily an additional protective measure. However, there is no reason to keep them for the spring. They will die back to the ground during the winter season. With the growth of new perennials, the old winter mulch needs to be removed. This ensure better plant growth and a much finer outlook/appearance to the garden.... read more

Pepper Guide

Earlier this week I posted about beginning to prepare your garden for the spring.  One thing you can do - even if temperatures are still freezing and there's still snow on the ground! - is to start deciding what to plant and order your seeds.

Right now, I've got peppers on the brain.  Last year we grew jalapenos, and it was awesome.  We canned salsa galore, threw the peppers into all sorts of yummy food we were making, and we even did pickled peppers.  This year, I'd like to grow even MORE peppers!  But, sometimes it's kind of confusing.  Which peppers would best suit our needs?  Spicy?  Sweet?  There are so many kinds!... read more

Knowing When It's Time to Remove a Tree

<p>&nbsp;</p><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; font-family: verdana, arial; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong id="textpreview_title">Knowing When it's Time to Remove a Tree</strong></span><p class="m12" style="margin-top: 12px; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #333333; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p><div id="textpreview" style="box-sizing: border-box;">As the springtime approaches, you may be able to distinguish the dying trees... read more

Rainwater Harvesting - What's it All About?

Many of us are looking for ways to go about our lives in a more eco-friendly manner. Rainwater harvesting is one strategy you can employ. 

Here, we’ll discuss the what, the why, and the how on rainwater harvesting—what it is, why you might want to do it, and how to go about doing it.

 Harvesting rainwater

Consider how much water we underutilize when it rains!

What is rainwater harvesting? Harvesting rainwater is the act of using one of several methods to collect and reuse rainwater prior to its hitting the aquifer, where water is often extracted for well use. It helps to reduce the strain on local water systems and can actually help provide cleaner water to those consuming or utilizing it than that which has run through the soil and absorbed the chemicals and minerals therein. 

Why do it?  There are many uses for harvested rainwater. Some people use it for drinking water and other domestic uses like cleaning and bathing. Many people use it to water their lawns and gardens, and some farmers use it to save money on providing water to livestock.

Not only can this be a smart financial move, but it also happens to be good for the environment because it places less pressure on the water distribution system, particularly in times when there are water shortages. ... read more

Labeling Ethically: When "Green" Takes on a Different Tone

When Dole Food Company began labeling its bananas slated for New Zealand sales with stickers that read, "Ethical Choice," it attracted attention. The stickers were backed by a strong promotional push that gave customers the confidence that they were using their money to support a company with fair trade practices and a positive work environment.


Food Social Responsibility

Labels help consumers make decisions, and consumers can help create sustainable food systems with their checkbooks simply through their purchasing decisions. In a world where information is pumped out to the public on a daily basis, it's not always easy to keep track of what is actually going on. Therefore, conscious consumers often rely on messages delivered on packaging materials and advertisements to let them know they are making responsible purchasing decisions. When the claims on that packaging and in those advertisements don't match up with reality, it's called green washing.... read more

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